Julie Yoo, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist
Supervisor: Jennifer Merrill, LCSW #29484
AMFT #118178 | Julie@mcaft.com | 650-297-3400 x15
Locations: Los Altos | Fee: $170
Modalities: Internal Family Systems Informed Therapist, Trauma Informed, EMDR, Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, Family Systems, Emotion-Focused, Expressive Arts.
Areas of Special Interests: Children & Adolescents: Anxiety, Depression, Academic Stress, Identity & Self-esteem
Development, BIPOC Population, Asian American Teen Mental Health, Acculturation Challenges, Relationships, Grief and loss, Launching, Trauma.
Adults: Anxiety, Depression, Grief and Lloss, Life Transitions, BIPOC Population, Acculturation Challenges, Career & Personal Growth, Women’s Wellness, Trauma.
Julie is a warm and empathetic therapist committed to providing quality care to children, adolescents, adults and families. Her approach is trauma informed, culturally sensitive and strength based, with an overarching grounding in humanistic ideals of person-centered, unconditional positive regard and respect for your unique life experiences. Her approach is also integrative and draws from a variety of modalities to meet the unique needs of her clients, including Internal Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), Existential, Psychodynamic, Creative Expression, Sandtray, Play Therapy (with children). Her passion in art and her previous professional experience in art education also inform her therapeutic work and she hopes to promote clients’ self-awareness, clarity and healing through expressive arts in various forms.
Julie is passionate about helping clients develop their internal and external strengths, improve interpersonal relationships and create new narratives that better reflect their values and goals. Under her gentle and warm support, client can begin to heal their wounds from a current crisis, deeply rooted trauma or social injustice.
She has experience working with clients from different cultures, sexual orientations and socio-economic backgrounds reflecting the incredible array of diversity in the Bay area. She brings a particular expertise to supporting children and their families from her previous work in elementary, middle and high schools as they navigate stress, anxiety, depression, social/emotional issues, acculturation and identity development. She enjoys helping emerging adults as they launch into adulthood as they navigate career and relationship difficulties as well as helping women who who experience incredible challenges of juggling work, family, and life transitions.
She is also deeply committed to supporting clients with complex trauma and is trained in EMDR, a psychotherapy that can alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories and other adverse life experiences.
Education & Trainings:
EMDR Level 1& 2, 2022
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) Externship, 2020
Palo Alto Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program (PAPPTP), Fellowship Year, 2019
Palo Alto University, MA in Counsling, 2019
University of California, Irvine, Certificate in Educational Counseling
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MA in French literature
Wellesley College, BA in Economics & French literature