All About "Dr. Yu"
I graduated from a PhD program in Counseling Psychology at Washington State University, an academic program accredited by the American Psychological Association, in 2006. Since then, I have worked as a psychologist in settings such as university counseling centers, VA medical center, and group private practice providing psychological counseling and assessment, supervising psychologists-in-training, providing consultations to individuals and organizations, teaching psychology courses, and giving presentations on various mental health topics. I currently hold a full-time position as a senior counseling psychologist at the Counseling Services at Southern Methodist University, while maintaining my private practice in two locations (Plano and Dallas). I also teach the Counseling Diverse Communities course for graduate students in counseling at Southern Methodist University as an adjunct instructor. I currently hold an active psychology license in Texas, and have been previously licensed as a psychologist in Iowa and Washington. I have active memberships of the American Psychological Association and the Collin County Psychological Association.
I have been trained and worked as a "generalist" psychologist--that is, I have worked with a wide variety of presenting issues that are common among adolescents and adults (age 15 and above) that include, but are not limited to: managing stress and anxiety, overcoming depression, coping with life transitions, cultural adjustment, career / job-related concerns, couples / marital counseling, grief and loss, and coping with trauma.
I was born and raised in Japan, and have lived in various parts of the United States, such as Oregon, Michigan, California, Washington, Utah, Iowa, and now Texas. In my "off-time", I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, exercising, watching / playing sports, traveling, or doing nothing at all.