Yushu Joyce

Deng

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Psychotherapy Intern
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English
Mandarin
Cantonese

Yushu Joyce is here to support you with sexuality, gender identity, and challenges facing Asian and racialized LGBTQ+ communities.

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Yushu Joyce supports young adults and adults with their sexuality, gender identity, and trauma. Joyce can help you unpack trauma caused by marginalization. They can help you process the challenges of feeling invisible and unheard as a queer or racialized person. As an Asian, queer non-binary person with lived immigration experience, Joyce strives to create a compassionate, safe space for you to explore and affirm your identity. 

Joyce believes that your experiences are unique, and that you are the one most familiar with them. They are privileged to support you in your journey as you reflect on these experiences, which will allow you to grow and develop. Joyce uses a trauma-informed, anti-oppressive, and queer feminist approach in therapy. They also draw on modalities such as mindfulness and narrative therapy.  

For several years, Joyce has engaged with Asian queer communities. Joyce conducted a research project on dual cultural influences with Chinese lesbian immigrants and how they have actively created community during COVID-19. Joyce also co-organizes a Chinese queer community group in British Columbia.

Outside of work, Joyce enjoys spending time with their chosen families, exploring queer spaces, and examining the cultural aspects of drag art. They also like listening to music and playing the guitar and piano. Joyce believes in grassroots activism and a community-based approach to create change for a more just world. 

Joyce can provide sessions in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese.

Right for you if:

You're looking for support as an LGBTQ+ person.
You're interested in exploring your identities.
You identify as an Asian or racialized person.
You're looking for a therapist who identifies as a queer person of colour and has lived immigration experience .

More about

Yushu Joyce

Master of Social Work, University of Toronto (In progress)

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (Honours), University of British Columbia (2017)

2SLGBTQ Foundations (Rainbow Health Ontario)

Racial Trauma: How Racism can cause PTSD (Monica Williams; The Janis Rotman Distinguished Lecture Series on Mental Wellness)

Youth Overcoming Anti-Black Racism:, Overcoming, Healing, and Advocating (Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention)

Navigating Care for Eating Disorders in 2022 (Enhanced Youth Outreach Worker Program)

How to Support Trans, Non-Binary and Gender Non-Conforming Clients (Provincial Youth Outreach Worker Program Working Group)

Preventing the Sexual Transmission of HIV (CATIE)

HIV and Hepatitis C Testing (CATIE)

HIV Basics (CATIE)

Hepatitis C Basics (CATIE)

Hepatitis C Treatment (CATIE)

HIV Treatment (CATIE)

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Q&A

How do you describe therapy?
Therapy is a journey for people to freely and bravely explore themselves.
What is a motto or idea that gives you reassurance when you’re having a difficult time?
The process is more important than the outcome.
What does good mental health look like to you?
I don't think there is one way for good mental health. But understanding our experiences and emotions, having coping strategies, and how we can live with them can help.

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