Carrie Elizabeth Lin, MA, LPCC

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Individualized Therapy That Works—With Someone Who Cares

Have you ever been really, truly seen and heard by another person? In my experience, it’s one of the most healing things there is. I’m a naturally caring person, and I have also struggled personally with issues such as depression and anxiety. I really understand what you are going through. I really care that you get better. And I really know what works.

My central approach to therapy is empathy—understanding and reflecting back what you are going through. It never ceases to amaze me how much this helps. However, I also recognize that you may need new skills to resolve your difficulties and feel better on a day-to-day basis. So I also teach a variety of skills tailored to you, based on my advanced training in evidence-based therapies such as cognitive behavior therapy and dialectical behavior therapy.
During each session I focus on you: your challenges, your strengths, your goals. You will leave empowered to make changes that allow you to live a calmer, happier life. You will gain new insights, tools, and resources. And, most important, you will feel like you and your life matter. 

What benefits will I see from therapy with you?

I do my best to help my clients get concrete results. We set goals together, and I help you reach them. Some of the benefits my clients have experienced include:

  • Reduced anxiety and stress
  • Reduced depression
  • Improvement in relationships
  • Increased career satisfaction
  • Increased happiness, joy, and self-esteem
  • Success in reaching career and educational goals
  • Less anger and addictive behaviors
  • More hope and confidence. 

What are sessions like?

In sessions you’ll find a safe, comfortable, and supportive space in which you can:

  • Be heard and understood
  • Gain perspective on your issues so they don’t cause as much difficulty
  • Learn new skills to help with the problems you’re having
  • Get support and encouragement from someone who cares
  • Cope with losses and disappointments
  • Express yourself without judgment. 

What methods or modalities do you use? 

I tailor my approach based on your unique personality and preferences. These are some of the approaches I may use:

  • Cognitive behavior therapy
  • Dialectical behavior therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Art therapy
  • Animal-assisted therapy with a rabbit
  • Career assessment
  • Career coaching
  • Joint sessions with a partner or family member. 

Do you help with my particular issue?

I treat teens and adults with a variety of issues. These are some of my specialty areas:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Stress
  • Career issues
  • Adoption issues
  • Chronic pain
  • Grief and loss
  • Relationship issues
  • Self-esteem
  • Insomnia.

What is your background?

I have over 15 years of experience in psychology, including individual and group counseling, teaching, and research. I have a Master's in Counseling from John F. Kennedy University, a Master's in Personality Psychology from University of British Columbia, and a Bachelor's in Psychology from University of California at Riverside.
I have worked as a vocational rehabilitation and career counselor, behavior coach, undergraduate and graduate college instructor, and behavioral health researcher. I have worked with diverse populations, including individuals with a broad range of disabilities, children and adolescents, and clients within the welfare and other social service systems. My education and experience have given me a deep understanding of how to help people from a wide variety of backgrounds.

Carrie Elizabeth Lin Reaches

San Jose CA