Sara Yap, Psy.D.
Coming to therapy can be a great decision, but it can also be daunting. I understand this, and I hope to make this process easier and less intimidating, so you can address your needs more immediately.
My greatest passion is working with people who are looking to better navigate major life changes (divorce, moving to a new place, career changes, etc.), or who are struggling with anxiety, depression and general stress. I also enjoy working with parents and families who are experiencing behavioral or communication difficulties. In addition to the work I do with individuals and families, I have experience and training working with the transgender/gender fluid community.
My Approaches to Therapy
As a therapist, my role is to help my clients overcome barriers so that they can live more freely and move forward. I tend to work collaboratively with my clients, and I seek to understand their goals and challenges. I believe that we all are capable of achieving personal growth and improvement, and that all people possess strengths that can be harnessed toward positive change.
Despite a shared potential for improvement, my clients are a diverse bunch, and their needs vary accordingly. Therefore, I incorporate techniques from a number of approaches, and I align them in a way that fits the individual. My approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Additionally I have training and experience providing Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).
My Qualifications as a Psychologist
My career as a therapist began the Chicagoland area, where I worked in youth corrections, inpatient hospitals, and community mental health centers. As I completed my clinical training, I moved westward and finished my clinical internship at Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health working alongside Child Protective Services in South Los Angeles where I helped children, adolescents, families and adults with reunification, parenting concerns and general mental health issues. I concluded my training at Kaiser Permanente in Santa Clara, where I enjoyed working with a diverse array of children, families and adults who were struggling with a wide range of issues including, anxiety, Autism, ADHD, depression and gender spectrum/transgender issues.
Since my postdoctoral residency, I have worked at Kaiser Permanente and expanded the work I do to incorporate individual therapy with adults. In my private practice I work with teenagers, adults and families who have anxiety, depression, trauma and relational problems and gender identity concerns.
Sara Yap, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist, PSY 25235
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