I have spent a large part of my life searching: who am I, and why am I here. I started off in Perth where I studied Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Commerce degree. My search led me to a refugee community in India where I stayed for 9 years. During my stay there, I helped the refugee community with language translation, health care, technology needs, and any other services that I could provide. I also studied Buddhism there, and explored other religions such as Christianity and Islamism. My search led me to realise that deep inside, we all have the same basic human needs and instincts, but we express them differently. We are much more similar than we are different. It is from my stay in India that I started to feel a deeper connection with my fellow human beings, and I had slowly opened my mind and heart to people from all walks of life, regardless of their backgrounds, beliefs, and life paths.
My therapy sessions are LGBTIQA+ friendly. I have worked with people who have committed serious criminal offences, or who have impulses that they may not feel comfortable talking about. I provide my clients with a confidential, safe, warm, and non-judgemental space to work through their inner thoughts and feelings. I can converse in basic Mandarin and Cantonese, and I adapt therapy to my client’s ethnicity, culture, and religion. I have also worked under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) as a psychologist providing services to people with sensory disorders, Autism, and Intellectual Disability.
I have great interest in working with people to heal and grow after developing mental health disorders from experiencing stressful and traumatic events such as:
- severe and chronic illnesses,
- domestic violence,
- family conflict,
- bullying at school and work,
- work related conflict and stress,
- physical assault,
- relationship conflict and breakups,
- death or separation of a loved one,
- loss of income,
- childhood physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse,
- loss of friendship and social connections
- incarceration and difficulties adjusting back into society
- changes to lifestyle,
- disability or permanent injury
- low self-esteem and thoughts of regret, guilt, and shame.
Such events can trigger changes to the body and mind, and lead to symptoms such as anxiety, depression, flashbacks, insomnia, and dissociations. Bessel van der Kolk’s teachings on polyvagal theory has a strong influence in my trauma work. I incorporate mental, physical and relationship components during therapy.
I use evidence-based treatment methods, and cater them to specific mental health disorders. Treatment focuses on providing you with the insight, confidence, and skills to take control of your mental health, and thus, your life. I was once told “there is no such thing as a difficult client, only a practitioner who may not have the right skills”. I am on the path of continuous learning and improvement. There are almost 300 mental disorders listed in the mental health diagnostic handbook (DSM-5). Feel free to book an appointment to see me. If I am not the right match for you and I am unable to provide any meaningful benefit, the cost of the initial appointment will be halved.