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About Me

Leanna Chan APPA Certified Philosophical Counsellor

Hi, my name is Leanna. I am philosophical counsellor certified by the American Philosophical Practitioners Association (APPA), based in Toronto.

My therapeutic approach involves deep exploration of your worldview and core values, which might feel uncomfortable or even threatening at times. That's why I wouldn't call my session a safe space - no, it's a dangerous space. I assume you don't have severe trauma that requires special care, otherwise you should be seeing a psychotherapist or a psychologist, not a philosophical counsellor. 

That being said, I am going to receive training in spiritually-integrated psychotherapy at University of Alberta in 2024. Whatever title I might get, I'm here to facilitate your cultivation of wisdom, which I believe to be the medicine for the soul.

 

Previously, I earned a BSc in psychology from HKU and an MA in philosophy from CUHK, where I studied both Western and Eastern philosophies equally. I am mostly influenced by Existentialism, Christian theology, Stoicism, Jungian psychology, Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. I also learnt Buddhism directly with monks at the monastery and have been practicing Vipassana meditation for 5+ years.

 

Alongside my service, I am devoted to my own spiritual practice and the research on the integration of our fragmented modern worldview. I believe it is metaphysically therapeutic for us to have a holistic framework where the Self (psychology), the Divine (religion), the Other (ethics) can be understood together. 

I have spent a lot of time in existential crisis, spiritual darkness, confusion, disorientation, feeling lost, wrestling with conflicting worldviews and value systems. According to the 10,000-hour rule, I am an expert of these issues. I am a fraud if I say I have it all figured out, and you are a fool if you believe it. But if you are experiencing similar difficulties, I can be your guiding companion for the challenging parts of your journey. That being said, I am not here make it easier for you, because that’s impossible. It’s possible however to make it more enjoyable.
 

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