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Holding Space

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

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Rethinking Psychotherapy

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

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Hero Worshipping and Splitting: Intergenerational and collective trauma, and the narcissistic wound in the Burmese psychology

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

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Thoughts on DSM and diagnoses.

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.

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The Art of Science in 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

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One size does not fit all

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

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The unspoken demons of immigration: grief and loss

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

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Keeping up with the pace

In the current era of information technology and social media, immediacy of response and outcome seem to dominate the way we relate to the world. We are much more readily connected through social media and communication technologies. Information is so much more accessible through the internet resources and application tools. What do relationships and relationship building look like… Continue reading Keeping up with the pace