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Discover Healing: Your Path to Mental Wellness Begins Here at Sunflower Mental Health and Wellbeing

Welcome to Sunflower Mental Health and Wellbeing, your gateway to personal growth and overall well-being. Our mission is to create a nurturing space where individuals can express themselves and be compassionately understood without judgment. Beyond merely alleviating symptoms, our focus is on aiding each person in healing their concealed wounds, reclaim their function, rediscovering their authentic selves, and flourishing as they were meant to.


At Sunflower Mental Health and Wellbeing, we blend Eastern wisdom with Western expertise to help you break free from the chains of complex trauma and discover true inner peace. Our holistic approach, led by certified Schema Therapist Snow Chen, focuses on unraveling maladaptive patterns to guide you towards a life of genuine self-fulfillment. Rather than viewing mental health conditions solely from a pathological perspective, we take a comprehensive standpoint. Our goal is to empower every individual on their unique journey toward personal growth and fulfilment.


We specialize in addressing intricate mental health challenges, with a particular focus on complex trauma and personality disorder. Whether grappling with personality disorders, depression, or anxiety, our insights reveal that complex trauma significantly contributes to the manifestation of these symptoms. Many individuals find themselves dependent on external validation for happiness, navigating through challenging people-pleasing patterns, often without realizing that these behaviours trace back to childhood trauma or other impactful traumatic experiences.


Tracing back to early life experiences, particularly during childhood, individuals who have had traumatic experience, such as experiences of constant criticism, neglection, abandonment, rejection, bullying or abuse, may have developed coping mechanisms centred around seeking external validation and approval. These individuals may have learned to inhibit their own emotion and emotional needs but prioritize the needs and expectations of others over their own, believing that conforming to external standards is the key to acceptance and safety.


As a result of such early conditioning, various maladaptive schemas may take root in the individual's psyche. Common schemas include a fear of rejection, feelings of defectiveness or shame, unrelenting standards, co-dependency, subjugation, and self-sacrifice. Underneath those self defeating schemas, we notice that the internalised "inner critic" plays a tricky role perpetuating the behaviour patterns, such as people-pleasing behaviour pattern, approval seeking pattern, social avoidance, high standard and the other mal-adaptive coping behaviours. These schemas become ingrained, shaping the person's perception of themselves and their interactions with the world. The self defeating behaviour patterns, such as people-pleasing behaviour pattern, approval seeking pattern often emerges as a survival strategy, driven by an ingrained fear of negative judgment or abandonment.


The impact of the people-pleasing pattern and the other mal-adaptive survival behaviour patterns on mental health can be profound. Individuals trapped in those patterns often struggle with low self-esteem and a diminished sense of self-worth. The constant need for external validation can lead to chronic anxiety, as individuals worry about how others perceive them and whether they are meeting the expectations set by others. Moreover, the reliance on external approval for happiness can contribute to feelings of emptiness and dissatisfaction, as the individual may neglect their own needs and desires in the pursuit of pleasing others. Over time, this pattern can result in recurrent relationship issues, heightened stress levels, and even manifest as symptoms of depression or anxiety. Breaking free from the people-pleasing pattern and the other mal-adaptive survival behaviour patterns often involves a journey of self-discovery, addressing underlying schemas, developing self compassion, heal the inner traumatised child and building healthier, more authentic relationships.


Breaking free from the complex trauma induced mal-adaptive behaviour patterns is paramount to paving the way toward a more fulfilling life. Schema therapy emerges as an effective model, diligently aiming to unveil underlying patterns and address unmet emotional needs, ultimately liberating individuals from the entanglements of people-pleasing behaviour and the other mal-adaptive behaviour loop. 


Sunflower Mental Health and Wellbeing draws inspiration from both Oriental and Western cultures, providing trauma informed humanistic person-centred therapy. Our genuine care is evident in our passion for supporting the healing journey of each unique individual.


We understand that seeking professional mental health support can be daunting, but we are here to ensure you feel comfortable and safe throughout your therapeutic journey. Together, we will work towards discovering a brighter, more vital version of yourself at Sunflower Mental Health and Wellbeing. Your well-being journey starts right here.

About Me

Snow / Lijuan Chen   

AMHSW/Psychotherapist/ ISST Certified  Schema Therapist

Welcome to Sunflower Mental Health and Wellbeing, where passion meets expertise in the realm of mental wellness. I'm Snow Chen, an accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Certified Chinese Psychological Consultant dedicated to guiding individuals through the intricate journey of overcoming complex trauma and finding true liberation.

Personal Journey

My odyssey in psychology began in 2010, driven by a profound desire to understand and heal the deep-rooted wounds of complex trauma. Having experienced the suffocating grip of maladaptive behavior patterns firsthand, I embarked on a transformative quest that led me to break free from the people-pleasing cycle and embrace a life filled with profound contentment.

Professional Evolution

With a background in psychological consultancy and extensive training in psychodynamic therapy and Schema Therapy, I have honed my expertise in treating C-PTSD, personality disorders, anxiety and chronic depression. My commitment to empowering individuals stems from a belief in the transformative power of authentic connections and personalized care.

Holistic Approach

Drawing inspiration from both Eastern philosophies and Western modalities, my practice embodies a humanistic, person-centered approach to therapy. I believe in the inherent resilience and wisdom within each individual, guiding them towards self-discovery and genuine well-being.

Mission Statement

Quoting Allen Ginsberg, "We are all golden sunflowers inside." It is my heartfelt mission to illuminate the path towards healing and self-discovery, empowering individuals to reconnect with their authentic selves and blossom into their full potential. If you seek a compassionate guide to walk with you through the shadows towards the light, I am here to embark on this thriving journey alongside you.




I.P.H Psychotherapist


(Certified Clinical Trauma Professional)

CCATP ( Certified Anxiety Treatment Professional)

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Story of the Name, Sunflower

I have a profound admiration for flowers, especially sunflowers. Sunflowers are remarkable in their ability to unfailingly turn their faces toward the sun, regardless of the challenges they face. Regardless of your favorite flower, each of us is inherently beautiful. However, when life becomes difficult, the seed of our authentic selves can become obscured or obstructed. Without the proper care and nourishment, we may lose our way in the journey to stand tall and face the sun. I aspire to embody the spirit of a sunflower, radiating a vibrant smile and a colorful presence to brighten your day, helping to unblock your authentic self to flourish. Irrespective of your flower preference, remember that you are born to blossom.


I firmly believe in the inherent self-energy and the wisdom that every individual possesses from birth. My practice is significantly influenced by the principles of Self Psychology and Attachment theory. I hold the conviction that the humanism of a clinician and the quality of the therapeutic relationship far outweigh specific skills. If you are seeking to work with an experienced clinician who genuinely offers compassion and empathy, we warmly invite you to our Sunflower healing harbour.

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