Justin King Hang Leung
Mascot: Mondays and Wednesdays
Rosebery: Tuesdays and Thursdays
I have been practicing since 2009, and have maintained a passion for trying to better understand and assist people with diverse psychologies, live different lives, and experience similar-yet-different challenges (e.g., from individuals struggling with homelessness or repeated imprisonment, to ambitious businessmen, dedicated activists, unconventional artists, and others who do not fit stereotypical categorizations).
Early in my career, I focused on learning the latest and greatest therapy techniques and interventions, but the problem with this soon became apparent. Not only is there too much reinventing the wheel that makes a lot of those innovations redundant, but the very idea that “applying trademarked techniques and interventions is the essence of therapy” turned out to a misconception.
With experience, and with less of an imposter syndrome that was compensated for with the use of unmistakably technical interventions, I can appreciate why good therapy is often basic in its form. Helping clients non-defensively reflect on one’s difficulties or gain clarity into conflicting thoughts can just be an outwardly unremarkable conversation. Similarly, heartfelt empathy, appropriate affirmation, well-timed and sensitively worded questions, sincere encouragements, and measured efforts to redirect the client back to what is unpleasant but pertinent, are all basic things that make therapy therapeutic and impactful for clients.
I have learnt that to do the above well, it is important to understand the client’s personality and be attune to their subjective experiences (e.g., different people can interpret and respond to the same suggestion in wildly different ways). I believe being able to imagine what it might be like to experience the world, other people, and life’s struggle the way they do is central to providing individualised assistance.
People have such phenomenally diversified psychologies, ways of life, and encountered challenges. I am grateful for being given a chance to help, and to learn about all the psychological variabilities and complexities from those I try to help. In many ways, psychotherapy is a mutually rewarding endeavour.
While dedicated to clinical practice, Justin also guest lectured on advanced topics for the clinical masters program at UNSW and trains clinical psychology postgraduates at UTS. He was also invited to share his expertise with the clinical division of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
Justin adopts an integrated approach to therapy. He mostly draws on the principals of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Psychodynamic Therapy (PDT), but also utilises Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and a few other modalities.
Justin is from Hong Kong and speaks fluent English and native Cantonese. He sees adults and late-adolescents, and has experience providing psychotherapy to Psychiatrist and Psychologist clients.
Phone: 0415 811 277
Address 1: Suite 7 / 61-71 Mentmore Ave, Rosebery NSW 2018 (At The Cannery)
Address 2: Shop 5 / 659-669 Gardeners Rd, Mascot NSW 2020 (Near Mascot Station)