Jessica Chu (MDiv, RP)

Psychotherapist ー Adult Individual, Couples, and Family Counseling. Jessica is a registered psychotherapist and MFT associate therapist in Ontario, Canada.

Jessica is a multilingual (English, Mandarin, Japanese) psychotherapist trained in marriage and family therapy. She has worked with couples, families, and individuals in Toronto on a wide range of concerns, including cross-cultural adjustment, relationship, and communication, adolescence, unresolved family of origin wounds, perfectionism, abuse, anxiety, and depression. Jessica is passionate about working with couples and individuals on family of origin and identity-related issues. She is also passionate about evidence-based research and aims to examine how Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy (EFT-C) helps multicultural and Japanese couples work through their conflicts.

Jessica assesses her client’s concerns from a holistic lens and works collaboratively with her clients to achieve their goals for therapy. She works primarily with Emotion-Focused Therapy from a family systems and trauma perspective. Her approach to couples is driven by her belief that painful conflicts between couples is an opportunity for healing and strengthening the emotional bond between two people. In addition, she believes that emotions interact with experiences to shape everyday behavior and sense of self. She empowers her clients to work through feared or ignored emotions in the safety and support of a therapeutic relationship.

Jessica graduated with a Masters of Divinity degree in Clinical Counselling from Tyndale University. She is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and an associate member with the Canadian Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. Jessica has received professional training in Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Emotion-Focused Couple Therapy (EFT-C), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She is currently working towards her clinical psychologist licensure in Japan.

When she is not studying or working, Jessica enjoys hiking in the Japanese alps, exploring the backcountry, reading novels, taking film photography, and eating with her friends.

每個人在人生的過程中都會碰到困境、低潮或壓力。作為加拿大安大略省的註冊心理治療師,我會透過「專業」「有目的性」的「談話」過程中,幫助您更認識自己、察覺自己的狀態,並且陪伴您一起建構新的方式去面對困境。我熱衷陪伴個人、夫妻、家庭一起參與在自己探索與治療的過程中。 我相信每個人都是獨特而有價值的,具有成長和變化的內在能力。我的治療方針是溫暖和藹的聆聽、跨文化的敏感、和直率的對話。 我在台灣與加拿大生活多年,並提供流利的普通話和日常會話的日語做專業治療。我的輔導經驗包括關係和溝通問題、青少年時期的過程、原生家庭的影響、情緒管理、創傷和虐待、自我形象、不同生命階段的適應、文化調整等等。我有與青少年、成人、年長者輔導的經驗。我也有個人、情侶夫妻(同性與異性)、家庭輔導的經驗。

  • Emotion-Focused Therapy: a type of therapy that helps clients identify which emotions they can trust as adaptive guides and which emotions are residues of painful memories that have become maladaptive to the current context. The goal is for clients to learn how to make healthy contact with emotions, memories, thoughts, and physical sensations that have been ignored or feared. By accessing adaptive emotions, clients are able to use these as resources to transform maladaptive emotions from past negative experiences.
  • Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy: a type of couples therapy that centers on all human’s inherent need to be safely connected with others. The goal is to build safety within the relationship and repair damage done to the couple’s bond such that the couple can continue to maintain and repair their relationship after therapy is complete.
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): a type of therapy used for individuals who have experienced a traumatic event or situation. EMDR involves the client following the therapist’s hand movements with their eyes. During therapy, the focus is placed on the elicited emotions and reactions to the traumatic event or situation. The goal of EMDR is to reduce the distress associated with the traumatic experience.

Key Concepts: relational issues, interpersonal relationships, couples, adolescents, family of origin, Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy (EFT-C), Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), cross-cultural, Third Culture Kids (TCK), identity