Lillian Chen, MS, MFT, NLC, CCHt
Unlicensed Psychotherapist, Colorado, USA
(The State of Colorado has recently renamed the title from “Registered Psychotherapist” to this, while the two are identical in the State’s permission to practice psychotherapy. See below for elaboration.)
Formerly, 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 living in California and Colorado for over a decade, having established two private practices in Colorado, I now reside in Taipei. Being 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 you. 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 the English language, I have dedicated my NA and CPTSD writing systematically in Chinese, for public education purposes. Without fact checking, I have often received feedback from readers regarding me as the first (or perhaps only) expert in those topics in the Chinese-speaking realm.
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, because of the limitation of my 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 restrictive 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 interchangeably use the terms counseling, therapy, coaching, etc. simply out of habits and convenience.
While integrated and organic, my preferred therapeutic models include humanistic, existential, cognitive behavioral, Gestalt, object relations, constructivism, family structural, emotionally focused, psychodynamic, and solution focused approaches. My personal interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine, aromatherapy, and various body works provide additional tools to Transformation Work, while I never impose any of them to my clients.
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 constructivism, 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, which is ever-evolving.
My “non-license license” in Colorado may be confusing for some. Thus the explanation here: The State of Colorado has established two types of permits for psychotherapy practitioners: registration and license. While the public is typically familiar with the concept of a licensed professional, a registered (not licensed) psychotherapist in Colorado is not hold at the same standard as of a licensed psychotherapist, but still has to pass the state’s law and ethics exam, and pass a process of academic and background review, in order to be registered and permitted to practice psychotherapy, overseen by the state board. Due to my life turbulence at the time, I was unable to go through the licensure process, so that I had to settle for and register as an Unlicensed Psychotherapist, despite that I had been academically trained for and had clinically practiced professional psychotherapy. The State of Colorado has been going back and forth renaming the title, from Unlicensed Psychotherapist, to Registered Psychotherapist, and then again, to Unlicensed Psychotherapist. Despite the “looser” requirements of an Unlicensed Psychotherapist, I continue to hold myself at the standard for a licensed psychotherapist through continuing education and upholding the ethics of the mental health profession.
On the personal side, I enjoy reading, writing, movies, travel, horseback riding, snowmobiling, swimming, and interacting with animals. 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 LGBTQIA+ 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, as a part of my general support for human rights. 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.