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Michelle Ly, LMFT

Michelle Ly, LMFT received her Masters of Science in Marriage and Family therapy from San Diego State University in 2008.  She has been licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist since 2012 and AAMFT Approved Clinical Supervisor in 2018.  She has worked in the San Diego County System of Care since 2009 and received the Advancing Principles award from BHS CYF System of Care in 2016.  She is currently the Director for Children and Adolescent Mental Health Division at Union of Pan Asian Communities (UPAC) providing oversight to 3 San Diego County Contracted programs: 2 outpatient SMHS and 1 PEI program.  Michelle sits on several Ad Hoc and ongoing workgroups such as, but not limited to: Mental Health Contractor’s Association Executive Board – Children At Large, Performance Improvement Project, and Cultural Competence Resource Team: Education and Training Workgroup. She also attends community meetings such as: Refugee Health Forum, Community Assistance Support Team and the Refugee and Ethnic Mental Health Coalition.

Michelle has also provided multiple trainings to the community at large, education institutions, faith-based communities and service providers focusing on providing culturally responsive services and increasing awareness of mental health symptoms for youth.  Michelle Ly has developed a respectable reputation as an expert on refugee and immigrant mental health and is often contacted for consultation on approaches to address culturally based barriers in accessing and participation in services. 

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