Linlin Mai is a registered therapist with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. She has a Master’s Degree with a distinction in Person-Centered Experiential Counseling and Psychotherapy Practice from the University of Nottingham. Linlin did a placement in a research clinic in the UK where she worked with adults who experienced anxiety, depression, trauma, and various other issues. She came to Shanghai in 2019 and has been working at Wellington College International Shanghai as a mental health counsellor. From this, Linlin has gained experience working with children and young people from age 3 to 18 on a wide range of issues. She utilizes a combination of talk therapy and play therapy with children and adolescents.
Linlin’s practice is rooted deeply in the person-centred approach that trusts the intrinsic self-actualizing power within every human being. Her therapy approach is not about giving advice, but rather about offering a warm and accepting environment that is safe for exploring difficult experiences. Through these explorations, clients find themselves feeling more in touch with their authentic selves and making decisions that are true to their hearts.
Linlin believes that every person is unique, and she does not expect her clients to be any different from who they are. Her favorite quote is “People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don’t find myself saying, ‘Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner.’ I don’t try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.” – (Carl R. Rogers, A Way of Being)