My name is Allie Lin, and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor at Avery Therapy Centre. I collaborate with culturally diverse clients and support them to move toward healing and the changes they desire. I grew up in Taipei, Taiwan, and when I was a teenager, I moved to Vancouver, which I call home now. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from University of British Columbia and a Master’s degree in Counselling from City University of Seattle. I completed two internships in a community counselling clinic as well as in a social service agency. I worked with individuals, couples and families experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma, and relational challenges. In addition, for the past 6 years, I have worked with immigrants to support them in adjusting and managing settlement matters. I am bilingual and speak English and Mandarin fluently.
As a young immigrant woman, I received support when I faced challenges and learned how healing and heartening genuine empathy and understanding could be. I am fascinated by individuals’ potential to develop, grow and become through awareness and contact with oneself and the world. As a counsellor, I feel honoured and privileged when clients choose to share their strength, vulnerability, happiness and sorrow in their lives and the trust bestowed on me. And I find joy in being with the clients in the present and making genuine contact as our authentic selves.
As a counsellor, I intend to bring compassion, openness, curiosity, genuineness and cultural sensitivity to create a warm, safe and non-judgmental space for the clients to heal and change. I aim to utilize awareness and presence as instruments of empowerment for my clients. I invite the clients to make contact with their senses, emotions and thoughts in the present moment to facilitate awareness and acceptance, as I believe healing and change happen when individuals accept and embrace who they are. My therapeutic approach is humanistic, experiential and grounded in Person-Centred, Gestalt, Mindfulness Cognitive Behavioural, and Internal Family System models.
My availability can be found here.
“A person is a fluid process, not a fixed and static entity; a flowing river of change, not a block of solid material; a continually changing constellation of potentialities, not a fixed quantity of traits.” ― Carl R. Rogers
Education and Training
// City University of Seattle
Master of Counselling
// University of British Columbia
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
// Vancouver College of Counsellor Training
Diploma of Professional Counselling
// Vancouver College of Counsellor Training,
Career Exploration and Development Skills
// Gestalt Training with Maecan Campbell
Certificate of Awareness Integration Therapy
// Sanath Training
Certificate of Anti-Racism Response Train-the-Trainer Program
Individual Counselling (50 mins): $140 + GST
Individual Counselling (75 mins): $210 + GST