Hiedi Chan, LMFT, ATR
COMING ALONGSIDE YOU...
“Life is like an EKG. It has ups and downs but it all evens out in the end” - TAJ
My husband wrote this poem when he was 12 and it was published in his school magazine. It’s true that life has ups and downs and eventually it evens out. However, before it evens out, I believe everyone wants to make the best of it. Life is full of twists and turns, be it losing a loved one, divorce, immigration, frequent moves, or mental illnesses; these pose many challenges, but also opportunities for growth. The Chinese phrase for crisis is comprised of two characters, one means danger and the other means opportunity. In other words, when one is faced with a crisis, it also presents opportunity for growth.
I am an immigrant from Hong Kong. I understand Chinese culture. I empathize with those who experience unique challenges adjusting to living in the US or facing mental health and relationship issues. I speak English, Cantonese and Mandarin fluently and am able to use these languages in therapy.
I work with individuals, couples and families, and am particularly interested in helping clients develop intimate connections with their loved ones, including spouses, intimate partners, parents/children and siblings. I believe people are hardwired for connections and having healthy relationships supports positive personal, physical and mental health wellbeing.
I look forward to meeting with you and coming alongside you to address the challenges that life poses. You can live a life with more joy, peace and hope.
How Therapy Works
Therapy is an interactive process. It is unlike treating physical ailments, which are usually handled more in a linear manner, i.e. you tell your doctor about your symptoms, and doctors examine and prescribe you with some medications.
The therapeutic process requires your active involvement, honesty, and openness in order to work effectively. The duration of treatment varies depending on your goals and the complexity of issues addressed.
Each session is 50 minutes long and typically we meet once a week. The first couple of sessions are for us to get to know each other, for you to tell me what brought you to therapy, and to see if we are a good fit. After these initial sessions, we'll delve more deeply to identify the root of your issues. Meeting consistently is very important in building our working relationship and making sure therapy as effective as possible for you.
If you would like to learn more about me or to make an appointment, please call me at (858) 381-0310 or send me an email at email@example.com for a free 15 minute phone consultation. I look forward to hearing from you.