Dr. Yu is a licensed clinical psychologist with a decade of clinical experience in settings including outpatient clinics, residential rehabilitation, community mental health, inpatient psychiatric hospital, and juvenile detention. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. Despite being an introvert, she realized after graduation that instead of working in a lab, she preferred a career working with people! She obtained her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College (IL) and completed a predoctoral internship at Pacific Clinics – Asian Pacific Family Center, providing services to low income monolingual Asian/Pacific Islander residents in Los Angeles County. Dr. Yu also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System (San Antonio, TX), which focused on the treatment of veterans impacted by substance use disorders, homelessness, and/or trauma. Dr. Yu has clinical interests and expertise in treating complex trauma/abuse, anxiety disorders, and depression. She is especially interested in helping people navigate personal identity development: racial/ethnic, spiritual, gender and sexual identity (LGBTQIA+) affirmation, as well as acculturation issues.
Jon Mills writes that “therapy is a process of becoming, a process of creative self-discovery, a process that requires the presence and influence of the other.” As a psychologist, I seek to build a warm and collaborative relationship with you in order to support your journey. I also try to understand the unique intersection of cultural influences experienced by each person and integrate this into the healing process. In addition to Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) approaches, I also enjoy guiding clients through Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), where you are encouraged to clarify your values and pursue what matters to you. I look forward to meeting you and helping you make changes that will increase richness and meaning in your life.