Yi Chen, LMSW, Site Steward
Live your life according to your values. I am an experienced neurobiological and physiological researcher with a Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland Baltimore. An integrative, systemic, and humanistic framework guides my commitment to connect the mind-body-spirit within the context of your life. I help challenge the stigma surrounding mental health as a public speaker with the National Alliance on Mental Illness in the Baltimore Metro area. My community work includes being a co-founder of the Baltimore Chapter of the National Association of Asian American Professionals and a co-builder of a pan-Asian social worker and professional community in Baltimore. My pronouns are she/her/hers.
Racial Trauma, Stress, and Anxiety
As a queer, Chinese, eldest daughter of immigrants, I believe that it is important to hold space for all parts of you, no matter how much hate those parts have internalized, and no matter have much love those parts have been denied. I believe that your personal and ancestral pasts inform your present., but you also have the power to functionally rewrite and close the chapters that are rooted in powerlessness, guilt, fear, and shame, while freeing up the space and energy to curate the meaningful future you deserve.
One of my areas of focus centers around the symptomatic, interpersonal, and physiological manifestations of stress and trauma. This includes things like insomnia, hopelessness, loss of a sense of future, shame and worthlessness, chronic pain, substance abuse, dissociation, self-destructive behavior, loss of sense of self, emotional overwhelm, re-experiencing, panic attacks, generalized anxiety, hypervigilance, digestive issues, mistrust, lack of concentration, gaps in memory, numbing, irritability, depression, and more. My trauma recovery work comes from a compassionate, culturally affirming approach. We will mindfully consider your cultural and personal identities, values, needs, strengths, and experiences at your own pace and time.
Interpersonal Relationships and Attachment
Systems of oppression aid and facilitate disconnection. In our cultivated safe healing space, you are invited to explore, process, and reflect on your relationship and intimacy needs, patterns of behavior, and styles of attachment. Together, we can assist you in willfully approaching your relationships with security, love, and ease.
Harm Reduction, Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health
I work with adults on examining their attachments and relationships with substances, as well as addressing other behavioral health concerns. I utilize a harm reduction, self-deterministic approach, and I believe in the importance of meeting you where you are from a place of compassion.
First Individual Session= $150, Following Sessions=$140
First Family Session= $160, Following Sessions= $150
We collect the full payment and you’ll receive monthly superbills (a special receipt) in case you want to submit to your insurance or FSA for reimbursement. If you have out of network benefits, after reimbursement, your session fee could be $30-$90 out of pocket depending on your plan.
I have a few reduced fee spots. If needed, please ask if one is available when you call or email our office.
I’m currently in process of obtaining my clinical licensure and am supervised by and Victoria Stubbs, LCSW-C.
Please know that any communication or dealing with reimbursement denials are between you and your insurer. You always have the right to appeal denials with them, and request assistance from the MD State Insurance Commissioner. However, we do not become involved in those communications.