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Vida Manalang
(They, She)

Associate Psychotherapist

MA

I am a queer 1.5-generation Filipino American based in Philadelphia. I received my Master’s Degree in Mental Health and Wellness Counseling from New York University. I root my practice in values of authenticity, curiosity, and radical acceptance. I believe therapy to be a creative process where you have all the tools you need and need no permission to build a life worth living. This is your space to be exactly who you are.

I use a person-centered and emotionally focused approach grounded in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Narrative Therapy, and Bowenian Family of Origin Therapy. I seek to create a healing container where we can untangle complex narratives, thoughts, and emotions together. My clinical interests include intersectional identities, Filipinx/o/a identity, intergenerational trauma, family/couples’ dynamics, grief, overcoming perfectionism, growing self-compassion, and expanding creativity.

Outside of Mango Tree, I am a theatre-maker who is dedicated to cultivating experimental and immersive theatre experiences that center AAPI, BIPOC, and queer and trans voices in the Philadelphia community.

Education:

Masters in Counseling, New York University

 Areas of Interest:

Cultural Identity, Racial Stress and Trauma, Relationships and Interpersonal Issues, Life Transitions, Gender or Sexual Identity, Attachment Issues, Family Conflict, Body Image, Anxiety, Depression

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