About Mabel

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

You don’t have to suffer in silence…

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 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 and a clinical supervisor at a community mental health clinic in San Jose, so I have wide experience working solving different problems with different people.

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

Credentials:
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) with state of California
California Certified Suicide and Crisis Counselor
California Certified Sexual Assault Counselor
Certified Executive Coach from UC Berkeley Executive Education
Certified in Parenting Instructor (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting)
Certified in Perinatal Mood Disorder Counselor from Postpartum Support International
Certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy)

Specialized Training:
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


LANGUAGES:

Fluent in English and Cantonese; Conversational in Mandarin.

SPECIALTIES:

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.

STRENGTHS:

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.

TYPICAL CLIENT:

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