Jiwon You (she/her), MA
Registered Psychologist

ONLINE BIPOC THERAPIST FOR ADULTS IN CALGARY & ALBERTA

It's time to feel worthy and care for yourself.

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Maybe you feel you can’t do anything right or there must be something wrong with you. Perhaps you feel you're not good enough, you will never be accepted, or your overwhelming past experiences will never leave you. Maybe you’re exhausted and want to be free of the ever-present sense of guilt and shame you can’t even talk about.

 

I work with people who feel unworthy, ashamed, hopeless, or stuck.

 

My name is Jiwon, I'm a 1.5 generation Korean Canadian immigrant originally from South Korea. I live on Treaty 7 land in what is now called Calgary. I do online therapy with people who are struggling with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, family of origin issues, discrimination, and sexual violence. I like to work with all adults (including older adults - there is no age limit to therapy!), especially 2SLGBTQIA+ and BIPOC populations. I offer therapy in both English and Korean.

 

Difficult feelings can impact all aspects of your life and limit the possibilities for positive events and relationships. Such pain can be especially amplified when you are part of a marginalized group. 

 

Your needs matter. You are allowed to heal and deserve to find a therapist who can empathize with you and provide support for your unique experiences and needs. I will meet you with care and warmth to help you move toward healing. 

 

As a therapist of color and immigrant to Canada, I have gone through and identify deeply with some of the common struggles faced by the BIPOC and immigrant communities. I wish to be someone who can help you from your point of view. 

Many of our concerns and symptoms are our brain and body’s reactions to protect us from the difficulties in life. Such ways of coping make sense and likely have served us in the past, and even if they keep us stuck now, they deserve to be met with compassion and curiosity instead of judgment.

 

You and your concerns will be honored, and together we will identify the strengths and wisdom you already possess. By meeting your missing experiences, you can move out of a stuck pattern and find new possibilities that serve you better.

 

In our sessions, you will feel warmth, freedom, and respect. I provide a safe space for you to be accepted as you are. I show up as my authentic human self and offer care with genuine curiosity, humor, and compassion for you to feel seen and heard safely. I get to know you first before your problems, and you will get to know me as a person.

 

I work with both mind and body to help you know and feel your innate power and embody new patterns.

I am guided by somatic, feminist and culturally sensitive approaches that consider the impacts of personal, social, cultural, and systemic factors to your struggles. When you can accept yourself and your situation with kindness and care, you can trust yourself even in hard times and face barriers with courage.

 

Therapy is a collaborative process; you bring the expertise of your own life, and I bring the knowledge about therapy and gentle guidance when needed.

 

You will be empowered to exercise your voice and agency in therapy. I offer skills, knowledge, and a space where you can nurture your emotions, body, and compassion for yourself. We can practice this together to build safety and regulation.

 

You can release your shame and guilt and integrate these restorative experiences to make long-lasting changes. You can stand up for yourself and quiet your critical inner voice. The journey to healing is not linear, but it is possible.

 

I will meet you where you are, and I would be honored to walk with you on this path toward finding your inherent worth and feeling light, energized, and free.

 

If you feel that we may be a good fit, I offer a free 15 minute consultation, or you can book your first session online.

Specialties

  • 2SLGBTQIA+

  • Adults

  • Anxiety

  • BIPOC

  • Depression

  • Family of Origin

  • Individual Therapy

  • Older Adults

  • Self compassion

  • Self-esteem

  • Sexual violence

  • Trauma

Approaches

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

  • Compassion Focused Therapy

  • Culturally Sensitive

  • Emotion Focused

  • Feminist

  • Hakomi Therapy

  • Person Centered

  • Somatic Therapy

  • Trauma Informed

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with Distinction (U of Alberta)

  • Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (McGill University)

  • Trauma Informed Care

  • Brain Story Certification

  • Counselling Adult Survivors of Sexual Violence

  • Hakomi Somatic Therapy Training (In Progress)