About Me

I remember the feeling of shame as I sobbed to a coworker unable to form the sentence - "I need help." I felt frustrated that I couldn't stop crying or feeling immense sadness. I felt vulnerable showing emotion, especially while I was living abroad in Japan, a country where most people "suffer in silence." 

While abroad, I experienced isolation caused by the difficulties of communication, cultural and societal differences. The language barrier between me and my students and my co-workers, required a significant amount of patience, attention to detail, and an open mind. During my time abroad, I struggled to find a culturally competent therapist that could help me. As an Asian American who grew up in California, I understand the stigma that comes with mental health and the barriers that prevent us from seeking help. 

My time in Japan allowed me the opportunity to better understand the universal value of compassion, patience, and simply "holding space." Through my journey in therapy and moments of self-reflection, I set forth my decision to enter the profession of social work and mental health. 

Education and Work Experience             

Board of Behavioral Sciences
Licensed Clinical Social Worker #100682

Psychiatric Social Worker II
Los Angeles County
Department of Mental Health

California State Unviersity, Los Angeles
Master of Social Work
CalSWEC MHSA Stipend Program

Univeristy of Caifornia, Los Angeles
B.A. Sociology | B.A. Asian American Studies 

Licensure & Certifications


Licensed Clinical Social Worker 100682
Board of Behavorial Sciences


Diplomate and Certified CBT Therapist 
The Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies


Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Adult Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Its Subtypes (2021)

Treating Disordered Eating with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (2021)

Chemical Dependency Training (2019)

Child Abuse: Introduction, Assessment, Treatment (2019)

Clinical Approaches, Addressing Human Sexuality with Couples (2019)

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Two-Day Training (2019)

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Nuts & Bolts Advanced Training (2019)

Domestic Violence: Assessment, Detection and Intervention Strategies (2019)

Individual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression, Anxiety and Trauma (2019)

Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training (2019)

The Use of Cognitive Screening Measures: The Mini Mental State Exam (2019)

Understanding Health and Illness in Older Adults – The Interplay of Mind and Body (2019)

Teryn Hara Therapy

Teryn Hara, LCSW
License No. LCSW #100682 

21515 Hawthorne Blvd. Suite 200
Torrance, CA 90503
Phone: +1 (424) 426 - 1797
Email: [email protected]

© Teryn Hara 2021