Bingwan Liu, LCSW + 1
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Are you a young adult (age 18 to 40) struggling with depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, difficulties in relationships and career, or wanting to gain a deeper understanding of yourself? If so, I can be the right therapist for you. I'm a licensed clinical social worker in New York State and a certified field instructor. I'm passionate about working in a way that empowers you to engage your potential and create the life you want fully. I graduated from Columbia Social Work School in 2014 and have practiced psychotherapy since then. I believe our psychological suffering communicates the changes we need to make internally. Using an insight-oriented approach, I help you tune into the unconscious messages, understand your inner struggles, and recognize your wants and desires. This process facilitates a new, compassionate, growth-inducing attitude that frees you to make life choices aligned with your values. To provide the best quality care, I participated in training in Depth Psychology for two years at Jungian Psychoanalytical Association. I continue to study Depth Psychology one-on-one with Dr. Bill Baker and Dr. Mark Winborn. I'm also acquiring body-oriented techniques through training in Somatic Experiencing. At the same time, I'm committed to self-reflection by engaging in intensive personal psychoanalysis, which is complemented by my Zen meditation practice.
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I regard self-reflection as a core value that has informed my approach. A teacher once said that we could not help our clients explore those places we have not explored ourselves as therapists. Thus, I commit to the continuous examination of myself so I can effectively help you create desired changes. I have noticed that a lot of times "self-awareness" stays on an intellectual level as an idea, as though knowing our patterns and complexes is enough. However, genuine self-reflection opens us to being touched by our thoughts, feelings, and choices. I hold and cultivate a reflective space where both you and I can thoroughly experience and understand what goes on in the "here and now". This is a vulnerable yet rewarding process where you can start to bring knowledge of yourself to life and actualize changes in how you relate to yourself and the rest of the world.
Having sat on the patient chair for years in my own psychoanalysis, I'm intimately aware of the discomfort and anxiety evoked by the process of receiving therapy. You can expect an open and empathic space where you can share your experiences, thoughts, feelings, fantasies, dreams, and bodily sensations as much as you feel comfortable. Drawing, painting, collage, or body movement might be used (but not required) to help you access your material. We will sit with your life stories, understand the contexts, identify the central themes, and learn to work through the various relationships and conflicts, all the while I support where you want to go.
I will not assign homework, although I believe therapy happens within and outside of the sessions. Our work is most effective when you tend to your feelings and thought processes regarding our conversations in between sessions.
You can tell you are benefiting from working with me when you suffer fewer symptoms, improve work or school performance, have better relationships, and/or feel empowered to make your own choices in accordance with your values.
I attended Columbia University School of Social Work from 2012-2014 and was educated on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. I participated in training in Depth Psychology at Jungian Psychoanalytic Association from 2019-2021, during which I decided to study individually with Jungian analysts Dr. Bill Baker and Dr. Mark Winborn. The Jungian perspective allows me to help you understand your psychological suffering on a deeper, symbolic level. I'm also receiving training in Somatic Experiencing to gain body-oriented understanding and to help you work through somatic symptoms. In addition, I've been in Zen training with the Mountains and Rivers Order since 2018. This helps me bring mindfulness and meditation to therapy.