Louann Fang Lucas, Master’s Graduate Intern

Louann Fang Lucas, Master’s Graduate Intern

Practicum Student

Supervised by: Kate Coffield, LCSW, MA

Pronouns: she/her/hers

My Philosophy and Approach to Therapy

Hello and welcome!  I am grateful to have the honor of walking alongside clients like you on your healing journey.  Whether you are seeking support to process a traumatic event, help navigating a life or career transition, or just want to learn some skills to understand and relate to yourself and others better, I believe that therapy can be a powerful tool for change.  A space apart from the busyness of life, where we can remember who we are and who we want to be.  A place where we can experiment and question and listen to our intuition, allow ourselves to feel the things we have not yet processed, and integrate those unclaimed pieces into the wholeness of who we are.  A place where we can be brave enough to look closely at the parts of ourselves, our lives and our relationships that are no longer serving us and to practice self-compassion as we try on new ways of being, feeling and thinking.  My goal as a therapist is to help you to understand and love yourself, to see and use your power to be the hero and not the victim of your stories, and to thrive and flourish throughout the stages of your life, not just survive.  I believe deeply that our work together in the therapeutic process can empower you to step more fully into your wholeness, humanity, and power.


I would be honored to support you in creating a life and career that is aligned with your strengths, values, and goals.  During our sessions, I help clients develop a toolbox to help manage issues such as stress, burnout, lack of self-compassion, anxiety, depression, and substance abuse.  I work with clients to make an individualized treatment plan using a variety of modalities, including cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and strengths-based approaches.  I also incorporate concepts from Brené Brown’s work on shame, vulnerability, empathy, and resilience, as well as techniques and skills from mindfulness, positive psychology, journaling, poetry, bibliotherapy and other evidence-based practices.

While I welcome the opportunity to work with all clients, I believe I am well-equipped to work with clients in these areas in particular: 

  • Clients in the Asian American community and immigrant communities more broadly, in working through the unique challenges that these communities often face: in systemic injustices, in East-West cultural tensions, and in family dynamics.  
  • Clients with issues around trauma, including childhood trauma and sexual and intimate relationship abuse and neglect.  
  • Clients who are students, lawyers, other high-performance professionals, or career seekers and changers.

About Me

I am a second-generation Chinese American and speak Mandarin Chinese (semi-fluently) and Spanish (conversationally).  Prior to embarking on this career in psychotherapy, I attended law school at The University of Texas and practiced law as a corporate lawyer for a decade.  I am currently in my final year of a Master’s degree program at the Graduate School of Social Work of the University of Houston, where I hope to earn an MSW in 2024. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and pets (a dachshund and an orange cat), gardening, taking walks outside in nature, reading a good book, journaling, cooking, and having heart to heart conversations with friends.  I also love sharing poems and little bits of advice for living a wholehearted life that speak to my heart.  When I am Among the Trees, written by poet Mary Oliver, is one of my favorites for remembering to slow down:

When I am among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness.

I would almost say that they save me, and daily.I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
but walk slowly, and bow often.

Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, “Stay awhile.”
The light flows from their branches.

And they call again, “It’s simple,” they say,
“and you too have come
into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
with light, and to shine.”