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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’ journeys in holistic trauma recovery.

I utilize a mind-body and gut-brain connection framework- noting that the body, mind, soul and spirit are interconnected.

We may be a good fit for each other if you are:

  • Experiencing PTSD and/or trauma reactions from events you personally experienced or witnessed including sexual assault, interpersonal violence, spiritual and psychological abuse, systemic and racial oppression, and/or historical trauma.
  • A mama seeking to take care of yourself and heal from birth trauma, anxiety, and/or other maternal mental health concerns, no matter how long it has been since your pregnancy.
  • Wanting to incorporate counseling and psychological self-care into your holistic treatment for chronic health concerns including PCOS, endometriosis, infertility, IBS, GERD, or fibromyalgia.
  • A helping professional or caregiver wanting to increase self-care, set healthy boundaries, and to reduce secondary trauma and burnout experienced from continual trauma exposure from those you care for.

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 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.

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. Bilingual Mandarin Chinese services are available, upon request.

I look forward to meeting you and walking alongside your journey of holistic trauma recovery.

Jaja Chen, LCSW, CDWF, EMDR Trained

 

To discuss your needs and schedule a consultation or training, please click here to contact Enrichment or by phone at 254-235-3500

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