Ling Lam is a licensed MFT in private practice in Palo Alto and San Francisco (Hayes Valley). He specializes in working with couples, stress, anxiety, trauma, job burnout and perfectionism, using a holistic therapeutic framework combining mindfulness, somatic, transpersonal, experiential and cognitive-behavioral approaches. Born in Beijing, China and growing up in Hong Kong, Ling is fluent in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese.
Before he joined the ICP faculty, Ling was an executive core faculty member at Sofia University/Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and the founding director of the Low Residency M.A. in Counseling Psychology program. He is a regular guest lecturer on grief and loss at Stanford University, and an advanced facilitator at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, helping facilitate a popular elective on interpersonal dynamics and emotional intelligence. Ling was also the founding clinical director of the San Jose chapter of A Home Within, the largest national non-profit organization dedicated to serving the emotional needs of foster youth. He continues to serve as a volunteer clinician for both A Home Within and Give An Hour, a non-profit organization providing free mental health services to U.S. military personnel and families. Before he became a licensed psychotherapist, Ling had more than a decade's experience working in Silicon Valley, and was part of the original engineering team that invented the world's first HDMI chip which subsequently became a worldwide standard.
Ling holds two master's degrees: M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He is currently completing his doctorate dissertation focusing on the connection between multiple minority stress and spiritual resilience. Earlier, Ling graduated in the top five percent of his undergraduate engineering class from Stanford University, where he received the Terman Award for Scholastic Achievement, the President's Award for Academic Excellence, and the Tau Beta Pi-Fife Fellowship. He was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship awardee and a Tanner Award for Best Paper in Philosophy finalist. Ling also volunteered for eight years as a freshman academic advisor at Stanford University and was nominated for the Outstanding Advisor Award.