Ontario Registered Psychotherapist (CRPO Qualifying Member, Canada; #007474)
A native speaker of English and Korean, SJ resides in Seoul offering psychotherapy and counseling services to all populations facing interpersonal difficulties, mental health challenges and the hardships of cultural adjustment.
SJ (Sung-Joo) has trained in the UK and Canada and licensed in Ontario. He was born and raised in Seoul for the first 8 years of his life before moving to London, England with his family. There, he finished high school, university and received his first masters degree. He then spent two years in Toronto, Canada to complete his psychotherapist training and attain his license.
Over the past 10 years SJ has worked in a diverse range of clinical settings across the UK, Canada and Korea:
Y&M Psychological and Consultation Services (Seoul, Korea)
Center for Interpersonal Relationships (Toronto, Canada)
Metanoia Counselling and Psychotherapy Service (London, UK)
Mind Mental Health Recovery Centre (London, UK)
YoungMinds Youth and Adolescent Mental Health (London, UK)
M.Ed: OISE, University of Toronto (2018, Counselling and Psychotherapy)
M.Sc: London School of Economics and Political Science (2010, Social and Cultural Psychology)
Diploma Training: Metanoia Institute (2016, Integrative Psychotherapy)
Registered Psychotherapist, College of Registered Therapists of Ontario (Qualifying #007474)
The key word that informs my approach is integration. Having migrated multiple times across Europe, North America and Asia, my multicultural identity has taught me just how similar yet different our life experiences and values can be to one another.
Whatever it may be that brought you to Korea, my aim is to help you so that you (and/or your loved ones) are not caught in the middle, alone and vulnerable. I help my clients navigate and integrate the many different parts of themselves to feel home both in and outside of the therapy sessions.
I work with adults, couples, families and adolescents with a focus on person-to-person relationships. I ensure that therapy is always a fluid, collaborative dialogue with my clients especially in the first sequence of sessions. I work with an integrative approach, which means that I draw from the wisdom of many different orientations such as psychodynamic, person-centred, gestalt, cognitive-behavioural (CBT), mindfulness and emotion focused. All my work is based on what may be most healing for the client based on their identity, goals and preference.
Anxiety, Depression, Relationships, Cultural Adjustment, Identity, Loss, Grief, Trauma, Addictions, Emotional Self-Regulation
Hobbies and Fun Facts
I love escaping into nature. My favorite place in the world is Algonquin Provincial Park in Canada, where I spent much of my late-twenties canoeing and camping on the lakes.
When I don’t have access to the wilderness my other go-to hobby is playing and watching football/soccer. I am a lifelong supporter of Arsenal football club (come on you Gunners!)