What’s your background?

I’m Chinese~American. My parents were born in China and moved to Taiwan during the Cultural Revolution and then immigrated to the U.S. back in the 60’s. I was born in Columbus, Ohio and grew up in a nearby suburb, Westerville, Ohio.

 

What led you to this work?

I was living in New York about to move to Los Angeles with my husband and our 2 cats. I got a call from my therapist who had just made the same move about a year prior. She told me that she was starting a school for a new modality she was creating that was based on Core Energetics and wanted to invite me to enroll. Though I was surprised that she would ask me, I was very honored as I greatly respected her and knew that anything that she was a part of was going to be powerful.

I had already started giving workshops in a way that felt aligned with this training. “But”, I responded, “I’m an actor and a singer/songwriter and I’m probably going to have lots of auditions and gigs and I won’t really have the time. I have no idea how I’m going to make money when I’m out there. And also, I don’t want to be a therapist.”

She replied, “The first 2 years of the program are about personal transformation ~ not about becoming a therapist. It’s about stepping into your greatness.” I wanted to step into my greatness. I felt excited. Still, my rational mind responded, “Well, I don’t really know if that’s right for me but I’ll think about it.”

“Let yourself feel into it and if you feel a Yes, let me know.”

That night, I had a dream. I dreamt I was in a group of people. My therapist was leading the group. I was in a backbend and she was holding my waist gently shaking my body out. Then, suddenly, a hole opened up in my head and something fell out. She pulled me back up to standing position and I thought, “I’m free.” And then my next thought was “I want to learn how to do this for other people.”

I woke up. And I signed up for the school. I attended for 4 amazing years and became a certified Radical Aliveness Core Energetics Practitioner.

 

Why do you call yourself a Transformation Catalyst?

For a while, I called myself a Radical Aliveness Core Energetics Practitioner. Lots of people would ask, “Is that like reiki?” or “Are you working with people’s abs?”

To be honest, I don’t feel like any of the labels that are out there ~ therapist, coach, spiritual guide ~ accurately name what I do. So, I came up with my own.

I began to notice that the people who were really attracted to working with me were at an exquisite point in their lives. They knew a change was absolutely essential in order for them to thrive. They knew they could no longer stay in their old habits, old relationships, old jobs ~ they could no longer stay stuck ~ and they knew they needed support to move on.

The definition of transformation: a thorough or dramatic change in form or appearance.

The definition of catalyst: a substance that enables a chemical reaction to proceed at a usually faster rate than otherwise possible.

I help people go through dramatic changes in their lives at a faster rate than they might go by themselves.

So. Transformation Catalyst. That feels like a good title for me. For now. It might change if I come up with a better one ~ or if you do.

 

What is your education background? What makes you qualified to help me?

I graduated from The Radical Aliveness Institute based in Los Angeles, CA and I’m a Certified Radical Aliveness Core Energetics Practitioner.

I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from The University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business.

And I studied Jazz Voice for two years at The Manhattan School of Music.

I’ve been on my own healing journey and worked through my own addictions, traumas and fears with the help of decades of 12~step groups and talk therapy, 5 rhythms and soul~motion dance, sexual somatic healing, shamanic healing, bloodline healing, dream work, sweat lodges, acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, Core Energetics, Radical Aliveness, art therapy, couples therapy, homeopathy, shadow work…to name a few things.

I’m also highly intuitive and empathic.

But, the truth is I don’t know if I can help you specifically. That’s why I do an Introduction call so that we can get to know each other better.

Ultimately, it’s you who’s qualified to decide if I can help you.

 

Are you still an artist?

I love the idea that we are all artists creating our lives. But yes, I’m also a singer, a songwriter, an actor, a writer, a dancer, and occasionally I draw things. Some I have done professionally for over 20 years. Some I do because my body and soul just feel better doing them.

You might catch me in a TV show or a commercial, or you might hear me sing something out of the blue, or you might dance with me wildly in class. If you’re interested, you can check out my artist Instagram account @expandingartist.

 

What are 3 random things that I might be surprised to know about you?
  1. My gluten~free dumpling recipe is used by my friends who own the Peking Tavern restaurant in downtown Los Angeles. They were voted best gluten~free dumplings in LA Weekly Magazine. Of course, they are probably the only gluten~free dumplings in Los Angeles.
  2. I ran the 2002 New York City Marathon. I’m glad I did it. I will never do that again.
  3. I have not taken our Christmas tree down in all the years I have lived in Los Angeles ~ the weather never changes so it’s like never Christmas or it’s Christmas all year round.

 

Who did your website?

Brandi Bernoskie and her team at Alchemy + Aim. Top notch.

 

Who shot your photos?

The Riker Brothers. One of my favorite photo shoot experiences.

 

What’s your email address?
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