Caroliina Ying, M.Ed.
Clinical work supervised by Santana Simple, M.S., LPC
- Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Texas A&M University (in-progress)
- M.Ed., Educational Psychology, Texas A&M University
- B.A., Biology, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Approach to Therapy and Professional Interests
As someone who has moved around several times throughout her life, my cultural background and identity is difficult to capture in just a few words. Partly due to these personal experiences, in my counseling work I aim to understand my clients holistically within their context. I believe in collaborating with clients in setting goals, which include both long-term ones and the short-term steps to reach those dreams. I enjoy helping clients reframe situations, create alternative solutions, and celebrate their progress forward. I also value the importance of psychoeducation and breaking down ideas to a relatable level. My therapeutic work integrates multiple approaches, particularly drawing on principles from positive psychology, interpersonal psychotherapy, and solution-focused brief counseling.
Personal Statement on Diversity and Social Justice
I believe that all people should be treated with respect because of the intrinsic value there is in being human and in being alive.
Approach to Supervision
As a counselor-in-training, my approach to supervision has changed as I worked with different supervisors. One of the most important lessons I learned was to proactively ask my supervisors to clarify their expectations and to check-in with them about my progress. This shift in approach has improved my supervision experiences because now I can ask my supervisor for specific ways to improve rather than trying to guess what they want to see. This could mean asking my supervisor to model certain techniques, to conceptualize cases together, or to give me specific resources. Fundamentally, though, effective supervisors are supportive, clear, and collaborative. They genuinely desire to help you grow, which they demonstrate by identifying what you are doing well and what your strengths are. When they see your weaknesses, they help you identify ways to improve and provide this feedback early enough so that you have time to practice.
In my time off, some pastimes I enjoy include singing, Sudoku, reading, and catching up with friends.