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De-mystifying Therapy for Asian Americans


The goal of our outreach efforts is de-stigmatize and de-mystify therapy in Asian communities. The more information people have about what therapy is and how therapy works, the more accessible it becomes.

We want to help Asian Americans  utilize counseling and therapy in much higher numbers, not only in severe mental health cases and not only as the last resort.

We host events in our communities and welcome opportunities to speak at your school and organizations. 

Past Events

March 2019: Asian and Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA) Region VIII Conference

Yin J. Li, LMFT hosted workshop on Asian American Mental Health and Wellness

November 2018: Lewis & Clark Ray Warren Symposium on Race and Ethnic Studies

Yin J. Li, LMFT as a panelist on session, Mental Health is Not Just for White People.  

What  does mental health look like for people of color? In what ways have  mental health care systems focused on white people, and what have been  the consequences? This panel will raise questions about the cultural  exclusivity of “mental health,” asking who has access to a doctor’s  diagnosis or to an education about mental illness. We will also examine  how racism affects mental health treatment and produces higher rates of  medical conditions that generate significant psychological challenges.  Additionally, this panel will explore responses within communities of  color to develop transformative practices and new resources.  


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October 2018: De-Mystifying Therapy for Asian Americans


Meet a panel of Asian American mental health clinicians. Get questions answered. Everything you always wanted to know about therapy and more!

How does therapy work?

Why go to therapy?

How to choose a therapist?

What type of therapy modality is best suited to you?

What does all those letters mean? LPCC? LMFT? LCSW? Psyd?

Any other questions you might have.

Confirmed Panelists:

Karel Chan, Professional Counselor

Yin J. Li, Marriage and Family Therapist

Sheryl Moren, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Sovann Pen, Professional Counselor

Mira Shah, Professional Counselor

Valerie Yeo, Psychologist 

When: Tuesday, October 16th


Location: Taborspace

5441 SE Belmont Street Portland, OR 97215

Light refreshments served. Seats are limited. Registration highly encouraged.

Note: Event is NOT for clinicians wanting to learn about culturally informed therapy or how to work with Asian / Asian American clients. We will be holding a training session specifically for clinicians in the future.