Joanna Tong 佟月, Master student in Counseling
Areas of specialty: loss and grief, eating disorder, depression, relationship issues, sexual trauma
pro bono or low cost
Hi my name is Joanna Tong, a pending Licensed Professional Counselor Associate who provides counseling services in both English and Mandarin, specifying in areas like loss and grief, eating disorder, depression, relationship issues, and sexual trauma. Born and raised in Northeastern China, being able to work with college students for 7 years, and working in Children’s Advocacy Center in North Texas while provide counseling services to children who suffer from sexual abuse, have given me cross-cultural experiences and a heart for young generation. I understand that growing up in an Asian family nowadays means lack of expression of feelings or affections, it also means never talk about SEX with anyone in your family, it can be shameful to share sexual struggle with anyone. My approach to life hardships is to first build safe and trust relationship where people feel listened and understood, and then to explore what is going on in our body, mind, and soul that is causing confusion and hurt, hope could be found by gaining strength from a new belief and from a correction of thought. Small steps matter, your motivation matters.
Another specialty I have experienced in is helping full-time pastors, missionaries, and ministers in various organizations to talk through their family relationship issues, burn out, and even spiritual struggles. God’s servants are human beings too, when they treat themselves as superman, when the congregation and the Law tell them to behave like they are saints, stress and conflicts come along. Please feel free to reach out whenever you feel like you need a space to talk things through, so that we could walk with you and assist you to finish strong.
Fun Facts about me: I once got to make a kite and fly it at the highest place to win the first prize at school!
Favorite color: Green
Favorite drink: Dr. Pepper
Favorite food: Hot Pot
Favorite store: Sephora
Love language: Physical touch, act of service
Hobbies: Swimming, movies