What do two Vietnamese-American women have to talk about when they haven’t talked for years? A lot of things, like growing up, defying stereotypes, not becoming a doctor or lawyer, going to community college, intergenerational trauma, dynamics of diversity, friends, relatives, interracial dating, and so much more.
Nellie Tran, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at San Diego State University with the Community-Based Block Multicultural Counseling Program, the Director of Research at the Center for Community Counseling and Engagement, and the Vice President of the Asian American Psychological Association.
Her work focuses on working with communities and agencies to create systems-level changes that reduce the impact of subtle forms of discrimination (i.e., microaggressions) on people of color and women within the workplace, educational, and counseling contexts.
Have you experienced times when it’s hard to talk about what you believe or what you don’t believe, especially when it comes to faith, spirituality, or religion? This can happen when you’re talking with someone of a different faith as well as those with the same faith. What’s up with that?
Co-hosts Nancy Ly and DJ Chuang have an honest conversation about this very personal and very important topic on this episode.
On this episode of Erasing Shame, Nancy Ly interviews Danny Kim about shame and technology.
Danny Kim elevates humanity in the workplace as an Organizational Consultant for Centauric. He is a faculty at the Center for Creative Leadership and is currently pursuing his doctorate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.
Michelle Yang was a very successful teenager on paper. Michelle was outgoing, earned excellent grades, and worked hard at her immigrant family’s small restaurant. Her constant battle with depression, anxiety and insomnia was less obvious to the world. The stigma against mental health conditions, especially within her family, prevented her from accessing proper help for years.
Finally, while studying abroad during college, she suffered from a serious episode that led to her being diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Michelle now wants to break that stigma and encourage others by sharing her own story of how a successful career, a happy family and a good life is more than possible.
From personal experience, she knows why Asian Americans are three times less likely than other people in this country to seek help for mental health. Now, she’s writing a book to advocate for mental health wellness.
Since shame festers in silence, the opposite is that healthy talk will break thru and start erasing shame about mental health and other secrets that make us sick.
Hear the back story of why we launched the Erasing Shame podcast, with no budget and no staff at that. Co-Founder DJ Chuang explains how people can learn to have honest and healthy talk about unspoken feelings by listening to others share their personal stories and lived experiences.
This episode was recorded before a live workshop audience at the 2nd annual Mental Health Conference Cal State Fullerton on March 9, 2019.
“When we’re talking about shame—and so much of shame manifests itself in silence and what we don’t say and what we don’t share—to find the courage and bravery within yourself to put these things out there, that you’re having a hard time and you need help… That’s strong, that’s being a strong mom. That’s doing your work to face shame.” —Emily Schnitger, LMFT
On this episode of “Seen: An Erasing Shame Podcast,” Eunice connects with Emily Schnitger, a therapist who specializes in maternal mental health and is trained in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
Postpartum depression can be as stigmatized in our culture as mental health in general because our families often do not have the language to discuss this topic. Emily provides insight and experience working with new moms, and advice on how to support moms who may struggle with postpartum.
Are you fully embracing your physical & cultural identity? Or are you possibly carrying cultural shame and self-hatred? When you deny a part of your physical/cultural makeup, you are denying the beautiful person you were born to be, both inside and out. Begin to embrace all parts of who you are in order to live true to your identity, free of shame.