My name is Wilene Chang, and I am a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist (LMFT) based in San Jose, California, and working with clients in-person or via telehealth. I work with young adults and the elderly population, specializing in anxiety, stress, life concerns, using Client-Centered Therapy and the Humanistic Approach, allowing clients to make progress and trusting in me to support their concerns.
My approach to therapy varies based on the needs of each client I work with. I most frequently use the Client-Centered and Humanistic approach, meeting clients where they are, emphasizing growth and self-realization, focusing on free will, human potential, and self-discovery.
I have found that my style and approach are a good fit for most adults of various backgrounds, who may be dealing with challenges of life transitions and social pressures. This often takes the form of anxiety, stress, and depression. I work to help my clients navigate these transition periods and to build skills to allow them to feel better about themselves and develop a more positive outlook on life.
My communication style
My communication style is calm, friendly, accommodating, and nonjudgmental. I want my clients to feel comfortable talking with me about anything, and to know that I'm here to listen and be on your side, with respect and understanding.
My journey to mental healthcare
I decided to become a therapist because I have always wanted to help others. I know being in therapy myself has changed my life in many ways as a parent, a teacher, a wife, and as an individual growing up with many challenges. The most rewarding is learning to Be who I am and to be true to myself.
My goals for you
My approach to goal setting with clients is about working together to build rapport and explore what you want to accomplish. It takes time to build trust between us, and get comfortable with what it means to be in therapy. Over time we'll work together to set goals and review your progress.
My first session with you
What you can expect from our first session together is for us to spend most of our time talking about how you've been feeling recently and for me to ask questions to better understand why you may be feeling that way. The first session is about us building a rapport and helping me get a sense of where we should go from there. Everyone is different, and I like to listen and be present with you here and now.