- Cultural & Diversity Issues
- Academic Stress
- Study-abroad Stress
- Stress Management
- Work/Life Balance
- Interpersonal Issues
- Young Adult Transitions and Issues
- Immigration Issues
- Values Clarification
- EMDR Therapy
Mandy is a bilingual (Mandarin/English) clinical social worker who received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Chicago, Crown Family School, and her Bachelor of Art in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is passionate about working with individuals to address issues such as emotional regulation, self-esteem issues, cultural conflict, stress management, and life transitions. Due to her own cultural background growing up in China and having lived in the US for six years, she works mostly with different generations of Asian immigrants, multicultural individuals, and other marginalized communities. While she received training to work with young people with Autism and ADHD, Mandy also utilizes a wide range of therapy approaches including trauma-focused, CBT, ACT, strength-based, solution-focused and culturally sensitive approaches.
Mandy aims to bring mental health service to underprivileged communities in a linguistically appropriate and culturally sensitive manner, and her friendly and humble personality establish a compassionate, comfortable and safe space for her client to be where they are. Mandy always believes that relationships are the path to heal, and she values curiosity in the therapeutic relationship in order to achieve that goal. Mandy’s values and belief system are influenced by Buddhism, which affects how she forms relationships to the world.
When Mandy is not in sessions, you can find her petting her cat and dancing in the studio.
Growing up in a country where people are not valuing mental health and are holding a strong stigmatization toward mental issues, my curiosity about this field was built up when I was exposed to western psychology. After my internship in the psychiatric hospital in my hometown, seeing a pathologized medical system toward people with serious mental illness, my personal mission of becoming a psychotherapist to heal the broken mental health care system was established. I want to advocate for people suffering from the inequity and bring psychoeducation to public awareness so that it is not an “abnormality” anymore.
1. What attracted you to being a psychotherapist?
My approach with clients always starts with building a trusting rapport as I strongly believe that healing comes through the therapeutic relationship. I am always curious to explore my client’s inner world as I know each one of them is a unique individual holding a unique thinking pattern. I try my best to develop a safe and comfortable space for my clients and I honor their vulnerability as well. I also trust my clients and empower them to be their own expert in this healing process. In this space, my client will feel safe, heard, and respected.
2. How would you describe your approach with your clients?
“Have a mind that is open to everything and attached to nothing” -Wayne W. Dyer
3. What's your favorite quote about mental health?
I am always surprised at how healing occurs over time using tools and techniques but are enhanced by the therapeutic relationship. As a result, I spend a lot of time building rapport with my clients. I am also continuously surprised that as human beings, we all have the capacity to heal ourselves, and it is an honor to work with clients on this journey toward healing.
4. What has surprised you the most about being a psychotherapist?