I am an intern with Tribeca Therapy’s internship program and a recipient of the practice’s NYU Silver Social Work Scholarship. Currently working towards obtaining a Master’s Degree at New York University, I am excited to experience the benefits of Tribeca Therapy’s group practice setting, including the opportunity to learn from more experienced therapists on the team.
Before pursuing psychotherapy, including working with patients at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies, I worked for years on macro-oriented public policy and advocacy in nonprofit organizations and city- and state-level agencies. Over time, I came to recognize a need for access to therapy especially in communities where there remains a stigma related to mental health care. Being Southeast Asian, I’ve observed and can relate to how this stigma can build up through generations. This understanding motivated me to become a therapist and break down stigma in my practice by normalizing conversations about mental health with people from all communities.
Much of my previous advocacy and policy work centered around disability rights. Most recently, I served as Senior Policy Analyst at AHRC where I was in charge of following policies at all levels of government that would impact the services the organization provided to people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. I also have co-authored papers on California State disability rights and protections and how to advance economic opportunities for business owners and job seekers with disabilities. Working in the disability field for the past ten years gave me the ability to combine my professional interests with my longtime personal commitment to supporting people with disabilities, starting with volunteering with the Special Olympics and United Cerebral Palsy camps when I was young.
Through these experiences, I have an appreciation for how larger social forces can impact the type of care people receive. With my study of political science and history, as well as prior work on grassroots campaigns, I connect with Tribeca Therapy’s values around seeing therapy itself as political. As a therapist, I aim to advocate for better access to therapy including for people in low-income and minority communities.