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Yiwen Fan

NY, NJ & FL 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. Currently, I'm fully licensed as a counselor in NY, NJ and FL.


Since graduating from Columbia University in 2013, I have worked as a community therapist and gained extensive experiences working with college students and Asian immigrants. My work style is similar to a free flowing conversation, but not without a focus. The focus is the client's authentic self. I work with people to help them be as real with themselves as possible. From this honesty and curiosity to one's core self, self love gets to develop and grow.

During initial sessions, I usually encourage the client to talk about the most present issues and feelings. Then we will follow these cues and delve deep into the hidden struggles and yearnings. With my support, the client will gradually experience the joy of self compassion and how it leads to true inner strengths.


In 2020, I received systematic training from Dr. Mariela Shibley in mental health evaluations for immigration cases. I can provide these evaluations in Mandarin. 


Yaying Ma

NYS Licensed Mental Health Counselor

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 University, I went through extensive trainings and became a fully licensed therapist in 2023. 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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