Meet Jieun Gu, MA, RP, EMDR-II
Jieun specializes in empowering clients from diverse races, ethnicities, genders, sexualities, spiritualities, and socio-economic backgrounds. As a Korea-born immigrant, she is culturally sensitive and respectful of clients’ diverse backgrounds. She has closely worked with clients who have been suffering from addictions and co-occurring mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety due to various trauma and PTSD.
Jieun is a compassionate, intuitive, and dedicated therapist who genuinely and deeply cares about her clients. For her, thanks to her cultural heritage and spiritual practices, it is very natural to put herself in other’s shoes. It is her top priority to co-create and maintain a safe space for clients to share their personal stories, thoughts, feelings, and vulnerabilities. She highly values building rapport and therapeutic relationships with clients. She believes in clients' innate inner-strength, courage, perseverance, and abilities to heal their suffering through guidance and to eventually live a life they want.
With her deeply caring nature, she is passionate about helping clients transform their struggles or suffering into growth, wisdom, and healing. She listens to her clients carefully with the undivided attention and keen awareness from a non-judgmental stance. She asks questions with intent and curiosity. She offers reflections, modeling, experiential exercises, scientific research, and various resources and mindfulness tools to increase awareness of themselves. These in turn help discover root causes of their pain and suffering, to gain insights, and to assist them in empowering themselves throughout their healing and growth journey.
On top of the latest trauma research, she utilizes various therapeutic modalities and skills such as Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Jungian Psychodynamic Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP) Gestalt Dream Work, attachment-based, Internal Family System, Nonviolent Communication (NVC), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Crisis Prevention and Intervention (CPI), Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Solution Focused Therapy, Prepare/Enrich, experiential, transpersonal, and somatic approaches for clients to facilitate their unique healing process.
From a holistic therapeutic stance, she values exploring the depths of the human mind and body in service of greater health and wholeness. Jieun has experienced the importance of taking subconscious and unconscious materials such as dreams into account in therapy for healing deep wounds, increasing profound insights of one’s whole being, and providing a platform for a greater sense of well-being.
After she earned her Masters degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University, she has worked at Mental Health Partners in Boulder and then took Doctoral courses in Clinical Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in California.