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.