We had the good fortune of connecting with Mindy Tran and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mindy, what is the most important factor behind your success?
I think the most important factor behind my success is the authenticity of the work that I do. A big part of my own mental health and trauma-healing journey included yoga and mindfulness. Now, as an associate marriage and family therapist and a 500-hour certified yoga teacher, I use the information that I embodied from my own practice to incorporate aspects of movement and breath with the trauma therapy work. I also am very proud of my identity as an Asian-American woman therapist, and it is very empowering for me to be able to work with clients who share similar intersections of their identities. I remember when I was looking for my first therapist years ago, and I did not have very many options when it came to working with someone who incorporated body-based approaches in their work, and even fewer options for finding an Asian-American woman to work with. My personal experience and the challenges that I had to overcome to care for my own mental health continues to guide my work in making mental health and wellness more visible and accessible to my community.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m an associate marriage and family therapist at Rainbow Connection Counseling located in Hillcrest, and seeing clients virtually due to the pandemic.
I am currently registered to provide therapy to clients who reside in California and Washington, and I specialize in trauma healing as well as couples/partners therapy. Some therapy techniques that I am trained in include Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and Brainspotting, both of which are very somatic approaches to therapy. I am also a 500-hour certified yoga teacher with additional training in trauma-informed yoga, restorative yoga, and sound healing techniques.
One thing I’m really proud of is how I provide care to my clients and yoga students. In the therapy room, I offer transparency regarding my approach to trauma and the body, education on working with the nervous system, and practices that help them strengthen the connection between their mental health and physical body sensations. When I was in graduate school, I learned a lot about theories and research on how trauma can affect the body. Once I graduated and began seeing clients on my own, I quickly realized that the therapy work is so much more complex (and much more vibrant) than the textbooks led me to believe. I am grateful that I also had the support of my peers and my supervisors during this time to encourage me as I learned and as I grew.
I am so privileged to support my clients on their healing journey, and the lesson I learn from them is that healing does not happen in isolation. I am grateful for my community of therapists, yogis, and friends that help me stay afloat, and I hope that the work I do is a continued reminder of the healing power of community care.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
For a brief weekend itinerary, I suggest first sleeping in, and then finding a nice place for brunch such as Golden Island in Mira Mesa for dim sum. I’d complement that meal with some boba from either Da Yung’s Fruit Tea or Tan-Cha. Maybe swing by the beach (literally any beach) to walk off the food, and then you could spend the afternoon doing some indoor climbing at one of the Mesa Rim Climbing & Fitness locations. Afterwards, maybe find some dinner at Liberty Public Market (perhaps try White Rice) and catch a movie at the Lot.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My supervisor and mentor Harry Dixon, LPCC, has been a huge support in my success. He’s rooted for me, trusted in my instincts, and really took me under his wing to help me grow as a therapist. I also really appreciate my yoga teachers Nam Chanterrwyn and Kellie Livingstone who not only taught me more about yoga, but they also taught me to trust in myself and to keep doing what I’m doing! I recently finished a 300-hour yoga training, and I have so much gratitude for my cohort of wonderful yoga teachers, including Bri Hamlet who was also featured in Shoutout.