Practicum Doctoral Trainee
I am originally from South Korea. My name is pronounced “Yeh-ji”.
Preferred pronouns: She/her/hers.
I see my clients through humanistic lens, which means I believe that humans innately pursue self-growth if sufficient condition is given to them. My goal is to help clients experience accepting one’s whole self and the environment in which they live in. To that end, I hope to provide the clients with my genuine presence, time and space to explore their thoughts, feelings and needs. I believe that counseling can be successful for anyone when clients are able to bring their genuine selves and willingness to engage in the counseling process.
I am currently interested in working with students of diverse backgrounds and identities. I am particularly interested in working with issues relevant to various marginalized communities who may be dealing with a sense of powerlessness and experience lack of support. I am aware that each individual cannot be represented or understand through a single dimension of identity, such as gender, race/ethnicity, social class, etc. I am also aware that people may experience social pressure to minimize or eliminate aspects of their identities to adjust to the expectations of society. I have a passion for investing my time and effort to expand my ability to facilitate clients to explore these identities during counseling sessions when they are relevant because our experiences are often impacted not only by what we do as individuals but also by how others see us.
Student Affiliate of American Psychological Association (APA) Society of Counseling Psychology (Divisions 17)
Student Affiliate of Asian American Psychology Association (AAPA)