Dr. Lina Liw, Ph.D.
Lina Liw, Ph.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Virginia, USA.
She was born and raised in Korea and she lived in the USA for her education and work. Dr. Liw received master’s and doctorate (Ph.D) degrees in Counseling Psychology from Purdue University in Indiana, which is accredited by American Psychological Association (APA). She completed an APA-accredited internship at the American University Counseling Center in Washington D.C. She also earned a master’s degree in Social and Cultural Psychology at Korea University and bachelor’s degree from Handong Global University in South Korea. Prior to joining Seoul Counseling Center, Dr. Liw worked at college counseling, community mental health, hospital, and private settings, providing individual therapy, assessments, crisis intervention, and group therapy.
Dr. Liw provides a warm and genuine environment in which a client feels safe and a relationship of trust can be established. She believes that in a safe and nonjudgmental space, clients can gain insight and change occurs. Dr. Liw is passionate about helping clients not only solve their presenting concerns, but also thrive in a meaningful life through growth with hope.
She helps clients navigate their needs, values, and goals and provides research-proven interventions to achieve each client’s goals. In this process, Dr. Liw seeks to empower each client and focus on their strengths. Her approach to clinical work is integrative and primarily grounded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Brief Psychodynamic, and acceptance-based approaches, with social justice and multicultural perspectives. Dr. Liw provides short and long-term therapy, depending on the client’s needs and goals.
Dr. Liw works with children, adolescents, and adults coping with depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, life stressors, life transitions and adjustments, academic and work-related concerns, grief/loss, and traumatic experiences. She provides culturally sensitive treatment for people of color, second generation individuals, and international students in their acculturation process and identity development.
- Adjustment Stress
- Alcohol / Substance Abuse
- Anxiety / Panic Attacks
- Bipolar Disorders
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Career Counseling
- Couples Therapy
- Eating Disorders
- Family Conflict
- Gender Identity / LGBTQ+
- Parenting Stress
- Self Esteem
- Sex & Sexuality
- Social Skills & Peer Relationships
- Trauma / PTSD
- Seoul (Sinsa)
I enjoy spending time with family and friends. Playing the piano is one of the best self-care for me. I have visited many countries and I would like to do more in the future!
- PhD: Purdue University (2020, Counseling Psychology)
- MA: Purdue University (2015, Counseling Psychology)
- MA: Korea University (2012, Social and Cultural Psychology)
- BS: Handong Global University (2006, Management, Counseling Psychology)
U.S. Licensed Clinical Psychologist (VA, USA; LCP#0810007269)
Liw, L., & Ciftci, A. (2020). Acculturative Stress, Culturally Relevant Coping, and Well-Being among East Asian International Students. Poster presented at the 128th Annual American Psychological Association Convention in Washington, D.C.
Liw, L., Ciftci, A., & Kim, T. (2020). Cultural Values, Shame and Guilt, and Expressive Suppression as Predictors of Depression. Poster presented at the 128th Annual American Psychological Association Convention in Washington, D.C.
Oh, J., Liw, L., Cho, H. J., & Ma, T. (2020). Content Analysis of Counseling Psychology research for North Korean Refugees. Poster presented at the 128th Annual American Psychological Association Convention in Washington, D.C.
Liw, L., & Ciftci, A. (2017). Experiences of International Graduate Students: Recommendations for Relevant Mental Health Services and Future Research. Poster presented at the 10th Biennial National Multicultural Conference & Summit in Portland, OR.
Liw, L., & Han, S.Y. (2015). Coping as a Mediator and Moderator Between Self-Discrepancies and Psychological Distress. Poster presented at the 123th Annual American Psychological Association Convention in Toronto, Canada.
Liw, L., & Ciftci, A. (2015). Is Emotional Suppression not associated with Negative Affects for Asians? The Role of Shame and Guilt. Poster presented at the 29th Annual Great Lakes Regional Counseling Psychology Conference in Muncie, IN.
Kim, H., Liw, L., Yoon, S., & Hur, H. (2011). Cognitive Dissonance and Importance of the Attitudes. Poster presented at the 9th Biennial Conference of the Asian Association of Social Psychology in Kunming, China.
Kim, H. J., Shin, S., & Liw, L. (2009). Mental health status of Pashtun women in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Paper presented at the 117th Annual American Psychological Association Convention in Toronto, Canada.
Liw, L., & Ciftci, A. (Under Review). Roles of Perseverance and Meaning-focused Coping in the Relationship between Acculturative Stress and Subjective Well-being
Liw, L., Oh, J., Jo, H., & Ma, T. (Under Review). Content Analysis of Counseling Psychology research for North Korean Refugees.
Liw, L., Ciftci, A., & Kim, T. (Under Review). Cultural Values, Shame and Guilt, and Expressive Suppression as Predictors of Depression.
Liw, L., & Han, S. Y. (2020). Coping as a Moderator of Self-Discrepancies and Psychological Distress. Counseling Psychology Quarterly, 1-19.
Kim, Y. H., Liw, L., & Han, S. Y. (2012). The Way of the Increase in Helping Behavior: The Effects of Empathy and Fairness on Intention for Helping Behavior. Korean Journal of Psychological and Social Issues. 18, 349-366.
Shin, S. M., Kim, H. J., Liw, L., & Kim, S. (2009). Depression and PTSD in Pashtun Women in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Asian Nursing Research, 3, 90-98.