As a son of immigrant parents and raised in a culture that didn't discuss nor value treating mental health issues, it was my own experience and treatment of mental illness, along with my attempts to reconcile the multiple, conflicting parts of my identity, that became the primary impetus for entering into this profession. Prior to becoming a therapist, I spent a decade working for a large Silicon Valley tech company, seemingly successful and content on the exterior, but hiding a deep reservoir of pain and mental anguish. It was during this time that I started seeking therapy, and through that experience, discovered how to live with more authenticity and courage, along with learning valuable tools to improve and sustain my mental health. Since then I have had the privilege of working as a psychotherapist for diverse organizations such as AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, and Colors LGBTQ Youth Counseling Center. I received my Masters in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in LGBTQ Affirmative Psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles, a unique institution known for its inclusive and social justice-oriented curriculum.