I am Wen Chi Chien, founder of Zen Institute. I came to America from Taiwan in 1990 to pursue my master's degree in counseling. Within one year, my father died and my husband abandoned me. Three years earlier, my mother died of a stroke. With no children, and no support from my family and friends, I was at a point where there was nothing for me to look forward to. I was suicidal and ready to end my life. Yet part of me was desperate for someone to give me tools, so I could learn how to live with myself.
After meeting with several therapists, and continuing to feel helpless and hopeless, I decided to journal with myself. In the back of my mind, my inner voice was always telling me "Don't give up Wen Chi! You can do this, let me help you!" Even though I had a lot of self-doubt and was feeling hopeless most of the time, that little voice kept me going. That little voice was my conscience, my higher self, the powerful part of me. This is how I developed my signature Inner Twin therapy!
In 1992, one evening while taking a break in the back yard of the group home where I worked, I realized, I am a single woman in a foreign country with no money saved in the bank. I have lost my husband, my parents, and am receiving no support from any of my family or friends. Yet looking at the beautiful sunset, the Sun, the Sky, the Trees and the Earth, I feel connected to all of them! In that moment, I realized that this must be what "whole and complete" feels like! I experienced a deep sense of joy mixed with love and peace. Even though I was totally alone in this world, I didn't need a relationship to make me feel whole and complete. I AM whole and complete! I CAN accomplish anything I want in this world regardless where I am and what I have in my life! I saw myself like a caterpillar breaking out of the cocoon, and becoming a beautiful butterfly, exploring the world with curiosity and total self-confidence!
Twenty years later, here I am, teaching Taoism, and sharing my own stories to help others heal! I'm grateful that I have learned the tools how to create a life that is full of love, peace and joy. To serve the world, I created Zen Institute. Our mission is to provide you the tools to access the amazing power within you! We are committed to providing the highest quality, most innovative and cost effective mental health treatment in the world!
Zen Institute offers a ground-breaking treatment model that consists of four treatment modalities: CBT, DBT, EMDR and Inner Twin therapy. It is different than the traditional kind of psychotherapy, yet it is very powerful. As you go through the process, you will know that you are the one in charge of your life, and you will no longer live in fear nor loneliness. You will be able to feel unshakable inner peace and total self-confidence!
Don't expect a miracle, be the miracle that you are!
Wen Chi Chien, M.A. LPC
CEO, Zen Institute
CEO, Zen Institute