Yujeong "Julie" Chang, MSW Graduate Student
Many can experience a difficult situation, challenging moment, or feel that life is somehow not working out as initially planned. Some may experience symptoms of depression, anxiety, hopelessness, and/or powerlessness. I respect your courage trying to overcome these experiences and seeking support through therapy. At times, it can be awkward, or you may experience hesitation to disclose your story to a stranger. However, it is my privilege to work with you and I strive to create a safe, comfortable, warm, and non-judgmental space to meet your individual needs and achieve your unique goals.
I am from South Korea, and I earned my bachelor’s degree in social work from Chongshin University, South Korea and I studied child and adolescent mental health. I am currently earning my Master of Social Work at the University of Michigan with a concentration in interpersonal practice/mental health. I previously interned at a foster care/adoption agency, co-facilitating the “Trauma-sensitive Yoga Program,” which educated parents to be trauma-informed and provided them with practical tools to help them address their children’s emotional and behavioral issues. I have experience in the Teen Support Group (TSG), where we collaboratively developed a program for adolescents involved in the child welfare system and am a contributor of the Trauma-Informed Programs and Practices for Schools (TIPPS) project, where our primary task is to research and share core strategies to assist students to strive for their highest potential while overcoming the impacts of trauma.
My areas of interest include: trauma, depression, anxiety, resilience, and family relations/support. I plan to utilize a strength-based and trauma-informed approach, person and family centered therapy, narrative therapy, multicultural therapy, play therapy, and motivational interviewing throughout my work with you. I strongly believe that everyone, including those who feel emotional and social challenges can live a fulfilling life. I am here to carefully listen to your experiences and provide unconditional support. I strive to help you gain the tools to cope and empower you to manage adversities. I am eager to uncover many of the strengths you hold and explore the tools and strategies that will help you reach your fullest potential. I am honored to be with you and work with you to enrich your mental health journey together. Welcome!