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Sometimes it feels like our trauma, or anxiety, or depression, or any other challenge we face, is in charge. It feels all-consuming, inevitable, and like it controls us. ⁠

But it doesn't define us. It's our responsibility, but not our master. ⁠

You control your own narrative; it's a true "choose your adventure." In therapy, we can find you the pen, paper, and whatever other stationery you need in the kit & caboodle to take charge of your story!⁠

#NarrativeTherapy #AAPIMentalHealth #MTCC #MangoTreeCC #AsianMentalHealth #AsianTherapists #AAPITherapists #PhillyMentalHealth #MentalHealthMatters #MentalHealthISHealth #MentalWellness #YouShallOvercome #ItTooShallPass
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Check out this panel on Thursday, 7/22/21, 230pm est on cultural differences within AAPI immigrant families. #aapijoy #asianfamily #therapy #mentalhealth #asian #filipina #filipinx ...

When you heal the hurt in yourself, you heal your ancestors as well.⁠

The inheritance of inter-generational trauma can end with you.⁠

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Self-reflection and addressing the wounds in one's soul and mind is emotionally, mentally, and physically exhausting. On the days I want to quit and hide away, I remind myself that the work I do is not just for myself - but for everyone I share lineage with. We will not hide. We will not cower. The cycle ends with us.⁠

#AAPIMentalHealth #AsianMentalHealth #AAPITherapists #AsianTherapists #MTCC #MangoTreeCC #FirstGenAAPI #SecondGenAAPI #IntergenerationalTrauma #Trauma #Healing #Recovery #Inspiration #Ancestors #AncestralHealing
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Thank you for the engagement and great dialogue during last week's seminar! We touched on various themes of interracial families and dating, as well as relational skills such as establishing your True North, Turning Toward instead of Turning Away or Against, and identifying the Four Horsemen of Relationships in order to begin fostering healthier communication.⁠

Next month's Mental Wellness Seminar is centered around toxic workplace environments and burnout, a topic that has frequently come up as an interest. This will be an open space for AAPI folks to come and discuss their experiences, and share what coping mechanisms work for them. Register for free: bit.ly/mws-august (all lowercase!)⁠

#mentalwellnessseminar #mangotreecc #mtcc #mentalhealthIShealth #mentalhealthmatters #aapimentalhealth #asianmentalhealth #toxicworkplace #burnout #toxicworkplaceenvironments #toxicworkculture
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Happy #FriYay! We'd love to celebrate the end of the week by spotlighting one of the newer members of the team! Enter: Felicia! ⁠

𝐅𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐚 𝐋𝐮𝐨 (she/her/hers)⁠
LPC, MSEd, MPhilEd⁠
Psychotherapist & Consultant⁠

I am a Philadelphia based Licensed Professional Counselor. When working with my clients, I utilize a person-centered and healing-focused approach to meet their individual needs. I also have training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, as well as specific trauma focused treatments. My clinical interest and areas of specialty focus on working with individuals struggling with attachment-based issues, depression and anxiety, with sexual orientation and gender identity, relationships, and trauma.⁠

I have had to learn different languages and adapt to new countries and cultures at multiple stages of my life. This has pushed me to explore and establish an understanding of my own racial and cultural identity as a Third Culture Kid, and as an immigrant. It is due to these experiences that I am passionate about being able to help my clients to process and navigate their own identities. ⁠

Whether you have seen a therapist in the past or this is your first time, I am here to provide a safe space and help guide you along your journey to self-exploration and meaningful change. I hope to have the opportunity to join you along your path to building resiliency. ⁠

𝐄𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧⁠
MSEd, MPhilEd from the University of Pennsylvania⁠

#PhillyTherapists #AAPITherapists #AsianTherapists #MentalHealthIsHealth #MentalHealthMatters #AAPITherapist #AsianTherapist #PhillyTherapist #MangoTreeCC #MTCC #WomenTherapists #WomanTherapist #AAPICounselor #AAPICounselors
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To cap off Pride Month, we’ve asked our outreach consultant Cali Tran what being an openly LGBTQA+ person in the AAPI community means to her:

“Being an openly queer person of Southeast Asian descent is significant to me because it can help give others the courage to pursue their own freedom of self and heart.”

Pride is forever! 🌈

#LGBTQAAPI #HappyPrideMonth #QueerAAPI #MentalHealthMatters #MentalHealthISHealth #AAPIMentalHealth #MangoTreeCC #MTCC #QueerSoutheastAsian #QueerAsians
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Hello! Mango Tree Counseling & Consulting, LLC is a mental health group practice and resource center serving the AAPI community and larger BIPOC communities.

Every 2nd Thursday of the month, we host Mental Wellness Seminars, community talks that explore the intersections of AAPI identity. These are closed discussions for AAPI folx and open to the public.

July's Topic is Interracial Dating and Families among AAPI communities. Dr. Ramirez & Cali Tran will be going over different frameworks, research, themes, and relational strategies.
Register today!:
https://forms.gle/njbNxpjE6R9Cwv6aA
Learn more about us: mangotreecc.com

#asian @asianamericanlife #thisfilipinoamericanlife #interracialcouple #mentalhealth #asianamerican #therapy #mentalwellness #couple #couplestherapy #postcolonialism #discussion #aapi
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Are you an AAPI therapist or counselor licensed in Pennsylvania? ⁠

Do you want to be a part of a growing network of healing providers that are doing incredible work within their community?⁠

If so, tell us about yourself and your practice at info@mangotreecc.com to be included on our referral list! Feel free to also send questions/concerns.⁠

Tag a therapist you know! ⬇️⬇️⬇️

#AAPITherapists #AsianTherapists #PhillyAAPITherapists #PhillyTherapists #PennsylvaniaTherapists #SouthAsianTherapists #EastAsianTherapists #SoutheastAsianTherapists #WestAsianTherapists #CentralAsianTherapists #PacificIslanderTherapists #PasifikaTherapists
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Next month is fast approaching, so we'd like to give a heads up on July's Mental Wellness Seminar! We will be discussing interracial dating and families. This will be structured as an open group discussion to share stories, triumphs, challenges, recurring themes, and everything in between. We will also be developing relational skills in this session. ⁠

Our hosts will be Dr. Noel B. Ramirez, founder and director of Mango Tree Counseling & Consulting, and Cali Tran MSW, LSW, our outreach consultant. We're looking forward to great dialogue and creating a safe community space with you!⁠

Don't miss out; register for free at https://bit.ly/MWS-July⁠ (case sensitive!)

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Mango Tree Counseling & Consulting is a Philly-based mental health resource center prioritizing the needs of the AAPI communities in Philadelphia and PA at large.⁠

For more information, visit our website: http://mangotreecc.com⁠

To schedule a consultation: http://calendly.com/mangotree
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Tell me where your suffering takes you.⁠

Does it take you to the front of the war or straight to defeat?⁠

#AAPIMentalHealth #PhillyMentalHealth #AsianMentalHealth #MentalHealthMatters #MentalHealthISHealth #MTCC
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Today we'd like to highlight Matthew Wong, our Administrator here at Mango Tree and one of the co-founders of @phillyasianqueer! We asked what being an openly LGBTQ+ in the AAPI community means for him. Here's what he had to say:⁠

"For me, coming out and being open to my friends and community has been the start of my journey towards my authentic self."⁠

#Pride #HappyPrideMonth #AAPIandLGBTQ #LGBTQAAPI #WeAreHere #PAQ #PhiladelphiaAsianQueer #QueerStories
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Sometimes we are comfortable being uncomfortable. ⁠

It takes practice to rewire how we interpret free time, joy, and vulnerability.⁠

#AAPIMentalHealth #PhillyMentalHealth #MentalHealthMatters #MentalHealthISHealth #MentalWellness #Mindfulness #MTCC #BreaktheCycle #EndTheCycle #IntergenerationalTrauma⁠
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#aapi #aapimentalhealth #therapy #community #asian #asianamericanmentalhealth ...

For some of us in helping professions, we are holding toxic narratives about hurt, epidemiology, and pain. ⁠

Even when we have our gloves on...that toxicity can find its way in you. ⁠

Therapy can be a place where we can talk through it... and create new meaning and cultivate resilience.⁠

#HealersNeedHealingToo #MentalHealthISHealth #MentalHealthMatters #HealingProfessionals #TherapistsNeedTherapists #Therapy #TherapyIsSelfLove #TherapyIsProfessionalDevelopment
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- MENTAL HEALTH IN THE WORKPLACE -⁠
The family of origin is where we first learn to compete and seek to prove.⁠

Do you see any parallels of your hurts at work with your hurts at home?⁠

#AAPIMentalHealth #MentalHealthInTheWorkplace# MentalHealthAtWork #MentalHealthMatters #MentalHealthISHealth #MangoTreeCC #Projection #Therapy #PhillyMentalHealth
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Swallowing emotions and hurts can lead to embodied indigestion. Talk it out here in therapy so we can chew, deconstruct, and savor emotions at a reasonable and gentle pace.⁠

#AAPIMentalHealth #PhillyMentalHealth #AsianMentalHealth #MentalHealthMatters #MentalHealthISHealth
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Learn more about frameworks, skills, and concepts when it comes love, family, and AAPI identity. Mango Tree Counseling & Consulting is a mental health resource center in the Philly metro area. Check us out Mangotree.com #mentalhealth #aapi #philly #therapy #filipino #family #aapibusiness ...

- YOU CAN'T POUR FROM AN EMPTY CUP -⁠

If you try to be a resource to someone else, without resourcing yourself...you run risk of driving into a spiral of scarcity, anxiety, and a chosen urgency.⁠

#AAPIMentalHealth #MentalHealthISHealth #MentalHealthMatters #AsianMentalHealth #PhillyMentalHealth #SelfCare #RestIsRevolutionary
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Happy Pride Month!⁠
We asked our Founder & Director Dr. Noel B. Ramirez what being an openly LGBTQ+ person in the AAPI community means to him. Here's what he had to say:⁠

"The intersection of my queer and AAPI identity lives in my quest to find and create a sense of home and in my conviction that communities can be a site of both refuge and revolution.”⁠

#LGBTQ #AAPI #LGBTQAAPI #AsianLGBTQ #PrideMonth
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On Hookup Culture/Anonymous Sex:⁠

Sometimes the realities and complexities of a person can disrupt the rigid gendered role we project onto them.⁠

#aapimentalhealth #hookupculture #sexualhealth #sexuality #mentalhealthIShealth #mentalhealthmatters #dating #love
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Check it out. This Wednesday with The AIDS Education Training Center. We’ll be taking about use of self, systems, culture, and ways to move towards restoration. #socialworker #selfcare #aidseducationtrainingcenter #mangotreecc #aapiphilly #mentalhealth #hrsa #philly ...

🌅 Anxiety Tips 🌅⁠
Externalization is a strategy found in child CBT (but still effective for adults!) that separates anxiety from the individual challenged with it. It does not allow anxiety to consume your entire life and existence. Instead of saying "I'm anxious," perhaps say "Anxiety is making me feel nervous about ____." See the difference? You have the power to control your reaction when anxiety rears its head. It's helpful with children to help them name their anxiety ("the gray cloud" or the "worry monster") and remember that it does not control or define them.⁠

Some reminders on how to do this are as follows:⁠

🍃 Treat your anxiety as an external force. Reframe it, for example, maybe as a well-intentioned guardian that can overreact.⁠

🍃 Acknowledge and speak directly to your anxiety. "Thank you for trying to protect me, but I'm safe. I will be okay."⁠

🍃 Be patient and gentle with yourself. Your brain is doing the best it can to cope with the trauma you experienced.⁠

#AAPIMentalHealth #ChildrensMentalHealth #AdultMentalHealth #PhillyMentalHealth #MentalHealthMatters #MTCC #MangoTreeCC #AsianMentalHealth #MentalHealthISHealth #externalization #narrativetherapy #cognitivebehavioraltherapy #cbt⁠
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→ Mental Health in the Workplace ←⁠

Underneath toxic productivity is a tension between obligation and resentment.⁠

#AAPIMentalHealth #MentalHealthAtWork #WorkplaceMentalHealth #MentalHealthMatters #MentalHealthISHealth #MentalWellness #PhillyMentalHealth #ToxicProductivity #AntiGrindCulture
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Today's topic: Intrusive Thoughts.⁠

An estimated 6 million people in America struggle with intrusive thoughts. They are unwanted, usually arrive out of the blue, and seem to stick around endlessly. These repetitive thoughts can run the gamut from nonsensical to disturbing. They cause folks much distress because they're afraid that these thoughts mean that they're terrible people, or that they subconsciously want to act out the thought. These myths simply aren't true. In fact, because they cause you distress, it reinforces your character. You fight the thoughts so hard because they are alien, unacceptable, and at odds with who you are. If you have no desire + no plan to act upon them, they are harmless and you should not be ashamed.⁠

A good remedy to them is to recalibrate your relationship with your thoughts. Recognize that your mind is a universe all on its own; thinking is just automatic and not under your control. The more you struggle against them, the deeper they dig into your consciousness. Let all your thoughts, good or bad, come and go like a leaf floating down the river. Working with a therapist is beneficial to helping you manage the intense charged emotions that often follow intrusive thoughts.⁠

Here are some great articles on the topic:⁠

🥭 https://adaa.org/learn-from-us/from-the-experts/blog-posts/consumer/unwanted-intrusive-thoughts⁠

🥭 https://screening.mhanational.org/content/types-intrusive-thoughts/⁠

🥭 https://theocdandanxietycenter.com/intrusive-thoughts/⁠

#AAPIMentalHealth #MentalHealthMatters #OCD #GAD #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder #GeneralizedAnxietyDisorder #PhillyMentalHealth #IntrusiveThoughts #CopeWithHope
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We are proud to share that our first Mental Wellness Seminar went off without a hitch! We are so glad that you all came out to share, build community, and be vulnerable with us. Our seminars will happen every 2nd Thursday of the month, at 8 PM EST over Zoom.⁠

We hope that you'll join us again for June's seminar, which will focus on Love, Family, and Relationships. Dr. Noel B. Ramirez, our Founder & Director will be hosting once more.⁠

Register here: http://bit.ly/MWS-June⁠

Please share with those that would benefit! 🥭⁠

#AAPIMentalHealth #MentalHealthMatters #MTCC #MangoTreeCounselingandConsulting #PhillyAAPI #PhillyMentalHealth #LoveFamilyRelationships⁠
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Questions to ask when you're checking in with yourself:⁠

1. What does mental wellness look like to you? ⁠
2. How do you know when you're at your best? ⁠
3. How do you know when you're at your worst?⁠
4. What do you do to cope?⁠

#AAPIMentalHealth #AAPIPhilly #MTCC #MangoTreeCounselingandConsulting #MentalHealthMatters #MentalHealth #MentalWellness #PhillyMentalHealth
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Do you see yourself as someone worth protecting?⁠

I do.⁠

#aapimentalhealth #mentalhealth #selfworth #selflove
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