P. Geoffrey Young, MA, Registered Psychological Assistant
Geoffrey (‘Geoff’) Young provides therapeutic services to individuals, couples, families, and adolescents. Geoff offers psychotherapeutic treatment as a supportive and challenging opportunity for personal transformation. Drawing from psychodynamic, relational and narrative orientations, his practice brings a structured approach to the management of problematic symptoms and behaviors alongside a creative sensitivity to their unconscious, historical, and interpersonal aspects. Geoff believes that stubborn behaviors, thoughts, and feelings are often the result of unresolved conflicts, which we feel unable to address. He views the clinical relationship as a unique collaboration between the therapist and client in which new forms of engagement, growth, identity, and responsibility can be constructed and experienced.
Currently completing a doctoral degree in clinical psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), Geoff also holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology with a concentration in Community Mental Health from CIIS. With a primary focus on the treatment of chronic and severe mood disorders in adults, Geoff has worked and trained in a variety of clinical settings (residential, individual,crisis-intervention) in the San-Francisco-Bay Area. He is also a faculty member and candidate analyst in the Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis in San Francisco. In 2013, 2014, and 2015, he convened Psychoanalytic Seminar Tuzla (Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina) in affiliation with the American embassy in Sarajevo and Tuzla Municipality, which brought together clinicians from across Europe and the United States in order to explore intergenerational impact of the trauma of war and genocide upon the communities of Bosnia-Herzegovina. His clinical, teaching, and research interests include the psychology of humor, individual and collective commemoration of trauma, and the influence of contemporary forms of social media upon personal and interpersonal experience. He is also a published translator of French scholarship in the fields of psychotherapy, law, and the history of art.
His areas of expertise include but are not limited to:
grief and loss
depression and anxiety
shame and guilt
relational conflict (partnership, familial, professional)
intimacy and sexuality
CA Registration: PSB94023401