ABOUT IMI LO

Hi!

I am Imi. 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?’ 

The way I work with you is holistic, combining East and Western philosophies with other psychological and spiritual modalities.

Paths that have led me here include being a qualified Clinical Psychotherapist, Art Therapist, Crisis Counsellor, and Trainer. I am the author of the book Emotional Sensitivity and Intensity (Hodder & Stoughton).

I was granted the Endeavour Award, an international fellowship from the Australian Government. I am also granted the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) for my commitment and contributions to social change.

More about my professional background:


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, holistic health coaching, personality typologies like the Enneagram, MBTI, and mindfulness-based therapies.


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 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 history and struggles in here, and my decision to quit the academic path here.


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 UKSensitivity is my Superpower, Nov 2017

- The Telegraph UKBorderline Personality Disorder: 'I couldn't deal with the rollercoaster in my head', Feb 2015

- Marie Claire UK: 'How to Toughen Up', Issue March 2016

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- 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

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- Foreword for the Art for Mindfulness Colouring book series, Harper Collins 2016.

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 TodayPsych Central, Counselling Directory, The Elephant Journal, Rebelle Society, 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

Academic Qualifications

  • Master of Mental Health- School of Medicine, University of Queensland, AU

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology (MBPsS) - University of Derby, UK

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Psychological Studies- Middlesex University, UK

  • BSc. in Social Work (Hons) - Chinese University of Hong Kong, HK

  • Fine Art Program- Yale University, US

 

Accreditations and Trainings

ISST

  • Clinical Supervisor, Certificate in Psychotherapy Clinical Supervision

    • Metanoia Institute, UK

  • Accredited Clinical Psychotherapist; Advanced Diploma in Contemporary Psychotherapy

  • Registered Art Therapist

  • Certified Schema Therapist for Personality Disorders

    • Certified by the International Society of Schema Therapy

  • Mentalisation-based Therapy Practitioner (Advanced) for Borderline Personality Disorder

    • Anna Freud Centre, University College London (UCL), UK

  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) for Trauma

    • Accredited trainings approved by EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) and EMDR-Europe Association (EMDR-E)

  • Mentalisation-based Art Therapy

    • British Association for Art Therapists, UK

  • Gottman Couples Therapy Level 1 Training: Bridging the Couple Chasm

    • The Gottman Institute

  • Psychosynthesis (A Psyho-spiritual model to therapy) Foundation

    • The Institute of Psychosynthesis, UK

  • LGBT Counselling and Trans(gender) Awareness Training

    • London Friend, UK

  • Applying Enneagram in Coaching and Counselling

    • InnerSpace, HK

  • Neuro- linguistic Programming (NLP) Master Practitioner

    • Beeleaf Institute

  • Trauma-Informed Art Therapy/Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy

    • Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute 

 

Qualifications in Holistic Health

I am enthusiastic about combining ancient body-mind wisdom with modern psychology in my work.

My qualification in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Depression (MBCT) was gained in Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre, UK, and my Practicum in Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is recognized by the University of Massachusetts Medical School. 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 a Yoga Teacher (RYT 200), and have been trained in various holistic healing modalities such as Reiki, 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 Eggshell

  • 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