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Serving individuals, athletes, performers, and organizations in Virginia, Maryland, and DC


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Nothing is more aggravating than physically preparing yourself to do what you want to do, getting everything right during practice, and feeling so confident to show what you're made of, only to be held back by distracting thoughts, disruptive emotions, or unexpected setbacks. You know you can do better, but it's just not happening.

It hurts. . . A LOT.

You're often told you need mental toughness, more confidence, to keep your emotions in check, and to focus harder, but how do you do that??  It's not like you were given an instruction book, and often times, you're left to figure it out on our own.


And that's where I can help.

I'm a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Sport Psychologist, and a Certified Mental Performance Consultant ® (CMPC).  I help adolescents and adults live more fully by developing their mental capacities to perform. Whatever domain that might be, whether on the field, concert hall, classroom, or workspace, I am passionate about helping people navigate distressing thoughts and emotions and to engage in a life that is satisfying and meaningful.

My practice is called Prevail Performance Counseling PLLC because the goal in sport, performance, or life should not be solely focused on trying to prevent stressors, adversity, or bad things from happening to you, but rather learning how to prevail and live a fulfilling life, even in the face of hardships.

I provide compassion and acceptance for wherever you are in life, as well as concrete psychological tools to enhance mental training. When you want to sharpen your mental edge or overcome an issue that is limiting your potential, I'll be here to guide, educate, and support you to your next level.

-Dr. Brian Yu (he/him)

Let's Talk

"The purpose of life is not to control what happens to you, but rather control and choose higher level reactions to what happens to you."


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