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Asta Au

ExAT (in training), M.A (Candidate) Rainy Days Therapy
Home Toronto Toronto Ontario Work Phone: 2895779214 Website: Rainy Days Therapy

Biography

I am a second-generation, Chinese Canadian and a settler living in the Greater Toronto Area. I also identify as cisgender, able-bodied, queer, neurodivergent and Chinese.  My pronouns are she/her.

I’m playful, goofy and love to laugh. My sense of humour can be dark sometimes. I am a lover of all things cute and fluffy. If you’ve met me once, you’ll know how much I adore my dog. I can’t stop talking about him! These were things I used to try to hide because they didn’t fit my idea of “mature” or people’s expectations of me. It took a lot of self-reflection, therapy and hard work to come to a point where I’m confident enough in myself to not care how other people see me.

 I am an artist, a poet and storyteller, and a creative arts facilitator. When I went through a difficult time, the arts were there to hold me and help me cope. Poetry helped me crystallize my feelings of helplessness, visual arts helped express what words could not and music opened up pathways to creativity that I thought I had lost. The woman, the asexual and aromantic, the Asian, the weirdo, the artist, the writer and all of these identities intersect and entangled to make me.

Notes

  Most of my clients are queer and Asian. They come to me because I understand the complexity of racism, gender identity and sexual orientation and how they intersect. Thoughts and behaviour patterns are so integrated with how we are brought up. The constant balancing of the push and pull of family expectations vs our own wishes. There are so many layers of internalized beliefs to work through because of our own experiences: being a visible minority, a child of Asian parents, of being a person who is LGBTQ+, or a woman in a patriarchal society.

     I’m not here to judge you, or tell you what to do. I’m not here to force you into telling me all the gory details when you’re not ready. I’m not here to fix you or put you back together. That’s not my role as your therapist. My role is to be here to support, nudge, and hold you in your self-exploration.

Languages

  • Chinese
  • English

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  • Expressive Arts Practitioners (EAP)
  • Expressive Arts Therapists (ExAT)
  • Peer Movement Specialists (ExA or ExAT and /or RP)
  • Registered Psychotherapist, ExAT’s (RP, ExA or ExAT)
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