River Tu profile picture

River Tu Psychotherapy, LPC

Not Taking New Clients

River Tu is a sex-positive, Taiwanese American psychotherapist with lived experience in the queer, ace/aro, kink/BDSM, nonmonogamous, and trans communities. They primarily work with underrepresented voices with a specialization in trauma, anxiety, identity exploration, and addiction. They are passionate about creating a space where you can fully show up as yourself.

Specialties
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • LGBTQIA+
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Addiction and Substance Misuse
  • Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Pay with insurance
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Cigna
  • Aetna
  • UMR
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
Pay out-of-pocket
  • $ $ $ $ $
    $140-200
  • Sliding scale
    A sliding scale is a range of out of pocket fees that providers accept based on financial need.
Locations
  • Offers virtual sessions
Licensed in
Therapy licenses aren't like driver's licenses — each state has its own set of rules. To offer care, a provider needs to be licensed in the state you're located in when sessions are happening.
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Texas
mic icon
Provider
Profile
“My intention is to center marginalized and underrepresented voices because we've been taught to play small.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I've wanted to be a therapist since I was a kid. I was drawn to this career by my own difficulties finding therapy where I felt comfortable just being me and where I did not spend a lot of time educating my therapist on my identities and explaining how they all intersect. My intention is to center marginalized and underrepresented voices because we've been taught to play small. This has led me to provide a brave space where you can shed the weight of the many skins society has said you must wear, find your inner light, and realize that you are just as deserving and enough to take up space and shine.
What should someone know about working with you?
I operate from an anti-oppression, decolonization, and social justice framework. The foundation of my counseling style is rooted in the belief that you have the inner wisdom to transform your life. My approach is direct, compassion-focused, and affirming. Authenticity and transparency are very important to me so I just show up as myself and keep things real. Since I primarily work with trauma, I provide a lot of skills to try in and out of session to see what sticks.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited about telehealth being normalized. This provides an opportunity for increased access to care, especially in rural areas and underrepresented communities. There is no need to drive hours away to see a therapist who will actually get you or settle for a nearby therapist who only understands some of the pieces.
“This has led me to provide a brave space where you can shed the weight of the many skins society has said you must wear, find your inner light, and realize that you are just as deserving and enough to take up space and shine.”