Quincy Guinadi, PsyD
Hello, 你好! I’m Dr. Quincy Guinadi (or Dr. Q, Quincy, Q), a postdoctoral resident. I received my doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from Saint Mary’s University in Minnesota in 2023 and am working towards attaining my licensure as a Licensed Psychologist. I enjoy working with folks who are ready to embark on their identity exploration journey, be it from immigration, life transitions, or lemons thrown at you by life.
Being an immigrant is not a new experience for me – my family was originally from Indonesia and moved to Singapore when I was little. In 2012, I moved to Minnesota to pursue my undergraduate degree, and MN has kept me here since then! I am ethnically Indonesian-Chinese, though my immigration experiences have made me a third-culture kid. I was also an athlete throughout my childhood and young adulthood. Nowadays, if my knees allow me, you can find me in a hot yogaburn class or running around, playing Ultimate Frisbee!
How I Work
A mentor, Dr. Phyllis Solon, once said: “We are in the business of believing people.” I strive to be an attuned listener for times when you may feel alone, unheard, misunderstood, or unseen by people around you. I believe that you deserve to feel dignified, respected, and loved in this world – you matter!
You are the writer of your own personal life story. Sometimes finding your narrative may be challenging when people or systems try to add, oppress, confuse, or change. These experiences can feel inauthentic to who you are. As a therapist, I strongly believe you are your own expert who sometimes may need assistance unearthing new or clearer understanding of your life experiences. There are no good or bad feelings, just feelings with their own needs and wisdom!
I am deeply committed to anti-racism, decolonization, social justice and advocacy, and “standing in your own dignity” in my therapeutic work and personal life. That being said, my social justice journey is a lifelong reflective path, and I will never achieve full competency as a curious learner in this world. As I encourage you to show up as you are in our sessions, I promise to show up as a fellow flawed human being alongside you.
As a postdoctoral resident, I strive to make your testing experience non-pathologizing, collaborative, and understandable. I acknowledge that testing might be an intimidating experience that may feel like an “exam” and the outcome may be unexpected. I aim to provide clarity and education about the purposes of testing along the way and to assist in helping you understand or put a name to your strengths and struggles.
What Sets Me Apart As a Therapist?
I am someone who often questions the “norm”. There are a lot of “shoulds” “must be” “correct” ways of being and existing in this world that are not inclusive of all identities and life experiences. In our work together, we will explore and question alternative paths that may be more liberating and validating than the “shoulds”. I am also a sucker for analogies!
I also believe that my social justice work is not only limited to my therapy room. I am actively involved and hold leadership positions in local and national organizations (i.e. Minnesota Psychological Association and American Psychological Association). Being actively involved in advocacy and liberation within the various systems we live in is an essential importance to me. Liberation deserves to be everywhere!