Daniel Yu,LCSW

Daniel Yu,LCSW

Professions: Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LCSW - LCS19859
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage


870 Market Street
Suite 466
San Francisco, California 94102

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My Approach to Helping

Sometimes people are distressed in a way that they do not understand, or cannot overcome by themselves. They may feel chronically empty or depressed, or gnawed at by anxiety that interferes with their life. Despite their best efforts, or efforts of others in their lives, they are unable to free themselves from their problems. These are the times when it can be helpful to talk to someone who is sensitive and trained to respond to their difficulties. It is a big step to reach out for therapy. I think it is my job to help create a safe, emotionally stable environment where a person can relax enough to be able to take in the therapy that I have to offer. I bring over 20 years of training and experience. I work to show people what is hard for them to see by themselves, and to gain the strength to face thoughts and feelings that have been standing in their way. I believe that insight and understanding from a compassionate listener like me, can help to relieve symptoms such as depression, anxiety, negative self worth, or unresolved pain from the past. Even better, therapy can help an individual to become more of who they are as a person, and create a more meaningful life.

My View on the Nature of 'Disorders'

Mental health problems are often multi determined. For some, there may be a biological imbalance or pre-disposition to certain problems. Situations such as job loss, a recent death, or another life transition can also cause distress. However, the vast majority of people that I see suffer from difficulties that stem from feelings and thoughts that they have been unable to manage. Sometimes people don't even think about their feelings or notice certain thoughts because they unconsciously feel that they could not bear them, or that there would be no use in having them. Other times, individuals have not had caregivers in childhood who noticed ,and who could help them with their feelings. These individuals never learned how to handle certain experiences like sadness, feeling at a loss, or anger. Therapy is a talking cure. In speaking about your experience and getting help articulating your struggle, you gain strength to handle your difficulties, as well as an opportunity to take in help, responsiveness, and new ways of relating to your problems from the therapist who is listening to you.

Services I Provide

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English
  • Mandarin

Groups I Work With

    I welcome all populations.

    If I am not the best fit for you, I will work to help refer you to another therapist who better meets your needs.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Cancer
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Disability
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Internet Addiction
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

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