Therapeutic approaches have embedded views of personhood and mental health: what it means to be human, how we look at issues, and how we cope.
Reflecting my own experiences of being from a Chinese family, and growing up in Australia, I hold an integrated view of personhood from both Eastern and Western views.
I believe in the self-actualising and human potential view of personhood that focuses on hope, freedom and authentic connection within ourselves and with others.
I believe that we all have within us the core capacities to cope with life’s experiences more effectively and less destructively. These core capacities are:
- the capacity to love (to give and to receive)
- the capacity to express
- the capacity to envision and imagine
These capacities require us to become self-aware and to know ourselves.
Through awareness we move from reacting,
through to having choice,
to having the ability to respond.
Psychotherapy practices of self-awareness and mindfulness are deeply informed by meditation and other Buddhist practices. I work within the Eastern wisdom traditions of interconnectedness and spirituality, and the values of understanding, compassion and loving kindness.