Events

Helping Others as well

A few quotes I get reminded of whenever I am involved with the community: "If you are feeling helpless, help others." - Daw Aung San Suu Kyi "Be the change you want to see in the world." - Mahatma Ghandi. I am on the board of directors for Burma Refugee Family Network, so I'm sharing… Continue reading Helping Others as well

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Writings

Courage to heal

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

Writings

First steps: Seeking and receiving help

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

Writings

Language in psychotherapy, the “talking cure”

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”

Writings

What makes a welcoming place?

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?

Writings

Two Myths about Asian Americans and Counseling

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

Events

In action

I am scheduled to participate in a couple of workshops in the following weeks. The first is a panel discussion on linguistic accessibility and cultural sensitivity in working with cancer patients at the Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic in Oakland, on May 31st, 2012. The second is a basic mental health awareness training for member organizations… Continue reading In action