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HOW CAN WE HELP?

MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM

OVERVIEW

 

Our Mental Health Program was established in 2022 as part of Asia Pacific Cultural Center’s program offerings to support and serve the community. 

 

Our mission is to provide services that honor AANHPI cultures while working toward improving the overall well-being of our AANPHI communities. 

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OUR VISION: A world where all Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities are utilizing and freely seeking services for their mental well-being is possible.  

WHAT WE DO
 
  • Reduce the stigma and promote literacy and awareness of mental health by offering culturally honoring community education workshops. 

  • Make mental health therapy accessible by sponsoring the cost of therapy.  

  • Provide tailored and facilitated mental health community education sessions. 

  • Collaborate with our AANHPI Youth Advisory Board to guide our program's strategies for improving youth's mental well-being.  

  • Collaborate with AANHPI-identifying and licensed mental health professionals. 

 

HOW TO ACCESS OUR SERVICES
 
  • Join our free mental health community education workshops held throughout the year. These workshops are for people to learn about mental health support, provide space to encourage each other to seek support, and normalize therapy. 

  • Request for sponsored mental health counseling sessions if you are experiencing economic insecurity and/or lack of healthcare insurance. 

  • Request tailored and facilitated workshops on mental health topics that is relevant to your community. 

 

MENTAL HEALTH FACTS
  

RESOURCES
  
  • Multicultural Counselors  - www.multiculturalcounselors.org.  You can search profiles to find a counselor that meets your needs by ethnicity, language, religion, and location.  

  • Behavioral Health Services Locator - www.piercecountywa.gov/5859/Behavioral-Health.  You can find behavioral health providers that meet your specific needs 

  • For a non-life threatening but urgent behavioral health crisis, please contact the 24-hour Pierce County Crisis Line at 1-800-576-7764 or Text "HEAL" to 741741 

  • Pierce County Recovery Support Line: (877) 780-5222.  Talk to someone with experience who understands 

  • Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: call or text 988 

  • If you have a life-threatening illness or injury that needs immediate assistance, please call 9-1-1. ​​

WORKSHOP DATES:  Click here to sign up.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE ONE OF OUR PARTNER THERAPISTS?

If you have a financial barrier, do not have insurance, or have used up all your benefits, and would like to see one of our AANHPI-identifying and licensed mental health professionals for individual or couple counseling, we are sponsoring the costs of up to 5 counseling sessions. 

GET TO KNOW OUR PARTNER MENTAL HEALTH THERAPISTS

Ayako Aizawa

AYAKO: I was born and raised in Japan. My life in the US started over 20 years ago. With my background, I can establish a special rapport with people from other countries as well as children of immigrants. Genuine empathy toward frontline workers in social service/healthcare settings is also my strong point after my 15 years of commitment to serve vulnerable communities under “the system”. I’m also a state-certified Geriatric Mental Health Specialist and have extensive experience working with older adults, people with ongoing medical conditions, and their caregivers. In my personal life, I’m a member of a bilingual/biracial/bicultural family and a parent of a neurodiverse/twice exceptional child. "Professional areas of focus include Marginalized People (BIPOC/Black, Indigenous People of Color, AAPI/Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, LGBTQ+ Folx, Immigrants/Children of Immigrants, etc.), Healthcare/Social Service Workers, Older Adults and Their Caregivers, People with Chronic Health Conditions.

Credentials/Email/Availability: MS, LMHC, GMHS ayako@yoursongcounseling.com / yoursongcounseling.com.  Available: Not Currently Available 

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Sala Afalava

SALA is a licensed professional mental health counselor that runs an exclusively online private practice while also pursuing her Doctorates degree in Clinical Psychology at Northwest University. Sala earned her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Northwest University. Her clinical experience is in working with children, adolescents, and adults in addressing anxiety, complex trauma, life transitions, and relationship concerns. She values her relationship with clients and understands the sacredness of each individual and their healing process. Sala is committed to helping her clients and firmly believes in their success.  

Credentials/Email/Availability: MA, LMHC sala@nh-counseling.com

https://nh-counseling.com/about.  Available: telehealth only 

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Connie Oh

CONNIE: I was born in Korea and moved with my parents to California when I was six. After college, I worked in the corporate environment for many years until I married my husband, who was serving in the Army. As a military family, we have been assigned to nine different duty stations, including a few overseas tours. I have been married for over 21 years, and we have two teenage children. As an Asian American, a military spouse, and a mother of two adopted children, I am familiar with cultural complexities, uncertainty, significant transitions, and many unique challenges. I also love discovering new places, eating great international food, and developing deep relationships. Connie has clinical experience and interest in individuals, marriage and couples counseling, military families, depression/anxiety, grief and loss, addiction, trauma, family of origin issues, including childhood trauma, divorce recovery, spiritual concern and questions, women's issues, caregivers' fatigue. 

Credentials/Email/Availability: MA, LMHCA connie@pearlcounseling.com / www.pearlcounseling.com/counselors/connie.php 

Available: Thursday at 3 pm and 5 pm (In-person Clinic) / Telehealth 

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Eunice Setiawan

EUNICE: I enjoy working with adults, children/adolescents, and families. I believe that counseling needs to be a safe and brave space to process hard topics. I value trust, respect, culture, education, and fun in my work which inclines towards empathic, trauma-informed, attachment, and strength-based approaches. I identify as an Asian-American, military veteran spouse, and parent. My expertise includes anxiety, depression, trauma/complex-trauma/PTSD, military/aviation families, families, parenting, multicultural/identity issues, family of origin issues, and foster care/adoption. I believe in honoring the client’s consent and feedback in the therapeutic process because the client is the true driving force behind change. Every individual has the potential to meet their goals and become the person that they want to be. Finding the right fit therapist is important- please reach out to discuss if we would be a good fit. 😊 

 

Credentials/Email/Availability: LMHCA, NCC eunice@shmwa.com/ www.shmwa.com 

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Paige Pereira

PAIGE: I practice from a client-centered, strengths-based approach, utilize CBT, incorporate DBT principles to teach distress tolerance skills, and provide psychoeducation to increase insight and awareness for client and their family systems. I am Pacific Islander identifying, culturally rooted as a Chamorro woman from Guam. I value the connection between culture and its unique role in our mental health. My respective identities help guide my clinical work, by building foundational trust and encouraging clients to find comfort in exploring their personal identities. If you are ready to begin/continue your healing journey and you feel we’d be a good fit, please contact me via email for a consultation. 

Credentials/Email/Availability: LSWAIC paige@shmwa.com / www.shmwa.com 

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Scarlette Ekoroma

SCARLETT: I specialize in helping individuals set healthy boundaries and process healing their inner wounds. I assist you in giving a voice to the inner wounds you carry. I use a variety of techniques and incorporate a wholesome approach (looking at the psychological, physical, emotional, spiritual, and social aspects of your life) to help promote personal growth and healing. I believe a healthy coaching relationship, through trust-building, will help elevate and encourage you through various situations. 

 

Credentials/Email/Availability: MA, LMFT, CMHP hello@elevatehealingllc.com / www.elevatehealingllc.com. Availabilities: telehealth only 

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CONTACT US

 

If you're interested in any of the mental health services or community education sessions - CLICK HERE

  • Call Chris at 253- 414-7208 

  • Call APCC at 253-383-3900 from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm or

  • Call 253-590-7457 for emergency help after hours. 

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