Elise 지애 (Gi-Ae) Gooi, LGSW

Sex/Gender: Female, Cisgender
Pronouns: She / Her
Ethnicity: Korean

[ Who I Am ]

I am a second generation Korean-American born and raised on the unceded ancestral lands of the Dxʷdəwʔabš (Duwamish Tribe) and now live as a guest upon Mni Sóta Maḳoce, Dakota homeland. With a background in social work, my relational approach is built upon 15+ years working with and alongside individuals, families and communities to nurture growth as an educator, coach, trainer and leader. Becoming a parent in 2014 both broke and broke me open, ushering personal and intergenerational healing and cultural reclamation that continues today.  My personal and professional journey took me back to school in 2021 in pursuit of liberatory care in mental health; I am a proud first generation college graduate.  A lifelong learner, I continue along the path towards “Becoming a Good Ancestor” (credit: Layla Saad).


I particularly enjoy working with cycle breakers and individuals wishing to (re)ground, re-root, and reclaim, not just for personal healing, but for collective wellbeing and liberation.


[ My Approach ]

Our personal and collective histories matter and the impact of oppression is real.  As an able-bodied, cis, queer, Asian-American woman, born on stolen land and raised by my biological parents in a Korean immigrant context I welcome and invite dialogue and exploration of what is respective/collective and resonant/distinct.  A both/and thinker-and-feeler, I integrate spiritual, emotions-focused, narrative, cognitive, cultural, somatic, creative expression & experiential approaches to our work together.  I approach our work with a critical framework, grief-informed attachment lens, and a relational stance.


I look forward to co-creating a space that fosters relational safety with accountability and invites compassionate curiosity that honors the depth & breadth of who you are (becoming).


[ Next Steps ]

Want to explore the possibility of journeying together?

Reach out via Psychology Today to connect for a free 20 minute exploratory call.

License Number: 32294, Jun 24, 2023 - November 30, 2025
License State: Minnesota
Practice Information
Types of Insurance Accepted: Blue Cross Blue Shield, HealthPartners of MN and WI, Medicaid, United Health, Private Pay, Out of Network
Lotus Therapy Fund Provider: Yes
Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
Therapy Offered
In Person Therapy, Telehealth/Teletherapy
Types of Therapy
Brainspotting, Attachment-based/Relational Therapy, Humanistic, Trauma Informed Care, Expressive Arts, Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Emotionally-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused, Integrative, Feminist
Anxiety, Adoption, Burnout, Women's Issues, Traumatic Grief, Grief, Emotion Regulation, Stress, Spirituality, Trauma and PTSD, acute-stress-disorder: Acute Stress Disorder, Depression, Divorce, Racial Identity, Relationship Issues, Relational Concerns, Codependency, Personal Growth
Last modified: June 1, 2024

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