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
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
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.
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 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