Senior Counsellor and Psychotherapist
Senior Parenting Instructor
Yan Chen is a registered social worker and psychotherapist in Ontario, Canada. She completed her bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto with a major in sociology and double minors in psychology and Diaspora studies. Yan obtained a Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto, specializing in social justice and diversity. Before pursuing her master’s degree, Yan worked as a settlement worker and a community legal worker, providing legal services to Chinese-speaking immigrants and conducting legal workshops on a number areas of law, including family, employment, Employment Insurance, immigration and others. Yan is trained in a number of psychotherapy approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Solution-Focused Therapy, and Narrative Therapy. Yan completed narrative training from the Narrative Therapy Centre in Toronto, as well as Suicide Pevention Training by LivingWorks. Yan worked with individuals with concurrent disorders in the CBT-based Community Day Treatment Program. Yan did both group facilitation and one-on-one counselling, providing support for individuals with substance use to develop skills and improve ability to cope with difficult emotions. Other topics explored in the program include relapse prevention, how the brain is impacted by addiction, self-care strategies and healthy coping mechanisms.