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Lydia Shen

Counselor in Richardson Texas Lydia Shen
Lydia Shen
LPC-Associate.
Supervised by Ly Tran, LPC-S
Richardson & Frisco
Specialties: Anger Management, Anxiety Disorders, Couples Counseling, Depression

Getting to know Lydia

Growing up in a culture where emotions were not permitted much less discussed, Lydia felt something was missing.  She did not know how to articulate it at the time so she coped by playing the role of daughter, sister, and student as perfectly as possible.  Everything appeared okay on the outside but on the inside, she knew she was losing her sense of self.  By eventually finding the words to identify her feelings, Lydia was able to start the path towards freedom.

Lydia completed a master’s degree in cognitive neuroscience and nearly entered a PhD program in the same field while living in Beijing.  When she moved to Dallas, her path was redirected to pursuing biblical counseling at Dallas Theological Seminary.  Her time in the program quickly confirmed a deep-seated passion to become a counselor.  Working directly with people aligned much closer to her goals and desires than working in a lab and analyzing data.

Helping Clients Discover the Best Version of Themselves

It is important for Lydia to create a safe place for her clients to pause and reflect on circumstances, patterns and motivations in their lives. She thinks of therapy as a client’s opportunity to be heard, understood and accepted.  The real power to change can happen through the relief of emotional distress, insight into feelings, thoughts, and behaviors, regaining hope for the future and so much more.  She believes that needing time and space to sort through things is not being weak; sometimes that’s just what it takes to be the best version of oneself.   

Lydia has successfully worked with women of all ages including teenagers and college students. She specializes in depression, anxiety, life transition, trauma, grief and relationship issues.  Her expertise extends to working with couples, and she enjoys helping them reconnect and rekindle lost love.  Her background as an international student shapes her unique ability to help individuals, couples and families through cross-cultural challenges.

Lydia has been married to her wonderful husband Leon for more than 7 years, and they have 2 children, with one on the way!  When she is not counseling, Lydia loves to explore different places to hike and bike with family and friends.  She also enjoys jogging, swimming and simply soaking in nature. 

申秋鸽的简介

申秋鸽从小成长的文化中是不“允许”有情绪的,那就更不鼓励讨论这类的话题就了。她感觉到生活中缺点儿什么,但那时候并不知道如何表达。因此就像周围人一样:努力做好学生,好女儿等等。表面上看起来生活一切正常,但在内心深处,她知道自己在失去自我。后来终于在学习如何表达和处理自己的情绪的过程中开始找到真正的自由。
申秋鸽在北师大取得认知神经科学的硕士学位,并计划赴美留学开始同一领域的博士学位。但感恩的是,事情并没有按计划发生:结果是她去了达拉斯神学院并在那了完成了以圣经为基础的心理辅导硕士学位。在学校的学习和后来的实习很快就确认了她内心深处做一名咨询师的热情:与做实验,数据分析和写论文相比,在咨询室里帮助来访者的她更是找到了真正的自己。

帮助来访者找到最佳版本的自己

申秋鸽很擅长在咨询室里给她的来访者创造一个安全和保密的环境:暂停生活中的压力, 反思他们所处的境况,行为模式和动机。 她认为咨询很重要的一方面是给来访者一个被倾听,理解和接纳的机会; 而在这样的安全环境中蕴藏着很宝贵的可能性:痛苦情绪得以释放,对自己的情绪,想法和行为的理解,重新获得喜乐,平安和对未来的盼望等等。

需要时间和空间来理清自己的思绪,退一步来思考生活,并非软弱的表现。有时候这正是我们成为最好的自己,情侣/夫妇的必经之路。我很期待与您见面,并在这旅程上支持和帮助您。
在过去的这些年里,申秋鸽帮助过很多各样年龄的女性(包括大学生,青少年,妈妈,和年长女性)来克服她们的焦虑,抑郁,人生新阶段的适应,创伤,悲痛和关系问题。她也很擅长婚姻辅导:帮助夫妇们解决冲突,建立亲密关系,重新点燃他们对彼此的爱。另外,最初以国际学生的身份来到美国的经历也让他更加理解在移民过程中遇到问题的个人和家庭,并帮助他们克服在多员文化环境中生活的挑战。

申秋鸽和她的丈夫2013年结婚,有两个宝贵的孩子(第三个快要出生)。在她不做咨询的时候,她喜欢与家人和朋友一起探索不同的地点去骑车和散步,她也很享受慢跑,游泳和享受大自然。