About Dr. Lin

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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)
  • 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, including clinical Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT/”Tapping” on acupressure points), Level II
  • Trained in Comprehensive Energy Psychology from International Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychology
  • Developed and provided “Social Justice and Outreach” Seminar series for predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees, “Diversity Discussion Seminar/Group” for predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees, and “Supervision on Supervision” Seminar series for postdoctoral residents.
  • Presented at peer-reviewed national and regional conferences

Groups and Workshops Experience

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

  • Attending to Ourselves (Boundary Setting) as 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)

Professional Associations

  • California Psychological Association
  • Asian American Psychological Association
  • Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology

I strongly believe in life-long learning and prioritize exposing myself to various new ideas and skills so that I keep improving my service to clients and the community.

Volunteer Activities

When I have time, I have volunteered as:

  • A pro bono mental health evaluator for asylum seekers
  • A “rapid response” responder for ICE raids
  • A trash cleaner for clean creeks in the Santa Clara County
  • A consultant for other licensed mental health professionals regarding clinical dilemmas and career paths

Contact Dr. Lin

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.