Yunling Chang Bio

Yunling (Lina) Chang, M.S.
Practicum Counselor, Supervised by Lauren Craig, Ph.D.

Lina ChangPersonal Statement:
I always think being a student and working through the transition to college and/or graduate school is a critical period for one’s growth and for learning more about oneself. Even though the process might be full of both highs and lows, ups and downs, and some turnarounds, it is still a critical transforming process for the young adults to understand themselves and be aware of what is going on within them. It takes a lot of strengths and efforts to face and be one’s true self; thus, I always feel that it is my privilege to share this journey with all these young individuals. In counseling, I strive to empower individuals to be congruent and empathetic with self-compassion and believe that my clients and I would walk through this journey together as well as grow together. “Practice what you preach” is my motto about life. Furthermore, as an international student who has been in the U.S. for many years, I was always interested in understanding the relationship between adjustment and acculturation processes for this population and felt passionate to help. My professional interests also include working with survivors of sexual violence, high-achieving students, and individuals with low self-esteem and anxiety issues. In my spare time, I like to cook, travel, watch the movie, play badminton, and do some volunteer work.

Academic Training:
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Texas A&M University (in-progress)
M.S., Psychology, University of Louisiana at Monroe
B.Ed., Psychology and Counseling, National Taipei University of Education

Areas of Special Interest:
Anxiety, depression, sexual trauma, PTSD, self-esteem, and adjustment issues.

Theoretical Orientation:
My conceptualization to counseling follows an Integrative psychotherapy model incorporating person-centered therapy and interpersonal therapy. I believe the inner strength within a person and the importance and powerful impact of genuine interpersonal connections.

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