Shuya Dai, LGPC

Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor

I am a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC) in Washington, D.C and a board-certified counselor (NCC). I have a Bachelor’s in Psychology from University of Washington and a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The George Washington University.

I have experience working with adolescents and adults in both community-based and college counseling center settings. I provide individual and group counseling for various topics including mood disorders, anxiety, sociocultural issues (bicultural/multicultural concerns, acculturation stress), unprocessed loss and grief, family conflicts, and interpersonal relationships. I provide career counseling to students and alumni regarding their concerns in career exploration and personal growth at Cawley Career Education Center at Georgetown University. I also have experiences advocating and working with individuals with marginalized identity, such as international students, immigrants, racial/ethnic and gender minorities. With my own cross-cultural backgrounds, I stay humble and curious about learning different cultures and working with diverse populations. I am fluent in both English and Mandarin.

My counseling style mainly integrates person-centered, cognitive behavior therapy and multicultural therapy. When working with different clients and different issues, I also actively personalize my approaches and incorporate elements or interventions from various career counseling theories, solution-focused brief therapy, motivational interviewing and Bowen’s family system theory.

I see myself as a fellow traveler of my clients, joining the client’s journey towards their own goal. It is a privilege and I strive to provide culturally competent care and honor my clients’ unique backgrounds, identities and cultures. I believe in building a compassionate, non-judgmental and genuine therapeutic relationship with my clients, so that they can feel respected, heard, and validated. We will collaboratively identify issues, make plans and take actions for attainable and practical goals. I often utilize a strength-based approach to empower my clients to discover the good within them, increase their self-efficacy and work through life’s challenges. My goal is to create a safe and warm space conducive to self-exploration, healing, growth, and fulfillment. I believe that we will eventually let go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embrace who we really are, living a more prosperous and fully authentic life.

My specialty areas and areas I have experience are:
○ Anxiety and stress management
○ Mood Disorders (Depression, Dysthymia)
○ Acculturation Concerns
○ Career Exploration
○ Self-Esteem
○ Life Transitions
○ Sociocultural Concerns
○ Career Counseling
○ Interpersonal Relationship Issues
○ Family Conflict
○ Academic and Career Stress
○ Crisis Intervention