About Mabel


Mabel Yiu is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who founded the Women’s Therapy Institute in Palo Alto, California.

Who is Mabel Yiu?

What do you want to know about me? Most people would describe me as “down to earth”. I like to help people look at their problems in a new light.

As a therapist for more than 10 years, I have devoted my life to helping women, men, and children who have suffered depression, anxiety, grief and loss, experienced major life changes, had career and school issues, and lived through relationship problems. I have helped them make the positive changes and create the lower-stress life that they want. In addition to my work as a therapist, I am also an adjunct faculty at University of San Francisco. I’m also a clinical supervisor at a community mental health clinic in San Jose. So, I have wide experience working solving different problems with different people.

You don’t have to suffer in silence…

While life is never “perfect,” I believe with all my heart and soul that it can always be better. To me, being a psychotherapist is not just a job, but a calling. There is nothing better than seeing someone who has so much potential, yet so much suffering, regain control and happiness in their lives and experience joy.

Academic Background:

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, University of San Francisco, Cupertino, CA
Adjunct faculty for University of San Francisco Masters of Counseling Psychology
Oral Examiner for John F. Kennedy University Masters of Counseling Psychology


  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) with state of California
  • Certified Suicide and Crisis Counselor (California)
  • Certified Sexual Assault Counselor (California)
  • Certified Executive Coach from UC Berkeley Executive Education
  • Certified in S.T.E.P. (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting) Parenting Instructor
  • Certified in Perinatal Mood Disorder Counselor from Postpartum Support International
  • Certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy)
  • Certified Cognitive Specialist (for Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia)

Specialized Trainings:

  • ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy)
  • MBSR (Mindful-Based Stress Reduction)
  • T.E.A.M. (Advanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with David Burns)
  • WRAP (Wellness-Recovery Action Plan Facilitator)
  • Counseling for the Military Population


California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor


Fluent in English and Cantonese; Conversational in Mandarin.


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, and leadership coaching.


Direct, compassionate, and humorous. Mabel uses evidence-based practice to bring the unawareness into awareness. She believes that once we are cognizant of why we do what we do and how we contribute to our situations, we gain choices in changing for the better.


Men, Women , Young Adults struggling with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, relationships, identity, work-life, sexuality, faith/religion, panic, attention deficit, relationship issues, self-esteem, empowerment, military concerns, and leadership

Call the Women’s Therapy Institute at (650) 272 – 0388 or

Schedule A Free Consultation