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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) overseas, I have witnessed and experienced the impact that trauma and transitions have on individuals, couples, 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; therapy was a pivotal part of that transition process.

As a result of both personal and professional experiences, I find immense joy in walking alongside individuals and couples' journeys of healing as they courageously seek therapy services. I aspire to create a trauma-informed & culturally-sensitive space for people from all backgrounds to heal from trauma and life transitions – paying particular attention to the unique needs of fellow people of color (POC) and intersectional-related concerns.

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

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 being aware of how the body stores trauma physically. In sessions, you can expect for me to incorporate the use of EMDR therapy, as identified to be appropriate, mindfulness-based approaches, and the shame resiliency work of Dr. Brené Brown's research.

My ideal clients are individuals whom have experienced secondary trauma & burnout on the job as helping professionals; mamas whom are seeking healing from birth trauma and/or maternal mental health concerns, including perinatal depression and anxiety; women whom have experienced chronic health concerns including PCOS, infertility, fibromyalgia and chronic pain; and individuals whom have experienced complex trauma-including sexual, interpersonal, developmental, medical, systemic-induced, racial, and historical trauma.

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) through the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners and receive ongoing professional consultation and training to become a Certified EMDR Therapist. When working with couples, I use Gottman Method Couples Therapy and components of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). Bilingual Mandarin Chinese services are available, upon request.

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

Jaja Chen, LCSW, CDWF, EMDR Trained

 

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