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Chih-Yun (Eileen) Chiu LMHC
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What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?
Growing up in an Asian household, emotional expressiveness was minimum and suppression was viewed as a strength. When I left home to study abroad at a young age, while feeling very grateful to have the privilege of developing my international and multicultural identity, I also experienced many challenges in being able to relate to people and felt overwhelmed by the diversity. This made asking for help and support even more difficult. I experienced ongoing ruminating thoughts and emotions related to impostor’s syndrome, failure, fear, guilt, shame and rejection. I also experienced outright discrimination and microaggression. It was truly a trial and error process that felt very lonely, and isolating. I learned to develop my own toolkit to self-soothe. (Today, I call myself a trained extrovert!). I met peers along the way in similar circumstances whose outcome wasn’t as fortunate. Throughout this journey, one thought persisted through my mind: how can I show up for others during their moments of pain and loneliness? This drive became a source of strength for me to work on myself so I can also be present for others. I believe in healing one another. Hence choosing this profession, and being a support on other's journey, especially those with marginalized identities, felt very natural!
What does success look like in therapy? How will a client know that they are making progress?
“Progress” or “success” in therapy isn’t so black and white. Therapy isn’t a linear process because healing and recovery is an ongoing and active practice that you have to choose, which embodies making mistakes, and experiencing setbacks. I call these moments “progress” and “success” because you are being active in being the most honest you can be with yourself, taking courageous steps to being vulnerable and uncomfortable and making the painstaking and painful adjustments and changes. Habits and patterns take time to build and even longer to dismantle, adjust and rebuild. That being said, it can be helpful to create a treatment plan. We will identify your goals and objectives, and establish a plan (and timeline if you wish) for how to approach in a manageable, measurable, achievable and relevant way. The goal is to be flexible with our treatment plan as it may shift and transform overtime. Ultimately we hope to create a toolkit that will be yours to help you navigate day to day with more moments of intentionality, capability and meaningfulness
If there was one thing you wish people knew about the therapy experience who might be hesitant to try it, what would that be?
There is no “right” way to do therapy, there is no rule book/recipe for living healthy, and there are no quick fixes! As therapists, we use our self and our humanness as a tool to build a genuine connection with our clients to empower clients to build an authentic relationship with themselves, others and the world. It is very normal and valid to feel stressed, nervous and anxious going into therapy. There is no expectation to perform in any type of way. Sometimes sessions may feel uncomfortable, distressing and meandering while other times it may feel refreshing, relieving and enlightening. On some days we may feel that there is too much to talk about while other days we may engage in more silence. This is all part of the process. This is an intimate space where we will take our time to build together. I will meet you where you are, and provide gentle encouragement and prompts when you need as well as let you take the lead. You are not alone. Allow me to be a grounding center and place of safety for you and serve as your sidekick on your journey. As therapists, we also engage in therapy to heal our wounds, work through our own biases and assumptions, improve our qualities and capabilities and to better relate to being in our client’s shoes.
EthnicityAsian-American, Asian (East / Southeast)
Group IdentitiesBIPOC, AAPI, LGBTQIA+ affirming
Other IdentitiesMillennial, Immigrant / 1st Generation American, Multicultural, Bilingual
Race & Cultural Identity
Borderline Personality Disorder
Abuse/Survivors of abuse
Caregiver stress & support
|Marriage & Couples Counseling||$260|
Types of Therapy
Marriage & Couples Counseling
Young Adults (18-24)
Treatment Approaches / Modalities
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Strength Based Therapy
Culturally Sensitive Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Emotionally Focused Therapy
Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
Training / Certifications
I am Narcan Certified
- New York, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, 010059
Teachers College, Columbia University, Master of Arts, Psychological Counseling, 2017
Teachers College, Columbia University, Master of Education, Mental Health Counseling Psychology, 2017
Presentation: “Predicting Non-Suicidal Self-Injury: The Effect of Acute Emotional States and Relationship Attachment Styles” at the Grand Rounds Lecture in MSBI in March 2016, and at the APA Conference in Atlanta, GA in May 2016 Publication: “Emotional Pain Mediates the Link Between Preoccupied Attachment and Non-Suicidal Self-Injury in High Suicide Risk Psychiatric Inpatients” in Frontiers Psychology, published Feb 2019 https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00289
New York University, Bachelor of Arts, Double Major in Psychology and Political Science, 2015
Recipient of the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Undergraduate Research Fund Grants for Individual Research (DURF) for Fall 2014. - Publication: “Construal Level and Conflict Resolution in Romantic Relationships” thesis published in the College’s undergraduate research journal, Inquiry, in 2015 - Presentation: “Construal Level and Conflict Resolution in Romantic Relationships” at the Undergraduate Research Conference in April 2015 Leadership Training Program at Columbia University October 25, 2014 – December 11, 2014 Recipient of the scholarship for IMPACT L21 Emerging Global Leaders (EGL) Development Program and worked closely with the Psychology Coalition at the United Nations (PCUN) and United Nations Department of Public Information
I identify as a AAPI, Taiwanese, first-generation immigrant, multicultural and bilingual Psychotherapist. I have a diverse personal, and academic background in which I have lived, traveled and studied in different countries. This has also reflected in my work values and experience as I learn, grow and contribute to different programs and settings, including in a psychiatric inpatient unit, intensive outpatient setting, and a community clinic. I work with adults, couples, and families from all walks of life, and I am all-inclusive, welcome to all and identity-affirming. I often reflect on my cultural values, biases, and position in power structures and the impact they have on relationships with my clients. I strive to develop and implement culturally appropriate interventions. I have also held different roles, including Clinical Supervisor, Presenter (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, and New York University), Advocate, Volunteer, Teacher, Peer Mentor, and Researcher (published on Acute Emotional States and Attachment Styles on Non-Suicidal Self Injury, and Conflict Resolution in Romantic Relationships). With my additional interests in Political Science and Public Policy, I also had the opportunity to work at United Nations Department of Public Information and IMPACT Leadership 21 in which I participated in the empowerment and advocacy for the underserved and underrepresented population. These experiences have helped me learn and understand mental health from different lenses especially with marginalized identities. I hold an Ed.M. in Mental Health Counseling and an M.A. in Psychological Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University. I am Narcan certified.
Office at 875 6th Ave, 23rd Fl, Suite 2300, New York, NY
Frequently Asked Questions About Chih-Yun (Eileen) Chiu, LMHC
It’s not uncommon to have questions before starting therapy. Chih-Yun (Eileen) Chiu, LMHC, has answered a few of the questions they receive most often from new clients.
Is Chih-Yun (Eileen) Chiu accepting new clients?
Yes, Chih-Yun (Eileen) Chiu is accepting new clients for online therapy in New York and in-person appointments at 875 6th Ave, 23rd Fl, Suite 2300, New York, NY, 10001.
Does Chih-Yun (Eileen) Chiu accept insurance?
No, Chih-Yun (Eileen) Chiu does not accept insurance.
What types of therapy does Chih-Yun (Eileen) Chiu offer?
Chih-Yun (Eileen) Chiu offers therapy for couples, families and individuals.
Does Chih-Yun (Eileen) Chiu offer in-person appointments?
Yes, Chih-Yun (Eileen) Chiu offers in-person appointments at 875 6th Ave, 23rd Fl, Suite 2300, New York, NY, 10001.
Does Chih-Yun (Eileen) Chiu offer online therapy?
Yes, Chih-Yun (Eileen) Chiu offers online therapy via video sessions to people in New York.
How quickly can I see Chih-Yun (Eileen) Chiu?
Chih-Yun (Eileen) Chiu typically can speak with new clients within 48 hours. You can see their current availability and request an appointment on their profile page.
What languages does Chih-Yun (Eileen) Chiu speak?
Chih-Yun (Eileen) Chiu conducts therapy sessions in English and Chinese.
Can I book an appointment with Chih-Yun (Eileen) Chiu online?
Yes, you can easily book an appointment with Chih-Yun (Eileen) Chiu online using Choosing Therapy’s directory.