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Mental Health Counseling, NYC, Chinese


My central dream is to become a licensed counselor and to tive my professional life to the promotion of the mental health of my community, particularly the wellbeing of members of Asian communities. XXU’s Master’s Program in Mental Health Counseling is my first choice for graduate school because of the sheer diversity of XXU and New York City—not just Asians, but Asians in a fully international urban context. XXU is the perfect location for a thoroughgoing examination of the special challenges faced by Asian immigrants to America. I look forward to spending my professional life engaged in research in this area, particularly in the design of prevention and treatment programs for depression and/or anxiety tailored to immigrants from Asian cultures. I will be completing my undergraduate studies in Applied Psychology at XXU this coming May, 2016 and I could not be more in love with my location in life, city, university, and faculty. I want very much to stay right where I am so as to continue to the next professional level as a graduate student.

As a Chinese woman and an international student, I have witnessed several of my Asian friends and acquaintances suffering from what appears to me to be depression and/or anxiety; one fellow Chinese student in particular who I have gotten close to and who clearly suffers from anxiety and depression, refuses to follow my advice and seek professional help because she does not want to be considered a weak person and “lose face”. Another reason why I have my heart set on attending your prestigious Master’s Program in Applied Psychology at XXU are the opportunities for fieldwork with Asian populations, especially the underserved. I have a special passion for the homeless, helping them, protecting them, and serving as an advocate for their interests. Since September of 2015, I have been serving as an intern with NYC’s Immigrant Health and Disparities Service, where I have been conducting my own independent project in hopes of finding ways to promote follow up surveys rates and client adherence. In short, I am currently fully engaged with the task of getting people to come to our food bank on a regular and less sporadic basis, so that we are able to play a greater role at providing nutritious food to those most in need. I have reviewed many journal articles and reached out to many patients, social workers, and people from other clinics to find answers. I eat my own meals frequently with homeless people. It is fun to speak Chinese with some of them, helping me to better understand their circumstances and challenges, although my Cantonese is not nearly as good as my mother tongue, Mandarin.

I also very much appreciate the way that your program at XXU is famous for your placement of a very high value on cultural context, and efforts to make psychology as culturally specific and appropriate as possible. I have especially enjoyed our bi-weekly, peer-group reflections on our field work, sharing our experiences under the supervision of a licensed counselor such as Dr XXXX, who is especially near and dear to me. Furthermore, my research interests have more in common with your faculty than any other. XXXXi's research on the impact of immigration and race on Asian and Asian Americans and her ongoing projects with urban Chinese American and Korean American adolescents and immigrant young adults in New York City, for example. XXXX examines cultural influences on the therapeutic setting; and Lisa Suzuki's research is focused on the development of our understanding of issues in multicultural assessment. I also very much appreciate Dr. XXXX's concern for homeless people with disabilities and Dr. XXXX's research on interventions for military veterans. I have met disabled Asian veterans who are homeless here in NYC. In fact, nowadays, I have my radar up looking for them in particular.

As I see it, the stigma attached to seeking help among Asian sufferers of depression and anxiety is especially pronounced as a direct result of cultural values. I hope to mitigate the negative effects of this type of stereotypical thinking by helping to build more open and culturally sensitive community organizations that support our Asian populations that are tailored to their special needs and the issues that most affect them. I see a long lifetime ahead of me working tirelessly in the promotion of multicultural understandings and incorporating them into our analyses of clinical as well as social psychological phenomenon and therapeutic programs. I want to learn, study, and grow with respect to the many ways in which cultural context has an impact on clinical rapport and therapeutic efficacy.

I hope to work towards a more inclusive description of depression in the specific context of Asian cultures, address body language issues, along with relationship and trust building. As an intern at the Immigrant Health and Cancer Disparities Service, I have found myself interacting with increasing frequency with native speakers of Spanish, so I am now studying this language as well, especially since I find that speaking some Spanish helps me to establish rapport and build trust and confidence with those homeless people for whom this is their first language, an enormous chunk of NYC’s underserved. I thank you for considering my application.


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