Jason Yu, PhD, is a clinical assistant professor in the Louis A. Faillace Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and a licensed psychologist at UTHealth Student Counseling Services. He received his doctoral training from the Counseling Psychology program at Texas A&M University and the University of Houston. He also has experience working with diverse groups of patients, ranging from young children in schools to older adults in nursing home facilities. Yu practiced independently as a licensed psychologist prior to joining UTHealth.
As a clinician, Yu values developing enduring therapeutic relationships and building upon patients’ strength while deepening their self-compassion and sense of connection. Along with working cooperatively to identify competing motivations, he helps patients clarify essential questions and search for answers through guided expository dialogues and structured interactive work. Yu and his patients jointly explore the interrelations among behavior, cognition, and emotion and the possibility of acting on part of the triad to influence the others. In his work with patients, Yu seeks to pragmatically attain functional improvement and strive for lasting transformation while accounting for the larger context of life circumstances and cultural considerations. In addition to his counseling experience, Yu’s clinical work is enriched with his distinctive background that includes his decade plus work experience in the very international high-tech industry where he respectfully navigated the built cross-cultural connections. Yu’s clinical interests include transition adjustment, anxiety and mood disorders, ADHD behavioral management, career exploration, and learning and other academic skills and concerns, such as time management, procrastination, and motivation.