M. Sara Yap, Psy.D.

M. Sara Yap, Psy.D.

Professions: Mental Health Counseling, , , Clinical Social Work
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Psychologist - PSY 25235
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 34113
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1720 S. Amphlett Blvd #220G
San Mateo, California 94402 - United States
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Fees: I offer free 30 minute phone consultations. From there we can discuss fees and insurance options. I am an in-network provider for San Mateo County Medical members.

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My greatest passion is working with people who are seeking support in life transitions, struggles with sadness, anxiety, depression, traumatic experiences and general stress. I also enjoy working with parents and families who are having challenges with communication. Coming to therapy can be daunting, and I hope to make this process easier and less intimidating so you can address your needs more immediately.

Overall, I find my role is to help people move past barriers in their lives so that they can live more freely and move forward. My approach is collaborative and is tailored to the individual and/or family's needs. I truly believe that we all have unique aspects of our lives that need specific guidance.

Email or Call M. Sara Yap, Psy.D. at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 34113

More Info About My Practice

I enjoy working with people from all walks of life, ethnicities, backgrounds, cultures, and life styles. Although I have worked with a wide range of mental health related issues, much of my recent experience is related to working on anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues (both intimately and family related) and gender spectrum/transgender issues.

How Psychotherapy Can Help

Psychotherapy can be helpful in eliminating barriers that may get in the way of your functioning. Maybe after exhausting all of your friends and family, you may want to find an unbiased person to discuss your concerns about recent life events or situations. Or maybe you may want to discuss concerns about your own feelings and emotions in confidence - either way, the process of therapy can help "lay the puzzle pieces down" so that you can get a better look at what is in front of you as well as what may hinder you from gaining traction in your life.

What I Say to People Concerned about the Therapy Process

Of the primary concerns that I have heard in my practice, here are the most asked questions:

1) Who will you share my information with?

I will not share your information with anyone unless you give me written and verbal permission to do so. The most common disclosures that occur without a client's consent are related to risk related issues. They are: harm to one's self, threatening/planning to harm someone else, child abuse, elder abuse.

However, it is important to note that if you are using insurance to cover your therapy, there is an amount of information that will be shared with your insurance provider in order to cover the cost of your treatment. Additionally, not everyone has a psychiatric diagnosis. If that is the case for you, your insurance may not cover your therapy. It is important to know your options and if you have more questions about this, feel free to contact me directly.

2) What can you do for me besides listen? Can you give me advice?

To truly be listened to is actually a very powerful and healing experience. By "listening" therapy can be an environment where you can share your experiences without the fear of judgement or criticism. I believe outright advice giving is not always warranted because your experiences are specific and unique and for someone to simply give you a rote list of advice seems unfitting and potentially harmful. Additionally, I believe that people more often can find their own solutions as they process their experiences in an open, non-judgemental relationship (i.e. therapy).

3) Isn't therapy for people who are "crazy" or have a mental illness?

No, not necessarily. Although therapy can help people who have mental health related issues, it can also be helpful for anyone who is seeking support, guidance and an unbiased ear to hear them out and help them move forward. Therapy can be supportive, encouraging and a place where one can feel fully accepted regardless of what he/she/they do. I often find that people come to therapy because they feel uncomfortable disclosing their thoughts/feelings and situations to others, or they have minimal people in their lives they can confide in. And that does not require the diagnosis of a mental health related issue.

Services I Provide

  • Consultation
  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Mediation
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    Multicultural, trauma survivors, individuals on the gender spectrum

Client Concerns Within Your Scope of Practice

  • Anxiety
  • Breakup
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Gender Dsyphoria
  • Identity Issues
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Compassion
  • Stress
  • Worry
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Client-Directed Outcome-Informed Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy /REBT
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Exposure Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy

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