Dr. Yueming Wang (Michelle Wang)
Yueming is an EQ coach based in San Francisco, California with a doctorate in clinical psychology.
She is interested in deepening her learning of healing through the accessing of our inner states through visual imagery, psychedelic-assisted therapies, & virtual reality. Yueming holds a certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies & Research from California Institute for Integral Studies and served as the chief psychology officer and co-founder of a virtual reality start-up using research-driven applications for emotional transformation; during which time she founded the first series of accredited vr psychology workshops and provided trainings to licensed clinicians from the San Francisco Psychological Association.
Virtual spaces are psychic spaces that can allow deeper access to our inner worlds and they need not be flashy nor inaccessible. Imagination, consideration, historical perspective, or suspended disbelief (i.e. thought) are all forms of virtual space. Yueming integrates our knowledge of evolutionary biology, neurology, philosophy, literature, media and pop culture, and most of all her own personal experience to address issues related to loneliness, social conformity, fairness/equality, nihilism, creativity/authenticity, censorship, & addiction to ecstasy not as issues invented by modern society but rather as human themes that have existed for millennia. Yueming encourages a forever inquiring of knowledge, self, and spirit and invites open exploration into what they are and how they relate.
Yueming worked for many years with veterans in VA hospitals up and down the state of California during her pre-doctoral years in both clinical (clinical specialties: PTSD, female veterans) and research roles (research interests: impact of killing, moral injury, Pilipino Prisoners of War). Following graduation, Yueming acted as a clinical consultant for a Connecticut-based disaster relief team, helping them develop a somatic, body-centered treatment protocol aimed to mitigate the effects of post-traumatic stress in school-age children in the immediate period following a natural disaster. The project took her to Tacloban and Cebu, Philippines in early 2014 for a week of field work. A few years later Yueming joined a team of physicians, activists, educators, environmentalists, and a CNN Africa crew to the Kono District of Sierra Leone where the teams met with orphans who had lost their parents to Ebola virus. Yueming led meditation circles with the children and introduced the use of movement and stillness as ways of coping with emotional pain and physical discomfort.
Field work was exhilerating and frustrating. It led Yueming down a rabbit hole of inquiries. Can any of us serve out of an empty bowl? What exactly is our impact on the world if our internal world lies unexamined, unchallenged, and unrenewed? Running around the world satisfied very little. It was apparent after the trip to Sierra Leone that our intrapsychic world, i.e. the relationship we have with ourselves, is where we ought to begin our tending.
Love and relationships are areas Yueming has had longstanding interest in since her university years learning from premier psychologists in the area of adult attachment and assisting in the development of a model to help explain why and how we choose the partners we choose based on attachments we develop in childhood. Yueming felt an improved understanding of interpersonal relationships would strengthen her appreciation for the intrapersonal relationship and with awareness of both perhaps we could learn better how to live. She began to steer her attention almost exclusively towards romantic relationships with-in and with-out the self.
Yueming founded emotional intelligence coaching as a tool for herself and others to better decipher and observe the contemporary framework of suffering within the individual and between individuals. Thus far, it has served as a welcome alternative for many individuals who are not looking for traditional psychotherapy or psychopharmacological solutions so much as they are looking for their own innate, pure, timeless wisdom, perhaps tucked away under the heavy blanket of ego and helplessness.
Deciding on a title for the work was tricky. Yueming stayed away from calling it ‘therapy’ for the word seemed to have lost its meaning in contemporary society and further yet Yueming had decided against obtaining her license from the board of psychology many years back and thus could not legally use that term. She did not feel ‘life coaching” encapsulated her work because that sounded like an altogether vague impossibility to define. She did not feel comfortable referring to herself as a ‘guide’ even though her work does involve flashlights and dusty attics, nor an ‘alchemist’ even though the transformation of pain is integral to this process. ‘EQ’ came to mind but she did not mean it in quite the way it was described and hyped in the media.
Nonetheless, given what we collectively accept about ourselves and our mental fatigues and the known wellness services provided by our communities today, ‘emotional intelligence coaching’ may still be the most accurate and simple description within the breadth of our current lexicon. We all need to be more intelligent with our emotions. We all need fresh perspective and support. Perhaps one day the work within our psyches will be understood not only as emotional intelligence but as self intelligence.
Yueming is continuing to develop multi-modal virtual therapies to address human issues in human environments through our understanding of how humans (de)attach and (un)relate, evolve & naturally select, and perpetually strive for order & equanimity as disorderly & preferential beings. If you are interested in working together please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
~ CV available upon request.