Healing Out Lao'd

Healing Out Lao'd

Created/Hosted by Rita Phetmixay (she/they), MA, LCSW, Licensed Psychotherapist, Wellness Coach, and Independent Audio Producer. Healing Out Lao'd explores the intersections of Lao diaspora storytelling x healing x tools for sustainability. While this show centers the Lao and broader Southeast Asian diaspora experience, anyone can benefit from this resource, especially those in the margins including BIPOC (Black Indigenous Persons of Color), survivors, thrivers, healers, movement builders, and so forth. In order to highlight the nuances of the diverse Lao diaspora experience, HOL casts diverse perspectives of what it means to be a child of refugees while also inspiring a new generation of folx to heal and move forward with their lives. This is one project to expand visions of the overall #LaoHealingMovement.


April 17, 2022 69 min

FINAL SZN 2.0 Episode 34 features a conversation between creator/host Rita Phetmixay and actor/co-host of Laos Angeles Deuan Sabaidee, Somlit Inthalangsy!

During this episode, Somlit speaks on returning to his Lao name + embodying dad's legacy of community organizing & finding home away from home in Laos Angeles.

As the co-host of the Laos Angeles Deuan Sabaidee, Somlit organizes monthly gatherings for LA/Orange County co...

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Episode 33 features a conversation between creator/host Rita Phetmixay and founder of Courageous Kitchen & TukTuk Box enterprises, Christy Innouvong-Thornton!

During this episode, Christy reflects on her painful experiences of growing up in a white household (w/o her Lao Isan parents) + moving beyond narratives of forced resilience & giving back through Southeast Asian foodways. 

Today, Christy is living her best life in ...

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Episode 32 features a conversation between creator/host Rita Phetmixay and music maker/DJ/audio editor of HOL– Andrew David Vilaythong!

During this episode, Andrew reflects on his experiences of growing up with a parent suffering from mental illness + therapy as a tool for addressing conflict-avoidant behaviors & making music as self-exploration. 

Today, Andrew continues to thrive in his creativity thru DJing/producing beats ...

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Episode 31 brings back the #HealingTheHealer series, which was first created in order to share the experiences of people in Rita’s lives that have empowered her healing process. In this first episode of 2022, Rita dives into a conversation with Stephanie Franco (aka “SPESH”), who is a creative writer, audio storyteller and sound designer/engineer based in Oakland, California.  

During this episode, Stephanie  reflects on her experie...

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This episode features a conversation between creator/host Rita Phetmixay and the talented Lao American musician and family woman, Lina V Luangrath. During this episode, Lina reflects on her experiences of growing up in an impoverished Lao/BIPOC community in Rockford, Illinois + overcoming domestic violence + finding inner liberation thru music,  & meeting Lao ancestors for the first time.  

Today, Lina is living the drea...

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November 14, 2021 76 min

Episode 29 features creator/host Rita Phetmixay with special guests Seraphina Lotkhamnga, Joy Ngaosivath, and Carole Chainon. Together, they dialogue and reflect on what it means to be daughters of Lao refugees who uniquely embody intergenerational ancestral strength.


Seraphina Lotkhamnga is Sr. Creative Manager of Sync at Nettwerk Music Group and has been in the music industry for over a decade. In addition, Seraphina i...

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Episode 28 features three out of the four Phetmixay siblings: David, Rita, and Joseph Phetmixay, who come together to reflect on how this pandemic has impacted each individually and how family conflict & reconciliation have helped drive closer ties between each other. Together, they discuss ways on how to best support one another and make it through COVID-19 as they all live worlds apart.


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E27 features Joseph Phetmixay, baby brother to Rita Phetmixay AND youngest sibling of the Phetmixay family! Not only is Joseph the youngest child, he’s also the youngest guest on HOL and here to rep all the Lao GEN Z folx out there!! 

Rita gets to interview Joseph and explore his personal experiences of growing up as a Lao American high school kid in the south during the onset of political rising/anti-Asian hate and COVID-19 pandemi...

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On behalf of the Laotian American National Alliance, creator/host Rita Phetmixay of Healing Out Lao’d was invited to be a part of a virtual launch event hosted by SEARAC + partners on March 25, 2021. This audio recording captured SEARAC’s debrief of their new report titled: "The Right to Heal: Southeast Asian American Mental Health in California,” which highlights both the challenges and the solutions for addressing mental ...

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Healing Out Lao’d SZN 2.0 launches part two of the Lao Sibling Reconciliation episode, which explores the direct impact of saving face, vulnerability and building compassion. Facilitated by Wanda Pathomrit, this intimate conversation between HOL creator/host Rita and her older brother (Aiy David) further explores the questions of what it means to protect your family’s name/reputation, breaking free from family interpersonal conflic...

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HAPPY RELAUNCH DAY P’NONG/FAMILY!!! Healing Out Lao’d SZN 2.0 is finally here!!! 

In this first relaunch episode, creator/host Rita Phetmixay engages in a (part 1) in a deeply personal and heartfelt conversation with her big brother David, facilitated by big sis Wanda Pathomrit. Together, they dialogue on the impact of gender roles, birth order, and parentification while growing up as children of Lao (Isaan) refugees in North Caroli...

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For our second episode of #COVID19 series, HOL invites Gonji Lee to speak about their experiences as a mental health practitioner based Los Angeles, CA. Gonji identifies as a trauma and resiliency-informed, cognitive behavioral therapist, educator, and community organizer. They’re also a bookworm and music junkie who enjoys being an introvert at home with a bag of xxxtra hot cheetos and a pineapple piz...

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Introducing part 2 of the Mother x Daughter Reconciliation Episode! This conversation is mediated by the one and only Wanda Pathomrit!

Mother and daughter (Vilavanh and Rita) process what it means to be a “good daughter” from each of their viewpoints, what it’s like to grow up in two separate cultural value systems, and how they both will move forward in their relationship.

Together, Rita...

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For this Mother’s Day, listen to HOL creator/host Rita reconcile the complicated relationship she has with her mother: Vilavanh Phetmixay! Throughout this episode, you will learn about the difficulty of raising children as a refugee mother in a new culture other than the one you knew and what it means to find forgiveness and move on beyond the pain and resentment caused between mother a...

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#COVID19 SERIES, E1: Jennifer Xyooj on mask making + wellness practices from a public health lens

HOL would like to present to you the first episode of our #COVID19 series! In this series, we invite trusted friends/colleagues in a variety of different fields (i.e. public health, social work, etc.) to share their experiences of navigating this global pandemic and some important wellness recommendations and tips during these diffi...

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April 26, 2020 32 min


Episode flow: 

  • SZN 2 inspiration...
  • SZN 2 themes to look forward to...
  • SZN 2 relevance during COVID-19 pandemic...
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    In this wrap-up episode of HOL, Rita reflects with big sis and HOL advisor, Wanda Pathomrit, on the hardships and successes of season one! They chat about the initial expectations of HOL, what sacrifices were made in order to sustain this space, the type of feedback from listeners that shifted how content was delivered and finally touched upon some of the overall themes of fatherhood, interpersonal/intergenerational family trauma, ...

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    In BONUS episode 22 of HOL, Vilavanh aka “MOM” joins Rita for a conversation about secretly eloping to the U.S. with Peter at the young age of 22 and asking her family in Thailand for forgiveness much later, as they were not aware of her escape plan or her whereabouts. Since then, Vilavanh has since built a life of her own in the U.S., becoming a successful mother of four children, wife,...

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    In part two of episode 21 of HOL, Kulap dives deeper into her career in entertainment and Hollywood where she began in fashion/sales merchandise, then later transitioned to improv, comedy, acting, podcasting, writing, directing, and now showrunning! She also explores how her time in Los Angeles not only allowed her to heal from interpersonal family trauma, but also gave her space to build healthy boun...

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    In part one of episode 21 of HOL, Kulap joins Rita for a conversation about how she created Laos Angeles, a community-based organization made up of the diaspora from Laos in Los Angeles and Orange County areas. Not only has Kulap found a passion for organizing such space, but shares about many other national Lao/tian diaspora orgs. This provides a truthful lens to one of the many layers of Lao/tian di...

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