Psychotherapist and Counselor
Jeffrey Young is a Licensed Psychotherapist and Counselor specializing in relationships, marriage, and families.
Jeffrey's passion is to improve the quality of people's relationships with themselves, each other, and their communities. He believes your most important relationship is with yourself. Seeking help is an act of courage, and the first step to living a more meaningful, connected, and satisfying life.
Shame can cause people to create false selves in the hope of gaining others’ approval. Trauma can inflict doubt and fear, causing them to wall off parts of themselves for protection. When we are not securely attached to our families, our friends, our partners, we can become anxious or depressed, seeking relief in substances or trying to cope through maladaptive behaviors.
The journey that leads to change begins with acceptance of who you are.
Therapy begins with a thorough, honest assessment, identifying what matters, what we care about, what we value. This can be a surprisingly enlightening and liberating conversation.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a mindfulness-based approach to mental and physical health. If you are struggling with depression, anxiety, addictive cravings, traumatic memories, low self-esteem, grief, anger, or fear. Jeffrey works with clients using the principles of ACT to develop acceptance of experiences beyond their control and helps them to take committed action towards living a valued life.
Because attachment is so important to human development and healthy interpersonal relationships, Jeffrey has found Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT) to be very effective in working with individuals and couples to create more secure and satisfying bonds. When we feel securely connected to our partners and grounded in all of our emotions, the world is wide open for exploration.
Among the clients Jeffrey has worked with over several years:
Adolescents and Transition-Aged Youth (15 - 25) dealing with the stresses of academic, social, and family life while forming their identities. He taught for 10 years at a highly-competitive private school and served as counselor and program manager at teen recovery centers for underserved populations.
Adults of all ages struggling with shame, trauma, and addiction. At VA San Diego, he worked with veterans and their spouses doing individual and couples’ therapy for PTSD, anxiety and depression, and infidelity. Addiction recovery continues to be a focus his life and work.
Jeffrey graduated from University of San Diego in 2014 with an MA in Marital and Family Therapy. Previously, he earned an MA in Classics and Comparative Literature from UC San Diego and a BA in Philosophy from UC Irvine. He was honored to be nominated to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers three times.