About Purple


Throughout her 15 years of experience working with adolescents and adults with mental health and substance use challenges, Purple has developed and pursued her passion of:

  • Empowering people with mental health challenges to live a full life and
  • Supporting families and friends by providing relevant education throughout their recovery process.

Purple grew up in Hong Kong and worked in the marketing field for the first 10 years of her career. At the same time, she was also a youth leader at her church for 12 years and a dorm-parent for adolescents with emotional and mental health needs.

After moving to Canada, Purple received counselling and theology training from Tyndale University College & Seminary. She continues to incorporate her faith into her work as a freelance consultant, a speaker for various churches, and the coordinator of the Working Group for the Promotion of Mental Health in Faith Communities. Notable training sessions she has conducted include:

  • Family education and support for mental illness,
  • Parenting adolescent children,
  • Strengthening marriages for Christians, and
  • Navigating the Ontario mental health system in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

 

Purple’s Credentials & Experience


EDUCATION

  • B.A. Honours (Bachelor of Arts, Business Studies), Hong Kong University
  • M.Div. (Master of Theology, Counseling), Tyndale University & Seminary
  • Post-Graduate Training:
    • Cognitive Behavioural (CBT) Certification
    • Mindfulness Meditation
    • Focusing
    • Addiction Assessment
    • Motivational Interviewing
    • Family Systems
    • Adolescent & Adult Mental Health and Trauma Treatment
    • Emotion-Focused Therapy
    • Behavioural Couples Therapy for Substance Abuse

MEMBERSHIPS & ASSOCIATIONS

  • Registered Psychotherapist (RP), Ontario (#2323)
  • Clinical Fellow, American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT) & Ontario Association of Marriage & Family Therapy (OAMFT) (#123293)
  • Clinical Supervisor Candidate, AAMFT & OAMFT
  • Convenor, Working Group for the Promotion of Mental Health in Faith Communities

CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

  • OVER 15 YEARS working with individuals, couples, families, children, and adolescents
  • Dorm-Parent, Boarding School (for adolescents with mental health and emotional needs)
  • Live-In Staff, Home for Special Care and L’Arche Daybreak
  • Community Worker, Transitional Employment Program (for people with severe mental illness)
  • Adult Treatment Counsellor (for addiction)
  • Family Worker, First Episode of Psychosis
  • Coordinator, Family Education & Support Program