Dr. Jessie Chua, Psy.D.: New Year, True You – Embracing Self-Acceptance | Doing Well #43

In this episode, host Lu Ngo is joined by Dr. Jessie Chua, PsyD, an experienced clinical psychologist dedicated to promoting mental health awareness and reducing stigma, particularly within Asian communities

As the new year begins, many people struggle with accepting themselves and focusing on mental well-being. But could this year also bring fresh opportunities for self-discovery and acceptance? Join Lu Ngo and Dr. Jessie Chua as they explore the importance of self-acceptance in embracing one’s true selves, and discover how it can lead to better mental health and overall well-being.

Meet Dr. Jessie Chua, Psy.D.

Dr. Jessie Chua, Psy.D., an established clinical psychologist with over a decade of invaluable experience, is passionately dedicated to the field of mental health and wellbeing. Driven by her unwavering commitment to fostering a society that embraces mental health as an essential aspect of overall well-being, she plays an active role within the National University of Singapore’s Health & Wellbeing team, participating in outreach initiatives aimed at enhancing mental health literacy and the dismantling of stigma surrounding help-seeking behaviors.

Jessie’s research interest lies within the intricate interplay of cultural factors influencing help-seeking behaviors within Asian communities. As a testament to her professional competency, Dr. Jessie earned the title of ‘Licensed Psychologist’ in the state of California, USA, underscoring her commitment to the highest standards of clinical and research practice. She is also an ‘Approved Supervisor’ under the Singapore Register of Psychologists.

About the episode

Self-acceptance and self-compassion are the cornerstones of well-being, guiding individuals to embrace their authentic selves and nurture their mental health with kindness and love. These simple yet profound practices pave the way for a more fulfilling and balanced life.

Cultural influences, such as the stigma surrounding mental health in Asian communities, can hinder individuals from seeking help when needed. Overcoming these barriers is essential for fostering a culture of openness and support, empowering individuals to prioritize their mental well-being without fear or judgment.

Well-being encompasses a myriad of dimensions, from physical to emotional and social aspects, all intertwining to create a harmonious balance in life. Beyond traditional therapy, psychologists play a crucial role in organizational development. Understanding the challenges faced by different levels within an organization fosters empathy and compassion, ultimately enhancing employee well-being.

As the New Year unfolds, it serves as a prime opportunity for reflection and renewal, inviting individuals to embark on a journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance. Prioritizing well-being during this time is paramount, whether through continuous learning, seeking inspiration from mentors who embody self-compassion, or simply taking moments to nourish the soul. 

In conclusion

Self-acceptance and self-compassion are intertwined, each influencing the other, and are crucial for fostering a supportive environment, particularly as the New Year approaches. This time offers an opportunity for reflection and renewal, urging individuals to prioritize well-being through continuous learning and drawing inspiration from mentors who embody self-compassion, ultimately guiding them toward a more fulfilling life.

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