Mindy Chiang

RCC #18965

Mindy Chiang is currently accepting new clients.

Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT)
Somatic/ experiential approaches
Brainspotting
Internal Family Systems (IFS)
Narrative Therapy
Mindfulness
Mindful Self-Compassion
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
Motivational Interviewing
Person-centred
Existential
Trauma-informed
Culturally Competent
Strength-based

Welcome and I acknowledge the courage it took to get here. I am Mindy (蒋明容, she/her), a Registered Clinical Counsellor registered with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. I completed my counsellor training at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and hold a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from UBC. I am an immigrant from Taiwan, an able-bodied and cis-gender woman with all the privileges afforded by being so, and a proud introvert! 

I see counselling as a sacred space where we dedicate time to ourselves to better understand who we are and to work through what we are confronting in the company of a compassionate, non-judgmental, and supportive other (the counsellor!). As the counsellor, I commit to deeply hearing and understanding your story and cultivating a space of openness, authenticity, and care where you are able to be vulnerable and still feel held and supported. I believe that the experience of strong relational support in counselling in and of itself can be healing and that it can propel you towards the change and growth that you seek. 

As a first-generation immigrant who moved to Canada from Taiwan in my teens, I navigated experiences of exclusion and internalized racism and struggled to find belonging, identity, and self-acceptance. In my own healing journey, I came to recognize my harsh inner critic constantly telling me that I am not enough and how that voice was shaped by unjust experiences and social and cultural expectations. I learned to make peace with my inner critic and develop a kinder inner voice guiding me toward values that truly resonate with me and to take pride in my different identities. My experience helped me to see how our identities and the broader social systems to which we belong can impact our wellbeing. It also informs my counselling work and reminds me to examine the role of systemic forces in clients’ struggles with them.

My clinical experience spans the mental health spectrum from supporting folks with anxiety and depression to substance use and trauma. I am also experienced in working with folks navigating life transitions and exploring meaning in life.

Outside of the counselling room, I love cooking and learning to make new cuisines, making and tasting great coffees, spending time with family and friends, and connecting with myself through yoga and meditation.

I am currently accepting new clients. I offer counselling in English and Mandarin Chinese.

我提供中文的心理谘商服务,欢迎您和我预约15分钟的免费咨询。

Mindy’s informed consent form can be found here.

What experience or background do you bring to your counselling and supervision practice that is uniquely yours?

I decided to go back to school for counselling in my late thirties and had worked in the finance and humanitarian sectors prior to that. Having professional experiences in such vastly different fields helps me to appreciate differing worldviews and hopefully makes it easier for me to connect with a wider array of people. Also, making the leap to go back for a second undergrad before my graduate counselling program was not exactly easy. I felt a huge loss of identity and often felt out of place among younger students in my classes. However, I learned so much in the transition working through discomfort, forging my new identity, and finding meaningful connections.

What is your favourite thing about working closely with people every day?

Having the privilege to bear witness to the clients’ complex life stories and be alongside them in their joy or pain, vulnerability or resilience.

What have you learned from your work?

I love late Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh’s quote—“No Mud, No Lotus”, which I understand to mean that it is through navigating the messiness of life that we find the nurturance for transformation. I have seen exactly this in my counselling work. It is humbling thinking about what dire circumstances clients have worked to overcome and so heartening to see true transformation as a result. It gives me a lot of hope, both in the counselling process and in human capacities and resilience.

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