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English & Mandarin Counseling Services in San Francisco Bay Area

東灣中文心理諮商— How may I help?

Individual TherapyFamily TherapyCouple Therapy

“The good life is a process..
..It is a direction not a destination. ”
—Carl Rogers


Credentials & Trainings

  • Advanced Integrative Five Phase Model level 1& 2 with Renée Emunah 
  • Presenter in NADTA 2019 conference 
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#101610)
  • Registered Drama Therapist (#690)
  • MA in Counseling Psychology, concentration in Drama Therapy, from California Institute of Integral Studies
  • Completion of Gottman Couple Therapy level 1&2
  • Certified Prepare and Enrich facilitator (#1269287)
  • Trained in Expressive Arts Therapy and Strategic Family Therapy

The Therapist


Michelle Chia-Ning Chang 張家寧, MA, RDT, LMFT (#101610)

I’ve been helping people achieve more satisfying relationships with others and oneself since 2012. I help them build healthier boundaries, gain more self-compassion and self-esteem. I work well with adults who grew up with controlling or dismissive caregivers, couples who struggle with infidelity/communication/trust issues, and families with cross-cultural conflicts.

I actively listen, ask questions, suggest activities, and challenge you if it is appropriate and needed. I welcome every emotion and as a queer female-identified Asian therapist, I strive to create a culturally sensitive, social justice informed, passionate, and non-judgemental healing space for you.

Fun Facts
I grew up in Taiwan, moved to California in 2011. I am a mom with a child, 2 dogs (they came with me from Taiwan), and dozens of plants. I travel several times a year to recharge and get inspired by the world.

Free Phone Consultation

Just send me a message through the contact form



I’m honored to provide services
to the LGBTQIA community.

Individual therapy 個人諮商

  • Depression
  • Relationships
  • Boundaries
  • Breakup & Divorce
  • Self-esteem
  • Life transition
  • Identity issues
  • Self-growth
  • Parent-child Relationship

$180/50 Minutes

Couple therapy 伴侶諮商

  • Inefficient Communication Patterns
  • Infidelity/trust issues
  • Life Transitions
  • Cross Cultural Issues
  • Parenthood Related Anxiety and Stress
  • Gottman Couple Therapy Full Assessment 

$270/75 Minutes, $320/90 Minutes

Family therapy 家庭諮商

  • Cross Cultural Issues
  • Inefficient Communication Patterns
  • Life Transitions
  • Parent-child Relationships

$270/75 Minutes, $320/90 Minutes

Relationship Assessment 婚前/婚後培育輔導

Prepare/Enrich is an evidence and strength-based relationship assessment. It has been proven to improve relationship satisfaction and reduce the divorce rate.

  • Pre-marital (Prepare your marriage)
  • Married (Enrich your relationship)
  • Parenting

$280/90 Minutes, 4-8 Sessions

Free Phone Consultation

Just send me a message through the contact form


Michelle is a skillful, creative and compassionate therapist who provides a safe and courageous space in which to process all kinds of issues and explore new territories. Her drama therapy orientation ensures that her sessions are dynamic and often enlivening and fun. She is also my first choice to refer for couples and parenting issues, since she is passionate about couples therapy and parenting, and she really walks her own talk. Don’t be fooled by how youthful she looks: she is an adept therapist able to skillfully navigate complex issues and create positive change.

Michelle Chang is a highly skilled, compassionate clinician.  Great with couples, families, and individuals, she uses drama and expressive arts therapies and other cutting-edge approaches that get at the heart of the problem effectively yet gently.  Michelle’s a wonderful person to work with around issues of communication, assertiveness, boundaries, and healthy intimacy. I highly recommend her!

Jessica Engle, MFT, RDT, The founder of Engle Center

Having worked closely with Michelle, I’ve known her to be an astute, engaging, and culturally-responsive clinician. She has a deep understanding of relational dynamics which she applies toward respectful, reparative counsel with individuals, couples, and families. She is committed to the well-being of her clients, providing therapeutic techniques that foster interpersonal connection and healing. I continue to refer clients to her, confident in her abilities and experience.

Doug Ronning, LMFT #51086, RDT-BCT



Is everything kept confidential?

Yes! there are only a few exceptions, including court orders, current child/elder abuse, or If I believe one is in imminent danger to others or self.

What is your rate?

Please take advantage of a free 15 minutes phone consultation, send me a message to get started!


  • Individual  $180/50 Minutes
  • Couple & Family $270/75 Minutes or $320/90 Minutes
  • Prepare/Enrich program for premarital/marital assessment $280/90 Minutes
  • I do have few sliding scale spots, please contact me for more information

Do you take insurance?

I don’t accept any insurance, but I can provide a receipt which you may submit to your insurance company and get reimbursed. (Please contact your insurance company prior the session.)



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