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Shana Yi, LMFT

Shana Yi, LMFT


Licensed in CA #52094
Insurances Accepted: Anthem Blue Cross, Aetna, Health Net/MHN
I am committed to helping people discover and enhance their emotional capacity in order to live more satisfying lives.

My Therapy Style

My style of working is warm, thoughtful, and direct. I am committed to helping people discover and enhance their emotional capacity in order to live more satisfying lives. I like to incorporate ideas from various modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy although I like to tailor my approaches to each client's goals and values. My style tends to be solution-focused while being present with authenticity, empathy, and humor.

My work in the mental health field started at an agency where I had the opportunity to provide therapy and crisis support for women in abusive relationships. After my traineeship at this agency, I served a younger population (adolescents) and their families at a non-profit organization both in the community and at a crisis stabilization unit. I have also worked as a case manager and outpatient therapist at Alameda County and as a Care Advocate at Optum. I have been with Kaiser Permanente since 2015 as a psychiatric consultant in the ER setting, therapist in Oncology, and recently transitioned to a clinical supervisor role where I train and supervise pre-masters trainees. I have been a psychotherapist in a private practice setting for the last 5 years.

Education & Training

MA - Counseling Psychology, University of San Francisco

Get to Know Me

Why did you become a mental health professional?

I pursued a career in the mental health field for a variety of reasons including learning earlier on just how beneficial therapy can be. I enrolled in a peer counseling class at my high school where I helped mediate confrontations between students and counseled my peers. This is where I saw the potential of going into this line of work in the future and how rewarding it is to help others.

What are your interests outside of work?

During my free time, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, traveling, checking out new restaurants, and going to the movies.

What is one thing you do daily that supports your well-being?

I make it a habit to go on walks outside and do daily meditations in order to support my mental and emotional well-being. Laughter is also a big way I gain joy whether that is being silly with my two kids or watching an episode of one of my favorite sitcoms/stand-up comedians' performances.

How do you recharge?

I typically recharge by surrounding myself with my loved ones which could looks like having a heart-to-heart conversation with them or playing charades. Some days though, I enjoy the simplicity of having "me time", treating myself to a nice meal or a massage.