Fostering Emotional IQ in your Child

After many years of working with parents, I’ve learned that parents (myself included) have a collective goal…to help our children be happy and thrive in life. This means we try our hardest to give them all the opportunities to succeed. We encourage them to get good grades and prepare for exams as well as engaging them in extracurricular activities such as sports or musical instruments. But is that enough? Research is showing that more and more college aged students are floundering and unable to handle the pressure. Young adults in their mid-twenties are struggling to navigate through the workforce. The fact is the skills they are lacking are not in solving algebraic equations or writing good research papers. Skills that truly lead to success and happiness go well beyond. Emotional regulation skills along with communication, social and stress management skills are all different pieces that help our children become more empowered and resilient adults. I will discuss how fostering emotional intelligence and focusing on your child’s social emotional world will help them be not just a better student but also become happy, healthy and well-rounded.

"When you teach kids emotional intelligence, how to recognize their feelings, understand where they come from and learn how to deal with them, you teach them the most essential skills for their success in life. Research has shown that emotional intelligence or EQ 'predicts over 54% of the variation in success (relationships, effectiveness, health, quality of life).'” - Lisa Firestone Ph. D. from Pyschology Today "Compassion Matters" blog.

Please join us for an enlivening discussion this Wednesday, February 7 at 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Stratford Los Angeles. Register at

About Dr. Vicki Chiang:

Dr. Chiang has worked in the mental health field with adolescents & their families since 2000, fostering her passion for working with girls, women & parents in identifying strengths & building self confidence, empowerment & healthy self expression.

Dr. Chiang provides individual, family & group therapy in English and/or Mandarin.

With specialties in coaching parents in finding solutions that work for their family; Strengthening attachment and bonding between infants and caregivers; Relational play therapy for the early childhood population; Empowering new and expectant parents to cope with life transitions; Developing strong coping skills to withstand life’s challenges; Promoting self confidence & empowerment; Fostering skills for living in a bicultural environment; Helping immigrant families deal with acculturation issues, bicultural identities and cross-generation communication; Building skills to manage ADHD, learning disabilities, academic stress, anxiety, & depression; Developing positive body image & strong inner voice; Developing healthy relationships & decision making skills.

Education: Dr. Chiang holds Doctoral and Master’s degrees in Clinical Psychology: California School of Professional Psychology — Alliant International University; Bachelor’s degree: Loyola Marymount University (major: Psychology; minor: Asian Pacific American Studies).


Firestone Ph.D., L. (2016, March 16). Why We Need to Teach Kids Emotional Intelligence. [Blog post]. Retrieved from