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Meet Jaja Chen

Jaja Chen - Waco, Texas

"The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.

-Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

As a counselor who has lived as a third-culture kid (TCK) and missionary kid (MK) overseas, I have witnessed and experienced the impact that trauma and transitions have on individuals, couples, families, and helping professionals. Returning to the United States for both my Bachelor and Master of Social Work at Baylor University was a major culture shock and transition in my life; counseling was a pivotal part of that transition process.

As a result of both my personal and professional experiences, I find immense joy in walking alongside individual's journeys of healing as they courageously seek counseling.  I aspire to create a trauma-informed & culturally-sensitive space for individuals to heal from compassion fatigue, burnout, and ongoing mental health concerns as a result of trauma and transitions.

I utilize a mind-body connection framework in counseling and practice from a holistic perspective, noting that the body, mind, soul and spirit are interconnected.

As Bessel van der Kolk states, "The Body Keeps the Score." I seek to ethically address and integrate faith and spirituality in practice, particularly when clients deem faith and spirituality to be important aspects of their lives. Experiences in the field of trauma and training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) have led me to be passionate about helping women to holistically heal from PTSD, to better manage chronic pain and related health concerns, and to tend to maternal mental health concerns, including birth trauma, depression, anxiety, miscarriage, and infertility.

My areas of specialization include: Complex trauma, PTSD, secondary trauma and burnout, women's issues, including perinatal and postpartum mental health concerns, chronic pain, shame resiliency, cross-cultural transitions, and multicultural, race, and intersectional-related issues.

I am a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) through the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners and am under clinical supervision as I work towards becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). I receive ongoing professional consultation when utilizing EMDR in sessions and am also currently a Certified Daring Way Facilitator – Candidate, in which I incorporate the shame resilience model developed by Dr. Brené Brown's research in sessions with individuals and couples. Bilingual Mandarin Chinese counseling services are available, upon request; in addition, evening and weekend counseling appointments are available, as scheduling permits.

I look forward to meeting you and walking alongside your journey of integration and healing.

Jaja Chen, LMSW, CDWF-Candidate

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