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Telehealth Psychotherapy and EMDR trauma therapy for adults in Illinois. 

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Therapist in Chicago for adults, psychotherapy, mental health therapy, art therapist in Chicago Illinois, psychotherapist in illinois, counselor in illinois

You may have experienced significant changes in your life, have endured trauma, and are doing your best to manage both life's demands and what had happened to you. Due to anxiety, depression, or impacts on your mental health, you may find it difficult sometimes as the influence of your changed environments, sense of self, and relationships compete for your emotional attention.





You may have been to therapy before, but continue searching for a more profound recognition and connection of your experiences. You may have immediate concerns you are looking to resolve but cannot shake the burden of long-standing issues.



Coming into therapy with me means I will help you find relief for what's currently interfering with your life and what has happened in the past that continue to seek resolution. The therapeutic relationship we will establish together models a healthy relationship: consistent, safe, and authentic. You may find an environment where you can discover a healthier and truer self. We will connect through reflection, asking new questions, and some humor.  

My name is Shan Ru Lin and I am a EMDR trained therapist, registered and board-certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC) and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). I have over 15 years of clinical experiences providing mental health services for adults of diverse mental health issues and diagnosis. My areas of expertise include helping adults find relieve around anxiety and depression, navigate issues related to work and personal life, trauma, gender-based issues, complicated family histories, oppression, and cross-cultural issues. 


My clinical practice focuses on adults who have experienced significant changes such as relocation, challenges with acculturation, racial / ethnic identity, natinoality, relationship changes, and adjustment issues. Some of these issues compound with intergenerational complexities and, sometimes, inter-generational trauma. 

I use EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy) to help address issues related to flashbacks, panic attacks, anxiety, avoidance, and other trauma related issue that can be brought on by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD. 

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. 


In addition to psychotherapy, I offer ATR supervision for trainees and practitioners both in art therapy and counseling and with credentialing. I am a faculty member of counseling and art therapy graduate programs across the country. Currently, I am a field supervisor, academic supervisor, and post-master supervisor for young clinicians at the beginning of their professional development. I really love education and help expand people's mind, so outside of my clinical practice I also provide continuing education for other clinicians for their licensure. 


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

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What I will offer you:

Hi There! My name is Shan! (pronounced Shawn)

Areas of Expertise


Childhood trauma





Racial Identity


Sexual assault

Sexual abuse



  • Bisexual

  • LGBTQ+

  • Lesbian


Client Focus


  • Adults


  • Individuals

Treatment Approach

  • Attachment-based

  • Art Therapy

  • Psychodynamic

  • EMDR

  • Trauma Focused


EMDR Consulting, EMDR level 1 training, 2023

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: 15 Years

  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor: Illinois / 180.011473


Additional Credentials 

  • Board Certified Art Therapist #14-121

  • Certified Art Therapy Supervisor #14-121

  • Certified Sexual Assault Counselor (2009)



Private Pay only

$175 for individual therapy, $75/ member in group therapy

I offer a sliding scale based on the client's specific situation. 


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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