Today we’d like to introduce you to Daphne Lim.
Daphne, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I think a lot of people who end up in holistic healthcare will have a similar story to mine. We find our way after coming close to self-destructing or suffering some chronic illness, pain, depression, addiction, etc. That can lead people to devote their lives to learning how to be healthy and happy.
When I was 25, I lived in Williamsburg, BK. I had already finished a degree in psychology, but I didn’t have a job in that field. I was working as a bottle waitress in Manhattan, making great money and kinda partying all the time, but I was also terribly anxious because I had an unhealthy lifestyle to say the least. I knew I couldn’t function that way for much longer.
At that time, I was fortunate to have relationships that led me outside of the psychic bubble of the city. That period of my life was life-changing. I read a lot and wrote a lot, I took classes, I did ayahuasca just once. An inspiration began to form, and I started looking for a way to leap forward.
During that time, I got an acupuncture treatment for knee pain that I had for weeks because I wore heels every night at work. I remember the treatment fixed it immediately. Then I signed up for a nutrition class with an acupuncturist. He looked at my tongue and knew so much about my emotional world. He could see that I had anxiety and that I wasn’t sleeping or eating much. I was stunned. Once I found out that psychology was a part of the work of acupuncturists, I signed up for Chinese Medicine school and started just a few months later.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The first few years after I finished school were difficult because I was moving back and forth between NY and LA. I spent probably a year mentally and emotionally preparing myself for the next step of rooting down in one place. Eventually, I left NY and made huge sacrifices to build a foundation here.
Those few years were the hardest in my life, and I had to deal with all kinds of health issues that stemmed from stress and overworking. I was processing really difficult emotional things that had to do with my inner self and self-worth. I had to find out what I was capable of and leave behind conditioned fears of scarcity- that there wasn’t enough people in need of my services and that I wouldn’t be able to make a living through this work.
Years later, COVID brought about challenges are a totally new but also made me slow down and see what was working and what needed to change. I moved to my own office that feels like a clean and clear space to do some healing work. I trimmed down my daily schedule so that I’m working more days per week but less hours per day. Figuring out your pace can take a long time, but it’s important to figure out the healthiest way to spread your energy.
To be honest, I don’t know what life would be without struggle. Just a little bit, to grow from. I wouldn’t want to be stuck learning the same lessons over and over, but I do welcome challenges that push me to do something different and to think outside of the box, and open me up to whatever inspiration is calling next.
We’d love to hear more about your practice.
I’m a Chinese Medicine practitioner first and foremost. I’ve also studied and practice Functional Medicine. I use both to treat my patients.
Chinese Medicine is the acupuncture, face reading, and herbal formula side of my practice, and Functional Medicine is the nutrition and supplement side.
I can’t say that I specialize in one thing. More and more lately, I’ve been treating complex issues like autoimmune, hormonal imbalances and digestive issues. Like most acupuncturists, I often treat physical pain and work with a lot of people to help with stress, anxiety, and other mental and emotional processing. I also do cosmetic acupuncture to help with signs of aging.
I recently started doing Chinese Face Reading, which has taken my approach to cosmetics to a whole new level.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
I take all the little wins, so it’s too many to count! A patient getting better, helping someone get pregnant, catching up on admin, all of it.
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