Chicago based therapy and cognitive behavioral psychotherapy practice specializing in mindfulness-based interventions for individuals and couples offering dialectical improvisation group mindfulness sessions, meditation, depression, bipolar, anxiety, relationship conflict, family conflict, Buddhist psychology, class, PTSD, posttraumatic stress disorder, Andersonville, substance abuse, alcoholism, drug abuse, addictions, treatment, DBT, trauma

Chih-Hsien Lin, LCPC; BC-DMT; EMDR-trained

If you ask me who I am, I will invite you to come join me in this “dance” of life, the give and take, the expansion and contraction. If you ask me how I am, I will welcome you to connect with me in music and readings and a walk. If you ask me why I am, because… I really love and enjoy people and embrace creativity and authenticity.

For someone who experienced near-constant anxiety, fear, and doubt in being and my ability to grow, I often find it much easier to be with myself than to navigate the complexity and nuances in relationships. However, I was born with an intrinsic curiosity and care for others and the world we live in, so I feel compelled, and also responsible to constantly find a way to connect, to relate. I searched in nature, in meals, in readings, in dance, in relationships. I discovered that while words can be harsh and deceptive, they can also be tender and welcoming. While relational interactions can be confusing and overwhelming, they can also be supportive and inspiring.

Yet, all the kind words and strong bonds would not mean anything without a physicalized reality. When I feel the ease and comfort in my own body and my way of moving about the world, I am most free and real. It has been those present moments of lived experiences that shape my deepest and strongest meanings in life. Currently, there is a boom in research around the body-mind connection and the power of healing trauma and pain by attending to the body directly. I have found this modality to be extremely effective in my own life, and sought advanced training in somatic techniques in therapeutic work.

Originally from Taiwan, I grew up learning to conform and to be in community. There is no “I,” but only “we.” There is no “I think,” but “we think.” When one is so immersed into that social and cultural environment, it is hard to hear one’s own, individual voice. In my past work both clinically and artistically, I have observed and experienced over and over again the importance of an embodied self to truly achieve integration, healing, and ownership of one’s unique voice. I have seen how the energy of fear can become imprisoned in the body and create a distorted sense of self and false connections to the world. I believe that in order for us to live a satisfying and full life, we have to be mindful of living in our own, unique bodies. Therefore, I cultivate a kinesthetic awareness and reflectivity in my work.

As an immigrant myself, I also strive to continue to advocate for a vast population of immigrant and refugee individuals within the context of family systems and sociocultural/generational/spiritual relationships, to support them to rediscover their strengths, honor differences and heal from violence.

I value responsibility, intentionality, and connections as the means to healing; I want to work with you to not only recover from your pain and struggles, but also learn to grow and thrive from your own choices and interactions. You are unique, and I am glad that I may be walking along in your journey for a while to witness the change and to care for you as you go.

My passions include:

  • Board certified Dance/Movement Therapist – creative problem solving and insight building, functional/expressive/creative use of movement to learn healthy relationships, ease and freedom in being in the body, unlock subconsciously unwanted and not needed past habitual thinking/feeling/attachment patterns, move to express/explore/bring hope and healing

  • EMDR basic training – somatically grounded exercises, systematic protocol to support desensitizing and reprocessing traumatic memories

  • Movement pattern analysis – support your decision-making processes and preferred interpersonal styles, movement coaching to foster positive and complementary patterns while enhancing awareness of the negative and unhelpful patterns

  • Diverse experiences working with resilient clients from children age 3 to older adults age 100 in various settings

  • Bilingual support: Mandarin and English

  • Somatic based: yoga and Pilates certified

  • Self-expression and self-worth

  • Self/Body-image & self-identity

  • Anxiety

  • Chronic pain

  • Cultural adjustment

  • Gender-based violence survivors

  • Immigrants & refugee background

  • Trauma in everyday life and complex trauma

  • Grief, loss, aging & mortality

  • Life transitions & career exploration

  • New parents