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Asian American Women Managing Anxiety Group (virtual)

Start date: January 9, 2021
End date: January 30, 2021
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: zoom

This therapy group is for self-identified Asian American women, and offers an opportunity to develop more comfort with vulnerability and authenticity. Led by Cathay Che, LCSW, the group will meet on a 4-week cycle and discussion topics may include the following:

  • The difference between striving for excellence and perfectionism
  • Challenges related to being Asian and female in the workplace
  • Battling the “Inner Bully”, self-esteem, and body-image
  • The anger bind (can’t show/express anger) — what do I do with it?
  • The experience of being bicultural — caught between eastern and western values
  • Building healthy boundaries with family
  • Utilizing compassionate self-talk and self-care practices

Dates: Saturdays, starting January 9th, 2021

Times: 4:30pm – 6pm ET

The fee for the entire 4 cycle is $200 ($50 per session). Out of network benefits may also be utilized. The group will be 8-10 people, and members are required to be actively working with an individual therapist. One full/partial scholarship is available for those who cannot afford the full fee.

If interested, please reach out to Cathay Che, LSCW at

Yoga for Stress & Anxiety (virtual)

Start date: December 8, 2020
End date: January 5, 2021
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Zoom
Nira Shah

This restorative class offers gentle movements and meditation, focused on calming emotional and physical impacts of stress and anxiety. Classes will involve deep stretching and releasing tension in hips, shoulders, and back and revolve around various wellness themes including self-compassion, loving kindness and finding balance.

Classes will include grounding/centering; restorative postures; gentle flowing movements; and a short debriefing. All levels welcome. Please indicate any physical limitations beforehand, as modifications are possible with every posture. Please click “More Info” for the full description and sign up.

Dates: Every Other Tuesday, starting December 8th, 2020

Time: 6:30 – 7:30 PM

The facilitator is Nira Shah, a psychotherapist (LMHC) and yoga instructor. Nira has experience in mental health and social work internationally and local to NYC. She believes that compassion and mindfulness are core components for personal growth and healing, and aims to bring accessibility to yoga and mental health care to marginalized communities. 

Gestalt Therapy with Asian Americans: Guidelines and Special Considerations

Date: November 7, 2020
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Zoom

Come join us for a highly practical and engaging workshop that will supercharge you with knowledge and skills indispensable for providing quality therapy to your Asian-American clients. Through ample case examples and multimedia presentation, we will learn about important Asian values, worldview, and communication style that inform our Asian-American clients’ way of being and relating and help us re-conceptualize their presenting issues. We will also delve into specific, recurring therapeutic themes and discuss how to work with them in skillful, culturally-responsive ways to avoid potential pitfalls resulting from interventions informed by unexamined Gestalt concepts or individualistic values.

Presented by: Sil Chen, MA, LCSW-RE |

Workshop Page:

Date: Saturday, 11/07/2020

Time: 10AM – 4PM via Zoom (with 1-hour break)

5 CE Hours for LMSW, LCSW, LMHC, LCAT and Licensed Psychoanalysts

NYCAAMH Meet and Greet (virtual)

Date: October 29, 2020
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Zoom

The NY Coalition for Asian American Mental Health (NYCAAMH) invites you to join our virtual Meet and Greet event to connect with new and current members of the Coalition, on Thursday, October 29th, 2020 at 7pm!
This is also an opportunity to share and provide input on what you hope to see in future events. Please RSVP in order to receive the Zoom link:
Grab some snacks and drink of your choice, and we look forward to seeing all of you!

Parallel Processing 2020: Where Am I in This Collective Trauma?

Date: June 27, 2020
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Zoom

In light of increased visibility and discourse around racism, trauma, and loss regarding COVID-19, the rise of anti-Asian racism, and the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and many others in the black & African American community, it is important to keep in mind the various identities we have and the ways they show up in our clinical work. As Asian American mental health professionals, we have a unique role in addressing the ways that race shows up in our sessions to act in solidarity with the movement against racism, and it is important now more than ever to leverage our use of self in the therapeutic process.

Facilitated by licensed clinical social workers Chris Roque and Daniel Tanh, join NYCAAMH in a reflective and healing space for clinicians to feel supported in their efforts as we continue to collectively navigate race both during and outside of the sessions with those we are supporting. This workshop will include guided reflection and discussion and aims to help Asian American clinicians have conversations about race during session and to further cultivate an anti-racist lens as we explore how our own identities show up in the therapy room.

Date: Saturday, June 27th, 2020

Time: 5:30 – 7pm EST

Register here.

Community Change: Where Do I Fit In?

Date: June 20, 2020
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Online

The conversation around Asian American mental health has expanded.

How has your role as an Asian American mental health professional informed your part in social change? How has a global pandemic and national protests impacted you and the individuals you work with, the layers within your identity as an Asian American mental health professional, and the roles outside this identity that you hope to incorporate? How can we support one another to grow in our practice and do so in a way that aligns with our purpose?

Join this interactive workshop as we consider the impact of the movement against racism on our practice and the impact we can have on the movement. This workshop is partly conversation and partly guided reflection as we reflect on roles in the social change ecosystem and the values around which they center.

The workshop is hosted by NYCAAMH (New York Coalition for Asian American Mental Health) and faciliated by Daniel Tanh, LCSW, and Yuna Youn.

Anti-Black Racism: Its Impact on Our Community’s Mental Health – Online Workshop

Date: June 14, 2020
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Online

The WAVES team has been working overtime to bring you awesome events we believe may be of interest to you. We will be hosting a workshop this upcoming Sunday, June 14, 2020, on “Anti-Black Racism and Its Impact on Our Community’s Mental Health” featuring Julman Tolentino, MSW.

Within this workshop, we will look at the effects of institutional racism, especially anti-Black racism, on the mental health of Asian Americans. In addition to exploring and sharing our own experiences with racism, participants will get an opportunity to examine how we may have internalized anti-Black messages and values, how we may contribute to the perpetuation of anti-Black racism, and what we can do to disrupt these patterns of thinking and behaviors. We will also discuss how anti-Asian and anti-Black racism are connected and used to upholding white supremacist ideals and a system of racial oppression. Lastly, participants will be provided with tips on how to support the fight for Black lives and liberation.

Julman Tolentino, MSW works for the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies and has a master’s degree in social work from Hunter College. As a facilitator, organizer, and program developer, his work is grounded in liberation sociology. He has created and facilitated anti-oppression trainings and social justice activities for students, staff, and social service providers for CUNY, the American Conference on Diversity, the Asian American Federation of New York and other organizations and community-based groups. Julman has run yearly summer social justice camps for high school youth and more recently co-coordinates and co-facilitates the Uprooting Patriarchy retreat at Columbia University, NYC. His social justice work began as an organizer in the Filipino community, where he founded a youth organization in Jersey City. In support and solidarity with the Black community, he has created a Why #BlackLivesMatter to Filipinos workshop that he has presented for his community at conferences and for community-based organizations. Julman has adapted that workshop specifically for this Waves event.

Due to the sensitive nature of the topic, we’ve enabled additional security features for this workshop.

Please register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Imposter Syndrome & First-Generation Immigrant Communities – Online Workshop

Date: June 13, 2020
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Online

Asian Mental Health Collective would like to invite you join our online workshop: Impostor Syndrome & First-Generation Immigrant Communities, lead by Sara Stanizai, LMFT.

What is impostor syndrome & how does it impact bicultural communities?

You may have heard the term “impostor syndrome” and may even suspect that you have it. Feeling like a fraud among your coworkers or friends? Doubting your qualifications? Struggling with self-doubt and feelings of inadequacy no matter how much you achieve? If the answer is “HELL YES” you might be one of the 70% of Americans who report experiencing impostor syndrome.

And no, you’re not just imagining it – You may also notice that it impacts you differently from your White/American peers. How can you navigate these feelings and stay connected to a family or culture that seems to make it worse?

In this workshop, we will learn exactly what impostor syndrome is, how to tell if you have it, why it affects certain communities in specific ways, and what you can do about it (with or without therapy).

Sara Stanizai, LMFT (she/her) is a licensed marriage and family therapist and the owner of Prospect Therapy, an LGBTQ+ affirming therapy practice based in Long Beach, CA. Prospect Therapy welcomes individuals and partners of all genders and sexualities, and specializes in working with first-gen/bicultural folks around issues of healthy relationships, anxiety, and depression. Sara is a queer first-gen Afghan-American.

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Managing Emotions Growing Up in Asian Households

Date: June 12, 2020
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Zoom
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In this session, Jess Song will guide us to a conversation about emotional navigation as Asian Americans. What kind of conflicts and challenges have you had as Americans growing up in Asian households? How do your parents cope with their emotions?

We are bringing on Jess Song from Back To Self again to continue the conversation and bring us to a journey of understanding our emotion and feelings. Attendance to the first session is not required. 

Bring a cup of tea, find your quiet space away from your close quarter, and open up Zoom to chat with us!

Event Details

Where: Zoom virtual meeting (Link will be sent out once you register)

5:00 pm – Intros

5:10 – Conflict between Asian households and American life around emotions

5:20 – Triggers & Compassion

5:40 – Discussions / Q&A

6:00 – Wrap up & Resources

About Jess Song:

Jess spent 10+ years incorporating counseling and emotional development frameworks into non-profit and education programs for underserved / immigrant / 2nd generation / trauma-surviving youth (and the adults working with them).  She focuses her curriculum on emotional language, core values, communication/advocacy, and healthy relationships. 

Jess founded Back to Self to help shift how we approach our emotional selves through journaling, aiming to provide perspective-shifting frameworks in an affordable, practical, and applicable way. She invites a much-needed dialogue on the relationship between culture, community, identity, and the impact intersecting worlds have on our emotional and mental well-being.

Once you register, you will get a Zoom link from us on the day of the event.

If you can’t attend this session, we will have ongoing weekly sessions around different topics for COVID-19 and more throughout the month of May. 

Here are some more Mental Health Resources for AAPI Community

50% of the proceeds goes to #GetUsPPE, a community that raises funds to get PPE (personal protective equipment) for the medical workers that are facing a severe shortage of PPE. 

If you’d like to attend this session but need some financial assistance, email and we’ll try our best to help.  

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Rock The Boat is a podcast elevating the stories of Asian leaders, founders, and pioneers in their fields. Through candid and thoughtful conversation, the host Lucia Liu uncover stories of their upbringing, Asian identity, and the movements they’ve built. 

NYCAAMH Virtual Peer Supervision for Asian Americans (Bi-weekly)

Start date: May 2, 2020
End date: December 1, 2020
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Zoom

Be Online for Your Peers

As recent increases in racism, xenophobia, and sinophobia have negatively impacted the lives of many Asian Americans, it is important for fellow helping professionals to be there for one another now more than ever.

Join fellow Asian American mental health professionals for peer-based group supervision with the NY Coalition for Asian American Mental Health’s (NYCAAMH) Professional Development Group.

Among many others, topics have centered around adapting to changes during the COVID-19 pandemic, navigating race-based interactions, discussing clinical challenges, and dealing with stress and trauma in the workplace and the community.

While these are traditionally once a month in person, Daniel Tanh, LCSW is co-facilitating virtual meetings every two weeks. Dates and meeting information are regularly posted on the NYCAAMH website.

For more information and updates, apply to join the Google Group here:

Dates: Every other Saturday (starting 5/2/20)

Time: 7 – 8:30pm EST

Zoom link:

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