Just like anything else in the world, there's no one therapeutic approach that works best for everyone. That is why I incorporate multiple methods into my practice to best help every unique client. Here are three main approaches I use:
In Gestalt Therapy, the therapist and the client are focused on the present. Through this approach, you will be able to become more aware of your body sensations and what they might be eager to express. Oftentimes, when we fully hear and communicate with the estranged or disowned parts of ourselves, we are able to begin to heal and move on.
In 2019, I became a certified Gestalt therapist after finishing the 3-year post graduate program at the Gestalt Center in New York. What I have learnt has helped many clients, of different ages and cultural backgrounds, become more aware of how different emotions live in their bodies. Some clients also noticed their existing behavioral and thinking patterns and found ways to update them. This in turn has helped them live a more authentic life.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
CBT is a problem focused and action oriented form of therapy. It aims at identifying problems and practicing solutions to modify undesirable behaviors and/or thinking patterns. I found this approach particularly effective in helping children and clients with OCD tendencies. Depending on your preference and goals, I'm able to provide a structured framework with concrete tools such as homework, in session exercises, etc.
In short, psychodynamic therapy is a modern version of psychoanalysis. The therapist serves less like a "blank screen" but more as a real person that can relate to you. With this approach, you will be supported to express current emotions as well as earlier important life events. Through exploration, you may start to see how past unresolved internal conflicts affect your present life. These insights are likely to greatly inform your personal growth, and I will be your witness and cheerleader.
Yi Wen is the most professional and compassion mental health counselor that I ever met. She changed my life from inner, she made me understand myself better...... I feel very grateful that I spent almost 2 years seeing her. It was a wonderful & precious inner journey in my life. Highly recommended!!!
------------- Former Client, CE
I had always toyed with the idea of therapy as a way to get a better control on my anxiety. However I had also been skeptical and decided to finally give it a try. She makes sure to be available and patiently listen to me. Over this period we have explored many of the issues that have potentially contributed to my anxiety and certainly feel that it has helped me improve my work performance and overall mental well-being. I would recommend her to anyone who is seeking help to explore their own issues in a warm, non-judgmental and caring relationship.
-------------- Former Client, DM
Yiwen is thoughtful and caring and a great listener. Will guide your way through your problems even when it feels difficult.
-------------- Former Client, SJ
Yiwen Fan is a highly trained supportive Psychotherapist extremely knowledgeable about the mental health needs of the Chinese and Chinese American people.
-------------- Former Supervisor, Lee Zevy, LCSW