Jeff Yeom, MA
Teen & Adult Therapist
I help my clients by getting a deep understanding of who they are and what aspects make up their very being. Therapy is not linear, therefore I cannot promise overnight relief, however I can provide a sense of belonging, care, acceptance, hope, and a place to grow in a safe environment.
Language: English & Korean
Sliding Scale: Available
Insurance: Cigna in-network & can provide superbill for PPO plans
Accepting New Clients: Yes
- Anxiety & Stress Management
- BIPOC & Asian American Experience
- Burnout & Perfectionism
- Grief & Loss
- Teen & Adult ADHD
- Trauma & PTSD
Hello! My name is Jeff and I’m grateful for you courage to step into your mental health journey.
Taking the first step to find a therapist can be overwhelming (and even scary). You find yourself not being able to decide if exploring the things that have been weighing you down are worth exploring. Don’t worry… you are definitely not alone in this. As a matter of fact, it took me over 5 years before I decided I was ready for therapy.
It is important for me to build a connection with you in order to really dive into the heavy things. My hope is that you are able to let your guard down and just be authentically you in these sessions. Being able to provide a space where you can express your feelings and be met with empathy is something we all deserve. Life is full of challenges and therapy can provide the healing into your life that you have been looking for.
My focus, especially when working with racial, cultural, ethnic identity issues, is on emotions. Our thoughts and beliefs, feelings, and behaviors can be influenced by the dominant culture, the family we grew up with, and even past relationships. Through the process of acculturation and assimilation, our thoughts may not be true to who we are, while emotions are more authentic to our experiences. Your emotions can serve as a guiding point to what is more authentic and true to you and your values. I want to unpack, explore, and process deeply these very things so that you can be genuinely be who you were meant to be.
Seeking Therapy for Anxiety
You want to be able to enjoy your life, and that means being able to participate in fun experiences and engage with your friends and loved ones without the intrusive thoughts or exhausting spiraling of expectations and obligations. When anxiety gets in the way, however, you find yourself skipping those experiences and spending far more time by yourself.
With therapy for anxiety, we will explore your feelings and emotions and the way that you process the events that are happening around you. We can explore the core beliefs that you may carry as well as the messages or narratives you heard growing up or were expected to uphold. By working together, we can understand the roots of your anxiety, and start working on new ways to provide you with the life that you want.
My clients work on recognizing the triggers of their stress and the feelings associated with anxiety when they start so that they can take action quickly before the pressure gets overwhelming. That way, whether the stressor is something small or something much bigger, they’re able to react in an appropriate manner that doesn’t keep them from doing the things they want most.
Therapy for Racial/Cultural/Ethnic Identity and Asian American Issues
Your family has reached the United States in search of a better life. You have finally made it, and you couldn’t be happier. You faced many challenges at home with your family’s immigration trauma, and you are still struggling to find the balance between your family’s values and your own.
Your home life is a collective household and runs on the values of your cultural roots. This is the culture your family has maintained for generations, but a part of you finds freedom in creating individualistic boundaries. You are constantly confronted with contradicting values and ways of thinking and adapted to abandoning a part of your home values to find a sense of belonging.
I understand to a degree. I have been where you are. I grew up in a Korean household. I struggled being raised by a widowed, Korean immigrant mother. I was torn between the different values and messages I was receiving in my bicultural identity. There were times I want to strip away from Korean identity. Therapy helped me find the comfortable balance of my multicultural values and to find the culturally appropriate boundaries with myself and my family.
Not only do I have personal experience with the Asian American immigrant experience, but I have extensive experience working professionally with Asian American children, teens, young adults and middle aged adults. Together we will explore the intricacies of your home and process the culture to which you are still defining. We will work to harmonize your contradicting cultural values, making your internal transition into your life more comfortable.
Therapy for Teens and Young Adults
Maneuvering through life as a teen or young adult can be difficult. Aspects such as school, academics, building your social support, extracurricular activities, family conflict, or even figuring out your identity can feel overwhelming at times. Having a therapist who can guide you through these challenges can help you 1) develop skills to better manage your emotions and feelings, 2) feel more empowered to take on challenges in life, 3) communicate assertively and effectively, for example your feelings and emotions, 4) learn about what healthy relationships look like, and 5) build self-esteem and confidence.
Therapy for Burnout and Life & Work Balance
Burnout can happen to anyone and it can happen at any time. Whether you felt like you were working in your dream job or you always knew you wanted more, you can easily find yourself feeling overwhelmed and tired of the experiences you’re facing in your job.
Those who are struggling to find a balance that works for them and their family between the time they spend at work and the time they spend at home may have a similar problem. You may like your job but feel guilty for the amount of time you’re not spending with your family. Or you may hate your job but feel like you’re constantly tied to it with no way out. Or you might fall somewhere in the middle.
My clients and I work to figure out what is causing your burnout or why you’re feeling like your work life and home life aren’t meshing well. Then, we come up with a plan for what would make you feel happier or more comfortable. We decide what a healthy work-life and a healthy home life look like to you and determine a path forward where you can achieve both of those simultaneously.
My Approach: You are the expert of your life
Though I operate out of a psychoanalytic, attachment, and person-centered approach, I have no jurisdiction to claim that I have all the answers and know what makes up your personhood. I need your help to catch me up to where you are today. My goal is to be here with you actively listening and help you decide what you want and how to get there. I am interested in the various aspects of what makes you unique, which include your racial identity, ethnic and cultural identity, gender, sexual, immigration status, and faith background.
I will provide you with a safe, fulfilling, and enjoyable environment where we will learn the skills you need to make your way forward, without letting your thoughts hold you back. I can help to align your values/beliefs/wants so you can live a deeper and more meaningful life.
Registered California Board of Behavioral Sciences Number: AMFT 126621
Supervised by Jessie Li, LMFT 102623