For many people, beginning therapy can feel like a step outside of their comfort zone. This step may be paved with mixed feelings of uncertainty and hope, which is completely normal. As a psychologist, Dr. Young’s mission is to walk alongside you as you process painful emotions, reframe troubling thoughts, and navigate life’s challenges – all while helping you recognize personal strengths and successes, meet your goals, and achieve personal growth along the way. Using a warm, relational, nonjudgmental, and evidence-based approach, Dr. Young strives to meet clients where they currently are and prioritizes tailoring sessions to meet your individual needs while remaining grounded in what works. Dr. Young also supports you being the expert of your own life and welcomes your perspective in your collaborative work together.

Dr. Young has helped many people of all ages, ranging from children and their families to adults, transform their lives and embrace a renewed sense of purpose. Dr. Young also has many years of experience working with adolescents and is particularly passionate about this age group. Outside of the office, Dr. Young enjoys spending time with family and friends, visiting coffee shops and bookstores, trying new restaurants around Charlotte, boating, watching football, and live music.

The therapies Dr. Young uses the most often include:

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), and aspects of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
  • Parent management strategies to improve parent-child interactions.
  • Exposure and Response Prevention to help you overcome anxiety, phobias, and obsessive-compulsive related challenges.
  • Positive Psychology, strengths-based, and solution-focused interventions.

Training:

  • Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Georgia Southern University
  • M.S. in Psychology from Georgia Southern University
  • B.A. in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship at Washburn Center for Children in the Twin Cities area of MN
  • Doctoral Internship at Mental Health Systems, PC in the Twin Cities area of MN providing intensive outpatient DBT services to adolescents and adults
  • Extensive training in facilitating DBT skills groups and working in outpatient settings
  • Use of evidence-based treatments for parent coaching school-age children

Areas of Expertise:

  • Mood Disorders including Anxiety, Depression, and Bipolar Disorder
  • Suicide Ideation & Self-Harm Reduction
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • “All or nothing” Thinking
  • Early Intervention & Parent Management for Disruptive Behavior Problems including ADHD, ODD, and Conduct Problems
  • Relationships & Communication Issues
  • Life Transitions & Adjustment Difficulties
  • Identity Development, Self-Esteem, & Personal Growth
  • Individual and Family Trauma/Traumatic Stress in children/adolescents

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