HI, I'M HARRY AU (he/him).
As a 1.5 generation immigrant who came to Canada as a kid, my identity has always been beautifully complicated. I went through my own journey to re-discover all my true selves, and built an integrated mega-self – full of joy, love, fear, and every other feeling inbetween.
And in our work together, I hope to do the same.
My passion is working with the unique you’s out there, to help you uncover and embrace your true selves.
WE’RE A TEAM. EACH STEP OF THE WAY.
Your whole life, you’ve learned to fit in. Sometimes, you feel like you're stuck between worlds, and don't truly know who you are or where you belong.
You may roll your eyes when you hear yet another person say "just be yourself." But for some reason, it also makes you feel uncomfortable and uncertain at the same time. And it's just so much easier to not think about it...until you're reminded yet again by someone or something that you don't truly belong. So you look for things to distract you from it. And the cycle starts over again.
Let's end this cycle. We’ll take it step-by-step, to really discover who you are, and build the freedom to do what you want in your life, instead of trying to fit into someone else's box. Through various approaches that are emotion and solution-focused, we’ll take a deep dive to understand your patterns and difficulties, and create tools and individuated changes that work for you.
I’ll be here to support you during the lows, celebrate with you during the highs, and laugh with you at how ridiculous our world can be sometimes.
All I need from you? To be courageous. Let’s fully commit to your growth.
SOME INBETWEEN FACTS ABOUT ME
MY CREDENTIALS & EXPERIENCE
I spent many years in school, as a way to figure out what I want to do with my life. But lucky for me, all my schooling has given me a very unique range of knowledge and perspective on culture, race, gender, and sexuality. I have degrees in the following:
Master of Social Work Degree
Master of Art in Gender Studies and Feminist Research
Bachelor of Art in Cultural Anthropology
In the past 10 years, I've had the privilege of supporting individuals in the LGBTQ, Indigenous, people of colour, and sex workers communities. Much of this work has involved activism and community-building.
Board of Director
I'm a past board member of Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter (CCNCTO), a Chinese activist organization. I'm a current board member of Canadian Roots Exchange (CRE), an Indigenous-led organization that engages Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth around reconciliation work.
Violence Against Women Sector
I am very lucky to had the opportunity to become the first male worker at a women's shelter in Toronto to work with boys who has witnessed or experienced domestic violence. I provided long-term trauma support to the boys and their family to help them cope and heal.
I am currently part of the Men's Advisory Council for the Reel Men Project spearheaded by Women's Habitat. The project aims to talk with high school students about what it means to be a boy and a man to them and in our society.
Additional Mental Health Support for the Community
I was a therapist at a mental health walk-in clinic, as a first line of mental health support for the community. Currently, I am volunteering as a therapist at 519 Community Centre, providing mental health support for the LGBTQ community in Toronto.
I currently serve as an external consultation for the workers of Butterfly, an organization serving Asian and migrant sex workers.
I speak and understand Cantonese fluently, with English as the primary language used during therapy session. I began to dabble in calligraphy after my trip to Beijing to study Chinese. Politics aside, the Chinese language is beautiful.