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Derek Li, LPC, NCC

Clinical Psychotherapist

Bilingual English & Mandarin

Executive Cognitive Functioning Certificate

EMDR Trained

Offers telehealth & in-person services in our Bryn Mawr Office

About Derek

“Sleep won’t help when it’s your soul that’s tired.”
Derek is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, dedicated to guiding individuals toward holistic well-being and self-actualization. His journey began with a passion for understanding the intricate workings of the mind, evolving into a commitment to empower individuals on their path to fulfillment.


Working with individuals and families, Derek addresses a spectrum of issues including relationship conflicts, parenting, adjustment difficulties, anxiety, depression, stress, lack of focus/attention, gender identity, sexuality, addiction, and trauma. His expertise extends to aiding military/police personnel, cancer survivors, medical professionals, and individuals in high- expectation fields facing constant scrutiny.

Derek holds an M.Phil.Ed in Professional Counseling from the University of Pennsylvania, complementing his unique foundation as a doctoral-level trainee in molecular and cellular developmental biology. This diverse background provides him with a multifaceted perspective for understanding mental health intricacies.

Passionate about unlocking the full potential and fostering optimal development across the lifespan, Derek brings a wealth of experience in mental and behavioral health. He has collaborated on projects with renowned institutions such as Penn Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE) and the Penn Nursing School, reflecting his commitment to staying at the forefront of advancements in the mental health field. Through these initiatives, Derek has honed his skills in addressing unique mental health challenges faced by both youth and adults.

Derek champions a person-centered orientation and utilizes Motivational Interviewing techniques, fostering a nurturing environment conducive to self-actualization. Drawing from evidence-based tools like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and innovative neuroscience-informed interventions, he tailors treatment to each individual's unique needs.

Believing that every individual stepping into therapy is a true hero, demonstrating courage and grit, Derek stands ready to accompany you through the journey of self-discovery and reinvention.

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