Elena YeeElena Yee

Elena Yee is a mental health counselor in the Wellness Center at Alfred University in upstate New York. She received her MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Rhode Island College in Providence, Rhode Island. She is interested in the healing of trauma through EMDR and IFS, effectively assessing for suicidality, increasing diverse representation in college counseling centers, and advocating for the needs of those most vulnerable in our society. You can learn more about Elena at www.linkedin.com/in/elenatyee




  • No Escaping It

    Mar 18, 2015
    This year I had the opportunity to attend the ACA annual conference in Orlando as a graduate student and as an ACCA emerging leader award recipient. This meant that my registration fee was covered and all I had to do was make my way from Rhode Island to Florida, which was a welcome respite from the snow (over five feet) in the past month.
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  • What’s At Stake

    Mar 11, 2015
    Before I started the clinical mental health counseling program at Rhode Island College, I had always been an advocate for counseling. My first experience of seeking counseling was when I was thirty-one years old after returning from a teaching stint in China and having had experienced a traumatic experience. What I discovered is that looking for a counselor is much like finding a friend, roommate or life partner in that compatibility and connection are important bedrock characteristics for a healthy relationship.
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  • The Power of Words

    Feb 27, 2015
    It’s not what you think. As counselors we know how deeply words matter. Indeed they can make a difference in the world – either for good or evil – for an individual, for groups, for families, and for our society. The words I’m thinking of are not words of the verbal sort. Rather they are words on the page and, in particular, words used in textbooks.
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  • Racial Battle Fatigue

    Feb 18, 2015
    In the summer of 2013 I traveled to New Orleans to participate in the annual National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE). It’s a conference that I often attended when I was working in college student affairs for diversity and social justice.
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  • A Pagan in the House

    Feb 12, 2015
    When it comes to religion and spirituality, counselors seem to get a bit apprehensive about addressing its utility when working with clients. Whether it’s a client who wants to talk about the role of prayer in his or her treatment plan or a counselor who is a person of faith and wants to frame a presenting problem through that lens, it seems as though we’d prefer to put it on the backburner and pretend it doesn’t matter or at least that it doesn’t or shouldn’t matter all that much.
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