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Jan 18
Beyond the Couch Ep 58: Therapists In Therapy with Kim Park

This week, Christie chats with Kim Park about the challenges that therapists themselves face when seeking mental health support. They discuss how difficult it can be to take their own advice about self-care and processing their emotions that they give to their clients. Kim shares how working through her own journey as a Korean adoptee […]

Nov 30
Beyond the Couch Ep 53: Living a Life with More Ease with Dr. I-Ching Grace Hung

This week, Diana and Dr. I-Ching Grace Hung chat about the integration of Buddhist philosophies into therapy, living in a resting state rather than a grind state, and how to make life work for us in unconventional ways. They talk about what traveling and living abroad have taught them about savoring life and living with […]

Nov 16
Beyond the Couch Ep 52: Challenging Imposter Syndrome with Angela Kerrigan

This week, Christie sits down with Angela Kerrigan to examine impostor syndrome through the lens of racial identity and chat about ways to challenge these feelings of inadequacy. They discuss how stereotypes and microaggressions keep people of color in cycles of self-doubt by questioning their belonging or imposing unrealistic standards. Angela shares how she worked […]

Oct 19
Beyond the Couch Ep 48: Honoring Chinatown’s History & Community with Mott Street Girls

This week, Christie sits down with Anna Huang and Chloe Chan of @ mottstreetgirls to talk about the community and vibrancy of New York City’s Chinatown. They chat about how they came to appreciate their identities more through learning more about their culture’s history and how they have come to view education as a way […]

Oct 12
Beyond the Couch Ep 47: Lessons from a Professional Career Changer with Asha Aravindakshan

This week, Diana chats with Asha Aravindakshan about making the power of personal relationships, putting yourself out there, and resisting societal and cultural expectations in making a career change. They talk about the ways in which you can build out your first- and second-degree networks, manage uncertainty and tolerance for risk as you make a […]

Oct 05
Beyond the Couch Ep 46: Growing Up Between Two Cultures with Meghan NayyarBeyond the Couch Ep 46:

This week, Christie chats with Meghan Nayyar about the complexities of navigating cultural gaps, holding multiple identities, and growing up in a culture that’s not their family’s dominant one. They reflect on the challenges that their immigrant parents must have faced in raising children in such foreign environments, and how conversations with them about culture […]

Sep 28
Beyond the Couch Ep 45: The Art of Authentic Dating with Samuel Shin

This week, Diana and Samuel Shin talk about healthy and fulfilling ways to embrace one’s masculinity/femininity, sexuality, self-confidence, and dating. They explore the challenges and hurdles that men, in particular, often face when it comes to dating and relationships, overcoming attachment issues, and connecting with their authentic selves. They also delve into the specific challenges […]

Sep 14
Beyond the Couch Ep 43: Taking Asian Women Seriously with Sheena Yap Chan

This week, Sam chats with Sheen Yap Chan about building up self-confidence as an Asian woman, the importance of supporting one another, and challenging societal expectations of Asian women. They discuss how perfectionism pervades Asian culture and how the pressure to be perfect might hinder achieving one’s goals. As members of the Asian diaspora themselves, […]

Sep 07
Beyond the Couch Ep 42: Changing the Face of Mental Health with Caroline Lay

This week, Christie chats with Caroline Lay about their experiences as Asian-American women, and as Asian-American women therapists. They talk about how growing up with non-strict parents magnified the gratitude and guilt they felt for their family’s sacrifices and shaped the pressure that they placed on themselves. They dive into the challenges of differentiating one’s […]

May 04
Beyond the Couch Ep 24: Granting Ourselves Permission with Dr. Jenny Wang

This week, Christie and Diana chat with Dr. Jenny Wang about her new book, Permission to Come Home: Reclaiming Mental Health as Asian Americans. Dr. Wang talks about the terrifying yet healing process of writing this book, sharing her own family history, and moving through failure, vulnerability and grief. Together they explore the power of […]