Dr Xi Liu works from a strength-based solutions-focused approach; clients are an expert to their lives and the therapist is an understanding and patient coach. The therapeutic relationship should be set in a foundation of trust and mutual respect.


Dr Liu's mission in creating Life Therapy NYC was to reduce the stigma of seeking support for mental health. Therapy can be seen as a “gym for the mind” - and sessions ought to be accessible from a financial and cultural point of view.  These values are strongly reflected in her authentic and genuine therapy approach. Life Therapy is tailored to individual needs and personal problems are not pathologized.


Training and background

Dr Xi Liu completed a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. As part of her Doctorate degree, she was the lead researcher for a clinical trial to develop a behavioral change focused treatment for mixed depression and anxiety.

Xi studied under the supervision of world renowned anxiety specialist Professor Ron Rapee. Dr Liu's research has been published in high impact journals and presented at international conferences including the World Congress in Behavioural and Cognitive Therapy (Boston, USA).

In addition to her clinical psychology background, Xi is also received a Master Degree in Organizational Psychologist (Australian Registration).

She also trained at the Center for Complicated Grief at Columbia University. Currently, Xi is undertaking her Advanced Certification in schema therapy with founder Dr Jeffery Young and narcissism expert Wendy Behary at the New York/New Jersey Institute for Schema Therapy. 


Dr Xi Liu has worked extensively in private practice, in-patient hospital unit, community mental health settings, non profit organizations and corporate firms. She also delivers talks on anxiety disorders and mindfulness to raise public awareness.

Dr Xi Liu has also lived and worked across cultural groups in Australia, Europe, Asia, Pacific and North America. Xi’s international and modern orientation makes her a good professional choice for foreign born, creative and Non Profit sector clients. She also has extensive experience working with LGBTQ individuals and people of color.

She has worked as a career counselor and served as a consultant to non-profit organizations, government agencies and large corporate firms. She combines her clinical and organizational training to work seamlessly with clients to improve their well-being and move towards "whole of life" improvement.