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Lichao Zhang, BA

Philosophy and Approach

Basic When we are young children, we see puzzles as a relaxing game. When we grow up, our life has become the most complicated and colorful puzzle. Every experience we have becomes a piece of that puzzle. We keep putting new pieces together as we are exploring life and gaining more meaningful experiences. When we process it, we put this piece of the puzzle in the right place. When we are unable to process it and want to avoid recalling that experience, it becomes something we want to throw away. Thus, some puzzle pieces may be missing.  A counseling session provides a chance to regain these missing pieces and put them back in the right position. It is also a process of adding new puzzles as we  gain new ways of coping, new knowledge about ourselves, and new experience of exploring our lives. As a counselor, I provide a safe environment for you to solve the mystery of the puzzle. I will work with you to explore yourself and your life. 

My theoretical orientation is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. My approach to therapy is mindfulness based and I use somatic skills that focus on changing the body’s chemical and tension. I collaborate with the client.  I believe the key for treatment is to help my clients make peace with their feelings and emotions, and to make an active plan of trying new behaviors. I believe in the power of skills training, and I am glad to collaborate with my clients to create a solid treatment plan that leads clients to the new behavior and new skills step by step.

Training and Education

I have volunteered in a crisis clinic in which I handled a wide variety of calls; ranging from issues concerning intimate partner abuse, grief and loss, chemical dependency issues, support of individuals living with chronic mental health challenges. I am also a sexual assault victim advocate, and my job includes providing counseling and referral resources to sexual assault victims in the hospital setting.  

I received my Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of Washington, Seattle. Currently, I am a graduate student in the Professional Mental Health Counseling Addiction Specialization Program at Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. 

What I do when I’m not doing therapy

I like to write fiction, draw pictures, play video games with my friends, and watch TV shows in my spare time. A big part of my life is circled around my dog Iggy. I enjoy walking with Iggy in the park, I like to explore new places with him, and everything just feels different while walking with this cute fluffy poodle mix. Tea stores have been my favorite place to explore, and the dessert store is my second favorite place to see. I am also interested in observing and taking pictures of the classical architecture, traditional clothes, and antiques, which is why I love the museum and the city with rich history and culture. Before the pandemic, I often go outside to meet new friends and socialize with people from different circles and cultural backgrounds. It is always my interest to learn about the various cultures in this world. 


Areas of Focus

  • Sexual assault recovery
  • Diverse populations
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Mindfulness-based approaches
  • Addiction
  • Abuse and trauma
  • Teens and Young Adults

My Promise

As a graduate student in the counseling profession, I am under the authority of the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists, and I will abide by the Code of Ethics. I am under supervision for my graduate practice via my professional mental health program specialization in addiction and I am also supervised by Shea Lowery, MS, LPC, ACS, Clinical Director with Family Ties Counseling Center. If you have any concerns or issues with my services, I encourage you to come to me directly. If you feel uncomfortable with coming to me directly or if you feel the issue has not been resolved adequately, please contact: Shea Lowery, MS, LPC, ACS, Phone: 503-470-7079, Email: [email protected]

You may also contact my Internship Supervisor at Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Counseling and Education if you have discussed concerns with myself or Shea and still need assistance: Dr. Stella Kerl-McClain, Phone: 503-841-0333, Email: [email protected]