Vida Manalang
(They, Them, Theirs & She, Her, Hers)

Associate Psychotherapist


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.


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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