Ying Yu

Ying Yu, MS, LMHC, CN, CHC

Ying is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Nutritionist with expertise in the integration of medical nutrition therapy and the psychology of self-nourishment.

Through compassionate exploration, Ying delights in helping her clients to understand and resolve the root cause of their food and health issues (be it biochemical, psychological, emotional, or relational), and to cultivate practices that are most nourishing and sustaining to their authentic selves.

Areas of Specialization:

  • Weight Management
  • Emotional Eating / Food Addiction
  • Cleanse & Detoxification
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Blood Sugar Regulation
  • Hormonal Regulation
  • Depression and Mood Disorders
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Trauma and Abuse
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Addictions (substance or behaviors)
  • Couples/Marital Issues (communication, intimacy, infidelity, separation & divorce)

Ying’s Therapeutic Approach:

Ying’s work is heavily influenced by research as well as her own clinical and personal experience. When it comes to nutritional healing, Ying is passionate about harnessing the wisdom of both modern Western science and traditional Eastern medicine to facilitate the natural healing process that lives within each and every one of us.  Respecting food as the most natural, most powerful, and least invasive form of medicine for mind and body, Ying delights in helping clients to gain wisdom into their own unique nourishment needs and healing process, and to align their behaviors with their wellness vision.  Her goal is to not only help clients get well, but also empower them to create happy, fulfilling lives that support lifelong balance.

When it comes to psychological and emotional healing, Ying utilizes compassion- and strength-based modalities grounded in Emotionally-Focused Therapy, Attachment Theory, Buddhist Psychology, and neuroscience.  She helps individuals and couples develop greater awareness and insight into their maladaptive patterns, as well as better coping skills around distressing emotions and situations, so that they can have healthier relationships with themselves, others, and what life may bring.

Ying’s Background:

Ying earned her Master of Science in Nutrition and Clinical Health Psychology from Bastyr University, Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Amherst College, and Certification in Health Coaching from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  In addition to over 10 years of clinical experience in her private practice, Ying has advanced trainings in Lifespan Integration Trauma Therapy, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, and Addictions and Chemical Dependency Treatment.  Ying is also an approved Nourishment Consultant and Cleanse Facilitator trained under Halé Sofia Schatz, international nutrition educator and author of If the Buddha Came to Dinner: How to Feed the Body to Nourish the Spirit.

Ying has extensive experience working with diverse populations in her private practice, as well as at Asian Counseling & Referral Service, Bastyr Center for Natural Health, Lifelong AIDS Alliance, and YWCA.  In additional to counseling clients individually and in groups, she has provided trainings to Registered Dietitians, Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Professionals in King and Pierce County.

In her personal life, Ying is an avid ultimate frisbee player, and a lover of jogging, nature, cooking, and mindfulness meditation.

To get a feel for how Ying works and to see if you’re a good match for her services, we invite you to schedule a FREE initial consultation with her.  Just fill out the contact form to the right.