I believe that our self-awareness is vital to overcoming emotional pain and living a meaningful life. Growing up in an immigrant Chinese family, I’ve always been fascinated by the mental and emotional world of people around me. The human psyche is so complex!
Although mental health was not spoken about within the different communities I belonged to growing up, I had a gnawing sense that whenever someone was labeled ‘“lazy”, “selfish”, or “attention-seeking” by the media, people in my school, or communities I belong to, it was simply not enough. I wanted to understand others and how they came to be. When I became a therapist, this passion solidified; I witnessed the changes and possibilities clients experience as they grow to understand themselves on a deeper level. There is so much more to everyone, you included, if you are willing to do the work and look within.