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 and Mindfulness Teacher.

She works holistically, combining East and Western philosophies with other psychological and spiritual healing modalities.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 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

 

Hi!

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 podcast/ youtube interview.

I look forward to being with you!

Imi

 

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

 

The Daily Mail, UK: An Interview about the book Emotional Sensitivity and Intensity, 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

– Empath’s Alchemy Podcast: If It Ain’t Broke…, May 2019

Talk Radio Europe Live Interview, about the value of sensitivity in today’s world. March 2018

– 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.

 

Podcast Interviews

An Interview where I told my personal story,  Honest Uproar

What is Emotional Intensity and How to Embrace It, the Corrie Lo Show

 

Youtube Interviews:

– On Gifted Women and Impostor Syndrome with Twinky Tus

– On Invisible Childhood Wounds, with Twinky Tus

– On Being Intense and Parenting, with Ashleigh Boyd

– Video Interview on The Naive Society

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

– My work also appear on online resources including Psychology Today, Psych Central, Counselling Directory, The Elephant Journal, The Tattooed Buddha, and Selfgrowth.com


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

 

CV

 

Formal Education

 

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

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

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

National Philosophical Counseling Association

Philosophical Counselling

School of Continuing Professional Studies, CUHK

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

Publications

 

 

Current Memberships

 

  • 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)

  • Australia Global Alumni

  • British Mensa

Past Memberships

  • 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!

Imi