Pin-Chieh Lai, MA – Therapist

Pin-Chieh Lai, MA – Therapist

Pin-Chieh has over three years of experience providing mental and behavioral health services to children, adolescents, young and older adults, and families who are encountered with behavioral, mental, financial, or social challenges. She has had clinical experience working in a number of settings, such as preschools, memory care facility, children’s hospital, behavioral health agency, and housing and social services that provide both long-term residential care and community-based services to individuals or their families impacted by HIV diagnoses, previous homelessness, trauma history, crime and violence, substance use, co-occurring disorders, and mental health issues.

Besides mental health counseling, or talk therapy, Pin-Chieh received training extensively in Art Therapy. Through the art-making process or modalities of expressive arts, Pin-Chieh guides clients to process their traumatic experience, post-traumatic response, grief and loss, mental health concerns, and interpersonal issues both individually and in her Mindfulness-based Art Therapy (MBAT) groups. Also, Pin-Chieh finished the EMDRIA-approved EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) training and had the experience of helping clients develop  grounding skills and process trauma and adverse life experiences through the delivery of EMDR therapy. In addition to trauma-informed practices, Pin-Chieh was trained to work with children and teenagers with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) through implementation of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

Pin-Chieh’s philosophy of therapy is predominantly person-centered, mindfulness/acceptance-based, trauma-informed, and most of all, collaborative. As a strong believer in every individual’s capacity of change, resiliency, and ability of creative solutions, Pin-Chieh is committed to walking with her clients to re-claim their strengths and to live out their identity and sense of purpose.

Pin-Chieh provides bilingual counseling services in both English and Mandarin Chinese.

Education: Bachelor of Arts in English; Master of Arts in Comparative Literature from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Master of Arts in Art Therapy Counseling from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville