Established in 2010, Perth-based MindfulnessNow teaches techniques of mindful awareness to individuals and families living in Western Australia. We offer individual and group programs that can cater to all age groups: children, adolescents, adults and families. Mindfulness is awareness and involves the mental quality of non-judgemental attention that allows us to see things directly as they appear in the present moment.
MindfulnessNow embraces mindful awareness and we aim to teach you mindfulness skills through individual sessions or our courses, our goal being to provide you with practical mindfulness training that will help you better manage your stress and work towards becoming a healthier, happier and more compassionate human being.
I am a Clinical Psychologist who has been practicing for over 10 years. Having studied at Oxford University, I went on to obtain a Masters degree in Counselling from Notre Dame University and a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Murdoch University. I was born and raised in Hong Kong, and my previous life saw me work in the highly pressured and often frenetic world of international banking. Until settling in Perth in 2001, I spent 13 years in the field of international banking, working and living in many different international locations, including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Brunei, Sri-Lanka, Mauritius, Japan and the UK.
I spent seven years working at Relationships Australia as a relationship educator, couples and families counsellor and was instrumental in setting up Relationships Australia's Strength to Strength program, which helps humanitarian entrants with family and relationship problems settle into Australia. As a result of my work in this field, I was awarded a scholarship from the NAHSSS Clinical Psychology Scholarship Scheme, which recognised my accomplishments while working with clients from a CaLD (culturally and linguistically diverse) background. My father is Chinese and my mother is English and it is this bi-cultural background that has provided me with a high level of skill and understanding when engaging with culturally sensitive matters.
My clinical expertise includes the facilitation of both psycho-educational and therapeutic groups, including work with clients diagnosed with severe anxiety and/or depression, as well as clients with alcohol and drug dependence co-occurring with mental health disorders. I have facilitated or co-facilitated over 250 hours of group psychotherapy under the supervision of Dr. Bill Saunders.
I am the mother of two adolescent boys so a particular focus of mine is the impact of both positive parenting and mindfulness in raising happy and resilient children. I continue to employ many of the skills of positive parenting in my own life and believe in the transformative practice of mindful awareness as a way to help children grow into happy, resilient and compassionate adults. My training includes advanced ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) training with Russ Harris, John Forsyth and Jane Morton and I integrate many of these techniques in my work and practice, utilising mindfulness as a method to treat and reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety in both adults and children.
I have a private practice at Abbotsford Psychology and also run therapeutic groups at the Abbotsford Private Hospital in West Leederville. I have also lectured at the Australian Institute of Holistic Medicine.