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LANGUAGES SPOKEN

  • English

  • Conversational Mandarin Chinese
     

EDUCATION

  • MSW, Boston College Graduate School of Social Work

  • BA, English and Communications, Canisius College, Buffalo, NY

TRAINING + EXPERIENCE​​


For additional information about my clinical experience, please reference my LinkedIn page.

ABOUT JOY

I am a Massachusetts Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (#115732) who has been in the mental health field for almost 15 years. I have spent the vast majority of that time in college mental health providing individual, couples, and group therapy to undergraduate and graduate students at multiple institutions in the Northeast. The last nine years of my career were spent as a mental health clinician at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where I worked with college students struggling with anxiety/stress, depression, imposter syndrome, burnout, self-esteem and relationship issues

As a multi-racial, second-generation American of Chinese and Caucasian descent, I am passionate about working with first and second-generation Asian American individuals and couples that would like support with exploring and embracing one's unique identity, improving communication in relationships, and navigating inter-generational conflicts within their families of origin. Additional areas of clinical interests lie in grief/ loss, adjustment to life changes, identity development, and coping with infertility, postpartum, and new parenting challenges 

As a therapist, I strive to create a safe, supportive and non-judgmental space for clients to explore their vulnerabilities and connect with what it means to have a meaningful and satisfying life. I aim to work collaboratively with you towards identifying your unique needs and goals. Together, we can explore what may be causing ongoing distress in your life while creating healthier and more authentic relationships with others. Through skill development and insight building, you will learn how to better cope with overwhelming emotions, deepen self-awareness, overcome unhelpful patterns. Reflecting on how past experiences may impact your present concerns can create real and sustainable changes for your future. 

I value every component of what makes a person unique, including (but not limited to) age, gender, national origin, race, ethnicity, ability, religious/spiritual practice, and sexual orientation. While I don't pretend to implicitly understand every facet of each individuals' identity, I am committed to ongoing education and understanding your personal experience of what it means to be human in this world.  


Outside of the office, I enjoy traveling and exploring the world, crafting and snuggling with my pups.