Hi, I'm Winnie
I help you discover the beauty & bounty, power & potential that will emerge from the chaos and mess that is healing.
I share the tools of researching, writing & traveling that have helped me heal, along with my knowledge, experience, enthusiasim, curiosity, and compassion. Most importantly, I listen deeply with a broad perspective acquired from living a multi-cultural, multi-faceted life.
I have studied and lived on three continents – North America, Asia, and Europe. I speak English and Cantonese. Born and raised in the U.S., I studied history & art history at Bryn Mawr College. Upon graduating, I moved to Hong Kong where I worked for 22 years as a writer, editor, Chinese-to-English translator, entrepreneur, teacher, researcher, taking time off in between to get an MBA from INSEAD in France as well as study psychology at the University of Hong Kong. I'm a certified Write Your Self guide, a trauma-sensitive writing process, which I complement with bibliotherapy+ (prescribing not only books, but also films, TV shows, podcasts, exhibitions etc.). I have cultivated an understanding of our inner and outer worlds, as well as how they're interconnected.
I see mind, body, spirit, our social ties, cultural lenses and environment as an inseparable whole. Each individual is a complex system emerging from interactions with other complex systems. In other words, we're complicated. But that’s what makes being human so fascinating and fun and exciting. My role as a post-traumatic growth mentor is to help you discover the beauty & bounty, power & potential that will emerge from the chaos and mess that is healing.
In our hectic, modern lives, we don’t talk much about healing. We talk about how busy we are doing all the important things we do in order to make a positive impact on the world. Healing is for losers. At least that’s how I lived life into my mid-30s. Up until then, I had ignored the fact that I had survived complex trauma, let alone acknowledged that I still suffered from its painful impact and needed to heal.
Everyone’s call to embark on a healing adventure looks different. Mine took the form of a particular man, who woke me up to the fact that I needed to heal. But I had no clue how to go about healing, and neither did those closest to me. I wasn’t even sure what healing meant. So I read a lot, watched a lot of talks, wrote, did lots of yoga, researched & tried a lot of different kinds of therapies, invested a lot of time and money talking to different professionals. Along the way, I shed many tears and even ran a marathon and went back to school to study psychology.
It took years before I started to understand how I needed to grow and to trust that I knew what I was doing. Throughout, I had wished for someone to guide me towards accurate information and help me think through the right options at the right time: For example, do I see a psychiatrist, psychologist, psychoanalyst (Jungian or Lacanian?), clinical social worker or one of the many different kinds of non-talk/somatic therapists? I also needed people who could listen to my pain without making me feel like I was "broken" or "crazy". I needed reassurance that what I was experiencing was a necessary and normal part of healing, but also to pull me back compassionately when I started to descend into the black hole of self-pity and victimhood. Most importantly, I wanted someone to hold my hand so I didn’t feel so alone on my journey. I was lucky to have encountered a few such wise, loving and compassionate people along the way, and that has made all the difference to my life.
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