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Roxy Rou Zhang, LMHC

She / Her

Tier III Therapist 

From an early age, I developed empathy and a deep interest in understanding the human mind. Witnessing the high prevalence of mental health issues among my friends during my school years ignited a strong desire within me to make a positive difference. This led me to pursue a career as a therapist, as I recognized the importance of providing a safe space for individuals to navigate their challenges and uncover their inner strengths.

 

As a former international student, I understand the challenges of cross-cultural living. This builds my passion for supporting individuals in similar situations, providing compassionate care and guidance for their cross-cultural adaptation.

I offer services in both English and Mandarin. 

I recognized the importance of providing a safe space for individuals to navigate their challenges and uncover their inner strengths.

My Story

With over 7 years of experience in a community mental health agency, I have had the privilege of providing support to immigrants facing a range of challenges, including anxiety, depression, interpersonal struggles, intimacy trauma, and family conflicts. During this time, I have also served as a supervisor for master's level counseling students in various schools in New York and held the position of treatment program director. These experiences have deeply shaped my understanding of therapy and granted me a profound expertise as a therapist. I am wholeheartedly committed to empowering my clients, guiding them on their path towards healing and personal growth. 

During my work with clients’ families, I discovered a deep passion for Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) . Witnessing how attachment issues profoundly affect individuals in their intimate connection ignited my interest in applying EFT skills to my work with families and couples. I am dedicated to helping clients strengthen their emotional bonds, heal relational wounds, and cultivate healthier, more fulfilling connections. 

Therapeutic Approaches

My therapeutic approaches are integrated and flexible, rooted in a person-centered perspective. I provide a non-judgmental, warm, and empathetic environment where clients are valued, and their experiences are deeply respected. I wholeheartedly believe in the capacity of my clients to grow and heal. In my practice, I aim to create a culturally sensitive and inclusive environment where individuals from diverse backgrounds can feel heard, valued, and understood. As a therapist, I firmly believe that everyone's experiences and struggles are unique, shaped by their individual backgrounds, cultural contexts, and personal narratives.

Drawing from my experience, I have practiced multiple evidence-based therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). These modalities allow me to tailor the treatment to the unique needs of each individual.

Specialties

Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Low Self-Esteem, Adjustment Issue, Family Relationship, Couple and Intimacy, Cultural Adaptation, Academic Stress, Emerging adult challenges

Credentials 

  • License: New York State /Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) 009808

  • Degree: Fordham University-Master of Science in Education, Mental Health Counseling

  • Degree: Nanjing University  - Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology

  • Certificate: The Integrated Mental Health/Addictions Treatment Training Certificate (IMHATT)

  • Advance Training: Transforming Trauma with Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT)

  • Advance Training: Essentials of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Advance Training: New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Service (NYAPRS) Annual Executive Seminar

  • Advance Training: Clinical Supervision: Providing Effective Supervision, Navigating Ethical Issues and Managing Risk

  • Advance Training:Hamilton-Madison House, PROS (Personalized Recovery Orientated Service

More About Me

Becoming a mother in 2022 has profoundly shaped my perspective on the role of women in today's world and the challenges we face. Balancing the responsibilities of motherhood and my career has sparked contemplation on the complexities of being a working mom. The words, "I love my baby, but I also love my job," continually circulate in my mind. Prior to becoming a mother, I deeply immersed myself in playing games, dedicating about 30 hours a week to this activity. It became a significant and fulfilling part of my life for several years. However, with the arrival of my baby, I had to make the difficult decision to relinquish this important aspect of my life.

 

Growing up in a family that highly valued intelligence and academic achievement, I experienced the weight of those expectations. As a part of Asian culture, high performance was always the default expectation placed upon me. I was frequently praised for my intelligence, yet simultaneously questioned why I couldn't uphold the family legacy. As I matured, I gradually realized how deeply ingrained parenting styles can influence one's self-expectations, leading to a prolonged struggle with maintaining high standards for myself.

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