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Taoru Huang, MHC-LP, M.A.

He/ Him

Tier II Therapist

In the city that never sleeps, life can change in the blink of a New York minute. But let's dispel the myth of effortlessness, for it sometimes confines us within this modern world. In such a bustling metropolis, where millions of people often adopt personas, we can feel compelled to put on masks, turning our lives into urban fairytales. However, I believe that authenticity shouldn’t be a luxury, rather a necessity for thriving in this city. 


Coming from a cross-cultural background with intersecting identities, my perspective allows me to empathize with the unique challenges marginalized individuals may encounter when seeking support. Through my experiences, I have witnessed the transformative power that comes from narratives. It is a power that I hope to pass along to you. Together, we can create a safe space for you to express, explore, and embrace your true self.


I work with individuals, partners, and families, offering services in English and Mandarin. In everyone’s life, there is always room for something better. Within these possibilities, we find the beginnings of meaningful conversations. Whenever you are ready, feel free to reach out. I look forward to joining you on your journey of healing and growth. 
 

I am accepting new clients for in-person and online therapy in NY . My current open hours are mostly on weekday afternoons.

By providing a non-judgmental, gender-expansive, culturally responsive, and trauma-informed environment, I hope to help clients transform moments of challenge into opportunities for empowerment.

My Story

After immersing myself in the media industry for years, I came to the realization that my career trajectory had deviated from my initial goal, which was to help people through the art of storytelling. Meanwhile, I recognized an unmet need for mental health professionals within the marginalized communities to which I personally belong. Therefore, I made the decision to change my career path with the aspiration of contributing to bridging this gap.

 

Before embarking on my journey in psychology, I had the opportunity to work for several news and media agencies, fostering connections with immigrants, refugees, international students, racial and ethnic minorities, and LGBTQ+ communities. Additionally, my role as a career coach at the NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development enriched my skill set with invaluable experience in career counseling.

Therapeutic Approaches

My approach is rooted in existential-humanistic psychology, a theory that places a profound emphasis on human choices and the meanings they create. Within the therapeutic space, I strive to cultivate an interactive, collaborative, and creative atmosphere, encouraging clients to actively participate in their own therapeutic journey. My theoretical orientation is eclectic and highly personalized, integrating psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral (CBT), internal family system (IFS), narrative, and relational theories.

 

As an Asian queer therapist, I recognize the limitations of contemporary psychotherapy due to its Eurocentric, heteronormative, and pathological foundations. Therefore, I incorporate multicultural, feminist, and queer theories into my practice, aiming to deliver a more inclusive and affirming therapeutic experience to clients. By providing a non-judgmental, gender-expansive, culturally responsive, and trauma-informed environment, I hope to help clients transform moments of challenge into opportunities for empowerment.

Specialties

I enjoy working with individuals from all cultural backgrounds and a spectrum of sexual and gender identities. I have experience in the treatment of depression, anxiety, trauma, bipolar, social phobia, personality disorders, and ADHD. My specialization includes the following areas.

Relational Dynamics

Relational dynamics plays a crucial role in shaping our experiences and interactions with others in various spheres of life. With a focus on cultivating interpersonal skills and emotional capacity, I help clients explore and address relationship issues that may emerge in different contexts, including family, school, workplace, and society. In therapy, we work through difficulties and conflicts, while establishing healthy boundaries that honor both self and others. Through this process, we can find the tools to create a supportive and nurturing environment where you can thrive and grow, fostering fulfilling and enriching relationships in all aspects of life.

Existential Crisis

At times, life can lead us to confront an existential crisis, where the question of "Who Am I" and the search for deeper meanings become paramount. Existential crises can often manifest as feelings of apathy, or as simple as the smallness and heaviness of our existence. Whether it's navigating external expectations from others or exploring the inner world yourself, I am here to help you untangle the complex web of emotions and thoughts to find renewed purpose and clarity in life's challenges. Through guided introspection and self-discovery, we can work towards creating a life story that is fulfilling, meaningful, and aligned with our true self.

Sex, Gender and Sexuality

Sex, gender, and sexuality are multifaceted aspects of our identities that encompass a wide spectrum of experiences and expressions. Whether it's navigating the intricacies of kink, polyamory, open relationships, or monogamous relationships, I provide an inclusive and affirming space for exploration and discovery. We can redefine traditional notions of gender and sexuality within the context of patriarchy and investigate the impact it may have on your life. By embracing the full range of human experiences, we celebrate all forms of affection, intimacy, and pleasure, and further foster a greater understanding of your identity in its beautiful complexities. 

Career Development

Career development is a pivotal aspect of our lives, reflecting our ambitions, values, and quest for achievement. However, its impact on life satisfaction and mental wellness is often underemphasized. As a therapist and former career coach, my approach blends career counseling with psychotherapy, providing space not just for discussing practical solutions but also addressing the underlying motivations that drive your choices. My goal is to empower you to make informed decisions, embrace new challenges, and take meaningful steps that help unlock your professional potential. Together, we can craft a path toward your career aspirations.

Men’s Issues

It can be difficult for men to admit the hardship in their lives and ask for help. I understand that societal expectations to "man up" can lead to overwhelming pressures and misconceptions about masculinity. Life doesn't have to be a constant competition, but the mindset often impairs people’s mental wellness. In therapy, we explore the balance between confidence and vulnerability, break free from the limiting definitions of masculinity, and embrace a healthier, more authentic version of ourselves. With a dedicated focus, we can work toward self-awareness, resilience, and finding a way out from the stressors that may have been holding you back.

Credentials 

  • License: New York States/Mental Health Counselor - Limited Permit (MHC-LP) 118358-01

  • Supervisor: Rou Zhang, LMHC: 009808

  • Degree:  New York University—Master of Arts in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness, withAdvanced Certificate in LGBT Health, Education, and Social Services

  • Degree: University of Missouri—Bachelor of Journalism in Journalism (Design)

  • Degree: Communication University of China—Bachelor of Arts in Communication

  • Advanced Training: Internal Family System (IFS) Circle

  • Advanced Training: Body Image Affirming Interventions

  • Advanced Training: EMDR Basic Training from The Center for Excellence in EMDR Therapy (in progress, 09/2023-02/2024)

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