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Yiwen Fan

NY & NJ Licensed Mental Health Counselor | School Counselor with Bilingual Extension | Certified Gestalt Therapist

With an early passion in psychology, I moved from China to the US when I was 17. My experience as an Asian immigrant living in the U.S. enhanced my understanding of the humanity and struggles in all of us. Currently, I'm a NYS Licensed Mental Health Counselor and School Counselor with Bilingual Extension. I'm also a certified Gestalt Therapist.


Since graduating from Columbia University in 2013, I have worked as a community therapist and bilingual school counselor in New York. I have extensive experience working with Chinese young professionals, college/high school students and immigrant adults from all over the world. During my work, I grew a deeper understanding of how past experiences motivate and restrict a person. Oftentimes, as we truly see the deep yearnings and wounds, healing begins. In 2020, I received systematic training from Dr. Mariela Shibley in mental health evaluations for immigration cases. I can provide these evaluations in Mandarin. 


As we understand what drives us to choose, we have the freedom to choose AGAIN. It is the relationship that heals. When we work together, I will provide a safe environment for us to develop trust and alliance. I'm looking forward to witnessing your new freedom.


Yaying Ma

NYS Mental Health Counselor Permit

As you are reading this, welcome to therapy! It may sound mysterious and scary; but in fact, therapy is a journey to understand and explore the holistic self, to make sense of the world, and to make the change that you truly want.


After graduating from the mental health counseling program at Fordham in 2021, I became a therapist with MHC-LP. During graduate school, I interned at a community clinic for a year with immigrant families and individuals in Queens, NY, providing individual and group therapy. In addition, I gained experience by working with postpartum depression mothers and their families. I practice integrated therapy by using CBT, DBT, Gestalt, attachment therapy, etc., based on your needs and goals. I specialize in anxiety, depression, young adult mental health, cross-cultural experience, relationship conflicts, self-esteem, and identity exploration.


I believe in the healing power that comes from a genuine connection. During our work, I commit to providing a safe and non-judgmental space for you to explore, feel and heal at your own pace. I will be the bridge to help you connect your different inner parts, to stand by you through this healing journey.

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