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Jeanie Chang, M.A.

Advanced Psychotherapy Extern

Pronouns: She/her

Areas of Special Interest Heading link

Relational concerns, identity development and exploration, coping with oppression

Languages Spoken Heading link

English, Korean

What to Expect When Working with Me Heading link

I believe being heard and validated is essential to thriving so I hope to create a space for all clients to feel safe to share their stories. I practice from a relational perspective, which views relationships as the key to growth.

Experiences in our lives may have told us that we need to hide parts of ourselves to be accepted. I want to partner with clients to co-create safe and empowering relationships where we can explore the parts of yourself that feel unacceptable but are longing to be seen and heard. Through our work, we can process the ways you relate to yourself and others and sit together in all the difficult emotions that come with healing and growth.

It is also important to me to acknowledge the systemic factors that influence all of us and our relationships. Systems of oppression shape the ways we see and interact with ourselves, others, and our communities. What society labels as “maladaptive” are often very adaptive responses to oppressive conditions. I strive to always be conscious of how these dynamics may be impacting my clients and our relationships.

Opening up yourself to a stranger is never easy. Thank you for taking this important step towards healing and investing in yourself!

Education and Training Heading link

M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling  |  Wheaton College

What I Do at the Counseling Center Heading link

As an Advanced Psychology Extern, I:

  • See students for individual therapy and initial consultations
  • Facilitate outreach programs
  • Attend supervision and training activities

About Me Heading link

I was born in Seoul, South Korea and immigrated to the Texas as a child with my family. Growing up as a second-generation Korean American in predominately White spaces really impacted how I viewed myself, and I often questioned where I belonged. I have found healing through learning to love all parts of my identities and being in community with others who see and embrace me fully. I hope to be a source of empathy and connection for others who may be struggling with self-love and belonging.

Presently, I am completing my doctoral training in counseling psychology at Loyola University Chicago. I enjoy being active including rock climbing and playing tennis. I’m also always down for a good Korean drama or Marvel movie!