Mooney Niu

Assistant Director, Services, Mental Health Counselor
University of Massachusetts, US
B.A. Psychology and Neuroscience
University of Toronto, Canada

Mooney holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and neuroscience from the University of Toronto, and a master’s degree in mental health counseling from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She is a qualified mental health counselor, experienced in conducting intake assessments, and providing individual and group counseling sessions.

Mooney joined ELG in 2015, she has continued to serve the community as a mental health counselor, conducting intake assessments and providing individual and group psychotherapy for clients with depression, anxiety, PTSD, suicidal ideation, history of violence, and paranoia. Her genuine concern and interest in her clients help them to connect with her. She is able to look beyond specific interactions in order to understand her clients’ inner struggles and develop a strong strong therapeutic relationship. She holds a core person-centered approach, and also incorporates skills from other approaches including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy to support her clients’ strengths, helping them to set goals and make changes in a self-motivated and self-directed way. Mooney focuses on the specific needs and interests of her clients in order to build a strong relationship and foundation for therapy.

As the Assistant Service Director, Mooney supports, develops and grows ELG’s interdisciplinary specialist team, consisting of developmental therapists and psychology/education professionals. She seeks to provide professional consultation for the community, such as local and international schools and other agencies, on how ELG can support and meet their needs. She aims to provide Shanghai and the Greater China region with the highest quality services for children and families in need of therapy or learning-related support. She is also passionate about providing resources for both local and international communities, and strives to serve as a bridge between different cultures.


  • English, Mandarin