Angela Youngs, PsyD
Licensed Psychologist (PSY 34635)
“Radical self-love demands that we see ourselves and others in the fullness of our complexities and intersections and that we work to create space for those intersections.” ~ Sonya Renee Taylor, The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love
Connection. Curiosity. Compassion. Collaboration.
I believe these to be the cornerstones of the therapeutic process. I utilize a relational approach in my work, which means I believe in the power of connection and the therapeutic relationship. Establishing a strong, safe, and healthy therapeutic relationship creates the vessel in which growth, change, and movement can take place. I am curious about who you are, how you feel, and what you think. My role is to support you with compassion and empathy as we work together to help you reach your goals. My treatment strategies include attachment and relational-based approaches, mindfulness, self-compassion, embodiment, exploring cultural influences, and cognitive approaches.
I am particularly passionate about work related to one’s relationship with food and body. Our society continues to send us messages about who we should be, what we should look like, how we should behave, and what determines our worth. These messages are often unique to our individual cultural identities, as well as the intersection of these identities. My hope is by exploring these messages within the context of identity (e.g., gender) and the experiences of my clients, we can work together to shift the narrative, realize worth is not something to be earned, and move forward in an empowered way.
I am a clinical psychologist working under the supervision of Dr. Vicki Chiang (PSY 21136). I received my Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.) from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL. I also earned my Master’s degree in clinical psychology from Murray State University in Murray, KY. I have experience working with families and individuals in community mental health, schools, residential settings, and college counseling. My clinical interests include disordered eating, disruptions in embodiment, anxiety, depression, interpersonal challenges, feminist approaches, LGBTQ-affirming treatment, trauma, and emotional regulation/coping strategies.