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Women’s Therapy Institute – Women’s Health Counseling in Palo Alto, CA & Mountain View, CA

Women’s Therapy Institute (WTI) is a local women’s therapy center providing full-service mental health counseling services in Palo Alto, CA, Mountain View, CA, and the nearby areas. WTI was founded by Mabel and was born from a desire to help those who are coping with stress, anxiety, depression, relationship problems, and other health concerns, especially women and girls. Our practice has evolved into a team of clinicians who are dedicated to helping women and girls live their very best lives.


What will your life look like when you can feel joy again?

People around you may be telling you to stop worrying, or to stop feeling so sad. You may wish that you could just stop worrying and stop feeling so down so you can spend more time doing what matters enjoying what you like most, learning, discovering, and spending time with those you care about.

Sometimes you cannot control what is happening around you, and it makes you so anxious. Or perhaps, you feel alone and misunderstood because you can’t change who you are or how you feel.

Well, its okay. You donhave to be hard on yourself because you are not alone. We‘ve all been there, and we want to help you get over it.  Together, we can kick sadness, constant worrying, and toxic relationships to the curb only if you allow us to be your heping hand. We are here to help you regain your sense of confidence, so that you can experience more laughter, more optimism, and deeper, more healthy relationships!

How Women’s Therapy Institute can help you with Life’s Challenges

Whether you are facing depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, work stress, parenthood stress, or any other stressful situation, we can help you beat it. We’ve been there and we understand how you feel.  Thus, we can help you find solutions to handle stressful life experiences with courage and competence. We also understand that women have different sets of needs and desires, and we are focused on helping them find the tools and inner resources to overcome even the most seemingly insurmountable challenges.

Women’s Therapy Institute offers a complete range of different counseling services including teenage depression counseling, anxiety treatment, anger management, resiliency training, and many other mental health service solutions. We also offer group therapy, teen therapy, adult therapy, women’s leadership coaching, women’s career counseling, women’s relationship counseling, grief counseling, and self-identity development for women. Even more, we are extending our care through our Sliding Scale Therapy Service and CalVCB Benefits. These are made possible by the session fees from our clients as we allocate a portion of our earnings to fund these services.

Whether you need the services of an adult therapist, teen therapist, trauma-focused therapist, gender identity therapist, stress relief therapist, or general well-being therapist, we offer trusted services that can help you live a balanced and peaceful life.

You can schedule a free 20-Min consultation using our online scheduler:

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Common Issues for Women, Girls, and People of All Gender Identities

Whatever is gnawing at you,
we want to help you through it!

  • Anxiety or Stress
  • Depression and Sadness
  • Maternal Depression/Anxiety
  • Loss and Grief
  • Parenting Stress
  • Relationships or Family stress
  • Intimacy and Sex
  • Social Anxiety
  • Self-Image
  • Gender Identity and Exploration
  • Bullying
  • Procrastination
  • Perfectionism
  • School and Work-Life Balance

Hi, I am Mabel and the founder of Women’s Therapy Institute.

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I started this practice with the goal of helping people who are experiencing anxiety and depression, relationship issues, and school and career concerns. Over time, I have recruited clinicians who are also very passionate about this cause and can understand what our clients are going through. We have personally experienced the impact of depression, anxiety, work stress, motherhood stress, and more. In the course of our lives, we have faced our fair share of up-and-downs, and have triumphed over many challenges. Hence, our experiences propel us to find solutions for ourselves and for other individuals on similar journeys. At Women’s Therapy Institute, we understand that our society creates different expectations for women, girls, and people of all gender identities. Therefore, we all handle anxiety, depression, relationships, and career stress a little differently.

We want to help you feel better so you can have the relationships, career, and the life you deserve.

Our Mission

As part of our mission to provide exceptional full-mental health care services in the area, we are also committed to giving back to the community. Each year we allocate roughly 10% of our revenue to giving back causes. We deliver free bags of goodies to chemo patients at The Foye Belle Foundation and provide financial aid at the National Women’s Law Center to support their fight against sexual harassment and discrimination. By partnering with Give-An-Hour, we also assist clients who cannot travel for treatment by providing free telephone or online counseling services.

Our giving back programs make our help to clients more meaningful as they are also helping others rebuild their lives, too!

Jenna DeCou - LMFT | Therapist Palo Alto, CA | Women's Therapy Institute

Jenna DeCou

Manager of Operations & LMFT

[Online Due to COVID]

Specialty:
Anxiety, depression, disordered eating, LGBTQ, sexual and gender identity/inclusitivity, relationships, self-harm, family therapy, identity formation, stress faced by teens in a world of social media.

Maura A. Young - LCSW | Women’s Therapy Institute

Maura A. Young

LCSW



[Online Due to COVID]

Specialty:
Couples, depression, anxiety, PTSD, perinatal mood, life transitions, menopause, grief/loss, relationships, work-life balance, parenting, divorce/blended families, addiction, codependency, family dynamics, life satisfaction, and mindfulness.

Diana Trinh - ASW | Women's Health Counselor/Therapist Palo Alto, CA

Diana Trinh

ASW (Intern)



[Online Due to COVID]

Specialty:
Anxiety/Depression, Behavioral Therapy, Bi-cultural Issues, College Adjustment, Grief Counseling, Mindfulness-Psychotherapy, Mood Disorders, School Bullying/Peer-Conflict, Self-Identity Development

Dalia Bashar

Educator


[Not Available for Therapy]

Specialty:
Promote health and wellness through education and advocacy, and facilitate group support for adults and teens. Specializes in parenting, emotional well-being, sexuality, interpersonal skills, and mindfulness.

Mabel Yiu - MFT & CEO | Women’s Therapy Institute

Mabel Yiu

CEO & LMFT



[Not Available for Therapy]

Specialty:
Depression, anxiety, PTSD, trauma, perfectionism, school performance pressure, life transitions, self-harming behaviors, self-compassion, parental or romantic relationship issues, work/life/home balance, grief/loss, work-life balance, high functioning autism spectrum, ADHD, and leadership coaching.

Ethel Mostrel - LMFT | Women’s Therapy Institute

Ethel Mostrel

LMFT



[Online Due to COVID]

Specialty:
Anxiety, depression, relationships, multicultural issues, family dynamics, divorce, grief/loss, mid-life identity development, parenting, contemplating parenthood, perinatal mood, women and aging, work-life balance.

Christine Shea

Registered Art Therapist & LMFT


[Online Due to COVID]

Specialty:
Anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, at risk youth, transitional ages, low self-esteem, self-harm, gender and sexuality concerns, dual diagnosis, life transitions, grief/loss, relationship issues, school/work-life balance, family dynamics, and parenting.

How We’ve Helped…

My mommy is less stressed and happy now.

“My mommy is loving woman. She is more active and improved now. She used to yell and never laugh, now she makes projects and watches movies with me now. She is less stressed and happy.”

—M.M. (9yo daughter of a 38yo client)

You make me feel really comfortable.

“My father died 19 years and I did not want to talk about this with anyone. You make me feel really comfortable and thank you for helping me process his passing. I am now able to put his pictures up on my wall and watch some of the old videos of him. Our family can finally celebrate holidays again with new tradition, and this after 19 years of not celebrating!”

—M.H.

Mabel is warm, caring and very professional.

“I came in because I had some in-law issues to deal with. My in-laws are very difficult people and Mabel helped me cope with the stress and find ways to deal with their antics. Mabel is warm, caring and very professional. I highly recommend counseling with Mabel.”

—C.D.

I’m now able to be the parent I want to be.

“Thank you for working with me when I was having issues with my ex (husband) in co-parenting issues. I have learn a lot of in how to set healthy boundaries, maintain a parental relationship with him where my kids can benefit. I feel that I am now able to be the parent I want to be without being affect by him. I am happier and my kids are happier because of this.”

—B.L.

I never failed to leave with a new tool for coping...

“…After 7 months of regular sessions, I can say with certainty that my sessions were exactly what I needed in order to tackle my life long internal struggles with anxiety, depression, guilt, and lack of self care…I never failed to leave with a new tool for coping, as well as a new outlook on whatever issue I had entered the session with…”

My happy and caring daughter is finally back and for that I thank you.

“Before she visits with you, D was always moody and angry, doesn’t sleep very much and very stressed. There has been such a great change after D started seeing you. D is much happier and going out more. She is having a much better relationship with her own daughter. My happy and caring daughter is finally back and for that I thank you.”

We Can Help You, Too…

Here are some of the things we can help you with:

  • Feel at ease, relaxed, and able to sleep better.
  • Have increased concentration for school or work.
  • Have increased confidence and optimism.
  • Connect more fully with your children and/or parents.
  • Have more meaningful and deeper relationships.
  • Experience an increase in joy and laughter.
  • Develop more effective coping skills.
  • Know yourself on a deeper level.

You are not alone. This struggle is not your fault, and there’s something you can do about it. We can work together to help you feel better and enjoy life more fully.

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