about

The more you know your history, the more liberated you are.

Maya Angelou

Hi there, thank you for visiting my space. My name is Maejoy and I am offering this space to express my writings on culture, psychology, various books, and some things in between. I’m shaped by my Filipino-Australian upbringing, my movements between the city and the quieter coast, psychology and healing, and a deep connection with this wonderful play of life.

A little more about me… My parents migrated from Mindanao, Philippines, to Dharawal Country (Sydney), Australia, in the early 1990s. I feel very connected with my Filipino heritage and am on a lifelong path of decolonisation. I feel very lucky that my lola (grandmother) lived in Australia with us between the ages of 4 and 7 years old. Despite not learning how to read to write, she gifted me with the Cebuano language. I have a background in psychology and most recently worked as a psychologist (provisional) with children and teenagers experiencing mental health struggles.

I am deeply grateful for the teachers and mentors who have shaped me. Most recently, Mei Lai Swan at Yoga for Humankind, We Al-li, and the growing body of research in Filipino-American psychology and decolonisation.

If you have any questions or would like to talk about anything mentioned, you’re welcome to contact me on maejoyobach@gmail.com

It’s a great privilege to call Gumbaynggirr country my home. I pay my respects to the elders, past, present and emerging, of the lands on which I live.