Dr. Han Ren is calling for more accessible, culturally-affirming care in mental health—and to decolonize the white-centered, racist, marginalizing expectations of clients in therapeutic settings.
As a licensed clinical psychologist, educator, and mental health influencer, Dr. Ren specializes in liberation-oriented, anti-oppressive, and culturally-informed therapy. Her advocacy and education on decolonized mental health have sparked an organic, fast-growing social media audience with hundreds of thousands of followers, in recent years. Her advocacy and education on decolonized mental health have sparked an organic, fast-growing social media audience (@dr.han.ren on Instagram, @drhanren on TikTok) with hundreds of thousands of followers, in recent years.
With a growing audience and influential voice, Dr. Ren has made her name by translating science and theory into snack-sized applications for liberated, intentional lives, and striving to make mental health accessible and applicable to one and all.
In this interview with host Dave Ursillo, Dr. Ren shares her personal immigration story and its connection to her journey into a career in mental health, how ideas like perfectionism and overachievement are rooted in historical white supremacy, and how systemic trauma can be passed on inter-generationally.
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