UCS Psychology Intern
I would describe myself as a gay/queer psychodynamic and feminist therapist of color. What that means to me is that I believe that some of the greatest distress we experience as people comes from the relationships that we have (past and present) and how we have taken lessons about how to be as people from those relationships and attempted to apply those lessons to different situations (with varying degrees of success). I also believe that those relationships exist within the context of a world that implicitly and explicitly values certain traits, identities, beliefs, and ways of being that often generate dissonance, tension, and conflict within ourselves, between relationships, and with the world itself.
So, I see therapy as a space to recognize the importance of all the “stuff” that surrounds and impacts us and explore ways to be more authentically attentive to our needs and our experiences. For me therapy comes from building a collaborative, honest, and real relationship, one that is able to hold space to explore those difficult past experiences and patterns, while also making room for the challenge and strength that comes with healing, learning, and change.
My clinical interests include working with interpersonal/relational concerns, anxiety, depression, racial trauma, concerns related to sexual orientation and gender identity, family dynamics, acculturation and cultural trauma, grief and loss, working with survivors of sexual assault or abuse, and working with people who have eating concerns, difficulties with body image, and eating disorders.
Much of my clinical training has been in working in community mental health spaces that serve people with marginalized identities, low socioeconomic status, and have experienced identity-based trauma.
As a gay/queer, Asian-American, therapist of color, it is impossible for me not to recognize the impact of the systems within the world we live in and the tremendous impact it can have on people with marginalized and intersectional identities. Given that, I endeavor to be an advocate for and continue to work with folks with marginalized racial/ethnic, sexual, and gender identities and expressions, neurodivergent minds and diverse body sizes and ability statuses.
I am committed to working towards social justice and equity both within the therapy room and within the community at large. Thus, my interests are aligned with providing outreach around acculturation, mental health access, adjustment concerns for minoritized students, community building, and cross-cultural dialogues.
As a doctoral intern, I am in the process of completing my dissertation exploring the impact of non-inclusive sex education, media representation, gay pornography, and racialized sex stereotypes on queer men of color.