Let’s begin your Self Discovery Journey together!
We founded Seeing Counseling Center in a belief that listening and belonging are the roots of mental health. We promote the dignity and self-worth of all of our clients, and strive to provide an environment in which all members of the community feel heard. At Seeing Counseling Center, we honor the unique strengths and challenges of each individual. We are here to support your transitions in life, as well as to support your development and growth.
MEET THE PRACTITIONER
University of San Francisco, California, USA (M.A. in Counseling Psychology)
San Jose State University, California, USA (B.A. in Psychology)
National Taiwan University (history major)
LICENSE & CERTIFICATION
Taiwan Counseling Psychologist License (#004043)
Certificate of Telephone Crisis Line Counseling, Bill Wilson Center, CA
Certificate of Domestic Violence Counseling, Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments, CA
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
COUNSELING STYLE & QUALITIES
1. A Culturally Sensitive Therapist
Living abroad for more than 10 years, I understand the difference between linguistic competence and cultural competence. Personally and professionally, I grew up in a global village. The population I have worked with includes multiethnic couples from Taiwan and USA, Chinese international students in America, adult college returning students, graduates of top-ranked universities, low-income families, cross-border business owners in Taiwan, entrepreneurs in the Silicon Valley, first and second-generation Asian immigrants, aboriginal families from eastern Taiwan, youths in transition, retired professionals, LGBTQ on spectrum, and so on. I’ve spent years observing and researching inter-cultural relations and organized cross-cultural meetings for expats from different continents.
2. Over 90% Returning Rate
Most of my clients are long-term based. Each person’s healing curve is different; I am sensitive to each person’s developmental needs. Most of my clients have reported having trust in the process as early as in the initial session and many have been transformed from years of stagnation.
3. Emphasizing Rapport, Epiphany and Empowerment
My approach to counseling is an eclectic blend of person-centered theory, psychodynamic theory, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), family systems theory and the Satir iceberg model. Although a diagnosis can be a useful asset in recovery, mental health diagnostic labels sometimes stop us from finding our own voice. It is important that we use diagnosis wisely. The client and I work collaboratively to determine the direction, pace, and depth of therapy.
4. Gentle and Adaptive, yet Strict on Ethics
The basic elements of my counseling work consist of respect, authenticity, genuineness, empathy, acceptance, and unconditional positive regard. Each client’s political, sexual, religious and spiritual beliefs and practices will be equally respected and honored. I help my clients find their inner strengths and resources in a relaxed and confidential environment.
5. Experienced in Working with Expats and the Multi-linguistic Population
I have and am working with clients from USA, Canada, South Africa, UK, Australia, Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Netherlands, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, south east Asia, and others. People come to therapy for identity exploration, resolution for relationship problems, finding meaning and direction in life, and other reasons. My role is to identify each person’s needs and help them explore possibilities for better quality of life.
Jean Lin (Ph.D.)
University of Iowa, Iowa, USA (Ph.D. /Counselor Education and Rehabilitation)
National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan (Master/ Education)
Taiwan Counseling Psychologist License #002731
Certificate of Middle School Counselor, Taiwan.
TamKang University(Taiwan) Assistant Professor Graduate Institute of Educational Psychology and Counseling
National Taiwan Normal University (Taiwan) Adjunct Assistant Professor Office of Teacher Education and Career Services
University of Iowa(USA) Research Assistant/Counselor Supervisor Department of Counselor Education and Rehabilitation
Wickham Elementary School & North School Counselor Central Junior High School (USA)
Taipei Municipal Zhong-zheng Junior High School Counselor School
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
General Mental Health
Career Transition and Adjustment
Love and Interpersonal Relationships
Adolescent Developmental Issues
MY COUNSELING PHILOSOPHY
My approach to counseling is an integrative model based on evidence-based counseling practice and research. I believe in Carl Rogers’ humanistic perspective, such as we need to feel valued, respected, treated with affection and loved. I also agree with Viktor Frankl’s point of view, regarding the major issues in existential therapy. Frankl (1969, 1984) suggested that without a sense of meaning and purpose, one can feel lost as in a vacuum. I also embraced these two perspectives in my counseling work and also practice them in my daily life. Under my beliefs, I always give hope and strength to my clients, and strive to understand and empathize those values. We all know people get “stuck,” as explained by Gestalt therapy, but to break though difficulties, we need wisdom and faith. I believe as a counselor, my responsibility is to take my clients to see their inner strength, support them in proper counseling techniques, and they will grow and find a way out. I do believe counseling can make people change, but not like a “magician” who can take away all the problems. I realize the power and limitation of a counselor, and what the counseling can do and can’t do.
Overall, my counseling philosophy is to treat each person as a unique individual, worthy of unconditional positive regards. It is my desire to accompany, and encourage my clients along their difficult times in life. You can expect my role as a counselor is a facilitator who provides a safe and welcoming environment that help you talk freely about your concerns in life. Through rational, behavioral, and emotional strategies, I will help you find better ways coping with stress and anxiety, just like lighting up a lamp for you so you can see hope out of darkness.
American Counselor Association (ACA)
Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)
Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD)
Association for Adult Development and Aging (AADA)
Taiwan Guidance and Counseling Association
Tien An Lin
University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, USA (M.S. in Counseling and Mental Health Services)
National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan (Psychology major)
Licensed Counseling Psychologist (Taiwan)
I am an eclectic therapist who is based on humanistic and psychodynamic approaches. On top of the base of these two approaches, I like to use various techniques from different approaches, including narrative therapy , DBT, and SFBT. These techniques enable me and my clients to solve issues in a limited time, especially for people who struggle their issues for a long time to see their issues from a different perspective and to come up with new solutions.
I believe that life is a journey of knowing yourself with no “wrong” path, only experiences that help you grow. Thus, I work with each client to develop an individualized plan that integrates the therapeutic approach most suitable for them. I has helped clients with concerns related to depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, self-esteem, grief and loss, and challenging life transitions.
My Role / Interpersonal Style in Therapy
Raised in the collectivistic culture of Taiwan and trained by individualistic culture in the States, I work as a counselor aims to create a safe place for individuals to adapt and thrive in different cultures. I respect all my clients and am patient at every moment. Also I strive to create a counseling relationship on an equal basis.
I would see myself as a special “tour guide” in therapy; I always share the metaphor of finding treasures in a mountain as counseling sessions. I am the tour guide who will alert my client what difficulties he/ she might encounter, what we need to prepare. However, clients always know better about the way to the treasure than me. I am willing to accompany my clients when the storm of emotions comes, to guide my clients when they are lost. As the tour guide, I am flexible, sometimes with humor, and most importantly, care for all my clients genuinely.
Standard Procedures of Counseling Services
Please note that we take confidentiality seriously. It is our responsibility to protect your identity and data. We will not disclose any personal information without your consent.
Schedule An Appointment.
There are 3 ways to schedule an appointment:
The purpose of the intake session is to understand some of the client’s history, current situation and counseling goals. It is a time to communicate preferences and to build rapport. Clients are encouraged to express their concerns during this meeting. The intake session usually lasts 60-90 minutes.
Please arrive 10 minutes early.
It is to help you prepare for the important meeting as well as to fill out the form for the intake session.
The regular sessions usually last 50 min to an hour. If you prefer a longer time, you can discuss with your therapist for arrangements that can be beneficial to you.
After Each Session
Make payments at the counter and schedule the next appointment.
Frequent Asked Questions
Q: How do I set up my first appointment at your counseling center?
If you speak English only, you may add our official LINE: @pcz1738u and leave a message for the therapist to set up an appointment. If you can speak Chinese, you may also call our Chinese phone line at (02)2775-1051, during business hours.
Sat & Sun 10:00~18:00
Q: Does your counseling center provide after hours emergency mental health services?
Unfortunately we don’t provide after hours emergency services at this time. If a problem arises after business hours, you may add our official LINE: @pcz1738u and leave a message. Our Admin team will try to get back to you as soon as we can.
Sat & Sun 10:00~18:00
Q: How long is each appointment?
Individual Counseling appointments are generally 50 to 60 minutes long. Couple counseling appointments are 80 to 90 minutes. The total time period required for the initial consultation or intake appointment is approximately 80 to 90 minutes, so be sure to keep this in mind when scheduling your appointment.
HOW TO FIND US
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Address：10F-2, No. 311, Sec. 4, Zhongxiao E. Rd., Da’an District, Taipei City 10696, Taiwan (R.O.C.)(The building is next to 7-11)
By MRT：Take MRT to S.Y.S Memorial Hall Station， Exit 1, walk 2 min.
By Bus：Take buses 204、212、212直、232、278、278、299、台北-基隆 to Tourism Bureau