Lei Belinda Chen R.C.C. EMDR Therapist
She has Master's degrees in Education and in counselling psychology. Over 18 years working experiences in various countries enriched her knowledge and skills in working with people from broad culture, gender, age, and religion backgrounds. Lei, in particular, is passionate about working with youth ( both domestic and international students, cross middle year to university), and adults.
Counselling, assisting people to reach wholeness, happiness, and learning to take control of own life, is her passion out of her heart, rather than just a career. She spend seven years on the journey to seek joy and peace in her heart and owned her life eventually. During her journey, she experienced the healing power of counselling and acknowledged the inner power of life, she devoted her heart to help her clients find the meaning of life.
There is not a therapy that suits all clients, therefore, Lei integrates therapies that will work best for each client's situation. She is an EMDR therapist (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), also trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Insomnia, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Grief and Bereavement, Mental Health First Aid for Youth, etc. (Click on each therapy for detailed information and targeted mental health issues.) Lei Belinda Chen works with various school districts, RCMP, ICBC. and other service providers on the island.
Her approach is to help find primary distress of the client, that is berried under presenting symptoms/behaviors, and then attend to it, unlearn it, or restructure it with client together.
How long does it take to treat trauma with EMDR?
This is a difficult question to answer as it depends on the number of traumas suffered and whether one has a history of child abuse or neglect. In general, we can say that it will take as few as three sessions, and sometimes as many as 12 or more. This information comes from research summarized below:
Studies have shown that 83-90% of those diagnosed with PTSD no longer met the criteria for the diagnosis after 4-7 sessions of EMDR (Lee et. al, 2002; Rothbaum, 1997).
Others have found significant decrease of a variety of PTSD-related symptoms after only 3-4 sessions (Ironson et. al, 2002; Scheck et. al, 1998; Wilson et. al, 1995).
One study has shown that 77% of sufferers of multiple traumas no longer meet PTSD diagnostic criteria after 12 sessions (Carlson et. al, 1998).
People with histories of childhood abuse or neglect may require more than 12 sessions (Korn & Leeds, 2002; Mayfield & Hyder, 2002; Shapiro, 2001).
She believes that all people have the great potentials and desires of a meaningful life.
She believes in the power that all perople have in themselves and their will power to make changes in life.
She feels grateful to be there with you, assisting you to initiate and complete you journey of healing through counselling.