Therapists

Thank you so much for checking into our therapist database!
We are working on finding more Asian, culturally competent, affirming therapists to add. If you know someone you can recommend or if you would like to be added, please email malbaugh@aclspokane.org or call 509-990-4938.
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Brenda Xu – serves Washington/Spokane via Telehealth; located in Seattle

My name is Brenda Xu (she/her), and I specialize in working with marginalized populations, including members of BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities. My areas of clinical focus are cultural/racial identity, intergenerational trauma, relationship/attachment issues, and grief. 

I’m a queer Chinese-American woman, and grew up in a multigenerational household with first-generation immigrant parents and relatives, which allowed me to understand the challenges of navigating various cultural worlds. Before entering the therapy field, I was a full-time singer/songwriter. Having first-hand knowledge of the unique emotional challenges and complex social dynamics of being a working musician has helped me to connect easily with other artists who are struggling with the creative process, imposter syndrome, work/life balance, and navigating various roles while pursuing a career in the arts.

My personal and educational experiences have shaped my values as a trauma-informed, anti-oppression, and social justice-oriented clinician. I believe that you are the expert of your own story and honor your process by allowing it to guide the skills and training that I draw from. I work collaboratively with you to establish goals that you’d like to achieve in therapy, and check in periodically to obtain your feedback about our progress together. I explore how past and present experiences contribute to thinking and behavioral patterns, such as the establishment of core beliefs, emotional triggers, and attachment styles. I also recognize the significant connection between the mind and body and seek to integrate somatic techniques to improve emotional regulation, when appropriate. In addition, I take into account the impact of racism, sexism, ableism, and other forms of systemic discrimination and oppression on your health and well-being. We may also explore how these power dynamics show up in our therapeutic relationship.

Email: lightinthedarkcounseling@gmail.com Website: lightinthedarkcounseling.com

Ji-Hye Jean – Serves Spokane locally

I am Korean-American and grew up in Hawaii. Moved to Spokane to get my Masters in Counseling at Gonzaga. I have been a Mental Health Counselor since 2011 and have been a Certified Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist since 2017 and a Certified Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist Supervisor since 2021. I am licensed in Washington state and also in Hawaii. 

I currently specialize in working with mixed faith couples, interracial couples, and couples who are struggling to connect due to life transitions.

I also work with individuals who are struggling with depression, anxiety, grief and loss, relationship distress, self-identity, racial identity, racial trauma, religious trauma, and betrayal trauma. 
 
For more information visit: www.mftspokane.com

 

Pornpan Am Gering – Serves Washington via telehealth; located in Spokane

My name is Pornpan Gering, but prefer to be called by my Thai name, Am. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) with a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Kentucky. I was born and raised in Thailand and immigrated to the United States approximately eight years ago. My first year in the U.S. was marked by significant challenges as I lacked any support network. Because of my difficult experience, I am committed to providing support to individuals who may find themselves in similar circumstances. 

My approach to treatment is a client-centered approach based on cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness techniques, dialectical behavior therapy, and Gottman Therapy. I thoroughly believe that connecting with clients, building safe spaces, and developing a mutual sense of trust are the first steps to success. My focus is to encourage the development of individuals' strengths and provide mental support while working as a team to accomplish goals. Additionally, my diverse background and my willingness to learn about different cultures is a key attribute that enables me to provide proper interventions to clients of all backgrounds. A significant portion of my clientele deal with the effects of generational trauma,

finding it difficult to integrate within their community or home environments. My clients often report feelings of isolation, a lack of belonging, and sometimes at odds with cultural expectations common in many South, East, and Central Asian households. 

I specialize in providing an open-minded, equitable, and unbiased environment for clients to express and explore these challenges.


Communities Served: Individual/ Couples/ Ages 13+

Groups: Body Positivity/ Gay Allied/ Intersex Allied/ Lesbian Allied/ Little Person

Allied/Non-Binary Allied/Open Relationships Non-Monogamy/ Racial Justice Allied/

Transgender Allied/ Veterans.

Phone: 509-519-2798

Email: Am@skyviewpsychology.com

Spokane therapist Benjawan Irwin standing for a portrait; Thai woman with long brown hair standing in front of a tree

Benjawan Irwin – serves Washington via telehealth; located in Spokane

Hi, my name is Benjawan. I also have a nickname, “Nok” which means bird in Thai. I am an immigrant from Bangkok, Thailand. I came to the US in 2010, and since then, I have lived in Tennessee, Texas, Ohio, and Washington State. I speak fluent English and Thai. 

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate. Before obtaining my licensure, I was a school counselor for Spokane Public Schools for a year. I enjoy working with children, especially immigrants, Refugees, and minorities. I have many years of experience working with children, adolescents, teens, young adults, and families in a school setting. 

My approach to therapy is to draw on various therapy models and skills to help meet the needs and goals of each individual. Models and skills include Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, Play Therapy, Solution-focused, and Person-centered approach. 

I specialize in:

·  Adjustment 

·  ADHD

·  Behavioral Issues

·  Career Counseling

·  Child

·  Coping Skills

·  Education and Learning Disabilities

·  Grief and loss

·  Life Transitions

·  Mood Disorders

·  Multicultural Counseling 

·  Peer Relationships

·  Personality Disorders

·  School Issues

·  Self Esteem

·  Stress

·  Suicidal Ideation

My passion is helping people see a brighter future and overcome mental health challenges. My goal is to help you find your promising future and to be seen and heard. I am committed to providing personalized and culturally sensitive care, tailoring my approach to meet your needs. 

My private practice is “Hope For Tomorrow Counseling, PLLC”

Phone: 509-903-9014

Email: benjawanirwin@mindfultherapygroup.com Website: https://hopefortomorrowcounseling.weebly.com

 

WenHui Eunice Huang — serves Washington via telehealth, located in Spokane

 

My approach is strengths-based, focused on effective interventions which is what I have found clients need to unleash their potential for positive outcomes. I am dedicated to providing clients a safe, warm, and non-judgmental environment for what they need and want to work on through counseling. I offer a range of services including: stress management, emotional regulation, childhood traumas and relationship issues. The practice is offering Telehealth sessions only at this time. I am also fluent in Taiwanese and Mandarin.   

 

Email: Eunice@counselingbyeunice.com

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Jason Chug – serves Washington/Spokane via Telehealth; located in Seattle.
Hi, my name is Jason Chug and I work with clients who struggle with anxiety and depression related to existential issues, low self-esteem, and life transitions. The individuals I work with seek to gain the awareness and ability to make intentional decisions towards living a happier life. I help clients process their old emotional blockages and use a blend of modalities and theories to help them understand the why’s and how’s of their behavior. With this knowledge, we collaboratively work on an action plan to make changes. My desire to work in the counseling field stems from my own experience dealing with mental health challenges. As an Asian-American, it was challenging to find support within a culture that often stigmatizes and misunderstands mental health and holistic well-being. After spending years reflecting and working on myself, I was able to come out of this challenging time and grow as a person. This experience brought about the desire to help others with the hopes that I can be the person who I needed back when I was struggling. The desire to want more out of life and to seek help is a courageous step – I welcome the opportunity to support and witness your journey.
Email: jchug@jasonchugcounseling.com  Website: https://www.jasonchugcounseling.com/

Rujoyt Singh (BAINS Counseling) – serves Washington via Telehealth, located in Spokane. From Psychology Today: Welcome to my page and congratulations on taking the first step towards investing in your well-being. I hope to hear from you. Human experiences such as anxiety, depression, grief and loss, life transitions, family of origin issues, relational issues, trauma, abuse, and neglect can often lead to feelings of being stuck, social isolation, struggles with meaning making and spirituality, unmet needs, lack of self-awareness, incongruence, and hopelessness. Counseling can be an amazing resource in such times because we all deserve to be heard and seen in a safe place. I am a mental health counselor and I can provide that safe place for you. I am multilingual, fluent in English, Punjabi, and Hindi. I view my clients from a multicultural and developmental model, in that I am attachment focused and employ other evidence-based practices like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Solution Focused Therapy. 509-584-4186

Alan Li – serves Washington via Telehealth, located in Spokane.


Therapy is not always about solving problems or finding who’s at fault. It is a chance to see ourselves more clearly and find compatible coping strategies for various life challenges. My experiences at one of Seattle’s largest homeless support programs have shown me the importance of relationships even when all else fails. Moreover, a secure and intimate relationship requires more than just compassion. It takes patience, honesty, and vulnerability to break free of the perpetual negative cycle of verbal arguments and stone-walling.


As a first-generation immigrant, I am also fully aware of the complexity of societal expectations and cultural influences on our relationships. My current education at Gonzaga University and my ongoing training as an Emotionally focused therapist have shown me what it takes to create a safe environment for us to communicate authentically. I strive to understand the intricacies of your relationships and explore solutions for healthier intimacy moving forward.

For more information visit: www.mftspokane.com 

Semarn Singh (BAINS Counseling) – serves Washington via Telehealth, located in Spokane.

From Psychology Today: Therapy is a wonderful opportunity for personal growth. It is also helpful in overcoming human experiences such as anxiety and depression, for improving relationships and for changing behaviors that may be hindering our quality of life. It is common to experience hesitation or ambivalence when starting therapy, much like many other new beginnings.

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