Episodes Season 6

How Spirituality and Psychology are Both Valuable for Healing, with Dr. Elena E. Kim

The path of healing for those of us who have mental health challenges can sometimes be confusing with differing opinions and convictions about the best methods of treatment. The reality is that what works for one person may not work for another person. And, the powerful resources of spirituality is often ignored in secular spaces of psychotherapy.

Dr. Elena E. Kim, a psychologist in New York City, explains how spirituality and psychology are signficant for the healing process and shares the three key ingredients for personal transformation that matter most.

Show Notes

Kim, Elena E., Cha, J., & Keller, T. (2023). Gospel-centered integrated framework for therapy: Foundation, description, research findings, and application. In P. S. Richards, G. E. K. Allen, & D. K. Judd (Eds.), Handbook of spiritually integrated psychotherapies (pp. 213–230). American Psychological Association.

Kim, Elena E., & Chen, E. C. (2022). Task analysis of a christian-integrated psychotherapy framework. Psychotherapy, 59(3), 363–373.

Kim, Elena E., Chen, E. C., & Brachfeld, C. (2019). Patients’ experience of spirituality and change in individual psychotherapy at a Christian counseling clinic: A grounded theory analysis. Spirituality in Clinical Practice, 6(2), 110–123.

Episodes Season 6

How to Show Up with Faith at the Workplace, with Life Coach Alex Tran

What is it like for a Christian to work in the corporate world, and in the Silicon Valley at that? Alex Tran has been there for years and he shares from his experiences of showing up with faith at the office.

Plus, you’ll hear first hand about how he has started working as a life coach to help Asian Americans to experience healing, wholeness, and empowerment.

Show Notes

Follow Alex Tran on Instagram @reachalextran and Tiktok

Alex & Grace’s website

Life Coaching with Alex Tran

Let’s Unpack That podcast

Episodes Season 6

Shame on Violence in Asian American Families & Homes

Content Warning | Trigger Warning: Domestic Violence

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Therapist Linda Yoon talks about what’s hard to talk: with family violence and intimate partner violence. Physical violence and abuse is so wrong, even criminal, but getting out to safety has extra challenges in an Asian or Asian American home.

Thank you Linda for being brave to break the silence and bringing this issue to light. We hope your experiences will give someone the courage to wisely seek help and find healing.

Show Notes

Linda Yoon is Therapist & Founder of Yellow Chair Collective

National Domestic Violence Helpline 1-800-799-7233

24-Hour Multilingual Helpline (run by Center for the Pacific Asian Family) 1-800-339-3940

Center for the Pacific Asian Family

Korean American Family Services – Gender Based Violence Program (including lawyer)

Violence Against Women Act

Episodes Season 6

So Valuable to have Pastors, Academicians, and Counselors Together

To tackle the mental health challenges in Asian American communities in the Chicago area, Pastor Dave Lee and Psychotherapist Irene Cho have hosted quarterly gatherings called PACT since 2018. Starting out as Pastors And Counselors Together, now it has grown into Pastors, Academicians, and Counselors Together.

This is a most inspiring model for what can be easily done in other cities, regions, and localities to accelerate better care and support for the mental health needs in our Asian American churches.

If you know pastors, academicians, and counselors, share this episode! If you know someone in the Chicago area that should connect at the next PACT gathering, please contact Pastor Dave or Irene.

Show Notes

Pastor Dave Lee of Harvest Community Church (Hoffman Estates, IL)

Irene Cho, LCPC, LMFT (Naperville, IL)
Email: [email protected]

Community of Asian American Therapists in Chicagoland (non-faith)

Episodes Season 6

Reversing Shame and Receiving Honor

Steve Hong of Kingdom Rice, with co-host DJ Chuang, really get into the hefty topic of shame and honor cultures, the value of our origin stories, how God reverses our shame and elevates us to a place of honor, and much more.

We can’t cover everything in 30 minutes, but we sure covered more about shame and honor than the average episode, with plenty of bibliographical citations sprinkled throughout. Level up for this meaty conversation about honor and shame.

Show Notes

Kingdom Rice

Chinatown Through the Eyes of God: An Evening of Storytelling, Healing, and Solidarity

Honor, Shame, and the Gospel: Reframing Our Message and Ministry—edited by Christopher Flanders and Werner Mischke, includes a chapter by Steve Hong [order on]

More show notes from Steve Hong & Kingdom Rice:

Episodes Season 6

Get Out the Prayer for CAMHxMSG mental health project grant

Thanks to Pastor Jin Lee (of ⁠Mustard Seed Generation⁠ and ⁠Catalyst Coalition⁠) for joining DJ Chuang for this lively Erasing Shame conversation; and, hosting a lunch meeting in Atlanta on Monday 8/28 for AAPI church leaders, mental health professionals, nonprofit leaders, people with lived experiences, and YOU! Yes, there’s such a thing as a free lunch! Please RSVP at ⁠⁠.

Get Out the Prayer: please pray with us for the grant inquiry we’ve submitted for a 3-year project to launch national and local partnerships for AAPI churches, mental health professionals, researchers, and nonprofits.

Show Notes

Subscribe to email updates from CAMH (Christian Asian Mental Health) at

‘’The evidence summarised in this report shows that People with Lived Experience (PWLE) are the key change agents for stigma reduction’’ from “The Lancet Commission on ending stigma and discrimination in mental health” (2022)

“Cross-national comparisons of increasing suicidal mortality rates for Koreans in the Republic of Korea and Korean Americans in the USA, 2003–2012” in Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences. (2018)

61% of the suicides in the world occur in Asia, cf. “Suicide and mental disorders in Asia” in International Review of Psychiatry (2005)

New book by Dr. Anita Phillips – The Garden Within: Where the War with Your Emotions Ends and Your Most Powerful Life Begins

Community of Asian American Therapists in Chicagoland (CAATCH)

Asian American Christian Network of Atlanta (AACNA)

Episodes Season 6

Bouncing Back After Losing Everything, with Lillian Victoria Ng

Lillian Victoria Ng shares about how she made it through so many personal challenges like childhood struggles, losing everything, divorce, depression, and finding the way to renewing her mind and growing a faith that has brought healing and peace to her life. She can now say how everything will work out beautifully if you allow it. She currently works as a mindset coach.

Show Notes

Connect with Lillian Victoria Ng on Instagram and Facebook

Episodes Season 6

My Experience at the First WHIAANHPI Mental Health Summit

Honored to be in the room where it happened! DJ Chuang shares his experience there, how mental health is going to take all of us working together, but that starts with real relationships and friendships where we know one another. (And, yes, we all need funding too.)

Show Notes

Your invitation to the September 7, 2023 event: Connecting at the Intersection of Faith, Community and Mental Health: The Urgency of Now. (hosted by the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

The WHIAANHPI Mental Health Summit (July 20, 2023) video

Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF)

Mustard Seed Generation

National Associations of Evangelicals (NAE)

The Asian American Foundation (TAAF)

National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA)

Enough About Me: The Unexpected Power of Selflessness by Richard Lui

Episodes Season 6

Learn How to Start a Mental Health Ministry

Pastor David Kim of The Garden Church (in Chatsworth, California) shares with DJ Chuang about the collaboration and partnership for how CAMH (Christian Asian Mental Health) worked with the church’s Deeper Waters ministry team to start a mental health ministry from scratch, by teaching a sermon series on emotional health, sharing genuine stories of hope & healing, having a training seminar for group leaders, and starting a support group in the Fall of 2023.

Show Notes

CAMH Updates Episodes Season 6

June 2023 Update for CAMH (Christian Asian Mental Health)

Get the latest news about how CAMH (Christian Asian Mental Health) is collaborating and partnering, resourcing and co-creating mental health ministries with churches around the USA.

DJ Chuang, Director of CAMH (Christian Asian Mental Health) and Host of the Erasing Shame podcast, invites your feedback and to partner with Erasing Shame and CAMH for the wellenss and fitness of all. Sounds great, right?

Show Notes

Healing: Our Path from Mental Illness to Mental Health by Dr. Thomas Insel

Testimony of DJ Chuang

Mental Health Ministry at Grace Ministry New Jersey

Partner & Donate to CAMH