Here at Realizing Counseling, counseling is viewed as social responsibility. The goal of therapy is transformation.
We strongly believe in the “butterfly effect” of psychotherapy, in which a person’s self, family, work place and environment are all influenced by what happens in the therapy room.
Adapting to life in a foreign culture is not easy. People at different stages of transition might go through stressful moments of culture shock, disorientation, honeymoon, grief and loss before reaching acceptance. There are various emotions a person can go through while searching for identity and meaning.
Our mental health professionals are equipped with cultural competency along with experiences working with clients from diverse backgrounds. Whether you are here for personal growth, relationship issues or other reasons, we thrive to provide authentic care and support to each individual with a respectful tone and an objective attitude. We are honored to walk together with you on this unique journey.
- University of San Francisco, California, USA (M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology)
- California State University- San Jose, California, USA (B.A. in Psychology, minor in Sociology)
- National Taiwan University (History major)
Areas of Specialization
- Life Coaching
- Expat Mental Health
- Immigrant Mental Health
- Family of Origin
- Third Culture Kid
- Grief & Loss
- Multicultural Couples Counseling
- Life Transition & Adjustment
- Youth Support
- Founder of Taiwan Multicultural Counseling Association www.taiwanmca.org
- Taiwan Coordinator of Taiwan Psychology Network (USA network)
- Youth/Family Intern Counselor at City of Fremont Youth & Family Services, California
- Founder & Director of Counseling at Junyi Experimental School (G1-G12), Taitung, Taiwan
- Telephone Counselor at Santa Clara County Crisis Line, California
- Bilingual Counselor at Academy of Art University, California
- Adult Life Coach (age 18-55) at Devry University, U.S. online
- Intervention Specialist for autistic children and family at Aspiranet Family Intervention Program, California
- Bilingual Facilitator for support groups in Taiwan and the U.S.
Online Life Coaching for International Clients
A large part of my career now is providing transition, leadership and relationship coaching. I have had the benefit of receiving three years of comprehensive and innovative training from InsideTrack Coaching in San Francisco, including 3000 client coaching hours. I have also been trained by International Coaching Federation accredited institutions. Through online sessions, I have coached a wide range of clients from many different countries with backgrounds as international students, managers and business owners, engineers, professionals in transition, and people who feel therapy is not exactly what they need at this stage of life.
Coaching involves elements of counseling, but is more short-term and structured, present & future-focused, goal-oriented, and outcome-based. A coach would partner with clients to develop a plan, identify obstacles that are holding them back, motivate clients to make the most of their strength, and pinpoint any resistance to change. Clients are viewed as already whole when entering a coaching relationship.
Coaching can benefit people who are looking for guidance in confidence, career change, self-worth and esteem, work-life balance, relationships, finding purpose, health, emotional intelligence, a significant life change, and much more.
Psychotherapy for International Clients
- Taiwan Counseling Psychologist License #004043
- Certificate of Telephone Counseling, Bill Wilson Center, CA
- Certificate of Domestic Violence Counseling, Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments, CA
Orientation and Philosophy
My approach to counseling is an eclectic blend of person-centered, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, family systems theory and AEDP approach. I have lived and worked in 6 different cities in the United States for a total of 10 years in my younger days. As a third-culture kid myself, I often find “flow” in working with youth, adult and couples on the collectivist-individualist spectrum.
The populations I often work with are expats in Taiwan, Asian Americana starting a new phase in life, cross-cultural couples, international students, overseas Taiwanese, LGBTQIA spectrum, and so on. Over the years, I have adapted a culturally sensitive model in working with clients from extremely diverse socioeconomic backgrounds: graduates of elite universities struggling with mental health issues, adult children of under-privileged families, Silicon Valley’s high-tech workers, first and second-generation immigrants, youth in transition, retired professionals and aboriginal youth in eastern Taiwan.
Clients find their own meanings in self-discovery and self-actualization. A person’s worldview can be the result of culture, education, early childhood experiences, family upbringing and major life events. All humans have a remarkable capacity for self-healing; my clients have demonstrated that in every breakdown, there is an opportunity for a breakthrough. I am inspired again and again by stories of transcending the darkness and embracing the new.
*Individual therapy/coaching is 50minutes per session
*Couple’s therapy/coaching is 80 minutes per session
Lo Lok Ching (Momo)
Intern Counseling Psychologist
National Taiwan Normal University
(Master in Counseling and Psychology)
Hong Kong Shue Yan University
(Bachelor of Social Science in Counseling and Psychology)
- Hong Kong Agile Property Management Services Limited
Human Resources and Administration Assistant
- Seeing Counseling Centre
Intern Counseling Therapist
- National Taiwan Normal University
Observer of group counseling (Topic: Mindfulness)
- Hong Kong College of Technology
Intern Counseling Psychologist
- Hong Kong College of Technology
Group Counseling Leader
- Baptist Oi Kwan Social Service (Hong Kong)
Consultant and tutor of the Carers support service
- Siu Lam Psychiatric Center (Hong Kong)
Programs Leader and Co-leader
- Gear Couseling and Development Center (Hong Kong)
Programs Director and Leader
- ‘Empathy’ HKDSE Counseling Hotline (Hong Kong)
- Multiculturalism (Multi-perspective, Minorities, Intercultural Identity, Subculture, Multilingual)
- Self-Growth and Self-Exploration (Intercultural growth, Body image disturbance, rebuild self-confidence)
- Relationship and Intimacy issues
- Emotional and Stress issues
- Empowerment and Strength-based counseling
About Me / My Counseling Philosophy
As a trained counselor in Hong Kong, I am currently an intern counseling psychologist based in Taiwan. Grew up in the multicultural society of Hong Kong, I care about the cultural influences in counseling and work to meet people with different stories. As a multilingual counselor, I aim to provide a safe and inclusive environment for people who come from different countries of distinct backgrounds.
I sincerely believe that everyone who come here have passed through a lot. Your stories, which are neither right nor wrong, are worthy to be understood and explored. I definitely value all your unique experiences as they have been shaping who you are as a beautiful human being.
Sometimes you may feel exhausted, being buried in countless complicated issues. Sometimes you may lose track of life, not knowing how to keep moving. Sometimes you may need a break, from the hustle and bustle reality. You are welcomed to this safe space, where you may explore and discover your inner-self, relieve your feelings, seek for support, or dream about the future. You may need a genuine person who can actively listen, thoroughly understand and heartfeltly value your inner thoughts and emotions. No matter what brings you here, you can be well-understood and safely express your truth self. You are worth to be seen and taken seriously.
You are more beautiful than you think.
Mon. – Fri.：10AM – 9PM
Sat. – Sun.：10AM – 5PM