Grace Wong, LLMSW
Healing, self-discovery, and making meaning are non-linear processes, and I look forward to potentially walking alongside you in your journey. You are welcome as your whole self, and in therapy, you can expect an affirming and collaborative process of exploring not only how early experiences shape what might be bringing you in at this time, but also with plenty of room to dream about who you would like to be in the world we’re building together. You get to decide how you want to use our time and relationship.
I work out of the belief that another world is possible and the traditions of liberation health and radical social work. This means always keeping in mind the effect of institutional, cultural, and personal factors, specifically oppression, on mental health. I am interested in how experiences of historical, intergenerational, and racial trauma impact us (our bodies, brains, voices, relationships, and more), and in how we can draw from ancestral and community wisdom that has existed outside of systems that have been built and sustained through domination. I am also interested in im/migrant, transnational/diasporic life, and cultural/psychological borderlands. I enjoy doing identity development work with people of all ages and walks of life, destigmatizing mental health, and working with people who take care of other people.
I have previously worked as a case manager at a shelter for pregnant and parenting young people experiencing homelessness and as a safe house manager for survivors of human trafficking. I have also worked in mental health at a middle and high school in Springfield, MA and at a college counseling center at UMass Amherst. I have received a Master of Social Work degree from the Smith College School for Social Work and a Bachelors degree from Vassar College. I am currently enrolled in the One Year Program in Psychoanalysis and the Sociopolitical World at the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis (MIP).
I am originally from New York City. I enjoy reading, cooking (heavy on the seasoning), exploring new and old places, learning new languages, and watching my plants grow, however slow it might be.
Specialty areas: Anxiety, Grief/Bereavement, LGBTQ issues, Gender Identity, Mood Disorders, Personality Disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Sexual-Physical Abuse, BIPOC, Asian/American, immigrant, religious trauma, spirituality, people new to therapy, therapy for therapists/caregivers/activists, psychodynamic therapy.