거울을 보며 나를 온전히 받아들이기

오늘의 마인드풀니스

조용범 박사ㅣYong Cho, Ph.D.
person holding a mirror on an open field
오늘은 거울로 우리를 바라보는 시간을 갖도록 하겠습니다.

손거울이나 핸드폰 카메라를 준비합니다.

우리의 얼굴을 상세하게 관찰하며 다양한 표정과 모양을 살펴봅니다.
나의 얼굴의 피부와 생김새를 세밀하게 관찰합니다.
내 얼굴이 생각해왔던 모습과 다른지 살펴봅니다.
내 모습에 대해 부정적 생각이 들거나 받아들이기 어렵다면, 
그 생각을 그대로 관찰합니다.
지금의 얼굴 모습이 어떻게 만들어졌는지 생각해 봅니다.
그리고 나의 마음을 다해 나의 모습을 수용합니다.
내 모습에서 받아들여지지 않는 모습이 있다면,
먼저 그것이 무엇인지 자각합니다.
내 모습을 바라볼 때 느껴지는 감정을 숨기거나 피하려는 감정이 있는지 관찰해 봅니다.
그리고 거울에 비춰진 얼굴을 있는 그대로 수용한다고 내 마음 속으로 서약합니다.
온 힘을 다해, 온전히 내 모습을 있는 그대로 받아들이겠다고 서약합니다.
마음 속에서 나를 바라보는 것을 거부하려고 하면,
그 순간을 그대로 감내합니다.
그리고 기꺼이 함으로 철저하게 나의 모습을 그대로 수용합니다.

Center for International Psychological ServicesㅣPhilosophy

The path of Dr. Cho and his treatment team is the walk of people who are suffering.
Center for International Psychological Services is following the footstep of early pioneers of clinical psychology.
Dr. Cho and his treatment team has been serving English ex-patriate community in Seoul since 2003.
Yong Cho, Ph.D.ㅣChief Psychologist, the Tree Group​

Dr. Yong Cho is a founder of the Tree Group and its four branch centers.
He is a New York State licensed psychologist and
has been serving English ex-patriate community in Seoul since 2003.

As a scholar and practitioner, he studies the suffering of human mind,
self-destructive behaviors and religious aspects of psychology.

He has been serving culturally and religiously diverse population for the past decades.
His efforts to serve the under-served population was recognized by New York Times and other medias.

He and his treatment team value the importance of providing the evidence-based psychotherapy for people who are suffering.

Yong Cho, Ph.D.ㅣChief Psychologist, the Tree Group​

School of LifeㅣActive Learning CenterㅣPhilosophy

In 2003, Dr. Cho did not turn away from the children who lost all their hopes because they could not acquire the English language at their English-speaking schools.
Instead, Dr. Cho started providing bilingual comprehensive psycho-educational assessments and treatments.

A seed,

waiting for the spring

embracing Colors of Lights

flowers aglow,

into a tree

it blossomed

season of LIFE
season of Truth
season of Liberation

We hear the sound of children

with unsung exuberance

and hidden happiness


Yong Cho, Ph.D.ㅣChief Psychologist, the Tree Group

DBT Center of KoreaㅣPhilosophy

Dr. Yong Cho started DBT individual and skills training group since 2001 at the Zucker-Hillside Hospital, New York.

We all are suffering from our innate limitation as human beings. The only people who are able to confront this inescapable fact and lessen our pain and suffering is ourselves.

Only we could balance our minds. DBT is the truthful psychotherapy that helps us balance our minds even within the storm of pain and suffering. DBT Center of Korea of Dr. Cho was established with this philosophy.

DBT is the truthful psychotherapy that helps us balance our minds even within the storm of pain and suffering.

Yong Cho, Ph.D.ㅣChief Psychologist, the Tree Group ​/ DBT Center of Korea

Special Lecture on “Bilingual Children” by Dr. Cho

"What can be called bilingual does not depend on whether you can speak both languages perfectly, but on whether you can communicate with others in both languages in daily life."
By 전승혜 Seonghae Jeon, M.P.A.

On the last Friday evening of February at the “Active Learning Center,” Dr. Cho Yong-beom, the head of Dutree Group, gave a special lecture on “Brilliant Children.” It’s time to explore in depth what challenges bilingual children can face learning, psychological, emotional and social, how to overcome, and what benefits they can have in the process of growing up.


Bilingual children are known to have the following advantages:

– Less prescriptive / more creative / more flexible and open to new ideas
– “Distributive thinking” in problem-solving – having the ability to find various, possible, and non-pessimistic solutions to a problem
– Two or more expressive(language) systems foster flexibility and creativity of thinking
– Looking at language as a single object (“meta-language recognition”), able to understand the arbitrary nature of words
– Have a rich sense of communication
– “Additional Antenna” – respond more sensitively to surroundings, pay more careful attention to conversations, and capture both verbal and non-verbal queues more delicately


What can be called bilingual does not depend on whether you can speak both languages perfectly, but on whether you can communicate with others in both languages in daily life. Thus, it is natural that bilingual abilities develop disproportionately according to the individual’s environment. A bilingual child can become either “Bilingual Additif” (when the child develops two languages equally and this experience of language development helps with subsequent cognitive development) or “Bilingual Sustractif” (when the child develops a second language at the expense of his or her native language).


It is often assumed that bilingual children are at a disadvantage, experiencing mental confusion when two languages are mixed up in their minds. However, according to academic research on brain observation, young children have overlapping regions of the brain that govern both languages, treating them as if they are a single language. All of our “Active Learning Center” clinicians use this academic and empirical knowledge to provide professional service to all of our children.

2018 “DBT Skills Training Manual, 2nd Edition” was published.

“By using DBT Manuals that has a scientific dedication of
Dr. Marsha Linehan’s dialectical minds and Buddhist fulfillment,
We wish to save many individuals who are suffering with emotion regulation in the world.”

In 2018, “DBT Skills Training Manual, 2nd Edition” was published, producing two of Dr. Marsha Linehan’s manuals. 


Dr. Marsha Linehan’s DBT Skills Training Manual 2nd Edition was planned to be published since 2000. After the first edition was published in 1993, having a 2nd edition was the outcome of dedicated clinical efforts. It is our honor to publish Dr. Marsha Linehan’s DBT manuals that contain her life work of clinical research and insights. 


Dr. Yong Cho knew Dr. Linehan and her team’s dedication and efforts to the manuals, which allowed him to translate each worksheet and clinical terminologies, to apply them to clients in clinical settings and to observe their therapeutic progress. We wish to save many individuals who are suffering with emotion regulation in the world.


2017 “Today’s Mindfulness Cards” was created.

“50 Mindfulness skills to collect our minds
Today’s Mindfulness
Start our day with Mindfulness cards”

<Today’s Mindfulness> Anyone, anytime, anywhere


<Today’s Mindfulness> was created for anyone to enjoy mindfulness in daily life. It aims to free ourselves from worries and endless thoughts by focusing on the simple cards to be mindful with anyone, at anytime and anywhere, unlike difficult religious books or lectures. 


We often see that Western individuals who are more familiar with scientific approach to mindfulness get deeper enlightenment. Enlightenment comes from a moment, not always from a zen meditation.


Korean people who have experienced meditation or Buddhism or Christians who have unresolved difficulties in their minds will experience mindfulness and peacefulness with the use of “Today’s Mindfulness” cards.  


2017 “Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Workbook 2nd Edition” was published

“Since 2013, translators and the members of the Tree Group Press put in all their heart and soul
to translate the book and published it after five years of time.”

In 2017, “Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Workbook 2nd Edition” was published. Since 2013, the translator and the members of the Tree Group Press worked their best to publish and to produce a successful outcome. 


The team could achieve the outcome with the hope that the book could provide a new hope to Koreans with emotional difficulties and suffering. We express our gratitude to the author, Dr. Marsha Linehan for giving us this opportunity. 


2017 “DBT Skills Manual for Adolescents” was published

“A manual for emotional dysregulation and borderline personality disorder
“DBT Skills Manual for Adolescents” was published.”

In 2017, “DBT Skills Manual for Adolescents” was published. Dr. Jill Rathus is a renowned professional who published countless research papers regarding DBT, CBT, adolescents suicide, marriage difficulties, violence in couples, anxiety and psychological evaluations. Dr. Allec Miller is a DBT expert who trains thousands of trainee clinical psychologists and he researched DBT, adolescents, child abuse and borderline personality disorder. 


Although DBT was being applied to adolescents due to a growing interest in adolescents’ behavioral problems, Dr. Jill Rathus and Dr. Allec Miller were disheartened that the treatment did not consider the psychological factors specific to adolescents. This became their motivation to develop and to publish “DBT Skills Manual for Adolescents”, which recognizes adolescents’ emotional and cognitive development and its difference to adults.


DBT for adolescents has brought therapeutic effects to adolescents with emotional dysregulation, borderline personality disorder and behavioral problems, but also to typical adolescents. The effectiveness of the treatment was proved by various research papers and clinical institutions from all around the world, which suggests that the strategies and skills in this book would be a useful tool for DBT Skills Trainer who has adolescent clients. 


2016 A Psychotherapy Novel “The Seven Room” was published

"A psychotherapy novel based on true stories, "the Seven Room" was published."

In 2016, the Tree Group Press published a psychotherapy novel called “the Seven room”. The U.S. licensed psychologist Dr. Cho, a psychotherapist Songhee Chae and an author Eunyoung Choi published it together. The novel adapted the true stories of clients who visited the Tree Group, and as you open the seven doors to the seven rooms of different stories, you will start to notice similarities between the characters and yourself. You follow the path to each room and empathize as if each story is related to you. 


Once the book was published, many adolescents, parents and adults gained a new understanding of psychotherapy, and readers realized that others have similar difficulties to themselves after reading the novel, which led them to gain more courage in taking steps forward.


“‘The Seven Room’ was nominated as “the Best Educative Book” by ‘Publication Industry Promotion Agency of Korea’.