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Hayley Yi, M.A.

Advanced Psychotherapy Extern

Pronouns: She/her

Areas of Special Interest Heading link

Identity development and exploration; queer/trans of color wellbeing; coping with oppression, managing complex family systems; intergenerational trauma; anxiety; depression

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What to Expect When Working with Me Heading link

Our past experiences and relationships, as well as our beliefs about ourselves and the environment around us, inform the way we interact with our inner and outer worlds. My priority with every client is to build a relationship and environment where they feel accepted, safe, and understood. I strive to meet every individual with warmth and curiosity regarding their life experiences, as no two individuals are exactly the same.

The therapeutic relationship can often serve as an important vehicle for healing and change, and I collaborate with my clients to determine the best direction for their care. I utilize time-limited dynamic psychotherapy (TLDP) in my approach to therapy, which contextualizes mental health challenges as resulting from patterns that may once have been protective, but are no longer serving you. I support clients in becoming “unstuck” from these patterns that they are currently experiencing, while also integrating consideration of their unique cultural and biopsychosocial ecosystem. Additionally, I incorporate themes from feminist psychology and liberation psychology in my work, addressing the pervasive impact of systemic oppression and violence, and how these systems can impact our understanding of health and wellness.

As your therapist, I will strive to help you break free of patterns that are no longer serving you and help you discover your most authentic self.

Education and Training Heading link

M.A. in Clinical Psychology | Roosevelt University

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 Los Angeles, CA, but have spent most of my childhood in the northwest suburbs of Illinois. As a queer, Korean-American woman, I have often felt out of place or like I need to stifle certain elements of myself to find acceptance. The journey of integrating and celebrating all aspects of my identity has been a meaningful and worthwhile challenge, and I hope to serve as a source of support for those who find themselves in a similar position.

Currently, I am completing my doctoral training in clinical psychology at Roosevelt University in Chicago. I love to try new hobbies and crafts, and most recently I have been trying out crochet! In my free time, you can often find me playing video games, reading fantasy or sci-fi novels, baking, or spending time with my friends and my cats.