Psychotherapy in China: Western and Eastern Perspectives

Psychotherapy in China: Western and Eastern Perspectives

by Stephen F. Myler, PhD & Hui Qi Tong, MD

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From Leicester to Shanghai

I have been living and working as a psychologist in China for the past four years. During this time, I have been teaching psychology, counselling, and psychotherapy courses to Chinese university students. I am originally from Leicester, Britain, where I was trained as a psychologist.
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Dr. Stephen Myler is from Leicester in England, an industrial town in the Midlands of the United Kingdom. He holds a B.Sc. (Honours) in Psychology from the UK's Open University, the largest in the UK; he also has an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Psychology from Knightsbridge University in Denmark. In addition, Stephen holds many diplomas and awards in a variety of academic areas including journalism, finance, teaching, and advanced therapy for mental health. Stephen has many years teaching experience as a Professor of Psychology in colleges and universities in England and China to post 16 young adults, instructing in psychology, counselling, psychotherapy, sociology, English, marketing, and business. He has been fortunate to travel extensively from Australia to Africa to the United States, South America, Borneo, most of Europe and Russia. Stephen's favourite hobby is the study of primates and he likes to play badminton. He believes that students who enjoy classes with humour and enthusiasm from the teacher always come back eager to learn more.

Hui Qi Tong, MD, PhD is a graduate from Shanghai Medical College, Fudan University and a psychiatrist by training before she came to the United States in 1995. She was a research fellow at the Genetics Division, Children's Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School, Clinical Research Associate in the Psychiatry department, Tufts University, School of Medicine and a research collaborator and content expert at the Older Adult and Family Center at Stanford University, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Hui Qi graduated from Palo Alto University (formerly Pacific Graduate School of Psychology) with a PhD in Clinic Psychology in 2008. Currently, she is a staff psychologist with the Women's Clinic and PTSD Research Program at San Francisco VA Medical Center and program coordinator for UCSF Global Health Sciences/ Global Mental Health Program. Her main clinical and research interests are in trauma, women's mental health, suicidal behavior, attachment and psychopathology, cultural adaptation of psychotherapy and the integration of Eastern and Western approaches in psychotherapy and related topics. She has co-authored or co-edited about 30 papers and chapters and translated one psychotherapy book into Mandarin, Every Day Gets a Little Closer: A Twice-Told Therapy: by Irvin D. Yalom and Ginny Elkin. Currently, she is translating Sophie Freud's: Living in the Shadow of the Freud's Family.

Hui Qi is also the founding president of American-Chinese Academy for Psychotherapy (A-CAP), a non-for-profit organization established in the Silicon Valley with the mission of addressing mental-illness-related stigma and discrimination and promoting mental health among the Chinese communities both in USA and in China and promoting evidence-based psychotherapy in China through teaching and training. Contact Hui Qi Tong.
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Learning objectives:

  • Consider two different perspectives on psychotherapy in China today, one from a British psychologist in China and the other from a Chinese psychotherapist in the United States.
  • Increase awareness of how psychotherapists are trained and supervised in China.
  • Increase understanding of how western psychotherapies can be adapted to the cultural norms of Chinese and Chinese-American clients.
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