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Introducing… Hui Ting Kok, LMHC, NCC, CASAC 2
I’m a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor in New York. My primary therapy specialties focus on anxiety and depression, life transition, cultural identity, and addiction.
When did you know you wanted to become a therapist/psychiatric provider?
The moment I noticed that people do not treat mental health with the same vigor as physical health. When humans experience a mild rash or a slight toothache, they make plans to see a doctor or dentist to get treatment. Yet when they feel distressed or depressed, humans often chalk it up to weakness and ignore it. Many of my childhood friends have crumbled under family pressure and academic expectations, without realizing the harm it does to their mental health. They disregarded their feelings, and waited far too late before seeking treatment. I wanted to become a therapist so that I can assist those in all walks of life who are struggling with mental health conditions.
How does your identity impact your work?
I grew up in an international setting and speak several languages fluently, including Mandarin and Cantonese. Having lived in different countries, I am deeply familiar with the challenges of adaptation and acculturation. I consider the societal dynamics of gender, race, class, sexual orientation, and ability, merging them with the therapeutic process to promote effectiveness.
How have you changed as a result of doing this work?
I have become more mindful and compassionate.
Tell us about a motivating person or moving experience in your life…
Marie Forleo and her favorite quote: “Everything is Figureoutable”
How do you care for yourself?
I love dancing and pilates.
What do you think people should know before beginning therapy?
People do not need to be in distress in order to start therapy. Therapy is for anyone who is looking for more clarity in life, personal growth and development.