Wen-hsin Chang, Ph.D. (La Jolla)
(She/Her/Hers) Licensed Clinical Psychologist
I grew up in a culture that values “Yuanfen”(緣分), which can be used in describing different types of relationships. The concept of “Yuanfen” encourages me to cherish and value every encounter that I have with an individual and not take things for granted. It is an honor and privilege for others to allow me to accompany them on their journey of healing and growing. In therapy sessions, I strive to build and create a safe and affirming space in my interactions with others by understanding clients in a holistic context, including intersectionality, cultural and systematic factors that influence their perception, life experiences, and presenting concerns.
As a therapist, I firmly believe that we are the expert of ourselves and tend to work with clients collaboratively to create goals and direction. I am passionate about helping clients realize and achieve their potential by focusing on their strengths and accomplishments as well as by reflecting on their skills to promote a positive self-concept. I also enjoy helping people become more aware of how the mind and body are connected. I have completed the basic training for EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing). I view EMDR as a technique that provides a way to release the memories and pain being stored in the body. I sometimes utilize art in the therapy sessions, given that sometimes we have no words to describe some of the experiences we had.
I consider myself a generalist and enjoy working with a wide variety of presenting concerns. I am particularly interested in working with people who carry marginalized identities. I am specifically interested in working with international students, Asian Americans, LGBTQ+ populations, trauma survivors, and underserved populations. I am also interested in career counseling.
I am currently a Licensed Psychologist in the state of California, working at the La Jolla office. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Taiwan. I then chose to pursue a Master of Education degree in the Department of Education, School and Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. The program at Mizzou influenced me to want to learn more about multiculturalism and enhance my clinical skills. I decided to continue my education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where I received my Doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology.
Outside of work, I like drawing, traveling to get to know different cultures, and enjoying natural beauty. I also love music, singing, and playing piano.