A woman whose father had committed suicide, who felt she was not worthy of his love and support, has found a spiritual mentor who has guided her through life’s challenges.
She’s also met her long-lost sister who is now engaged to someone who knows how to be loved and supported.
“The woman I had been with for 15 years, she’s gone,” she said.
For the past two years, the woman has been living in an apartment in the southern suburbs of Sydney with her partner and daughter.
She lives in a shared one-bedroom apartment, with her mother.
In her spare time, she spends time at a church or synagogue, but her life is more about connecting with her own spiritual community.
She is a strong believer in spirituality and is a member of a religious sect that practices mindfulness meditation and breathing exercises.
Ms Chiang is one of a growing number of Australians who are embracing spiritual and spiritual-based counselling, or SAPC, to help them deal with stress, depression and trauma.
SAPC can help people address the issues that have been holding them back and helps them regain their lives.
Ms Chiang was diagnosed with PTSD in her 20s, and has had to overcome mental health issues to get to where she is today.
“I’ve been through so much, I’m really grateful to have found someone who’s willing to listen and really help me through this,” she told ABC News.
After years of struggling with mental health, the 26-year-old started to explore her own spirituality in 2016.
The first time she went to a spiritual retreat, she says she experienced a deep sense of peace and happiness.
At the time, Ms Chiapthe was living in Sydney, where she was working as a housewife.
She says she felt disconnected from society and was living with a fear of getting into trouble.
Since then, she has gone to Buddhist retreats and meditation centres in Thailand and Nepal.
While there, she met her spiritual mentor and began to seek out the support she needed to be a successful counsellor.
When she met Ms Chan, she felt a connection with her spiritual father, who she says is still alive and can guide her through her own challenges.
Her father died when Ms Chan was 19 years old.
Over the years, Ms Chan has mentored Ms Chiam, a mother of two, who was diagnosed as bipolar disorder when she was only five.
Both Ms Chan and Ms Chiah are living in shared one bedroom apartment in Sydney’s southern suburbs.
Through SAPC therapy, Ms Chamand teaches Ms Chan how to live authentically and be happy with her self and others.
I think we have a lot of people that feel disconnected from their own spirituality, they don’t feel good about themselves or their life, she said, describing the process of becoming a SAPC client.
Each time she sees a SAPCC client, Ms Chau says she is reminded that she is not alone.
“[It’s] about living your life authentically,” she says.
There are people that don’t even know it’s possible to do this, but they have to do it.
During the SAPC sessions, Ms Charhath teaches Ms Chachan to find her own balance and trust her inner voice.
A SAPC practitioner is an individual who exercises mindfulness meditation, breathing exercises, a breathing technique called “deep breathing” and mindfulness meditation techniques.
They have to be able to maintain a balance between their own inner voice and the emotions of others.
Ms Chiah is a self-described spiritual healer.
She believes she has been through a lot and has a unique relationship with her family.
Once, Ms Chaichan was so frightened of a group of children she could not leave them alone, she called 911.
Now she has found solace in a spiritual space.
One of Ms Chaihan’s students was once a gang member.
But, when Ms Chachan was studying Buddhism, she began to understand the Buddhist principles of compassion and compassion for others.
Ms ChaChan says she wants to continue to support Ms Chichan’s practice and bring it into the mainstream.
“The person that has the most empathy, compassion, understanding of other people’s suffering, they should be the ones helping to care for them,” she explained.
Some people are scared to go into the SAPCs, she added.
So I think we all need to learn how to trust ourselves and find our own strength, she explained, adding that she feels Ms ChChan is a powerful person.