David Ju, MD

Student Counseling Intern

Philosophy and Approach

Human beings possess an inherent ability to endure suffering and navigate through profound challenges amidst a sea of hurt and pain. Yet, it is my belief that within each of us also resides a bottomless capacity to transform, find new meanings, heal from traumas, and rewrite our personal narratives. This innate potential signifies new possibilities and, more importantly, carries hope. It is my goal to assist you in discovering and embracing these potentials during the time we have together.

While I integrate various modalities in my practice (person-centered, psychodynamic, mindfulness, neuroscience, trauma-informed, and culturally sensitive), the essence of my therapeutic approach is firmly rooted in recognizing and honoring your journey as a human being grappling with the complexities of your own life experience. I aim to work collaboratively with you to create a safe and supportive relationship where you can explore your deepest thoughts and feelings and gain a greater understanding of yourself within the unique circumstances you find yourself in.

It takes a whole lot of courage to come to therapy, and I feel honored that I can accompany you while sharing your suffering on this path toward self-discovery, healing, and growth. 

Formal Education and Training

I am currently in my last year of obtaining a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from the Townsend Institute at the University of Concordia, Irvine.

Prior to mental health counseling, I had careers in the fields of medicine and engineering. I hold a medical doctorate degree (M.D.) from the University of California, Irvine, a molecular biology degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a software engineering degree from Oregon State University. I briefly worked in a medical technology company trying to improve our country’s dysfunctional healthcare system before I discovered my calling and innermost desire to assist others in navigating the complex realm of their emotions and mental well-being.

Please be advised that, although I possess a medical degree, I am not engaged in active medical practice as a physician. Consequently, I do not possess the necessary licensure to prescribe medications or administer interventions beyond the scope of psychotherapy.

Areas of Focus

My experiences in different fields and my current education and training have prepared me to work with clients struggling with a diverse range of concerns. I am particularly drawn to exploring issues that relate to a lack of fulfillment, depression, anxiety, life transitions, relationship issues, boundaries, identity formation, existential despair, and personal growth.

The most powerful tool in therapy is the relationship built by our therapists and their clients. That’s why we offer a free 30-minute consultation to determine if we’d be a good fit.


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