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Josephine Chu Kai Shin

Josephine Chu Kai Shin

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My name is Dr. Josephine Chu and I am a Licensed Psychologist at the USF Counseling Center. I am excited to be a part of an excellent and supportive team of clinicians and staff here.

I was born and raised in Malaysia, which is a cultural melting pot in South East Asia, so I speak fluent English, Mandarin, and Cantonese, as well as conversational Malay and Hokkien. I completed my undergraduate in psychology at University College London, master's and doctorate in clinical psychology at University of Indianapolis, pre-doctoral internship at San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health, and post-doctoral fellowship at University of Florida. I'm fortunate to have traveled and lived in different cities in the world to pursue higher education and a career in mental health, but that also means I'm quite familiar with the pains of transitions, adjustments, homesickness, and very long plane rides. As with other challenges in life, I've learned that you don't have to go through them alone. So please reach out and if it's not something we can do at the CC, we will do our best to point you in the right direction.

I value a balance of empathy and structure (i.e., warmth and "real-ness", if you will) in my work as a therapist. I believe the therapy session is ultimately your time, so I collaboratively set goals with you that make sense for you to guide our work together. I use a combination of interpersonal process and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) techniques in most of my work, but strive to adapt my approach to best suit each individual's needs.

Clinical Interests: Depression, anxiety, trauma, relationships, various aspects of identity exploration and challenges, and the impact of family systems on the individual. I have extensive experience working with OCD and related disorders using Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). I am also certified as a Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) therapist with an interest in parenting skills.

Languages: Fluent English, Mandarin, and Cantonese; conversational Malay and Hokkien

Approach to Supervision/Training: I see many parallel processes between supervision and therapy, so my approach to supervision is similar to my approach to therapy, with additional considerations of countertransference and the therapist's use of self in therapy.

Affiliations: Member of American Psychological Association