Let’s Talk: International Student Edition

What is Let’s Talk?

Let’s Talk is a weekly drop-in opportunity to spend 30 minutes with a clinician from USC Counseling & Mental Health. Let’s Talk: International Student Edition is specifically for international students, who may be experiencing stress related to being far from home or far from campus in these challenging times.

An outreach for one-on-one conversation, not psychotherapy treatment. As an outreach activity, Let’s Talk is a great way to explore what talk therapy might be like. Use Let’s Talk to build the skill of your choice, problem-solve, or get some perspective. Feel free to ask questions about services or even share what you’re going through with COVID-19.

Open to all USC students, anywhere. All USC students (currently enrolled or under the Student Health fee) are eligible to participate, regardless of geographic location. This program is made possible through the USC Student Health Fee.

How do I sign up?

Log in to usc.edu/myshr to sign up and get the Zoom link. Let’s Talk is currently taking place weekly on Zoom due to circumstances with COVID-19. Check the “Groups/Workshops” tab in MySHR for the most up to date schedule. For more information, please visit the Student Health website.


Meet Your OIS Community Liaisons

Ayoung (Alice) Phang, PhD (she / her / hers)

Psychologist, Clinical Assistant Professor and Faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Keck School of Medicine of USC

Ayoung “Alice” Phang, PhD, received her Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Houston and her Master’s in Psychology from Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. Her passion is to help individuals become the best versions of themselves. Her clinical interests include emotional intelligence, anxiety disorders, trauma, international students, career counseling, and behavioral economics.

Dr. Phang is from Seoul, South Korea, and she speaks fluent Korean. She enjoys reading books about psychology and business while sipping on a cup of coffee. She would tell her college self: “Speak your truth. Even if your voice shakes.”

Hua Wen, LMFT (she / her / hers)

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Keck School of Medicine of USC

Hua Wen, LMFT received her Master’s in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling at USC! She earned her Bachelor’s in English from Sun, Yat-sen University, Guang Zhou, China. Hua’s professional interests include mindfulness, integrative care, diversity, and cross-cultural issues. Hua adopts a person-centered, strength-based, and systems approach to work with adjustment concerns, multicultural identities, stress management, relational issues, depression, anxiety, grief, other life transitions, and emotional wellness concerns.

In addition to English, Hua speaks Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese fluently. She would tell her college self to embrace change, “empty your mind, be formless, shapeless -like water”, which comes from Bruce Lee’s teaching.