This week, Sam chats with Dr. Michelle Chung about the development of healthy Asian American identity. Together they discuss the subconscious impacts of internalized racism, the model minority myth, and avoiding shame. In addition, Dr. Chung offers wisdom and guidance for combating comparison culture and low self-esteem through acceptance, celebration and intentional (re-)parenting.
A clinical psychologist based in New York City, Dr. Chung specializes in the treatment of anxiety, mood, ADHD and executive functioning disorders. Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Biofeedback models, Dr. Chung works with youth, families and adults in her boutique private practice with 5 other associates. She is also on the faculty of the Mt. Sinai Medical Center and runs In Practice with Dr. Michelle Chung, an Instagram online platform of courses and workshops about mental health and emotional well-being.
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Bridges Mental Health is a stigma-free hub for Asians, Pacific Islanders, and South Asian Americans (APISA) to discuss, navigate, and seek mental health care in NYC.
Cover photo by Janice Chung
Theme music by Will Marshall