Dr. HeeYeon (Amy) Chu, PhD
Dr. Chu graduated from Tufts University with a BA in Psychology. She completed her MA and PhD in Counseling & Coaching from Yonsei University. She was trained in counseling and coaching at Yonsei University Counseling & Coaching Center.
Her work experiences include working as a counselor at Minerva School, Yonsei University, Seoul National University, and private clinics. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults of diverse cultural backgrounds. Also, working for Global Diaspora (NGO), she has organized government projects for expats, multicultural families, and international students.
My practice incorporates psychodynamic and humanistic therapies. The psychodynamic approach provides me with an analytical framework for a comprehensive, in-depth understanding of human behavior, feelings, and emotions. The humanistic, person-centered perspective informs my attitude to counseling, which is always aimed at supporting my clients’ inherent capacity for growth and self-actualization.
When counseling, I provide a safe space for my clients to display their emotions and explore their past and current relational patterns. Through introspection and analysis, I help them to gain insights, identifying their inner strengths and potentials for growth. I also help my clients test new relationship patterns and learn new coping skills to improve their well-being and tackle life challenges. I take cultural factors into account for my therapy.
I like to use the metaphor of life as a journey of becoming — as in becoming a whole, complete person, true to oneself. I believe that all events in life can move us forward in this direction and that my role as a counselor is to be a companion in others’ journeys of becoming a better self.
- Adjustment Stress
- Anxiety / Panic Attacks
- Bipolar Disorders
- Career Counseling
- Self Esteem
- Social Skills & Peer Relationships
- Seoul (Sinsa)
I enjoy taking a walk with Cookie, a golden retriever. I also love reading and journaling during my free time.
- PhD: Yonsei University (2020, Counseling & Coaching)
- MA: Yonsei University (2015, Counseling & Coaching)
- BA: Tufts University (2011, Psychology)
- Multicultural Counselor, Korea Institute for Education Certification (다문화 상담사)
- Youth Counselor, Ministry of Gender Equality and Family. (청소년상담사)
- Professional Counselor, Korean Association of Christian Counseling & Psychology (KACCP) (전문상담사)
- Family Counselor, Korean Family Culture Counseling Association (KFCCA) (가족상담사)
- Member of Korean Counseling Association (한국상담심리학회 정회원)
- Member of Korean Counseling Psychological Association (한국상담학회 정회원)
- Professional Coach, Korea Coach Association (한국코치협회 KAC 코치)
- Sung, K.J., Kim, R.W., Kim, J.C., Chu, H.Y. (2018). Spiritual intelligence assessment for adolescents’ resource development in counseling setting: An exploratory case study. Korean Journal of Christian Counseling, 29(2), 131-161.
- Chu, H.Y. (2015). Grief counseling to help children’s adjustment following parental divorce. Yonsei Journal of Counseling and Coaching, 3, 265-286.
Chapters in Books
- Qualitative research methods: An ethnography of Sewol Ferry Square. Seoul: Pakyoung Story. (2019)
- Manual for counseling international students. Seoul: Korea College Counseling Association. (2017)