Vancouver Campus graduate, Linda Lin, M.A. ‘18, recently joined “The Early Edition” with Stephen Quinn show on CBC Listen to share her experience as a racial trauma counsellor as her practice experiences an increase in patients seeking counselling in the midst numerous attacks on the Asian community.
“I’m hearing stories of discrimination, whether it’s like verbal harassment or assault. People are hoping to be seen and heard and hoping to be respected and are trying to learn to take up space in this place that they are in to feel belonging,” Lin said. “We’ve been living in a society that pretty much refused to see this trauma where our problems weren’t seen as problems and we are just beginning to fight for ourselves and for our parents.”
Lin was also interviewed on CBC News. She shared advice she gives to her clients to cope with racial trauma. “Check in with yourself and your community, if possible. Take lots of frequent digital breaks, like I am doing right now,” Lin said. “You can even unpack and explore with a therapist who can offer that non-judgmental approach and that space. Take up space too, you deserve it!”
Listen to The Early Edition with Stephen Quinn interview, “Asian Canadians Seeking more Mental Health Help as Attacks on them Increase,” and watch the full CBC News interview, “Racial Trauma Counsellor sees Spike in Patients after Increase of anti-Asian Attacks.”
Lin’s expertise was also recently featured on City News and CBC News. Read more in the City News article, “More Asian Canadians Seek Counselling Amid Pandemic, Racism,” and CBC News article, “Racial Trauma Counsellors in B.C. see Surge in Patients Amid Ongoing anti-Asian Hate.”
A graduate of the Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology: Art Therapy program, Lin is a Registered Clinical Counsellor, Canadian Certified Counsellor, and Art Therapist.