HOW TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT
The Community Services Center has a strong and diverse team of professional counselors, consultants, and interns. The counseling program has been a core service since the Center’s inception in 1987.
To schedule an appointment, call the Center at (02) 2836-8134 Monday-Friday from 9:00 am. – 5:00 pm. Or you may email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note we are unable to make appointments for third-party adults.
You will be connected to an intake worker and will have the opportunity to discuss specific counseling requests, as well as, available and preferred appointment times. Every effort is made to accommodate individual schedules and depending on workloads and schedules, appointments may be available in the early morning, evening, and weekends. Read this blogpost if you need a visual understanding of how to register for counseling.
For URGENT after-hours counseling(from 5 pm. to 9 am) call 0932-594-578. Please do not use this line to schedule appointments.
ABOUT OUR COUNSELORS
I-Wen Chan, Ph.D. (詹衣雯, 諮心字第 001429 號)
I-Wen received her doctorate of counseling psychology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and received her first post-doctorate at the Counseling and Psychiatric Services of the University of Georgia, and her second post-doctorate at the Asian Clinic of Cambridge Hospital and the Student Counseling Center at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I-Wen provides counseling to individuals, couples, and families. Her therapeutic approach focuses on facilitating self-awareness and acceptance with somatic experiencing, which allows difficult emotions to transform and release, and eventually allows compassion and harmony to grow inside of the individual. She also enjoys working with couples and families: to facilitate personal understanding, emotional containment, and self-empowerment, which allows individuals to be better able to clearly verbalize themselves and come to understand the deeply rooted concerns/needs of their loved one(s). She believes that by connecting with oneself, a person can better connect with others in the world. I-Wen uses an integrated approach including the Satir Model, mindfulness, non-violent communication, and gestalt therapy. Languages: English and Mandarin.
Katherine Chang, M.S., PPS (張家瑜, 諮心字第 003207 號)
Katherine is professionally licensed in both California, USA, and Taiwan. She received her Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from San Diego State University. Katherine firmly believes in empowering people who come to see her by first helping them make sense of their internal struggles and the accompanying symptoms. By sharing with people what we now know about the symptoms: how to recognize them, how to anticipate them, what they mean, how to manage them, it decreases the person’s shame, confusion, and sense of being crazy. Katherine’s clinical interests include identity and self-esteem, stress and adjustment, sleep problems, relational challenges, family conflicts, mood, and anxiety concerns. She is also experienced in working with concentration problems, obsessive thoughts and compulsive reactions, and Asperger’s syndrome. Having lived in different countries during her teenage years, she finds a special connection with expatriate families. She sees kids, teens, and individuals. Languages: English and Mandarin (Update: due to limited availability, she currently only sees kids and teenagers).
Hui-Shiang Chao, Ph.D. (趙慧香, 諮心字第 001293 號)
Hui-Shiang received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Northern Colorado in 2005. She holds a professional counseling license both in Taiwan (2009~) and in the states (2005~2011) and is a certified supervisor. Hui-Shiang works with individuals, adults, couple,s and families. She applies Humanistic, Psychodynamic and Systematic approaches in her therapy and also takes spiritual and cultural concerns into account in her work. She tried to gain a more complete picture of the client’s internal world throughout the client’s description of symptoms and the exploration of unconsciousness. She values more finding the client’s core issues and facilitating deep change than symptom releasing or strategies developing. She viewed people’s struggles as a way of searching for change and growth. Throughout the past 18 years of practice and teaching, Hui-Shiang is compassionate to work with people who suffered from any kinds of internal conflicts (emotional disturbance, addictions, depression, trauma recovery, existential searching) and interpersonal conflicts (family of origin, intimacy, communication difficulties, boundary issues). Languages: English and Mandarin
Cerita Shih-Ya Hsu, M.A., M.S.
(許詩亞, 諮心字第 001166 號)
Cerita Hsu is a Licensed Counseling Psychologist in Taiwan. She received a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Boston University and a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Cal Poly Pomona. She provides individual, couples, and family therapy. Cerita’s work focuses on anxiety, depression, emotional disturbance, trauma, loss, cultural adjustment, and relationship issues. Languages: English and Mandarin
Miranda Yi-Chun Lin, M.S., LPC (林怡君, 諮心字第 2365 號)
Miranda holds counseling Licensure both in Oklahoma, USA and Taiwan. She received her Master’s degree in professional counseling from Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. She adopts an integrative approach in her work that incorporates aspects of person-centered, strength-based, emotionally focused, transactional analysis, and cognitive-behavioral therapies. Her areas of professional interest are personal growth, cross-cultural adaptation, trauma recovery, interpersonal issues, spiritual wellness, couple relationships, depression, anxiety, and other stress-related disorders. She finds much success in helping clients get deeper in touch with themselves and bond with others in healthier ways. Languages: English and Mandarin.
Emilie Yueh-Er Ma, PhD, SEP, CCTP, C-TIST (馬月娥, 諮心字第001772號)
Emilie obtained her M.S. in counseling/counselor education from Indiana University-Bloomington and her M.A./Ph.D. in counseling psychology from University of Maryland-College Park. She has been providing guidance and psychotherapy for individuals, couples, and families for more than 25 years. Her clinical work centers on facilitating mental “health,” rather than labeling mental illness, guiding people to move from disconnection to reconnection, from polarization to balance, from fragmentation to integration. While initially trained as a generalist, working with a wide range of clinical issues, over the past decade, Emilie has developed specific concentration on relational trauma/C-PTSD, which is often manifested in habitual escape from inner experience, chronic anxiety/depression (emotion/autonomic dysregulation), addictions, fragile/inflated sense of self (shame/grandiosity) and repetitive relational struggles. She has in-depth training in various trauma-informed approaches, e.g., Somatic Experiencing, Relational Life Therapy, parts work, clinical hypnosis, attachment-focused EMDR. Emilie is happy to assist those who are “willing to do the work.” Languages: English and Mandarin.
Kuang-Shan Wan, M.Ed.
(萬光珊, 諮心字第 001725 號)
Kuang Shan has a Master’s Degree in Counseling from The University of North Texas and is a licensed counselor in Taiwan. At the Center, she works primarily with children and teenagers struggling with emotional and behavioral difficulties. Her primary areas of focus are play therapy and expressive art therapy. She also specializes in Child-Parent Relationship Therapy to help parents strengthen their bond with their children, to gain a deeper understanding of them and discover their own best approach with their children. She also works with individual adults focusing on grief/loss, depression, anxiety and stress management. Languages: English and Mandarin
Lily Yen-Yu Lin, Psy.D., M.S., M.A. (林彥妤, 臨心字第 675號)
Lily is a licensed clinical psychologist in Taiwan since 1988 and in California since 2006. Following these years of doctoral studies from Rosemead School of Psychology, postdoctoral fellowship training at Riess Davis Child Study Center, and an M.A. in Organizational Leadership program in America, Lily integrates psycho-dynamic and ecological systematic perspectives in her work. Her areas of specialties are cross-cultural adaptation/dating issues; post-pandemic adjustment; insomnia; work stressor-related disorders, panic attacks, anxiety; adolescent developmental issues (e.g., interpersonal conflicts, peer pressures, academic underachievement); children maladjustment (e.g., emotional/self-regulation, grief, and losses); couple relationships (particularly infidelity recovery); and post-cancer empowerment. Languages: English and Mandarin.
Chung Chiao Feng M.A., Ph.D., CCPT-S, CPRT-S, PT-S (鍾巧鳳，諮心字第001783號)
Chiao-Feng received both her Master’s and Doctorate in Counseling/Counselor Education from the University of North Texas. She is a certified Child-Center Play Therapy and Child-Parent Relationship Therapy supervisor in the United States and a Certified Play Therapy supervisor in Taiwan. She specializes in play/activity therapy and works with children and teenagers who demonstrate emotional and/or behavioral concerns. She works closely with parents to offer support and feedback to assist them in becoming agents of change for their children. Chiao-Feng works with adults seeking individual counseling for grief/loss, depression, anxiety, trauma/abuse, cultural adjustment, and relationship issues. She applied a holistic perspective, meaning that she considers your biological, psychological, spiritual, and relational aspects when working with you. She strives to build a supportive, cooperative, and mutual respect relationship with you.
ABOUT OUR CONSULTANTS:
Tom Cole, M.Ed., M.S.
Tom holds a Master’s Degree in Education and a Master’s of Science in School Psychology. He holds Clear Pupil Personnel Services Credential (School Psychology) from the state of California. During Tom’s long career in education, he has taught students that range in age from 3 to 92 but for the last 15 years has served as a counselor in elementary, middle, and high schools. He has also conducted psycho-educational assessments in the US, China, Vietnam, and Taiwan. Tom was born in the US but grew up in Japan. He has since lived in China, Vietnam, and Taiwan. Languages: English, Japanese, and some Mandarin.
Wendy Evans, MSW, ACSW, RD
Wendy holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work and an undergraduate degree in Nutrition and Health. In addition to being a US-certified social worker, Wendy is also a Registered Dietitian. Wendy provides consultation to individual adults, families, couples, and teens. She provides consultations to adults working on cross-cultural, adjustment, self-esteem and women’s issues. Wendy also conducts adoption home studies for prospective adoptive parents. Languages: English.
Anne Briggs Cheng, MS, MPS, LPC, ATR-BC
Anne Briggs Cheng is a Licensed Professional Therapist and Board-Certified Registered Art Therapist. Over the past 8 years, she has counseled children through the elderly in their healing and growth journeys, and she has enjoyed facilitating individual and group sessions in both clinical and community-based settings. She earned a Master’s in Art Therapy and Creativity Development at Pratt Institute in New York and a Master’s in Counseling Psychology at Abilene Christian University in Texas and has since pursued additional training and experience in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), trauma-focused narrative therapy, psychodynamic therapy, expressive arts therapy, spiritual growth, and eating disorder recovery. Anne is a firm believer that every person is endowed with special creative talents, and in addition to using art-making as a tool for healing, she also is passionate about helping people to uncover and cultivate their unique artistic voice. Languages: English.
Mary Lagerstrom, MSW, LMSW, LSWAIC, MHP
Mary is a Licensed Social Worker in Texas and Washington. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work with a specialization in Direct Practice in Mental Health and Substance Abuse from the University of Texas at Arlington. Mary provides consultation to teens and adults in crisis intervention, grief and loss, identity formation, and conflict resolution and focuses on behavioral change and emotional regulation. Languages: English and Spanish
Ximena Lopez, M.Ed.
Ximena Lopez is from Guatemala, proficient in English and Spanish. She received her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology at National Taiwan Normal University. Ximena guides clients to a calmer state where they can safely observe and understand their challenges. She encourages people to develop a compassionate self-narrative that allows them to lead a harmonious life and take advantage of their strengths and opportunities at hand. Ximena is committed to creating a collaborative, supportive, and genuine relationship with the people she works with. Ximena sees adults and teenagers. Her experience living in Taiwan, both studying and working, facilitates Ximena to connect with the foreign community.
Sofia Vintimilla, M.Ed.
Sofia holds a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology, from National Taiwan Normal University. Sofia works with teenagers and adults focusing on their personal development emotional regulation, cultural adjustment, and interpersonal relationships. Sofia works with clients facilitating a safe space for them to explore their needs, to get to know themselves and work towards achieving their goals. Languages: English and Spanish
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