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How 3 Therapists Are Breaking Down Barriers to Mental Health Care in AAPI Communities

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In honor of AAPI Heritage Month and Mental Health Awareness Month , Verywell spoke to three AAPI therapists about their work. They stressed the importance of AAPI representation in their field and that normalizing mental health care is crucial for Asian and Asian American communities.

Immigrating to the United States at a young age and navigating what it means to be a queer Korean American wasn’t easy for S.H. Moon, PsyD .

Growing up, Moon noticed that her family dynamics were different from others who did not identify as Asian. Mental health was rarely discussed in her family and in the Asian American community.

“That personal experience led me to be really curious about why mental heath isn’t talked about, or why in our culture, reflection or processing our thoughts and feelings were not encouraged,” Moon said.

Those questions motivated Moon to study psychology in college with the goals of better understanding herself and helping other Asian Americans process questions of identity, belonging, and family dynamics too. She is now a licensed clinical psychologist and consultant with specialties working with BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities.

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) are one of the most diverse racial groups in the U.S., representing about […]

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