Pronouns: She / Her / Hers
As a child of working class immigrants, I understand the shame and stigma of needing and seeking emotional support from an outsider, a therapist.
I first went to therapy in my early 20s. I remember sitting in my car before my first appointment, terrified. I was flooded with anger, resentment, and grief. I was raised to produce and please. And, despite my best efforts, this conditioning was impacting every area of my life in ways that were harmful. I didn’t know it at the time but that first therapy session would change the course of my life.
Eventually, I pursued my Masters in Counseling Psychology, became a licensed therapist, and left a successful 15 year career in technology.
As a psychotherapist, I draw from culturally informed psychodynamic theories and incorporate somatic and existential approaches. To me culturally informed is having knowledge of your client’s cultural background/experience + cultural competency + cultural humility.
In addition to my work as a therapist, I feel called to help normalize mental health, wellness and therapy services in API communities and that's why I started Theralane. We have hosted a free, community event called “De-Mystifying Therapy for Asian Americans” in Portland, Oregon and I am promoting #AsianDoTherapy online to help create more visibility and challenge stigma.
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