Dr Merry C LinDr. Merry C Lin is a registered clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience in counselling individuals, couples and families on a variety of personal issues. She specializes in helping people overcome depression, anxiety and fear, abuse and trauma, stress, grief, marital and relationship struggles, parenting and family issues, and other life stressors. Her passion is to help people of all ages discover their full potential and to realize their purpose and joy in life. She is also passionate about helping clients develop healthy relationships with their spouse, children, family, friends and co-workers.
 


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Leadership From the Inside Out

Posted by on Dec 17, 2013 in Personal Growth | 0 comments

Leadership From the Inside Out

Just this past weekend, I had the privilege of hanging out with a group of young leaders. Boy, is it ever refreshing to observe – and absorb – some of their energy, enthusiasm and passion! But the best part of the experience? Seeing their teachable hearts and their eagerness to grow as individuals and as leaders. Seriously warms my heart and gives me hope for the future. It started me thinking. What morsels of wisdom have I gained over the years in working with leaders? What characterizes a great leader? In my work as a psychologist, coach,...

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Stress and Burnout

Posted by on Nov 26, 2013 in Family Life, Marriage and Relationships, Mental Health, Personal Growth | 0 comments

Stress and Burnout

I have to confess that I’ve been struggling with guilt over the last few weeks because I’ve let some of my responsibilities slide.  You’ve ever had days like that – a blur of busyness so intense you can hardly think straight? Like a drumbeat in my head, go, go go – the taskmaster in my head that doesn’t seem to let up.  There’s always more to do.  And because that darn people pleaser in me has a hard time saying no, I pile more and more responsibilities on my plate.  So I end up feeling like no matter...

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The Antidote for Our Inner Critic

Posted by on Nov 5, 2013 in Inspirational, Personal Growth | 0 comments

The Antidote for Our Inner Critic

  So I am seriously on a mission. This past weekend, I was one of the speakers at a women’s conference and I have to say, I met some incredibly gifted and wonderful women – beautiful inside and out. I could not have been more blessed by encountering these lovelies – my heart was so full by the end of the day. But to a person…every single one I connected with struggled with insecurities, self-doubt and an inner critic that tore them down. You know what I’m talking about? That voice that constantly points out your flaws, weaknesses...

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Religion Versus Relationship

Posted by on Oct 22, 2013 in Inspirational, Personal Growth, Psychology and Faith | 0 comments

Religion Versus Relationship

  Last night, my friends and I had a very lively discussion about doctrine and theology. (Lest you think we’re that spiritual and intellectual, this was interwoven amongst discussions about sex and fruit flies – don’t ask.) Our discussion came out of a recent series of blogs posted on social media about the extreme stance taken by some preachers. Sadly, as these blogs have spread like wildfire, we have seen self-righteous anger and judgement spewed from one Christian to another. And this is “brotherly love”?...

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Being Human: On Having Emotions

Posted by on Oct 15, 2013 in Inspirational, Personal Growth | 0 comments

Being Human:  On Having Emotions

  My life over the past few weeks has been a roller coaster of emotions – a lot of different stressors and challenges that have tested me. Nothing earth-shattering, mind you, just the usual life stuff. Life can be overwhelming sometimes, right? For example, I’m visiting campuses with my daughter right now as she’s off to university next year. I am so happy and proud of her, but at the same time, I realize that I’m grieving the loss of this stage in my life as a parent. The letting go part is so hard. When did I go from...

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The S-E-X Word

Posted by on Sep 30, 2013 in Marriage and Relationships, Personal Growth, Trauma and Abuse | 0 comments

The S-E-X Word

  What’s the one thing the world seems obsessed with but is rarely talked about in most homes and marriages? That’s right – it’s SEX. Sexual images and suggestive talk abound, but really, when it comes down to talking about our sex life honestly, that’s where most people stall. They either avoid talking about it, are uncomfortable with it, or joke about it to keep it light. But it’s a pretty serious subject. There’s been more damage done in the name of sex – whether through abuse, pornography, addictions, or wrong ideas about sex...

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Letting Go of Control – Part 2 of 2

Posted by on Sep 24, 2013 in Inspirational, Personal Growth | 0 comments

Letting Go of Control – Part 2 of 2

  You ever notice when God wants to make a point, he can be relentless? Over and over again, he brings messengers, Scripture passages or “coincidental” experiences that keep knocking on the stubborn doors of our hearts. Or maybe it’s just me – and it takes me a while to get what he’s trying to tell me. Or he knows how easily I forget. Last week, I shared about my experiences in the Land of the Unknown, a desert time waiting on God to fulfill his promises. Now I can preach it, but clearly, he still wants to make a point with me. So just...

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Letting Go of Control – Part 1 of 2

Posted by on Sep 17, 2013 in Inspirational, Personal Growth | 2 comments

Letting Go of Control – Part 1 of 2

  I don’t know about you, but I hate missing out. I’m a planner, so I always try to orchestrate my life to get the best deals on vacations, snag the early bird specials on any events, and line up early to save big on sales (what can I say, I’m Asian so it’s genetically impossible to pay full price for anything). I’m also goal-oriented, so I drive myself hard to achieve my objectives in the timelines I have decreed are reasonable. Which is usually yesterday. And once I achieve my goal, I’m quickly on to the next one. No time to wait. Can you...

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Savouring Life

Posted by on Sep 3, 2013 in Inspirational, Personal Growth | 0 comments

Savouring Life

  I’m just back from vacation in Alaska and, oh my, what a feast for the senses.  Unbelievable vistas, breathtaking mountains and glaciers, bracingly clean air to breath, and bountiful fresh seafood!  I spent much of my time there in wordless wonder, trying to take in fully the beauty of God’s incredible creation in that rugged part of the world.  I came back feeling satiated.  And so grateful. But I also came back with a strong reminder to savour the good gifts that God has given us, to taste and see that the Lord is good. Vacation is a...

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Ask Dr. Lin: Mother-in-Law Affecting Marriage

Posted by on Aug 9, 2013 in Ask Dr. Lin, Family Life, Marriage and Relationships | 0 comments

Ask Dr. Lin:  Mother-in-Law Affecting Marriage

I’m having serious issues with my husband of 8 yrs. due to the influence that his mother and his ex have in our lives. Ever since his mother has moved to our apartment complex (literally two buildings away from us) it’s been hell. She calls him and tells hims to come over to be with her, ignoring that he’s married and cuts in to our time together. I know he has to be the one to tell her that he’s with me, but he feels so bad that she’s lonely so he caters to her. She tells him that his family are his two children...

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