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Peihang Li

​She/ Her

Tier I Therapist 

“No feeling is final.” -Rainer Maria Rilke (20th-century German poet)

I believe in the power within each individual, as well as the power of trust and support. I am convinced that everyone possesses their own unique strengths and resilience, regardless of whether they are in favorable or challenging circumstances. I believe that trust and support can provide immense motivation to anyone. I aim to offer my clients warm companionship and walk with them through difficult times. I will guide you in discovering and utilizing your inner resilience by providing personalized therapeutic approaches and tools. Together, we will unlock your potential and empower you to thrive in any situation. No matter what you are going through, I will be here with you, facing challenges together and overcoming them.

I provide services in both English and Mandarin, offering sessions on weekdays and weekends, available both online and in person.

Trust and support are catalysts for unlocking individual resilience and fostering growth through personalized therapeutic approaches.

My Story

After becoming a volunteer at the suicide crisis hotline, I deeply realized how many people need a safe space to be heard. The callers came from diverse backgrounds, including individuals dealing with chronic mental health issues, those in acute distress, and people facing overwhelming life circumstances. Through interactions with some frequent callers, I gradually sensed their inner strength and resilience from their updates. These experiences made me understand that listening can not only provide them with temporary comfort but also help them discover and utilize their potential. In addition to active listening, I developed various skills such as crisis intervention, and emotional support. These skills allowed me to offer more than just a listening ear; I could guide individuals toward coping strategies and professional help.


These experiences inspired me to do more for those in need, leading me to become a mental health counselor. My clinical experience at the crisis hotline can adapt well to my client at Ally. While the clients at Ally may not be as high-risk, they still benefit from a supportive and empathetic environment where they can openly discuss their challenges. My ability to provide a safe, non-judgmental space, combined with my experience in crisis intervention and emotional support, will be instrumental in helping my clients navigate their personal struggles. As a counselor, I am dedicated to listening and using professional psychological knowledge and skills to help my clients find their inner voice. Research has shown that our bodies often react in ways that help us understand our emotions, sometimes remembering experiences that our brains do not. Therefore, I aim to help clients establish a deeper connection with their physical symptoms and emotions. I am equipped to offer tailored support, helping clients uncover their inner strengths and build resilience, ensuring they feel heard and empowered.

Therapeutic Approaches

With the desire to tailor therapy to the unique needs of each client, my therapeutic approach draws from an eclectic blend of therapeutic techniques, including person-centered, strength-based, mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral, and narrative approaches employ a person-centered approach in my therapeutic practice, tailoring my methods to meet each client's unique needs and strengths. Through my volunteer experience on a crisis hotline, I have realized the importance of using a person-centered approach as a foundation. This experience has shown me how crucial it is to understand and address individual needs in a compassionate and effective manner.


In addition to a person-centered approach, I integrate several therapeutic modalities, including Relational Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Mindfulness. I believe that customizing my therapeutic approach based on each client’s needs is essential for effective therapy.


For clients managing somatic and physical symptoms and seeking to promote overall well-being, I incorporate Mindfulness to help them connect more deeply with their bodies. When addressing past experiences and their impacts, I utilize psychodynamics to explore and resolve underlying issues. Relational Therapy assists clients in building healthier relationships, while CBT provides practical strategies for changing negative thought patterns.

Specialties

My specialties include multicultural issues, interpersonal and relationship issues, body image, mood disorders, anxiety, depression, and life adjustment issues. 

Credentials 

  • Supervisor: Huilin Lai, LCSW: R081942

  • Degree: New York University - M.A. of Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness (in process)

  • Degree: New York University - B.S. of Applied Psychology

More About Me

Besides my role as a therapist and my passion for research, I am also a dancer and musician. My journey in dance began when I was just three years old, trained in the delicate and expressive art of traditional Chinese dance. This foundation instilled in me a deep appreciation for the beauty and power of dance.

One transformative moment in my life was when I watched the ballet Don Quixote. I was mesmerized by the character Kitri performed by Nela, swirling passionately in her fiery red dress. That performance ignited a new spark within me, inspiring me to broaden my dance skills by learning ballet. 

As I delved into the world of ballet, I encountered a diverse and vibrant community of fellow dancers. From enthusiastic high school students brimming with youthful energy to spirited women in their seventies who danced with a lifetime of wisdom, each person I met shared a common love for ballet. These experiences underscored the profound connections that can form between people through shared interests and hobbies, connections that I hold dear to my heart. However, I also noticed that many dancers faced psychological issues such as body shaming and struggles with self-image. Their dedication and passion were infectious, yet these issues significantly impacted their mental health. Witnessing these challenges inspired me to address these concerns. 

The artistic pursuits have enriched my life and continue to inspire me in my personal and professional endeavors.

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