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Shanni Liang Psychotherapy, LCSW

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Shanni Liang works with people facing a variety of life challenges, including immigration, adjustment, identity issues, depression, anxiety, family conflict, career transition, and trauma. She uses EMDR as well as other supportive approaches, including psychodynamic, CBT, and trauma-focused. She specializes in students, Asian American issues, young women, and adolescents.

Specialties
  • Grief and Loss
  • Life Transitions
  • Personal Growth and Self-Esteem
  • General relationship challenges (family, friends, co-workers)
  • Race and Ethnicity
Finances
  • $ $ $ $ $
    $80-140
  • Sliding Scale
    A sliding scale is a range of out of pocket fees that providers accept based on financial need.
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Cigna
  • UMR
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Out-of-pocket
Licensed in
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  • New Jersey
  • New York
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“I am dedicated and committed to destigmatizing mental health in the Chinese communities and providing representation, competent care, and accessibility to others.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
This is my first career; I have always had a heart for the Asian American community and mental health. Growing up as a Chinese American, I was told by my family that I was too "sensitive" but now I realize that this is a strength. There is a lot of stigma and shame regarding mental health, especially in the Asian community. My vision is to provide representation, access to mental health services, and resources to vulnerable communities. Besides providing services, I desire to be the most competent mental health provider so I went back to school for three years at a psychoanalytic institute. I also have an interest in trauma and have completed eye movement desensitization reprocessing training (EMDR). I am dedicated and committed to destigmatizing mental health in the Chinese communities and providing representation, competent care, and accessibility to others. I currently accept insurance.
What should someone know about working with you?
Working with me is a conversation. During the first session, I learn more about you and listen to your story. I see myself as a "collector of stories" and a detective who aims to make sense of the things in your life that are confusing. I offer a safe and warm space for you to process your loss and therapy with me involves learning and knowing your authentic self better. We will work on understanding and freeing up your conflicts so you have more space for love and work (as Freud said). I also provide direct approaches, such as mindfulness, access to resources, visualization, coping exercises, and EMDR when appropriate for trauma work and if you are ready.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
My upbringing and life experiences provide me with the ability to see things through a bicultural lens. My social work training allows me to discuss and address with you how racism and oppression have affected your mental health and your sense of belonging in this world.
“I offer a safe and warm space for you to process your loss and therapy with me involves learning and knowing your authentic self better.”