As a transnational and transracial adoptee, Lucy is passionate about working with the adoptee community. She understands adoptees suffer from unique difficulties, including interracial family conflict, self-esteem issues, race and cultural identity confusion, and feelings of grief and loss. In addition, as a Chinese-American who has lived in China and the US, Lucy is also dedicated to working with multicultural and multiracial individuals.
Lucy earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan and is completing her final year toward her Master’s in Social Work at the University of Chicago. She has extensive experience working with individuals from marginalized communities experiencing a range of traumas, stressors, and identity issues. She also has worked for an adoption agency where she developed knowledge of adoption from the perspective of the adoptees, adoptive families, and the adoption system.
Lucy is a Chinese-American adoptee with a unique bi-cultural lived experience. She was adopted at 14 months old from China by a single white-American mother. She lived with her mother and Chinese-adopted sister in Maryland for six years. Then, at seven years old, she moved with her family to Shanghai, where she lived for eight years. During this time, she attended a bilingual Chinese British International School. She then moved back to the US at 15 as a sophomore in high school. Her experience of moving multiple times in her childhood made her familiar with the challenges that come with cultural navigation and adaptation.
Lucy has utilized and continues to learn different therapeutic approaches such as CBT, DBT, ACT, IFS and other approaches. Lucy believes her role as a therapist is to understand unique experiences and complex identities within broader contexts. She believes in adapting current therapeutic modalities to meet the specific needs of underserved populations. She utilizes a strength-based, culturally sensitive approach where she views the client as the expert on their own lived experiences.