116 episodes

Beyond the Couch is a podcast exploring the intersection of Asian Pacific Islander South Asian American (APISA) identity and mental health. Hosted by three therapists, Diana Liao, LMHC, Samantha Waldman, LMHC, and Christie Kim, LMHC, our mission is to demystify therapy and uplift stories from our community. Join us every Wednesday as we delve into essential topics from identity and perfectionism to courageous stories of healing and collective care with fellow therapists, experts, and community members.
Beyond the Couch is a proud initiative of Bridges Mental Health, is a stigma-free hub for Asians, Pacific Islanders, and South Asian Americans (APISA) to discuss, navigate, and seek mental health care. Find a therapist, join our therapist community, and follow us on Instagram @bridgesmentalhealth.

Beyond the Couch Bridges Mental Health

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 15 Ratings

Beyond the Couch is a podcast exploring the intersection of Asian Pacific Islander South Asian American (APISA) identity and mental health. Hosted by three therapists, Diana Liao, LMHC, Samantha Waldman, LMHC, and Christie Kim, LMHC, our mission is to demystify therapy and uplift stories from our community. Join us every Wednesday as we delve into essential topics from identity and perfectionism to courageous stories of healing and collective care with fellow therapists, experts, and community members.
Beyond the Couch is a proud initiative of Bridges Mental Health, is a stigma-free hub for Asians, Pacific Islanders, and South Asian Americans (APISA) to discuss, navigate, and seek mental health care. Find a therapist, join our therapist community, and follow us on Instagram @bridgesmentalhealth.

    Unlearning Diet Culture and Reconnecting with Cultural Heritage with Laura Iu

    Unlearning Diet Culture and Reconnecting with Cultural Heritage with Laura Iu

    This week, Christie sits down with Laura Iu to explore the complexities of diet culture and thin privilege, particularly within Asian American communities. They discuss navigating messages from two cultures, unlearning harmful Eurocentric beauty standards, and reconnecting with ideas of beauty from one's cultural heritage. Together they discuss their own relationships with makeup and appearance, as well as how food is discussed among their families. Additionally, Laura shares how she works al...

    • 39 min
    K-Pop, The Power of Fandoms & Global Celebrity with Stephanie Choi

    K-Pop, The Power of Fandoms & Global Celebrity with Stephanie Choi

    This week, Sam sits down with ethnomusicologist Stephanie Choi to explore the multifaceted world of K-pop. Stephanie shares what prompted her shift from studying traditional Korean music to K-pop, examining it both as performance art and as a cultural phenomenon with global impact. They discuss the industrial system behind K-pop, the linguistic and physical proximity that fosters closeness between idols and fans, and the significant influence of fandoms in shaping the industry. The conversati...

    • 40 min
    Body Image & The Stories We Tell Ourselves with Steph Ng

    Body Image & The Stories We Tell Ourselves with Steph Ng

    This week, Diana sits down with mental health advocate Steph Ng to explore the complex world of body image. Steph shares her personal journey with disordered eating and discusses body image as a story we tell ourselves. Steph emphasizes the importance of feeling at home in our bodies and cultivating curiosity rather than criticism from a young age. Drawing from her work with young people, Steph highlights how early body narratives form and the impact of cultural and societal messages on ident...

    • 44 min
    Queer Relating & Healing with Bokyung Kim

    Queer Relating & Healing with Bokyung Kim

    This week, Christie is joined by Bokyung Kim who shares their personal experiences of queering the healing journey. They reflect upon how early love injuries and unmet needs evolved into beliefs about disconnection and belonging, as well as patterns of sex and love addiction. Through her own story of healing and connection with queerness, Bokyung discusses the transformative power of being in connection with oneself and the practice of meeting different parts of ourselves with curiosity and c...

    • 41 min
    Exploring Neurodiversity, Gender & Identity in Adulthood with Kim Konopka

    Exploring Neurodiversity, Gender & Identity in Adulthood with Kim Konopka

    This week, Diana sits down with Kim Konopka who delves into the interplay of identity in relation to queerness, neurodivergence, and being a transracial adoptee. Kim shares their journey of self-discovery and the profound impact of learning about their autism in adulthood, offering reflection upon their experiences of masking, wanting to blend in, and the fear of abandonment. They explore the nuanced themes of safety, disclosure, forced intimacy, and the delicate balance of what gets shared, ...

    • 42 min
    Queering Identity Work Through Pleasure & Storytelling with Veronica Chin Hing-Michaluk

    Queering Identity Work Through Pleasure & Storytelling with Veronica Chin Hing-Michaluk

    This week, Christie is joined by Veronica Chin Hing-Michaluk who brings in their own lived experience to illustrate a compassionate exploration of queer identity, shame, and healing from disconnection. Veronica discusses how they work in collaboration with clients to restore connection, understand intergenerational patterns, identify systems of oppression, and create space for collective healing. Veronica helps us explore the transformative potential of play and pleasure amidst pain and oppre...

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

a.v.c29 ,

Celebrates Asian American Identity and mental health

As someone who cherishes caring for our mental health as part of our routine health care, I was super excited to find a podcast that highlights the Asian American identity in that context. Identity is complex and multi-faceted and our unique healing journeys must take into account all aspects of our complexity. Being an Asian American woman, it’s wonderful to see 3 AAPI women hosting the podcast. Representation does matter and I’m happy to see this podcast hit the sound waves to bring diversity to the field of mental health. In addition the ladies who host are super real and it feels like having an intimate conversation with girlfriends! Definitely check it out!!!

bolt_alec_jean ,

Healing

I feel relief listening to this podcast, hearing so many of my feelings put to words is so validating

KZLion ,

Awesome podcast

Much needed for AAPIs living in America

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