I have started a podcast channel called The Heart Art, where I will be discussing topics on psychology, poetry, philosophy, social commentary, and humanities. It is a place to explore, discover, reflect upon human existence and the way our realities and experiences shape us and our heart's desires in our daily lives. I look forward… Continue reading Getting the Word Out
Photo by Dio Hasbi Saniskoro on Pexels.com As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to pan out over the course of months, I have noticed the various ways the situation stresses my psychotherapy clients. Although only a small handful of them come into online counseling for the specific stress management as a respond to the pandemic, many… Continue reading Group Support
In psychodynamic psychotherapy, therapists talk about 'holding space' in validating, supporting and facilitating the healing and growth of the person. In these times of global pandemic and associated Shelter-in-Place, the holding space can be reflected not just in the therapy room or in the person-to-person interactions, but also with our physical and cultural environments. The… Continue reading Holding Space
As with most of the rest of the world, I have been under shelter-at-home practice. I hope readers of this blog are also taking care to stay safe and be healthy. Though staying at home may be for the safety of your physical health, there are still concerns about how to stay emotionally and mentally… Continue reading Life during COVID
I have been quiet on my blog front, but that does not mean I have been quiet with my professional career. It has been a very creative journey in how I am re-defining what is "psychotherapy" in light of the social, cultural and ecological issues we are facing in this era. Here is a little… Continue reading I am still here.
I am rethinking psychotherapy. Not only am I rethinking it, I am re-applying it. In the words of modern era of technology, I am hacking psychotherapy. First of all, when I use the term "hacking", I do not mean to imply shortcuts or unethical and unprofessional practice of psychotherapy. These days, the term "hacking" has… Continue reading Rethinking Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy is by no means magic. Nor is it a miracle cure. However, I have recently started to wonder about the range of techniques and tools the psychotherapist has to use to help the client who presents with various needs and conditions. It is analogous to a magician pulling out her bags of tricks to inspire,… Continue reading Magician
As I started writing on this paper, I noticed my hesitation. I had asked myself, who am I to assume this position of knowing about the psychology of the people from Burma? What a bigot of me to prescribe some diagnostic labels to a group of people! This had been the same doubt I have… Continue reading Hero Worshipping and Splitting: Intergenerational and collective trauma, and the narcissistic wound in the Burmese psychology
I came upon this short article and want to share: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/feeling-relating-existing/201309/being-remainder It has started some thoughts for me about how this sense of being a "remainder" may relate to the experience of immigration and intergenerational trauma. More to come, as soon as I have time to write on this. I took a hiatus on my… Continue reading Thoughts on Remaining after Loss
I recently read an article on the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). In response, I have some thoughts. Here they are below. As a practitioner myself, I find that when I sit with my clients, particularly those who are not White Americans, the DSM fail terribly. Not to say all of them can't fit… Continue reading Thoughts on DSM and diagnoses.