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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Sport-Performance Psychology?

Sport Psychology or Performance Psychology focuses on understanding the psychological factors that impact human performance, whether that be in sports, performing arts, business and more.  Sport Psychologists and other Sport Psychology Consultants utilize this knowledge to train and optimize the mental aspects of performances.  You may have heard of terms like "mental toughness," "mental edge," and "mental resiliency," and those are all areas of focus that Sport Psychology professionals work on improving with athletes and performers.

Does Dr. Yu only work with athletes?

No. Although, Dr. Yu's background in Sport-Performance Psychology makes him qualified to work with athletes, performing artists, and other performers, he is also trained as a clinical psychologist who can provide psychotherapy for mental health concerns.  So you don't have to be an athlete or "performer" in order to work with Dr. Yu.

Do I have to choose between receiving sport psychology or mental health counseling?

No. Often times sport-performance issues are influenced by mental health issues, even if you do not have a mental health disorder.  So there is freedom to work on not only improving your sport-performance, but also your mental health and wellbeing too, should it become relevant.  At the same time, if you are experiencing a mental health issue that feels uncomfortable for you to address, Dr. Yu would never force you to confront or talk about it, until you feel ready to do so yourself.

What is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC)?

To quote the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), CMPCs are applied sport psychology providers who "have met the highest standard in education, training, and supervised practice, and they have passed a required certification exam to demonstrate their competence as a practitioner."  For more information, click here.

How do I schedule an appointment?

  1. Call or send a message with your interest using this form.  Leave multiple days/times that you could be free for a free 15 min phone consultation.

  2. Dr. Yu will contact you within 1-2 business days and propose a time to schedule the free 15 min phone consultation.

  3. Fifteen min phone consultation

    1. Dr. Yu will ask for a brief description of what you would like to address.

    2. Dr. Yu will answer any questions that you may have

    3. You and Dr. Yu will decide if it will be a good fit to move forward with a first appointment (a.k.a. Intake Interview).

  4. Intake Interview (60-90 min)

    1. During the intake, Dr. Yu will ask for more in-depth information about your presenting concerns, as well as learn more about your life and history.

    2. Note:  The intake is typically done only once, but Dr. Yu may request to do another intake if it has been at least several months since your last appointment.  This is to be sure that your information is still up-to-date.

  5. Follow-up sessions

    1. After the intake, you and Dr. Yu will decide on the frequency of counseling, typically weekly or every other week.

    2. Follow-up sessions are 45 minutes per appointment.


Note:  Having any contact with Dr. Yu, whether that’s the 15 min phone consultation or the intake, does not obligate you to continue with services.  If you feel it isn’t a good fit to work with Dr. Yu, you are always welcome to let him know and discontinue services.  And if available, Dr. Yu is happy to provide you with referrals or recommendations to other counseling and sport psychology resources.

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