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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. 


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.  

  • 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. 


  • 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. 



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

  • Behavioral Health Services Locator -  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. ​​

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Community Workshops, Education and Conversations Schedules: Click here to sign up. 
Join us in-person at our temporary location: 3513 Portland Ave E, Tacoma, WA 98404  

Connect with us further by calling Chris at 253-414-7208 or email  


Developed and Presented by our AANHPI- Identifying Mental Health Experts  

Our sessions are developed by our very own Asian-American, Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander (AANHPI) partnered licensed mental health professionals. We want you to receive help from people that look like you, speak your language(s), and know your stories.   


We offer a safe and supportive space for all of us to learn and share. Join us!  
$50 gift card for participants WHO attend 4 workshops and submit pre & post surveys  



We break down what depression & anxiety (D&A) is and how it may show up in our bodies and interactions with others.  



We provide psychoeducation on how we make decisions, how fear can hijack the decision-making process, and what it could look like to base decisions on our values.  



We explore and provide psychoeducation about how anger is a secondary emotion and the importance of identifying the feelings underneath anger.  


We teach the importance of knowing, identifying, and sharing your feelings outside of what we’ve learned in early childhood.  


We'll delve into common concerns about starting trauma-focused therapy and discuss various types such as EMDR, CPT, and PE. Learn how to find the right trauma therapist and leave with practical insights for your healing journey. 


This one-hour workshop is designed to engage Asian-American/Pacific Islander participants in a thoughtful exploration of family dynamics, values, boundaries, and conflict resolution. The icebreaker, lecture, and group activities are tailored to foster understanding and provide practical tools for building healthier family relationships. 



We navigate the various stigmas that withhold the Pacific Islander community from seeking mental health therapy.  



We explore and define cultural fatigue and how it shows up in our bodies, culture, and communities we are a part of.  



A two-part discussion to explore why someone feels like running away for teens and parents.  


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. 



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

  • 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. 


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 /  Available: Accepting new clients. 

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  Available: telehealth only 

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

Available: telehealth only"

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 

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 / 

Scarlett Ekeroma

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 / Availabilities: telehealth only 

Portia Bajwa, LICSW

PORTIA: Portia is a licensed clinical social worker based in WA state and conducts her practice over telehealth. She works with adult individuals and couples who are struggling with anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, life transitions, grief and loss, and depression. Portia incorporates mindfulness and somatic-based approach in order to increase connection, awareness, and growth in the therapeutic space. She specializes in working with BIPOC members of the community, including immigrants and first- and second-generation Americans. She also specializes in working with members of the LGBTQIA+ community as an ally.


Credentials: LISW, MSW

mail/Availability: portia@sansaracounseling.com

Veronica Ngoc Nhan

VERONICA: I attended Pacific Lutheran University (PLU), where I obtained my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. During my time at PLU, I trained in working with couples while also interning in clinical settings where I focused on working with children, teens, and young adults. After graduating, I began my career, continuing my focus on teens and young adults with substance use/abuse along with mental health challenges. Eventually, I transitioned back to my foundation in working with adult individuals and couples, helping them navigate personal and relational obstacles such as anxiety, infidelity, depression, self-esteem, and trauma. Throughout my training and in my professional career, I have provided treatment for clients from diverse cultures and varying socioeconomic backgrounds.


Credentials: LMFT.  Availability: Telehealth only

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Luke Thao

LUKE: Expertise - Hello, I emphasize approachability and collaboration within the therapeutic process and relationship. What this means to me is sharing a space where we practice (in all its vulnerability, humor, and profundity) what it means to be who we are and who we want to be. Growing up Asian-American (Hmong), gay, and Christian-identified (nondenominational, pastor's kid), I appreciate the intersectional experience of navigating multiple (and often competing) identities. My hope is to support those desiring to venture deeper into what it means to live authentically and with purpose. I especially enjoy working with those interested in exploring: socialized masculinity and sexuality (e.g., Out of Control Sexual Behavior, desire discrepancy, body image, values and beliefs...), the specific interaction of faith/spirituality and sexuality (e.g., shame, trauma...), intersectional identity work (i.e. our complex and interacting layers as people), surviving dating, navigating life transitions, and living with anxiety (e.g., social, highly sensitive person...) and depression. 


Availability: Telehealth Only. Credentials: MA, LMFTA


Thavarry Yaim

Thavarry’s belief is that counseling is most effective when taking a collaborative and holistic approach. Every individual is unique in their needs and the time it takes to address them. She strives to create a strong, therapeutic relationship that is built on trust, respect, responsibility, empathy, attentiveness, and open-mindedness through communication. Thavarry’s goal is to offer you a safe and supportive space, to walk with you in your journey, explore aspects of the 'self' that you would like to build on, and discover strengths that can be used in your present and future to have the life that you desire.


Availability: Virtual only. Credentials: MA, LMHC         


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Cheryl Dann

I am a licensed, Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the states of Washington and Oregon. I welcome adolescent and adult clients with mental health conditions. My approach in treatment is collaborative, partnering with clients in pursuit of their mental wellbeing. I incorporate the growing practice of nutrition psychiatry in my treatment plans as I see the benefits of natural remedies complementary with traditional treatments. I derive treatment decisions from evidence-based research. I recognize that medication alone may not sufficiently treat these disorders and I put emphasis on continued engagement with a licensed therapist and commitment to overall wellness. I also offer talk therapy, supportive counseling, and solutions-focused brief therapy


Availability: Virtual, In-person (must be requested). Credentials: ARNP, PMHNP-BC


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Xuan Ho

Xuan Ho is a first-generation Vietnamese American therapist specializing in individual, couple, and family therapy. With a Master's degree in Couple and Family Therapy from Antioch University, she has extensive experience in community mental health and private practice. In her work with individuals, Xuan addresses a range of issues from anxiety and depression to relationship challenges and trauma.  For couples, Xuan focuses on reducing conflict, improving communication, and fostering greater self-awareness and understanding between partners. As a sex therapist, Xuan assists individuals and couples with various sexual issues including desire discrepancy, erectile dysfunction, and sexual shame, among others. Additionally, Xuan is skilled in helping families navigate conflicts and power struggles more effectively. Her therapeutic style is characterized by compassion, cultural sensitivity, and a focus on client empowerment. Xuan is best suited for clients who are motivated for change and open to trying new approaches.

Availability: Virtual. Credentials: LMFT            


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Cynthia Huynh-Wu

As a narrative-centered therapist, Cynthia provides a supportive environment for you to deepen your understanding of yourself, challenge these barriers, and reframe your story in order to make empowered choices that align with your values and goals.

As the daughter of Southeast Asian refugees, Cynthia has firsthand experience living between cultures and navigating inherited trauma and intersectional identities. From both a professional and personal perspective, she believes in the spirit of human resilience and the ability to heal through storytelling.

Availability: Not accepting new clients, virtual, in-person. Credentials: MA, LMHC


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Elisha Geers

Expertise: Elisha has been in the mental health field for over 4 years. She is AAPI/LGBTQ aligned and strives to elevate those communities. Her therapeutic approach is curious and humanistic; she sees people as imperfect, ever-changing, inspiring, and limitless. Other inspirations include psychodynamic, attachment, feminist, queer, and existential theories, tarot, nature, solitude, and community.


Availability: Virtual. Credentials: MSW, LICSW          

 Contact:  206-385-872

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Taylor Nguyen

Taylor is a Vietnamese-American, queer, cisgender woman who has worked with individuals from all walks of life and ages. Taylor works from a holistic, and social justice lens; she values building authentic relationships with her clients by engaging with an open mind and learning about her client’s stories. Taylor truly believes that everything in one’s life is interwoven, therefore, working from a holistic perspective helps her clients to face everyday challenges.

Taylor believes in creating a safe space in which clients can come as they are, no matter where they are in life. She believes in working with clients to find their authentic selves and working with them to create healthy habits for a lifetime.


Credentials: MA, LICSWA


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Di-Linh Hoang

Di-Linh is a Vietnamese American, cisgender woman, who has worked with individuals, families, and kids. She works from a holistic and empathic perspective, and values incorporating a multicultural and social justice lens in her work. Di-Linh has worked in a variety of settings such as schools, a nonprofit agency, and private settings. She believes that our past experiences and environments shape and influence us. Therefore, she wants to help clients navigate through challenging experiences that may come up in life. Di-Linh is passionate about guiding and empowering clients in their own journey of growth and well-being.


Availability: Virtual. Credentials: LMHC            


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

  • 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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