Datong (Tom) was born in Beijing China and moved to the US at age eight. He earned his degree in Applied Psychology from New York University and a master’s degree of Social Work from the University of Southern California. While at NYU, he worked on two research teams. One being the NYU Immigration team, studying the psychological, anthropological, sociological, and educational impact of immigration on children in schools, and the other team studying the longitudinal emotional, social, and psychological effects of toxic masculinity in Chinese children. While at USC, he studied the effects of trauma on active duty soldiers and veterans.
His post-graduate main interest is how to heal trauma from a holistic perspective - using cognition, emotion, somatic experience, and behavioral modification. He has over 400 hours of post-graduate education in the matter and holds certifications in: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral (TR-CBT) Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Somatic Experiencing (SE). He uses these modalities to help support multiple underserved communities in dealing with domestic and physical violence, substance abuse, emotion dysregulation, depression, anxiety and PTSD.
Datong's journey to becoming a therapist started after working as a broker in NYC and realizing his true passion lies in helping people change their lives. He quit the brokerage profession to follow his dream of becoming a therapist in his thirties. Since then, he's helped hundreds of people heal and transform their lives. He believes in self-harmony - living a life where one's emotions, cognitions, somatic experience, and behaviors are aligned. In his spare time he likes to weightlift, hike and travel (21 countries and counting).