Lillian Chen, MS, MFT, RP, CCHt
Registered Psychotherapist, Colorado, USA
Marriage & Family Therapist, California, USA
Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, ICBCH
English | Mandarin Chinese | Taiwanese
Are you “stuck” and looking for a way out? Or, are you simply looking to develop and advance yourself? I am happy to help.
Welcome! I am Lillian Chen. After 12 years in California and Colorado, U.S.A., having established two private practices (TLC Psychotherapy LLC and Prestige Transformation LLC) in Colorado, I now reside in Taipei. Both American and Taiwanese, having each foot in one world, with a global villager soul embracing diversity, I easily relate to the “Third Culture Kids (and adults).” My personal experiences in international relocation, acculturation, culture shocks, and reverse culture shocks have all equipped me with the cross-cultural understanding of expat challenges.
Multicultural sensitivity is a part of the key foundation in my helping work. I have experiences in helping clients from diverse demographic backgrounds, even those with language barriers as well as couples who had cultural and language gaps between each other.
As an empath, I naturally pour my heart out to my clients and always want the best for them. I believe in authenticity instead of political correctness or disingenuous professional façade. I appreciate humor as much as bitterness. I honor my clients’ emotions and existence in a down-to-earth manner. That is also why I am selective in accepting clients, because I want to make sure that I will be able to wholeheartedly support my clients. The result is, nearly all my clients have commented that they felt respected, understood, supported, and empathized in our work. Meanwhile, I appropriately and constructively challenge my clients in order to help them reach their goals.
In the recent years, I have developed the enthusiasm in the subjects of narcissistic abuse and complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD). Since the information of the two subjects is sufficient in English language, I have dedicated my NA and CPTSD writing systematically in Chinese, for public education purposes. Without fact checking, I have received feedbacks from readers regarding me as the first (or perhaps only) expert in those topics in the Chinese-speaking world.
Despite my recent focus on the two subjects, I continue appreciating the opportunities in helping clients with various concerns. Please refer to the “expertise” page for more. I am passionate and experienced in helping children and their families, but I now do not accept children under the age of 13 or a family size over 3 people, due to my current office setup. I might accept such clients when my office becomes more suitable for them.
My personal and professional experiences have led me to doubt whether or not the conventional mental health service structure is truly in the best interest of the clients. Therefore, based on the professional groundwork and prioritizing my clients’ best interests, I have decided to stop conforming to the clinical, highly restricted structure of mental health services. My helping service is an integrated model which organically and holistically responds to each unique client’s circumstances. Generally, I name it “Transformation Work,” while my clients and I use the terms “counseling,” “therapy,” “coaching,” etc. interchangeably only as a habit of expression.
While integrated and organic, my preferred therapeutic models include humanistic, existential, cognitive behavioral, Gestalt, object relations, constructivism, family structural, emotionally focused, and solution focused approaches. My personal interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine, aromatherapy, and various body works provide additional tools to Transformation Work.
My general philosophy is significantly influenced by Michel Foucault’s theories, although he was not a psychologist. Mr. Foucault’s philosophy, especially in the topics of power and constructionism, has led me to view and think critically of the world and the experiences where each of us lives, and to defy restrictions which brings oppression instead of liberation. Despite my preferences in helping modalities, I believe that each client is unique and deserves a customized helping plan.
On the personal side, I enjoy reading, writing, movies, music (especially Jazz, R&B, and classical), travel, horseback riding, snowmobiling, swimming, and interacting with animals. I am a dog lover and a mother of four adopted children. When it comes to religions, I am spiritual but not religious, and most familiar with Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity and Kabbalah, while respectful and open to learn all spiritual beliefs without imposing any. I am a passionate ally for the LGBTQI+ individuals, cultural minorities, children, struggling parents, victims, and the underprivileged population. Not against psychiatric treatments and medication, I am however against the abuse of psychiatric power. That is why I am a member and affiliated provider of MindFreedom International.
Please visit the other pages for my education, experiences, areas of expertise, and other information. Or, feel free to contact me.
Wish you joy and freedom.
*As this website speaks to the global audience, your local legislation may have its own definition of any specific terminology, which may not be in congruence with this site’s or my use of the words. Please clarify with me as needed.