Meet our Counselors

 

Carrie Jones

is the Director of Counseling for Shanghai Community Center. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker from the state of Texas, USA. She has a Master's Degree in Social Work from Baylor University. In Texas, she worked in a number of settings including a family counseling center, a substance abuse center, and several schools, and has also worked in an international school here in Shanghai.

Carrie specializes in working with children and adolescents, but also is available to work with adults on a broad range of issues including cultural adjustment and transition, family and relationship issues, grief and loss, substance abuse, anxiety, stress, depression, and mental illness. Carrie has experience in working with both adults and adolescents struggling with eating disorders, and is a firm believer in family-based therapy. She is also dedicated to helping couples improve their relationships, and has experience in marriage and couples counseling. In addition to individual and family counseling, Carrie also has experience in leading support groups, crisis and trauma intervention.

Carrie is available to counsel at the Community Center Shanghai Pudong Center. For more information about Carrie and her counseling style, please visit www.shanghaicounselor.net.  Language:  English.

Summer Availability:  Carrie will be away in July.

Scott Shen

is a Licensed Social Worker who grew up in Shanghai and who spent several years in Ohio for graduate school and employment. He has a Masters Degree in Social Work from Ohio State University and has worked with children, adolescents, and their families through several counseling agencies. Scott has extensive experience in individual and family therapy, dealing with a broad range of issues including attention deficit, hyperactivity, defiance, depression, anger management, grief and loss, stress, self-esteem and family relationship issues. Scott understands that various issues and difficulties do not define clients and that each individual or family has their own set of unique strengths and resources. This knowledge helps Scott aid clients in addressing their issues and in finding solutions together with them. He appreciates the differences between cultures and understands that living in a cross-cultural environment impacts every aspect of an individual's life and family dynamics. Scott focuses on the use of mindfulness techniques and other client-centered psychotherapy models to assist his clients in addressing the stress they encounter daily.


Scott is available at both Community Center Shanghai Hongqiao and Pudong Centers during the evenings and weekends, and at the Downtown Counseling Center in Puxi.  Languages:  Mandarin, English, Shanghainese.

Summer Availability:  Scott is available all summer.

Linda Confalonieri, PhD

is an Italian psychologist with a Master's Degree in Psychology from the Catholic University of Milan (Italy) and a Doctorate Degree (PhD) in General Psychology from the University of Milan-Bicocca where she worked on cognitive and intercultural psychology research projects. For two years, she lived in the U.S. as a visiting Research Scholar in the Department of Psychology of Emory University of Atlanta, Georgia, working on National Institute of Health projects. Linda has several years of clinical training and work experience in Italy and the U.S. in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).

She is an expert in treating adults with anxiety, depression, personality disorders, and eating disorders. She also works with people experiencing problems related to cultural adjustment, relational difficulties, procrastination, perfectionism, impulsive and obsessive-compulsive behaviors, stress management, and low self-esteem. While flexibly adjusting protocols to each individual’s life experience, Linda strongly believes in scientific evidence-based treatments within the branch of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Her milestones for effective interventions are validating the individual’s emotions and thoughts, working together toward shared goals, and considering the psychologist as expert in his/her field and the client as the expert of him/herself.

Linda is available Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 a.m. - 2.30 pm at Community Center Shanghai Hongqiao Center.  Languages: Italian and English.

Summer Availability:  Linda will be away June 20 through the end of August.

Sophie Westwood, PsychD

Dr. Westwood is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and registered with the UK Health & Professions Care Council (HCPC). She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Birmingham and began her career in mental health services by supporting people with severe and enduring mental health difficulties and people with intellectual disability in London. Following this, she provided a range of individual and group low-intensity Cognitive-Behavioural interventions as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner for people experiencing difficulties with depression and anxiety. Alongside this, she gained a post-graduate certificate in evidence-based psychological treatments at the University of Reading. Sophie completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Surrey and conducted a piece of research investigating factors affecting stress and burnout in the workplace. She has worked with children, young people and their families in community mental health services, including an ‘early intervention for psychosis’ service. Her adult work has included practice in a memory assessment clinic; a community mental health team for people with intellectual disability; a community mental health recovery service for working age adults and a primary mental health care service for adults. She incorporates a range of evidence-based therapeutic approaches such as Counselling and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, to working with people across the lifespan according to the nature of their difficulties.

Dr. Westwood is currently offering individual adult therapy appointments at the Downtown Counseling Center in Puxi on Tuesday afternoons and evenings from 3pm through to 8pm. Language: English.

Summer Availability:  Sophie will be away the last two weeks of June.

 

Felice Soo, Clinical PsyD

Dr. Soo earned her Master's and Doctor of Psychology degrees in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University (AIU). She completed training rotations at Christian Action (working with immigrants, refugees, and the less-privileged), KELY Support (working with adolescents and students), and St. John Cathedral Counselling Center in Hong Kong, as well as the Tan Tock Seng Hospital in Singapore. She is a certified and licensed practitioner in Singapore with the Association of Psychotherapist and Counsellors Singapore (APACS). She is also a registered member of American Psychological Association (APA), a registered clinical psychologist of Hong Kong Association of Doctors in Clinical Psychology (HKADCP) and a Clinical Member of Shanghai International Mental Health Association (SIMHA). She has an international background and more than 5 years of clinical experience working with diverse populations, including expats from the U.S., Canada, Australia, and UK as well as residents from Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Indonesia, and the Philippines. She works with adults and LGBT individuals and her expertise is in areas of grief, depression-anxiety disorder, trauma, psychosomatic issues, domestic violence, and interpersonal issues. Her primary approach is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and she also utilizes postmodern collaborative approaches such as solution-focused therapy, mindfulness-based approaches, and positive psychology to best meet the needs of clients.  

 

 Dr. Soo offers individual adult therapy appointments at the Downtown Counseling Center in Puxi and Community Center Shanghai Pudong Center. She is available Tuesday through Friday 10a.m. to 5p.m. and two Saturdays of the month. Languages: English and Mandarin 

 

 Summer Availability: Dr. Soo is away during July.

 

Wendy Li

is a licensed counseling psychologist from Taiwan. She has a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Massachusetts Boston, USA and has worked in many settings including hospitals, day treatment programs, and mental health associations.  Wendy has several years of professional experience in a university student counseling center and also working with children and adolescents in schools. Her primary approach is narrative therapy and she also utilizes a postmodern collaborative approach, solution-focused therapy, and positive psychology to best meet the needs of clients. 

Wendy is available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., and and Monday through Thursday, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m., at the Downtown Counseling Center and also at the Community Center Shanghai Pudong.  Languages:  Mandarin and English.

Summer Availability:  Wendy is available all summer.

Theresa Decker

is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist from Chicago, IL, USA and holds a Master of Arts in Family Counseling from Northeastern Illinois University. She works with couples, families, and individual adults.  Theresa views clients from family-systems and developmental perspectives. Her experience in couples counseling ranges from pre-marital counseling and adjustment issues, to recovering from infidelity. In addition to helping families with adjustment, behavioral, and school-based issues, she is knowlegeable in assisting families with grief and trauma, chronic medical and emotional issues, and adoption issues. Theresa also see adults with depression, anxiety, adjustment concerns, and the desire for personal growth. Theresa's approach varies based on the client situation and goals. She is influenced by emotionally-focused couples therapy, solution-focused and strategic therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy.

Theresa is married and the mother of six grown children. She at one time worked as an electrical engineer and holds a B.S.E.E from Northwestern University. 

Theresa is available to see clients at the Downtown Counseling Center in Puxi.  Language: English.

Summer Availability:  Theresa is away June 24 - July 31.

 

Hifumi Ohnishi, Ph.D.

is a licensed psychologist (Michigan, USA) with 15 years of counseling experience.  She earned her Ph.D degree in counseling psychology with a specialization in multicultural counseling from University of Connecticut, USA.  

Dr. Ohnishi’s theoretical orientation is an integration of multicultural, psychodynamic, and humanistic perspectives.  She is a native of Japan and worked at a mental health center and university counseling centers in the USA. She provides individual and couple counseling for adults from international backgrounds. Her expertise is in the areas of cross-cultural relationships, cultural transition, relationship problems, LGBTQ concerns, career, depression, mood, anxiety, and adjustment issues including clinical assessment and diagnosis.  

Dr. Ohnishi is available to see clients on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at the downtown counseling center in Puxi. Languages: English and Japanese.

Summer Availability:  Hifumi is available all summer.

Javiera Rébora

is a psychologist from Chile with a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from Andres Bello University. She has worked in a private clinical practice in Chile, at the National Family Center, and also as a kindergarten counselor and psychologistSpecializing in depression, anxiety, self-esteem and identity, grief and loss, and stress, Javiera works with both adults and adolescents. Javiera also does child therapy, including psychodiagnostic work, play therapy, verbal therapy, parental counselling, helping children with school refusal, and managing emotions, conflicts, and struggles. She also helps clients of all ages facing cultural adjustments and transitional difficulties.  Javiera's primary way of thinking about her clients is from a psychodynamic approach (psychoanalytically oriented), which focuses on the unconscious processes that influence one's way of thinking and behaving. For each case, she adapts and implements various psychological techniques that best suit her client’s needs.

Javiera is available Monday through Friday at both the Community Center Shanghai Pudong and Hongqiao Centers, and at the Downtown Counseling Center in Puxi. Currently she is only available to work with Spanish speaking clients.

Summer Availability:  Javiera will be available all summer.

Dr John K. Miller

works as a professor of therapy in the US and China and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the US.  He has been working in China for the past 10 years.  He has been in clinical practice for the past 25 years, specializing in couples and family therapy as well as individual therapy.  His philosophy and approach to treatment considers the context in which problems occur and the relationships between the people involved.  With this in mind, he will occasionally ask for family and significant others to participate in treatment (only with your consent).  This therapy embraces a “wellness” approach to treatment, and encourages clients to explore existing strengths and resources.  Dr. Miller earned his Ph.D. in Child and Family Development with a specialization in Family Therapy from Virginia Tech.  He also holds a MA in Family Therapy from the University of Louisiana, as well as a BA in Psychology.  This education included coursework on couples therapy, family and child relationships, human sexuality, psychopathology, adult and child development, hypnosis, group psychotherapy, systems theory, and substance abuse counseling.  He is a former US Fulbright Senior Research Scholar to China (2009-2010), former Research Associate of the Mental Research Institute (MRI), a former president of the Oregon Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (OAMFT) and a Clinical Member of the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA), the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), and the International Family Therapy Association (IFTA).  He has served on the Board of Directors of the AAMFT, as well as other leadership positions in the US.  Dr. Miller is also an Approved Supervisor (AAMFT), supervising other therapists’ clinical work leading to licensure.  Dr. Miller is available to see clients and clinical supervisees at the Downtown Counseling Center in Puxi.  Language: English 

Summer Availability:  Dr. Miller is available all summer.

Sharon Lui

comes from the United States and holds a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Bethel Seminary San Diego. She has completed certificate courses in PREPARE/ENRICH for marital and pre-marital counseling. Originally from Hong Kong, she is fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin, and English. Sharon is experienced in working with substance dependence, and anxiety issues.

Sharon is available to counsel at the Community Center Shanghai Hongqiao Center.

Summer Availability:  Sharon will be available after July 1.

 

Leo Lazo

is a Professional Counselor from South Carolina, USA. He holds a Master's degree in Counseling from Columbia International University. Originally from Cuba, Leo grew up in the States and has lived in Shanghai for 18 years. Leo adopts cognitive and behavioral approaches in counseling. He specializes in working with children and adolescents, but is also available to work with adults on a broad range of topics including marital, family, and relationship issues, grief and loss, anxiety, stress, depression, and mental illness.

Leo is available at the Community Center Shanghai Hongqiao Center Tuesday- Fridays evenings beginning at 6:30 pm, Saturday all day, and Sunday from 3:00 - 6:00 pm. Languages:  English and Spanish.

 

Azin Nasseri, PhD.

Dr. Nasseri is a Canadian with a diverse international background and work experience. He completed his Doctoral Studies in Chicago, USA, and has a Masters Degree in Psychology from Switzerland, with a focus and advanced training in Marriage Counseling and Conflict-Free Conflict Resolution (CFCR).  Dr. Nasseri specializes in marriage and family counseling and has over 14 years of experience in clinical psychology. He integrates cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and positive psychology in addressing the mental health needs of his clients.

Dr. Nasseri is available  at the Community Center Shanghai Hongqiao Center.  Language:  English

Dr. Nasseri is not currently accepting new clients.

 

Reena Jain, PhD.

Dr. Reena Jain is a licensed psychologist from India. She has a Doctorate in Psychology with over 17 years of experience in providing consulting services across the spectrum of human behavior, mental health, therapy, assessing & analyzing new ways of adjustment to the ever-changing environment, cognitive growth, human development, stress management, depression, organizational behavior, improvement of learning & memory, motivation & counseling, and yoga and meditation.  Dr. Jain has worked with clients of all ages in hospitals, private practice, schools, and colleges. She has conducted many workshops for teachers, office employees, and students on team building, stress management, and personality development and has extensive experience with adolescent issues including substance abuse, depression, suicidal tendency, relationships, and self-harm.

Dr. Reena has done a wide range of presentations and has publications in national and international books, journals, and conferences.  In 2013, she was a recipient of the Bharat Jyoti Award for excellent work in India.

Dr. Reena offers individual, family, marriage, and group counseling and is available to see clients at the Community Center Shanghai Hongqiao Center, the Downtown Counseling Center, and the Community Center Shaghai Pudong Center.  Languages: English and Hindi.
 
Summer Availability:  Reena will be away June 16 - July 7.

 

 

Lucia Hu

Lucia Hu has a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University (California, USA) and is currently a Professional Member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) possessing a Canadian Certified Counselor (CCC) designation. She is also working towards licensure in California (USA) as a Marriage and Family Therapist. Lucia has been mentoring women for over 10 years and providing counseling since 2012. Lucia has experience with women struggling with cultural adjustment and family conflicts, church and workplace issues, and eating disorders. She has also provided marital and premarital counseling and is a facilitator for the Prepare and Enrich marriage assessment. 

 
Lucia is available on weekdays at the Downtown Counseling Center. Language: English and Mandarin.
 
Summer Availability:  Lucia will be away mid-July through mid-August.

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Drew Fralick

has lived in China for over 10 years and moved to Shanghai in 2009. Since 2012, he has been working at the Shanghai Mental Health Center, China’s largest psychiatric hospital, doing both research and clinical work. Currently, he counsels on an inpatient unit at the Shanghai Mental Health Center providing CBT-based psychotherapy (in Chinese) to clients and family members from all over Shanghai and eastern China. He is also a member of SIMHA, American Counseling Association, and the Canadian Counseling & Psychotherapy Association.

Drew graduated from Palo Alto University (Palo Alto, California, USA) with a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate (State of Washington, USA. License #:MC60620374 ), and Canadian Certified Counselor (Cert #:10001328)

Areas of experience: depression, anxiety, bipolar and schizophrenia, faith issues, cultural adjustment, substance abuse.

Drew is available to see clients at the Downtown Counseling Center.  Languages: English and Mandarin.

Summer Availability:  Drew will be available after August 21.

Stephanie Watters

graduated from the University of Newcastle (Australia) in 2014 with a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons), and is currently completing a Master of Counselling through Monash University (Australia). Steph is an Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society and her honours thesis research on the role of early life events on anxiety and pain was published in the Frontiers in Neuroscience journal.

Steph has worked in a range of mental health settings in Shanghai, and has training and experience in counselling children, adolescents, and adults on a range of concerns including stress, low mood, relationship issues, and learning difficulties. She uses evidence-based approaches such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) in counselling to address client concerns.

Steph is available for individual therapy appointments at Community Center Shanghai Pudong and at the Downtown Counseling Center in Puxi. Language: English.

Summer Availability:  Steph will be available all summer.

 

Evonne Wee

is a Canadian Certified Counselor and a Florida Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern with a Master’s degree in Counseling from Palo Alto University.  

Originally from Singapore, she lived in Los Angeles, California for 14 years before settling down in Shanghai, China. Standing at the confluence of culture from the East and West, she is able to leverage her experience to help clients adapt and thrive cross-culturally. Evonee has worked with diverse client populations for the past 20 years including youth, clients with developmental disabilities, and clients in substance abuse recovery.

Working primarily from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Evonne assists clients facing marriage and family issues, addictions, cultural adjustment, depression and anxiety.

Evonne is available M-F, 9-4, at Community Center Shanghai Hongqiao Center, the Downtown Counseling Center in Puxi and the Community Center Shanghai Pudong Center.  Language:  English, Mandarin.

Summer Availability:  Evonne will be away June 13-20.

Monika van Wyk

Monika is from Germany and holds a Master`s Degree in Psychology from the University of Konstanz (Germany) and is pursuing her Masters of Advanced Studies in Psychotherapy at the University of Bern (Switzerland).  She focuses on cognitive behavioral and interpersonal therapy and also includes methods from other approaches that have been empirically proven to be successful.

Monika offers support to clients experiencing difficult stages in life, anxiety, feelings of sadness and hopelessness, and high levels of stress. Her experience as HR consultant and the research she conducted during her studies in the field of layoff fear and adaptability also help her to understand the growing demands of current work environments, the rising expectations and pressure to achieve that companies exert on their employees, and the resulting effects it may have on employees’ mental and physical well-being as well as on their families.  As an expatriate herself and a mother of young children trying to adapt to a new culture without the comfort of the established social network back home, Monika can relate to the problems and challenges her clients face in daily life and understand the suffering it can cause.

Monika is available to counsel at Community Center Shanghai HongQiao and at the Downtown Counseling Center in Puxi.  Languages:  German, English.

Summer Availability:  Monika will be away July 20 through August 28.

 

Bryce Dann 

is a counseling intern, from Toronto, Canada, currently in the internship phase of his Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling at Palo Alto University (California).

Bryce utilizes an integrative approach of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), positive psychology and family systems, as well as Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples. He sees individuals, as well as couples, and parents with children. 

Having lived in China for 9 years (as of Fall 2016), Bryce is fluent in Mandarin and can see Mandarin-speaking clients. Also, being in a cross-cultural marriage himself (Canadian and Chinese), he has firsthand knowledge and experience in processing challenges in crossed-cultural marriages.

Bryce is available at the Downtown Counseling Center.

Languages: English and Mandarin.

Summer Availability:  Bryce will be away July 1 - the middle of August.

Contact us
Counseling Inquires - Carrie Jones, LCSW
Phone : 136.3631.7474 (Carrie Jones)
Email : counseling@communitycenter.cn
 
 
 
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