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Yin is an Asian American marriage and family therapist licensed in California and Oregon and founder of Theralane.

As a child of immigrants, she didn’t always know she wanted to be a therapist.  Yin started out in investment banking right out of college and co-founded an IT services company where she worked for almost 15 years in Silicon Valley.

As a therapist, Yin primarily works with Asians, Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders for a range of concerns ranging from challenging family dynamics, chronic relationship difficulties (romantic, love, family, work), life transitions, career challenges, identity questions, high functioning depression, and anxiety.

She enjoys working with folks who are either brand new to therapy or have had “bad” or ineffective experiences in therapy.

In addition to seeing clients, Yin has made it her mission to help normalize mental health, wellness and therapy services in API communities.  Theralane produced a free, community event, “De-Mystifying Therapy for Asian Americans” in Portland, Oregon.  Theralane is also promoting #Asiansdotherapy to help create more visibility and challenge stigma.

Topics we cover on this show:

  • How to find a therapist that is right for you

  • What is therapy and what to expect if you decide to enter therapy

  • Why Asian-Americans don’t want to ask for help

  • What to do if you are feeling pain and you are not ready for individual therapy

  • How to normalize therapy in Asian-American communities

  • How to deal with somebody being angry with you

  • Why I got into a huge argument with a Lyft driver that cut me off


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