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About Us

Healing and Thriving

Welcome to Sunflower Mental Health and Wellbeing, your starting point on the path to personal growth and well-being. Our mission is to provide a warm caring space for individuals to be heard, understood, and nurtured compassionately and unconditionally. We don't just aim to alleviate symptoms to get your life on track; our focus is on supporting each unique person to heal those hidden wounds, rediscover their essential genuine selves and flourish as they were destined to.


At Sunflower Mental Health and Wellbeing, we seamlessly merge insights from psychology and social work to offer a holistic, personalized approach to mental health and well-being. We view mental health conditions from a holistic standpoint, moving beyond the purely pathological perspective. Our aim is to empower every individual on their distinct journey towards personal growth and fulfillment.


We specialize in treating complex mental health issues, such as complex trauma, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), and chronic depression. Additionally, we are equipped to assist you with a range of general mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, stress, anger management, relationship issues, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and life transitions. Our practice draws from a wide array of evidence-based therapy modalities, including Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT).


Sunflower Mental Health and Wellbeing is nourished by the philosophies of both Oriental and Western cultures, delivering a humanistic person-centered therapy. Our genuine care is palpable to all those we work with, and we are passionate about supporting the healing of each unique individual.


We understand that seeking professional mental health support can be daunting and overwhelming. Rest assured, we are here to ensure you feel comfortable and safe throughout your therapeutic healing journey. Together, we will work towards discovering a vital brighter version of yourself at Sunflower Mental Health and Wellbeing. Your well-being journey starts right here.

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About Me


Lijuan Chen

I'm an accredited mental health social worker in Australia and a certified Chinese Psychological Consultant with a strong passion for helping individuals on their unique journey to their well-being. I hold a Master of Social Work degree from Australia and a Master of ART endorsement in China, and I currently practice in both organizational and private settings.


I started psychology study in 2010. After achieving my psychological consultant certificate in China, I immersed myself in two years' psychodynamic  training and practice. Moving to Australia, I was excited to witness how social work discipline expanded the vision on how we perceived and treated mental health issues from a purely psychologically pathological perspective to a broad systematic view. Then I decided to have another two years' Master of Social Work study. Following the completion of my study, I have had around three years' mental health clinician practice in organisations, like Headspace and Links to Wellbeing. Then I decided to put my effort in my private practice. Sunflower Mental Health and Wellbeing came to be part of my life since then.

Years of practice in mental health field is always stirring my passion. Recognized as a psychotherapist with genuine compassion and empathy, I specialize in providing a holistic, person-centered psychological intervention. I draw from a diverse range of therapeutic modalities, including psychodynamic therapy, schema therapy, DBT, ACT, CBT, Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Internal Family System Therapy (IFS), EMDR, Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT), Mindfulness-based CBT, and more.


I have extensive experience working with both youth and adults, addressing a wide spectrum of mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, stress, anger management, PTSD, CPTSD, low self-esteem, BPD, OCD, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, ASD, ADHD, and more. Furthermore, I have received specialized training in psychological hypnosis and am certified by the International Psychological Hypnosis Association (IPHCM).


My professional interests lie in treating C-PTSD, chronic depression, BPD and social anxiety. I firmly believe that the therapeutic relationship is central to effective psychotherapy. Therefore, I integrate elements from various therapeutic approaches to tailor my services to the unique needs of each individual. While I recognize that there is no one-size-fits-all approach, I personally specialize in schema therapy, emotion-focused therapy, and psychodynamic therapy, all of which place a strong emphasis on the therapeutic relationship.


I believe that every individual is unique, with their own life experiences and wisdom. My goal is to nurture personal growth and help individuals flourish as their true selves. As Allen Ginsberg said, "We are all golden sunflowers inside." With proper care and nourishment, we can grow from a seed into a vibrant flower.


Sometimes, all we need is to allow someone to guide us towards the sunshine, helping us reconnect with our powerful, authentic selves. In my spare time, I find solace in meditation, diving, reading, music, and sometimes, just being present in the moment. If you're seeking relaxation, you can explore options like guided meditation, mindful body movement, Chinese Taoism meditation, Tibetan singing bowl sessions, or healing Handpan experiences.


Embrace the opportunity to set yourself free and unlock your full potential. I'm here, eagerly looking forward to the privilege of working with you on your path to well-being.





I.P.H Psychotherapist


(Certified Clinical Trauma Professional)

CCATP ( Certified Anxiety Treatment Professional)

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Story of the Name, Sunflower

I have a profound admiration for flowers, especially sunflowers. Sunflowers are remarkable in their ability to unfailingly turn their faces toward the sun, regardless of the challenges they face. Regardless of your favorite flower, each of us is inherently beautiful. However, when life becomes difficult, the seed of our authentic selves can become obscured or obstructed. Without the proper care and nourishment, we may lose our way in the journey to stand tall and face the sun. I aspire to embody the spirit of a sunflower, radiating a vibrant smile and a colorful presence to brighten your day, helping to unblock your authentic self to flourish. Irrespective of your flower preference, remember that you are born to blossom.


I firmly believe in the inherent self-energy and the wisdom that every individual possesses from birth. My practice is significantly influenced by the principles of Self Psychology and Attachment theory. I hold the conviction that the humanism of a clinician and the quality of the therapeutic relationship far outweigh specific skills. If you are seeking to work with an experienced clinician who genuinely offers compassion and empathy, we warmly invite you to our Sunflower healing harbour.

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