I was recently interviewed for a video news article for Washington Post, regarding a story of family violence and its impact, particularly for one refugee woman from Burma who escaped oppression to resettle in USA. But her life remains in danger, first from her abusive husband, and second, from the lack of intervention from public safety departments. The… Continue reading The challenges of family violence
I came upon this article as I was doing some research on readings about transgenerational trauma and working with ethnic communities on the internet. It is something to think about how therapists and counselors, and other helping professionals can accommodate and adapt our practices to help those from cultures that do not traditionally use Western models of mental… Continue reading Changing the frame for cross-cultural psychotherapy
In following up on the previous post I wrote about research based diagnostic and therapeutic tools and its "One size fits all" pitfall, I will like to further elaborate on what I think is a scientific approach to psychotherapy that is not solely Research based. I capitalized the first letter in Research because I am using it in… Continue reading The Art of Science in Psychotherapy
Recently, I traveled to Asia. Whenever I do this, I become even more acutely aware of the cultural phenomena and how it may impact our perceptions and reactions in daily life. As a benign example, I attempted to buy some clothings during my travel. Unfortunately, I could not purchase many, as the sizes there did… Continue reading One size does not fit all
Though Asian Americans have a long history of presence in the United States of America and many of them have been in the country for several generations, there is still a significant number who are immigrants or the children of immigrants. When we think of some of the challenges confronting immigrants or first generation Asian Americans, we… Continue reading The unspoken demons of immigration: grief and loss
What is new this year in my practice? I have not updated on my provider panels status. I have been approved as a provider for Empathia EAP (Employment Assistance Program) for a couple of months now. I am still committed to increasing accessibility of counseling and psychotherapy services, especially for those who come from cultures… Continue reading What’s in a New Year?
I might be a year late in discussing this topic, given that the books "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom" by Amy Chua and "Hiroshima in the Morning" by Rahna Reiko Rizzuto were published well over a year ago. Perhaps it took this one year for some of this information to be thought through more thoroughly. Lately… Continue reading Mothering