Yishan Xu, Ph.D.
Hello, I am Dr. Xu, a licensed clinical psychologist. Thank you very much for visiting my website, and hopefully you find some contents here useful for you.
I always see the role of a psychologist as a gardener. When people come to us seeking support, they may have too many branches of mental blocks and bushes of stress in their lives. What we can do is to help people be more aware of the branches and bushes that impact their quality of life, and then assist them to trim these parts, cope with stress, and live a healthier and happier life.
I grew up in China and speak both Mandarin and English. I strongly advocate evidence-based treatment to develop a more positive attitude, and to build a life that is happier, more balanced, and more meaningful. Many of my clients have a hard time dealing with stress or transitions in life. Others may use some help with improving communication and relationship. They all have a common desire to take active steps to make meaningful and lasting changes.
My Approaches to Therapy
I have been trained in various evidence-based therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness Compassionate Approaches. I believe that therapy requires a teamwork and I love to work with my clients collaboratively and tailor treatment to meet their needs. I always try my best to provide a warm and safe environment for my clients so they have a private space to share their thoughts and feelings freely. I often invite my clients to explore their own strength with me together and practice effective coping skills. The most important aspects of my approach is: It works! I think that is the beauty of applying evidence-based therapy into practice.
My Approaches to Psychological Testing
I believe that everyone is unique, and we all have our own potentials and needs. I want to use psychological testing as a tool, to help us understand ourselves better, explore our potentials, and seek appropriate help as needed.
My Qualifications as a Psychologist
Throughout my many years of training to become a clinical psychologist, I have been focused on learning and mastering evidence-based approaches to therapy, especially CBT, DBT, ACT, mindfulness-based treatment, etc.
Ph.D. in clinical psychology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia.
Pre-Doctoral Internship, Sharp Healthcare, San Diego, California.
Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Kaiser Permanente, Santa Clara, California.
Post License Visiting Resident, Stanford Sleep Clinic, Palo Alto and Redwood City, California.
Population I work with
I have worked with children, adolescents, families, adults, and older adults over the past 10 years and am currently licensed in the state of California.
My own work-life balance
Outside of work, I prioritize life-work balance and self-care. I actively engage in social activities and sports activities, such as dancing, beach volleyball, BBQ.
Knowing how to relax and recharge, we will have more energy to handle challenges in life and work. This is also something I want to encourage my family, my friends, and my clients to do.
If you need some support from me and my team, please message us or book a free 15-min consultation with us.
Look forward to hearing from you!
Yishan Xu, Ph.D.
4966 El Camino Real
Los Altos, CA 94022
1611 Borel Place
San Mateo, CA 94402
Video Life Coaching
Video Parent Coaching
Face to Face Therapy/Consultation/Coaching
Insomnia Group (March 2018)
Testing for gifted program
Testing for ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
Testing for ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder)
Testing for learning difficulties