About Ellen J. Lin, PhD

Image 1: Aqua and blue pacific ocean water, with cliff and hillside to the right dotted with orange plants.
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I strongly believe in honoring each person’s life experiences, familial and cultural context, and that resilient power and wisdom within.

It is such a privilege to be able to provide therapeutic services, and to witness clients taking steps to change and reclaim their lives! I look forward to walking along with you as you take this courageous path for your own wellbeing!


  • 23+ years of counseling/therapy experience with clients from very diverse backgrounds, professions, identity, life experiences
  • 20+ years training, supervising and providing consultations to countless doctoral-level therapists (experienced providing clinical supervision since as an advanced doctoral practicum counselor myself)
  • CA Licensed psychologist (# Psy 19278) since 2003
  • Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology (2002)–pursued Counseling Psychology instead of Clinical Psychology degree because of my strong belief in education, social justice, and preventive work and not just focus on pathology; counseling psychology degree still afforded me the training in clinical psychology
  • Was Clinical Coordinator/Assistant Director of Clinical Services for 4 years, and Director/“chief mental health officer” for an additional 4.5 years.
  • Trained and experienced in mind/body/somatic/emotion interventions
  • Trained and experienced in integration of clinical Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT/”Tapping” on acupressure points), Level II
  • Diplomate certificate in Comprehensive Energy Psychology (DCEP) from International Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychology
  • Developed and provided “Supervision on Supervision” Seminar series for postdoctoral residents, “Social Justice and Outreach” Seminar series for predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees, and Diversity Discussion Seminar/Group for predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees.
  • Presented at peer-reviewed national and regional conferences

Groups and Workshops

Facilitated over a hundred groups/workshops, with audience number ranging from small groups to over 100.  Some sample topics:

  • Boundary Setting for Asian American Womxn
  • Trauma survivors healing circles
  • Tapping away Worries and Fears
  • Resilience workshop series
  • Anger Management workshop series
  • Emotion Regulation groups (DBT-based)
  • Women’s Groups
  • Binge-Eating treatment group
  • Red-flag mental illness warnings workshops
  • Stress management/relaxation workshops
  • Balancing life demands and responsibilities workshops
  • Diversity Process groups, Social Justice Seminars (for doctoral-level clinical trainees)

Additional Information

  • Adjunct faculty for Counselor Education, SJSU (teaching “Cultural Perspectives in Counseling” to graduate students)
  • Facilitator of year-long Diversity Discussion Seminar for Predoctoral Interns
    • Emerita faculty counselor (“Professor” equivalent), San José State University (17-year history)
  • Stepped down from “chief mental health officer”/director of SJSU Counseling and Psychological Services due to health issues (which prompted me to learn that the Western talk therapy doesn’t always work on its own. I started to study and incorporate more Eastern based, mind-body/somatic approaches and found such resonance for my own healing!). As challenging as burning out was, I’m so grateful for the invaluable skills that I’ve learned as a result!
  • Was a career counselor (while in graduate school)
  • I use she/her pronouns, “they” work as well. I am a 1.5-generation Taiwanese-American, with some informal conversational understanding of Mandarin (not able to conduct therapy in Mandarin) and will occasionally catch some Taiwanese phrases.
  • Not religious (grew up with Taiwanese Buddhist practices), but highly spiritual these days. E.g., now trained as Reiki practitioner.

As someone who has had tremendous life shifts over the years and learned to navigate different cultural and systemic contexts, I also recognize the privileges I have, and know that our background shapes our worldview and experiences.  I am honored to have had much experience serving and facilitating healing and transformation for individuals and groups from a wide variety of backgrounds (immigrants and ethnic minorities, LGB identity, gender fluid, sexual abuse survivors, undocumented populations, and various religious/spirituality background).

Please feel free to call me at 408-828-8375 or send me a message below to inquire further:

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Learn to stay grounded and centered even when surrounded by life’s turmoil.

Photo credit:  Top–Dr. Ellen J. Lin; rocks–Dr. Lin’s niece, Anwen Lin.