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Q&A with David Lui, psychologist and writer

Get to know the psychologists at Inlight Psychology, Bondi Junction.

David Lui is a psychologist at Inlight Psychology and is also a writer. He has a Master of Clinical Psychology from University of Sydney and a Master of Arts in Guidance & Counselling from Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He a strong passion for psychology and works with adolescents and adults of all ages. David's approach incorporates a number of different therapeutic modalities, including CBT, DBT, ACT and solutions-focused therapy. He works with anxiety, mood, relationship and interpersonal issues, trauma, self-esteem and confidence issues, perfectionism, and work and study concerns. He also has a particular interest in refugee and social issues.

Q: As a psychologist and a writer, how do the two interact?

A: For me, there's one thing that inherently ties the two seemingly very different careers together -- a love for stories. I grew up listening to and loving my mum's bedtime stories (which she made up herself). As I matured, I learned to see the stories in every person I met - the good, the bad, and everything in between. I was intrigued, enraptured, and even baffled at the way life seemed to work differently for everybody, and I wanted to see it all, hear it all, and ultimately experience it all (vicariously).

As a young adult, I kind of fell into psychology long before I realised just how big a role stories play in my approach to therapy. There is, I believe, an unparalleled power in facilitating my clients' authorship of their life stories, and in the way they can make meaning of every formative event that has happened to them. It's a breathtaking mosaic, and I count myself privileged to facilitate the turning of the pages, the writing of new chapters, and the creation of a life narrative that makes meaning of an individual's past, present, and future.

Q: How did you develop your interest in working with refugee populations?

A: It all started with the movie "Taken", the one with Liam Neeson. Images of the dark world of human trafficking stuck with me long after the movie ended, and I decided I could not live my life without doing something about it.

In my younger days I dreamed of kicking down doors and rescuing children on the front lines. But as I matured, I realised how much psychological help is needed on the rehabilitation side of the rescue spectrum. It worked out perfectly when I entered the field of clinical psychology, where I began to look into trauma psychology work.

My work with refugee populations began recently, when I moved to Sydney. On this continent of stolen land and immigrants, my eyes were opened to the plight of thousands of refugees right in our backyards, unseen and unheard. So, like my resolution sparked by Liam Neeson a decade ago, I decided that I could not live here without contributing what I could to refugees and asylum seekers.

In terms of actual work I must say I wish I'd done more (but I'm sure I'll always say that!). I've written a series of novels about human trafficking based on true stories. I've also had the privilege of validating a PTSD screening tool for refugee children as part of my Master's thesis

Q: What would you say to someone who is considering seeking therapy for the first time?

A: I'd say you are braver than you feel. Seeking therapy is often a daunting step, fraught with unknowns, so your courage is appreciated and valued. I believe I speak for many of my fellow therapists when I say we applaud you, and cheer you on.

On the other hand, I'd say relax! Therapy is YOUR space, where you get to be your true, authentic self with no judgment. There's work to be done--deep, sometimes painful, work--but once you find the right therapist, you can be sure that you're not alone. You'll be taken care of. You'll even learn to take care of yourself. Breathe. You've got this.



Inlight Psychology is situated in the heart of Bondi Junction, with large rooms and beautiful views. We have a lovely team of warm and compassionate psychologists, all with tertiary qualifications in Clinical Psychology.

If you would like to learn more about the team at Inlight Psychology, click here. If you would like to book an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact Inlight Psychology on 8320 0566 or contact@inlightpsychology.com.au.

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