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Joyce Deng

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Joyce is here to support you with sexuality, gender identity, anxiety, and trauma.

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Joyce supports young adults and adults with their sexuality, gender identity, anxiety and trauma. As an Asian queer person with lived immigration experience, Joyce deeply understands the stress, anxiety, and feelings of in-betweenness. In a session with Joyce, you can expect a brave space where your identity is affirmed and your trauma is compassionately held.

If you have ADHD or think you might have ADHD, Joyce might be a great fit for you. They have previous practicum experience in an ADHD clinic in Toronto where they learn knowledge and different experiences with ADHD. If you are not sure about your sexuality or are open to exploring it, Joyce has your back. Sessions with Joyce hold space for you to explore your sexuality affirmatively and freely. Joyce also co-organizes a Chinese queer grassroots group in British Columbia.

Joyce knows you are unique and they are privileged to walk with you through therapeutic experience. Joyce uses a trauma-informed, anti-oppressive, and queer feminist approach in psychotherapy. Joyce draws on modalities such as narrative therapy, mindfulness practice, cognitive behavioural therapy, and dialectical behavioural therapy. They will tailor different modalities into sessions to meet your needs.

In their personal life, Joyce loves exploring queer spaces and they actively engage in community organizing. They recognize the community is a powerful space for those who feel isolated, unheard, scared, and invisible. They believe 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.

Registered as: Yushu Joyce Deng.

Right for you if:

You're looking for an affirming space for sexuality and gender identity.
You're struggling with your anxiety and stress.
You want a queer Asian or racialized therapist.
You want a collaborative and compassionate therapeutic relationship.

More about


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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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.