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Taoru Huang(He/Him), MHC-LP, M.A.

Tier II Therapist

In a city where millions of people pretend to be someone they are not, an authentic self might be the most luxurious thing to have and celebrate. However, I believe that we can still make it without having to fake it. I am here to hold space for you to embrace, express, and explore yourself. By creating a judgment-free, gender-affirming, sex-positive, and kink-friendly environment, I hope to be part of your journey of healing and growing.

 

With my cross-cultural background and intersecting identities, I understand subtle cultural differences and strive to raise awareness of mental health within underserved communities. Therapy is not magic, and I am aware of its limitations. Outside of the therapy room, I see myself as an advocate, an educator, and an activist. I cherish every opportunity to promote the visibility and welfare of marginalized populations.

 

I have extensive experience working with immigrants, international students, racial and ethnic minorities, and LGBTQ+ populations, especially transgender individuals. Prior to entering the field of counseling, I worked in various news and media agencies. I was also a career coach at the NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development, where I gained substantial experience in career counseling.

 

I provide services in Mandarin and English. My current open hours are mostly on weekday afternoons.

Therapeutic Approaches

As an Asian queer therapist, I incorporate multicultural and feminist theories into my therapy work. I believe that everyone deserves to be validated and supported and my goal is to help my clients transform moments of challenge into opportunities for empowerment.

 

In sessions, I strive to create an interactive, collaborative, and creative space for clients. My approach is eclectic and personalized to my client's needs, integrating psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, narrative, relational, and existential-humanistic theories. 

Specialties

Anxiety, depression, ADHD, interpersonal difficulties, relationship issues, family issues, life transitions, peer pressure, identity development, sex- and sexuality-related issues, career development, cultural adjustment, and stress caused by social media usage and news consumption.

Credentials

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

  • University of Missouri—Bachelor of Journalism in Journalism (Design), Minor in Psychology, Magna Cum Laude

  • Communication University of China—Bachelor of Arts in Communication