'Narrative practitioner' is my preferred identity
I am a Registered Member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) which ensured I work following the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I received my professional trainings from the University of Melbourne and Dulwich Centre (at Adelaide, Australia) and Hong Kong Baptist University. I am experienced in working with a wide variety of clients facing issues ranging from stress, anxiety, depression, loss, and cultural differences, to self-exploration and personal growth. Before moving into Private Practice I provided counselling in a clinic that supports people in smoking cession and at a charity.
Alongside my Private Practice, I am a Tutor and Instructor for Narrative Practices training programs for Hongkongers, Taiwanese and Chinese. In addition, I was a lecturer and practicum supervisor for the Master’s degree program in Counselling at Hong Kong City University and Hong Kong Polytechnic University respectively.
I am a Narrative Therapist which means I adopt a de-centering position and am aware of intersectionality. My approach is influenced mainly by Narrative Practices (also named Narrative Therapy) co-founded by Michael White and David Epston. Since the 80’s it has been applied for counselling and psychotherapy. Apart from the application inside the counselling rooms, it is further evolved by David Denborough into Collective Narrative Practice. Projects of Collective Narrative Practice are conducted in different parts of the world, connecting individuals with the community. I am deeply influenced by the philosophy of Narrative Practices, embracing the ideas of diversity and collaboration. I am the founder of “Narrative Practice Valley Village”, an information hub of Narrative Practice training and resources in Chinese.
I have a sensitive and gentle manner, and I will work at the pace which feels right for you. I will co-work with you on your adventurous journey in exploring forgotten stories in life, and co-construct the sparkling moments in your life to re-ignite preferred hopes and dreams.
I was born, raised, and trained in Hong Kong. Before becoming a therapist, I worked in the fields of humanitarian relief work and ethnic minorities in the charity sector. I had also worked as a researcher on the topic of ethnic minorities, and as a lecturer for psychology and counselling-related program in universities.
My interest in Counselling was sparked in 2014 when I was the co-director of a short documentary film. In my role as an interviewer, I found I could easily and quickly build up rapport with interviewees and support them emotionally. I then embarked on my formal Counsellor training. I was willing to prepare myself to be a listener and offer support but not to provide directive instruction on what is the correct thing to do, because I believe individuals are their own experts.
I am passionate about exploring the impact of the execution of power in relationships with individuals and systems. This has been a thematic reflection throughout my personal and professional life. Meanwhiles, self-understanding and self-care are needed or otherwise it would be a struggling process.
Being a therapist enables me to collaborate with people to get to know and understand themselves and the impact of their contexts in their lives. From a place with a broad horizon and the ability to navigate lifetime events, people are free to redefine their stories in the past and make the changes they prefer at present and in the future.