ABOUT IMI LO
Imi Lo is an award-winning Psychotherapist, a published author, teacher and podcast host. Her work Emotional Sensitivity and Intensity (Hodder and Stoughton, 2018) is available worldwide and in multiple languages.
Imi is qualified as a Clinical Psychotherapist, Art Therapist, Social Worker, Certified Schema Therapist (ISST), Mentalisation-based Therapy Practitioner, EMDR Therapist, Certified Logic-Based Therapist (philosophical counselling), and Mindfulness Teacher.
She works holistically, synthesising East and Western philosophies and spiritual traditions. She is a Clinical Supervisor and Trainer and delivers workshops and lectures to psychotherapists and trainees.
Imi was granted the Endeavour Award by the Australian Government, for her clinical and academic excellence; and the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) for her commitment and contributions to social changes.
Imi has worked as a counsellor in the UK, Taiwan, Australia, and Hong Kong. Her passion for understanding the emotional and existential themes that concern humanity is reflected in her writing and professional activities.
She has been interviewed as a thought leader for major publications such as The Psychologies Magazine, Marie Claire, The Daily Mail, The Telegraph, and TalkRadio.
More About Me
I am Imi, and I am committed to your transformational journey.
I have spent my professional life of over a decade in pursuit of answers to one question: ‘How to help people who are emotionally intense heal and thrive?’
For more than a decade, I worked within the mental health system and specialised in working with people diagnosed with personality disorders, particularly Borderline Personality Disorder. My aspiration to change the way we think about this ‘disorder’ came from repeatedly seeing intense people being misunderstood, marginalised or described as having ‘personality defects’. Hearing pejorative labels such as ‘manipulative’ or ‘attention-seeking’, and seeing people who do not fit neatly into diagnostic criteria slip through the cracks of the system deeply frustrated me. My experience in the public health system has inspired me to break away to forge a different path, where I hope to initiate a paradigm shift, away from the model of pathologies.
I started my career as a Social Worker and later received accreditations as a Clinical Psychotherapist, Art Therapist, Schema Therapist (ISST), Mentalisation-based Therapy Advance Practitioner (BPC), and Mindfulness Teacher (in MBSR, MBCT). After gaining the Master of Mental Health (School of Medicine, University of Queensland) in Australia, I wanted to broaden my knowledge and skills through exploring various therapeutic avenues, such as Schema Therapy, EMDR, Sandtray and Symbol Work, personality typologies like the Enneagram, MBTI, and philosophical counselling.
Instead of taking suggestions straight from theories, I weed out the jargons and or overly complicated elements, to include only what I know to be effective and resonate best with you. After all, underneath all the techniques, it is our relationship and the genuine feelings between us that create changes. I cannot hide behind theories and you will know it if I do.
My experience is grounded within various roles in the mental health sector. I was a practitioner within an NHS Community Mental Health Team in London, Mentalisation Therapist in a Personality Disorder Specialist Team (NHS), Wellbing Centre Officer in Mind (UK Mental Health charity), and a Crisis Counsellor with the Samaritans Suicide Crisis Intervention Centre. I have also sat on the Board of Directors for Emergence, a personality disorder service-user led organisation. I founded Eggshell Collective, a BPD support group that had run successfully in Central London for three years.
Leaving my job in the National Health Service and ending the conventional academic path to pursue my passion have allowed me to work in a holistic, creative and authentic way. Every day, I devote all my enthusiasm and resources to this work with intense people from around the world. I am grateful that I get to sit alongside many creative and intelligent individuals, fulfilling my mission to liberate them from the bind of negative patterns and to live full and authentic lives.
I value clarity and openness, and I am a great believer in sharing knowledge with you, as well as actively engaging with your existential and day-to-day questions.
If you are interested in my journey and what has got me here, I wrote about some of my personal histories and struggles here, and spoke about my childhood experience and journey in some of the following interviews:
I look forward to being with you!
PROFESSIONAL AND ACADEMIC AWARDS
Endeavour Award (International) – Australian Government
Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) – Royal Society of Arts, London
Dean’s commendation for High Achievements in Master of Mental Health, University of Queensland, 2011
Dean’s List Recipient, School of Social Work, CUHK
HSBC Social Science Scholarship
Social Work Departmental Prize, CUHK
Class Scholarship, CUHK
Interviews, features, MEDIA Consultations and mentions
Newspapers and Magazines
–The Third Factor Magazine; From Hiding HSP to Gifted Leader (A brilliant piece on overexcitabilities, intensity, shame and more), March 2002
– The Daily Mail, UK: Why it’s time you were proud of being a drama queen! Social misfits are unfairly maligned so says the author of a new book, Feb 2018
– Psychologies UK: Sensitivity is my Superpower, Nov 2017
– The Telegraph UK: Borderline Personality Disorder: ‘I couldn’t deal with the rollercoaster in my head’, Feb 2015
– Marie Claire UK: ‘How to Toughen Up‘, Issue March 2016
- Womankind Magazine: Why Sensitivity is a Gift (Cover), Winter 2019/2020
– Rewire.org: Are You Catching Other People’s Feelings?, Nov 2018
– Happiful Magazine: Emptiness and Borderline Personality Disorder, April 2017
– The Ambient; On smart light and how colour affects our mood, Feb 2018
– Refinery29: How Do You Know Which Therapy Is Best For You?, Jan 2017
– The Debrief Magazine: The realities of dating when you are struggling with your mental health, May 2016
– Study Breaks: Being Too Much: How Do You Deal With Emotional Intensity?, Oct 2018
– The Native Society: Thought Leader Interview, Nov 2018
– Mind Mastery Lab: How to Overcome the Fear of Failure, Dec 2018
– Foreword for the Art for Mindfulness Colouring book series, Harper Collins 2016.
– An Interview where I told my personal story, Honest Uproar
– What is Emotional Intensity and How to Embrace It, the Corrie Lo Show
– Empath’s Alchemy Podcast: If It Ain’t Broke…, May 2019
– Video Interview on The Naive Society
– On Gifted Women and Impostor Syndrome with Twinky Tus
– On Invisible Childhood Wounds, with Twinky Tus
– On Being Intense and Parenting, with Ashleigh Boyd
– Talk Radio Europe Live Interview, about the value of sensitivity in today’s world. March 2018
– MX Brisbane, AU: Interview as an artist/ art therapist, 23rd November, 2010
– City Brisbane, AU: Press Release for the exhibition at liveingallery, 25 November, 2010
– 4 ZZZ Radio, AU: Radio Interview, aired on 12 June 2011
Teaching and Supervision
I have delivered lectures and workshops for trainee therapists seeking accreditation as a faculty member of the Beeleaf Institute, an accrediting authority of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). Some of the topics I have covered include Human Development, Psychopathology, Attachment theories, Personality Disorders and Suicide crisis management With students’ consent, the following are testimonials for the workshops I have delivered:
Imi has an incredible wealth of knowledge and talent in her subject areas, and she shared it with us in a totally accessible way that felt inclusive & respectful at all times. Her humility compassion & warmth blended with her expertise and professionalism throughout. It was a thoroughly enjoyable & informative learning experience…
— Lesley C., Lead family support worker at London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Insightful, brilliantly delivered, flowing with compassion and understanding, giving us time to digest this
complex area of therapy. Thank you so much Imi.
— Ed Luttrll, Director & Principal Coach at BlueTouchPaper Consulting
Master of Mental Health
Distinction; Awarded the Dean’s Commendations for High Achievement
Completed with the Endeavour Award by the Australian Government
School of Medicine, The University of Queensland, Australia
Postgraduate Certificate in Psychological Studies and Integrative Psychotherapy
Middlesex University, UK
Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology
Granted MBPsS, Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership; University of Derby, UK
Bachelor of Social Science- Social Work (Hons)
First Class Honour; Completed with scholarships; The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
Yale Summer Art Program
Distinction; University of Yale, US
Bachelor of Creative Arts (First year)
University of Melbourne, Australia
Certificates and Diplomas in Psychotherapy
Certificate in Psychotherapy Clinical Supervision
Metanoia Institute, London UK
Certified Schema Therapist
International Society of Schema Therapy
Advanced Diploma in Contemporary Psychotherapy
Beeleaf Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, London UK
Certificate in Logic-Based Therapy (LBT)
The Logic-Based Therapy & Consultation Institute/ National Philosophical Counseling Association (NPCA)
Gottman Couples Therapy Level 1 Training
The Gottman Institute
Full Three-parts Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Training
EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) and EMDR-Europe Association (EMD
Mentalisation-based Therapy (Advanced) Training
Anna Freud Centre, University College London (UCL), UK
Using the Enneagram in Psychological Assessment and Practice with Helen Palmer
Union Institute & University
Psychosynthesis (A Psyho-spiritual model to therapy) Foundation
The Institute of Psychosynthesis, UK
Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) Master Practitioner
Beeleaf Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy
Working Successfully with Addictions
Beeleaf Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy
LGBT Counselling and Transgender Awareness Training
London Friend, UK
Principles and Practice of Ericksonian Hypno-Psychotherapy
Beeleaf Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy
Applying Enneagram in Coaching and Counselling
Training by Bob Yip, InnerSpace HK
Qualifications in Mindfulness- Based Treatments
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Clinical Training
Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Professional Internship
Openground Australia, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Heart-mind with Mindfulness: Clinical Applications of Mindfulness
Mindfulness Centre, Australia
Art Therapy Training
Trauma-Informed Art Therapy
Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute
Supervision Training for Art Therapists
British Association for Art Therapists
Intensive Mentalisation Training
British Association for Art Therapists, UK
Psycho Educational Approach to Art Therapy
British Association for Art Therapists, UK
Buddhist and Philosophical Counselling
Primary Certificate in Logic-based Therapy (ongoing)
National Philosophical Counseling Association
Buddhism Through Its Scriptures
Harvard X, Harvard University (Online)
Qualifications in Holistic Health
I am enthusiastic about combining ancient body-mind wisdom with modern psychology in my work.
As a mindfulness teacher, I have delivered mindfulness training programs in special education units, mental health charities such as Mind and in the local communities.
I am also a Yoga Teacher (RYT 200), and a MAster-level Reiki practitioner. I have been trained in various holistic healing modalities such as herbal remedies, aromatherapy, and energy work. I am also an Enneagram counsellor and trainer, it is a powerful and dynamic system that is close to my heart.
EXPERIENCE PRIOR TO STARTING EGGSHELL THERAPY
Psychotherapist – NHS Personality Disorder Specialist Team
Trainer and Module Leader – Beeleaf Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy
Non-Executive Director- Emergence Plus
Clinical Practitioner- NHS Personality Disorder Community Team
Social Worker/ Care Coordinator- NHS Community Mental Health Team
Founder – Eggshell Collective, London BPD Sharing Group
Suicide Counsellor – Samaritans Suicide Crisis Intervention Centre, HK
Psychotherapist- London Friend (LGBT Charity), UK
Wellbeing Centre Officer– Mind, Richmond Royal Hospital, UK
Mental Health Mentor- Randstad Student Support, UK
Assistant- NHS Eating Disorder Inpatient Unit
Art Therapist- Tennyson Special Education School, Australia
Counselling Practitioner- Centacare Family Services, Australia
Taipei Psychiatric Hospital Drug & Alcohol Unit, Taiwan
Emotional Sensitivity and Intensity– Published by Hodder and Stoughton, February 2018
“A heuristic and art-based inquiry: The experience of combining mindfulness practice and art making”;
Published in The Australian and New Zealand Art Therapy Journal 2011 (Volume 6)
Introduction for the Art for Mindfulness Colouring book series.
Royal Society of Arts (RSA)
American Art Therapy Association (AATA)
The Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ANZACATA)
International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST)
EMDR Association UK & Ireland
The Community for Contemporary Psychotherapy (CCP)
The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
The British Psychological Society (BPS)
Association For Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS)
Australia Global Alumni
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
The Australian and New Zealand Arts Therapy Association (ANZATA)
The UK Association for Humanistic Psychology Practitioners (UKAHPP)
British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT)
Hong Kong Social Workers Registration Board
Australia Endeavour Awards Alumni Network
Thank you for being here, and I look forward to meeting you!