Yeajin Jeong, M.A.
This therapist has over 3 years of experience.
Yeajin is a U.S. Associate Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She was born in Korea and has lived in various places, including Korea, Singapore, and in the states of Illinois, Idaho, and Northwest Arkansas. She is passionate about going on journeys to search for meaning and to enrich growth in people’s lives.
Yeajin is a U.S. Associate Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She was born and raised in Korea and spent half of her adulthood in the U.S. (Northwest Arkansas, Illinois), pursuing her degree and career in counseling. Her experiences of living in Korea, Singapore, and the U.S., as well as other valuable experiences in Asian countries such as Cambodia and Indonesia, have equipped her with a keen awareness of diverse cultural environments.
She worked as a mental health therapist at the Outreach Counseling Center in Illinois, U.S. before returning to Korea. Yeajin provided counseling services to clients with diverse backgrounds, including children, adolescents, families, adults, college students, married couples, and premarital couples. Her training and work experiences have made her sensitive to diversity in culture, race, and ethnicity, as well as understanding and appreciating the unique needs and perspectives of individual from various walks of life.
Yeajin has also worked at the Center for Family and Relational Health at Wheaton College. Throughout her academic and professional journey, including volunteer work, she has had the privilege of working closely with college students and young adults, providing assistance with their mental health and well-being. She is deeply passionate about helping late teens and young emerging adults in navigating their identity and relationships.
Specialty: Mindfulness, Growth, Cultural Navigation/Third Culture Kids, Intercultural/Intergenerational Conflict, College Students/Young Adults, Dating/Premarital Counseling, Christian Counseling
Starting therapy can take courage, and joining this vulnerable yet beautiful journey with clients is a privilege. My goal is to create a warm and safe space where trust and freedom can be experienced. Rooted in Person-Centered Therapy, I respect clients’ life experiences and values. I collaborate with clients to help them find their sense of agency and enrich their lives, and I believe that my clients hold a key to change and healing.
My primary approach is called Object Relations Therapy, acknowledging that early childhood experiences shape our present interactions and relationships. Life encompasses both good and bad aspects, and so does every person. Embracing these contrasting aspects and re-experiencing secure relationships in therapy ultimately leads us to freedom and growth.
For couples, I use Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT) to assist them in exploring their emotions and attachment needs, and in communicating these with their partners using empathy and compassion. Alongside EFT, I incorporate Bowen Family Systems into family therapy to help clients understand their family dynamics and patterns, leading to healthy relationships with boundaries.
I offer Christian faith-based counseling for clients who wish to integrate spirituality into the therapeutic process, finding deeper meaning and purpose in life.
- Adjustment Stress
- Anxiety / Panic Attacks
- Family Conflict
- Self Esteem
- Social Skills & Peer Relationships
- Seoul (Sinsa)
Taking a leisurely walk and breathing in the beauty of nature makes me feel alive. I cherish spending quality time with friends and family, and I also find joy in watching adorable dogs and cats on Youtube!
- MA: Wheaton College (2019, Marriage and Family Therapy)
- BA: Handong Global University (2013, Counseling Psychology; Education and Family Service)
- Associate Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (Illinois, #208.001008)
- Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT)