Mei (pronounced MAY) was born to two physicians in Chengdu, the capital of the Chinese province of Sichuan. Raised by her grandmother in Chengdu while her parents worked in the very harsh environment of the Tibetan plateaus, she observed first hand the close-knit but badly enmeshed dynamics of families typical in Asian cultures. At a young age, she learned to navigate the tension that came from relationships spanning across multiple generations.
She taught English at a middle school and led the human resource department of a new joint venture entertainment company before coming to the U.S., where she obtained her MS degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Her career spanned from an inside sales rep at a cosmetic manufacturer to computer programmer and analyst, but she would say that her most challenging job was parenting in a dual culture home.
It was while working as a computer programmer that Mei’s passion to serve people at a deeper level was realized. After experiencing the great benefits from counseling during her son’s turbulent adolescence, the conflicts in her cross-cultural marriage, her own depression, fibromyalgia, and other chronic health issues, she returned to school and received a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary.
Mei holds a whole-person view and utilizes a holistic approach – she believes all aspects of a person, biological, emotional, psychological, spiritual and relational, are all inter-connected and impact each other. Her therapeutic approach is tailored to each individual’s overall situation and specific needs and goals.
Mei is grateful for and loved the rigorous biblical and theological training at DTS. Besides her specialties in depression and anxiety, cross-cultural and cross-generational counseling, she enjoys providing faith-based counseling too, incorporating biblical perspective and inspiration and dealing with doubts and other spiritual challenges. She also serves part-time as an in-house counselor at Dallas Chinese Bible Church. Mei can counsel in both 中文(國語) Mandarin and English.
In her spare time, Mei volunteers at Real Options, a non-profit empowering clients to make informed choices when faced with an unplanned pregnancy, and Someone Cares, a ministry for post-abortion restoration. For respite, she loves exploring the woods and listening to the sounds of nature, especially where there is water. She recently discovered and fell in love with the Aussie band, Sons of Korah, and also enjoys eating with friends—especially around a Sichuan hotpot!
程梅出生于四川成都，因父母在條件惡劣的藏區工作，她由成都的外婆帶大。 她從小為了討得身邊親戚的喜歡而學會的察言觀色和她所經歷的一切磨練竟都被上帝贖回使用, 幫助她在研究探討人性和關係上有深刻的洞察力。 從成都到美國, 她做過英語教師、人事部長、電腦程式設計/分析等工作。 她豐富的人生經歷教給了她很多學校裡學不到的知識和經驗。 她的跨文化婚姻和混血兒子帶來的在溝通技巧和應對衝突的能力上的挑戰，給了她不斷學習和成長的機會。 在自己和兒子體會了輔導所帶來的益處後，她更渴望用從中學到的來陪伴、幫助他人。 於是她進入達拉斯神學院學習並獲得聖經輔導碩士學位。 她擅長精神/心理疾病(抑鬱症、焦慮症等)輔導和跨文化、跨代輔導，也很樂意輔導在信仰上疑惑、掙扎的人。 她同時在達城基督徒中國教會兼職家庭/關懷事工的輔導工作。