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Sat, Apr 01


San Diego

Navigating Mental Health

Looking to improve your mental health and find new ways to thrive? Come join TAP-SD for a lively mental health panel on April 1st, 2023, from 2:00-3:30 PM at the Taiwanese American Community Center

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Navigating Mental Health
Navigating Mental Health

Time & Location

Apr 01, 2023, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM PDT

San Diego, 7838 Wilkerson Ct, San Diego, CA 92111, USA


About the event

Join TAP-SD for “Navigating Mental Health”, a mental health panel discussion on Saturday, April 1st, 2023 from 2:00-3:30PM at the Taiwanese American CommunityCenter (7838 Wilkerson Ct, San Diego, CA 92111).

Mental health can be difficult to navigate, especially if you have never sought therapy before. This panel discussion aims to cover topics relevant to those considering therapy for the first time as well as those who struggle to find access, those who wish to better understand the role of therapy in their mental health, and those seeking ways to best utilize therapy.

Our panelists include mental health professionals with experience across many areas of expertise and therapeutic modalities. You can learn more about them below. There will also be amazing prizes and complimentary refreshments! Submit your anonymous questions when you register on the TAP-SD website.

This event is made possible by the generous support of SDAPI Coalition Community Grant.


To attend:

  • RSVP here on the TAP-SD website
  • Please read and acknowledge all policies listed during registration.


Meet Our Panelists:

Jo Jo Lee is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in California and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). She earned her two Master degrees, one in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from University of San Diego, and another in Clinical and Abnormal Psychology from Swansea University (U.K.). She also received her BS degree in Psychology from UC-SD. 

Jo Jo has experience in providing evidence-based interventions such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing to a diverse adult population. She also completed her training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy to treat individuals who struggle with history of trauma. 

Her specialties include working with immigrants Asian Americans, international students, chronic mental illnesses (i.e., schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders), eating disorders, PTSD, and psychiatric crisis (suicidal ideation, self-harm behaviors, panic attacks). She can also provide therapy in Mandarin and Cantonese. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, going to Costco, and being a blanket burrito at home.

Jo Jo's Mental Health Book Reccomendation: Permission to Come Home - Reclaiming Mental Health as Asian Americans, by Jenny Wang

Jenny Li is a California Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and board-certified counselor by the NBCC and has a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of San Diego. Jenny has lived and worked in Scandinavia, Asia, and Central- and South America. She speaks English, Swedish, and Mandarin. When she can, she serves as an adjunct faculty member at Bastyr University.

She is trained to utilize a variety of modalities, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), Prolonged Exposure (PE), Motivational Interviewing (MI), TF-CBT, PCIT, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). IFS, RO-DBT, and EMDR informed.

Jenny currently works as the clinical director at Crownview Psychiatric Institute, overseeing the clinical program at different levels of care. She has recently started to build up her private practice as well, JL Psychotherapy, Counseling, Training, with a website coming soon.

Tiffany Yu Nakamura is a licensed mental health counselor in Hawaii, licensed professional clinical counselor in California, and National Certified Counselor.  She is currently serving as a Clinical Instructor of Psychiatry/Emotional Wellbeing Coordinator.

She provides counseling services to the broader USC community, participates in research and is currently the lead therapist on a grant looking at health care worker burn out, and providing services that target health care worker burnout with the Care for Caregiver program at USC. She previously provided eating disorders treatment at UC-SD Health Eating Disorders Treatment and Research Clinic for several years and prior to that interned at Urban Corps of San Diego providing individual and group counseling for a diverse population of at-risk young adults. 

Tiffany has clinical experience in eating disorders, personality disorders, adjustment disorders, mood disorders and trauma and has specialty training in the evidence based treatments of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Parent Management Training, Seeking Safety, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Tiffany's Mental Health Book Reccomendation: Ten Things I Hate About Me, by Joe Tracini

Fei Tanaka is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). She has 13 years of clinical experience using culturally-competent, trauma-informed, and strength-based models to assist individuals and families to achieve their goals and transition to stronger support systems. 

Fei is experienced in providing Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Dialectal Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Social Thinking. Fei also has specialized training in areas of anxiety, attachment, autism, depression, panic disorders, self-injurious behaviors, suicidal ideation, and trauma.

In her free time, Fei enjoys spending time with her family, playing sand volleyball, watching k-dramas and helping her parents with technology.

Fei's Mental Health Book Reccomendation: How to Cope - The Welcoming Approach to Life's Challenges, by Dr. Claire Hayes

Mindy Tran is an Associate Marriage & Family Therapist (AMFT) and second generation Asian-American woman who works with clients to address intergenerational trauma, and approaches the therapy work using a social justice lens.  

She is trained in trauma-healing techniques including Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and Brainspotting.  Mindy integrates trauma-informed mindfulness, mindful self-compassion exercises, and body-inclusive movement in her work as ways to help clients practice grounding skills, soothe the nervous system, increase body awareness, and explore embodiment through sensation.  Mindy believes that healing and transformation are possible when we work with the whole self, including the mind, body, and spirit.

Mindy's Mental Health Book Reccomendation: Rest is Resistance, by Tricia Hersey

Brandon Tran is an Associate Marriage & Family Therapist (AMFT) who works with the Asian American and LGBTQ+ communities to bridge the intersection of mental health and identity. 

Having moved from a predominantly asian community to an area where the asian population is just above 6%, Brandon has experience in what it looks like to grow up with and without a sense of a cultural community and belonging. Brandon primarily works with individuals and couples, while engaging in conversations about culture, sexuality, and wherever BIPOC folks find themselves.

Brandon's Mental Health Book Reccomendation: The Myth of Normal, by Gabor and Daniel Maté


**Vaccine Policy**

Proof of vaccine completion is required to attend the event and will be checked. Recommended proof of vaccine completion:( Fully vaccinated persons are those who are ≥14 days post completion of the primary series of an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine.

**Sexual Harassment Policy**

TAP-SD promotes safe spaces at our events and has a zero tolerance policy for harassment of any type. If you directly or indirectly experience harassment, please report it to any TAP-SD board member. For more information please see (

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