Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

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Kayi Hui-Spears, Ph.D.

Therapeutic Style:

My primary orientation is psychodynamic, although I also integrate interventions from other orientations including cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal therapy, and mindfulness practice, based on clients’ needs. I consider the therapy relationship as the most important aspect of the counseling process and the vehicle for change. I also value individuals’ intersecting identities and the role of racial and cultural diversity in the treatment process.

Supervision Style:

I believe that my relationship with my supervisee is the most important part of the supervision process.  I would like to foster trust and openness in our relationship.  I also would encourage my supervisees to be themselves during supervision, sharing both their intellectual and emotional selves.  I want my supervisees to feel that I have their back, and that they can make "mistakes" as they experiment new ideas in helping others and learn about themselves as a professional.  I also try to explore both personal and cultural dynamics that may enhance or hinder their effectiveness with clients as well as with me in the supervision process.  I welcome ongoing feedback and collaboration with my supervisees. 

Professional Interests:

I enjoy working with a broad range of presenting concerns including depression, anxiety, career and life transitions, relational difficulties, identity development, acculturation/enculturation, experiences of trauma, and disordered eating/body dissatisfaction. I am also passionate about social justice engagement, international students concerns, and multicultural counseling training and supervision.

Groups and Liaison Roles

I am facilitating three groups in the fall semester - Graduate International Student Empowerment Group, I am a liaison for ResLife (Scarlet Area), Office of International Affairs (OIA), and Multicultural Center (MCC)

Education background:

I received my doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to joining CCS, I completed my doctoral internship at the University of Florida Counseling and Wellness Center. I can provide counseling services in Cantonese, Mandarin, and English.

Personal Interests:

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, practicing yoga, hiking, running, cooking, traveling, and reading.

My Pronouns:

She/Her