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My name is Shan Ru Lin and I am a registered and board-certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC) and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). I have over 12 years of clinical experiences in medical, social service, and educational settings. My areas of expertise include issues related to work and personal life, trauma, women’s issues, complicated family histories, oppression, and cross-cultural issues. 


My clinical practice focuses on adults who have relocated a significant distance from their home, and who have challenges with acculturation, racial identity, and cultural differences. Currently I offer only telehealth with residents in Illinois. 

I assist individuals in addressing clinical issues related to current problems with living, anxiety and depression, cultural shock, loneliness, and difficulty with environmental changes. 


In addition to psychotherapy, I offer supervision for trainees and practitioners both in art therapy and counseling and with credentialing. I am a faculty member of graduate programs across the country, focusing on art therapy and counseling. 


I use art therapy and talk therapy/counseling to help individuals find relief and solutions appropriate for their current stage of life. My therapeutic orientation is psychodynamic, reflective, and insight oriented. My style offers clarity, increased awareness, and client-directed goal setting. 


I am a first-generation immigrant, Asian-American(Taiwanese), Cis-female, with a strong background in Eastern philosophy and Buddhism. 

Areas of Expertise


Adult giftedness




Childhood trauma







Racial Identity




Sexual assault

Sexual abuse


Women’s issues


  • Bisexual

  • LGBTQ+

  • Lesbian


Client Focus


  • Adults


  • Individuals

  • Groups

Treatment Approach

  • Attachment-based

  • Existential

  • Integrative

  • Art Therapy

  • Psychodynamic

  • Relational

  • Trauma Focused


The University of Chicago, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Fellowship, 2020

Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis, Psychodynamic Fellowship, 2019

Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute, Psychodynamic Fellowship, 2018

Drexel University, Master of Arts in Creative Arts in Therapy, 2010



  • Years in Practice: 14 Years

  • License: Illinois / 180.011473


Additional Credentials 

  • Board Certified Art Therapist #14-121

  • Certified Art Therapy Supervisor #14-121

  • Certified Sexual Assault Counselor (2009)





I am an out of network provider for PPO insurance plans. I  do not accept insurance but will provide a super-bill/ invoice statement for you to send to your insurance company for reimbursement. 

I am in compliance with the No Surprise Act and will provide you with a Good Faith Estimate of your fee. The Estimate will reflect the cost of the services you requested at the time when you request for your first appointment. Additional estimates will be available upon request. 



Shan Ru Lin NPI:1689343501

Spring Advisory NPI: 1639848567


Office location:

Currently we are offering Telehealth for Illinois residents only.


Phone: 312-380-1713


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