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
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
I am re-using the title phrase from a very good book by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis called "The Courage to Heal". The book is for survivors of sexual abuse. I do think this courage to heal is not only for survivors of abuse, but also for anyone who comes into psychotherapy. In the previous… Continue reading Courage to heal
As I work with and explore cultural issues around psychotherapy and counseling, as well as help-seeking process for Asians and Asian Americans, I am noticing a pattern. First of all, many clients are often referred by others in their lives, be it a friend, family member or other professionals the person had been in contact… Continue reading First steps: Seeking and receiving help
When we think of psychotherapy, the immediate association is the idea of the "talking cure," i.e. the discussion between the client and the therapist of the problem presented, its significance and its resolution. It seems apparent that language is quite crucial in this interaction. What would become of psychotherapy then, if there is a variance… Continue reading Language in psychotherapy, the “talking cure”
After participating in two community workshops, I find that I've encountered this question "What makes a welcoming place in psychotherapy for the client?" I notice how much detail I have paid attention to when I was creating an actual physical sense of place in my office space. Where the sofa is, where my chair is,… Continue reading What makes a welcoming place?
In my work with Asian American clients, I have noticed 2 myths about the taboo of counseling that do not apply with them as a rule of thumb. 1. Asian Americans do not seek help. It may be a true general cultural trend to keep troubles or "dirty laundry" to themselves, but I find that… Continue reading Two Myths about Asian Americans and Counseling