I’m Patricia Young. I live near North Park (San Diego, CA) with my husband, twin “kidult” boys, and Gracie, the handi-capable wonderdog.
You probably want to know if I know what I’m doing. I’m what they call a wounded healer. This means I’ve had my share of trauma, and I’ve worked really hard to do my own work (and it’s ongoing). The benefit to you, is that I know what it’s like to struggle. It makes me really empathic, and I get it.
What I know
What I’ve learned about Sensitives, Creatives, Deep Thinkers and Deep Feelers is that we’ve felt different from everyone else for most of our lives! This is why I started a podcast. I want you to know that you are not alone! We all have struggles, and we do the best healing when we are in connection with others!
What I love
I love laughing, playing games, being creative, spending time with Gracie, the one-eyed wonderdog, and spending time with family and friends. I love kayaking and yoga. Sometimes I struggle to get out and get exercise regularly. I try and use the buddy system to help me. HSPs tend to LOVE animals, and I’m no exception!
How Therapy Works
You decide what’s important for you to focus on.
In order to do the best work, I find that it helps if
- You’re really curious and you want to understand yourself
- You’re open to coming to therapy weekly in the beginning for the best growth
- You like learning about yourself (most HSPs LOVE learning!)
We all have a sense of what we need to heal. My job is to help you find that place inside of you that intuitively knows what you need.
Often we tend to think that other people “know better” than we do.
- You should have a great connection with your therapist! Your therapist cannot read your mind or know “what’s good for you.” If the only thing you get from being on this webpage is this, then I’m OK.
- You have to feel that your therapist “gets” you, and respects you and your process.
My therapeutic approach is gentle, compassionate, and very accepting; however, this doesn’t mean that I will just sit and nod during your sessions. I actively participate, and I will be honest with you, and I will encourage you to push and challenge yourself. I provide a lot of information about HSPs since many people don’t realize that much of what they struggle with is related to being a Highly Sensitive Person.
GRACIE, THE HANDI-CAPABLE WONDERDOG
Gracie has been trained as a service dog, and she came to work with me when I worked at a hospital. Patients and staff loved her. She is a calm, gentle spirit, and if you like the healing energy of dogs, you can choose to have her join you in your session.
Gracie is almost blind. She can’t locate the direction of sound, and she often bumps into things; however, her temperament is as sweet as can be.
California Licensed Clinical Social Worker #23459 since 2006
MSW, Graduate School of Social Work, San Diego State University 1998
B.A. Social Work, San Diego State University
A.A. Interpreting for the Deaf-honors, San Diego Mesa College
A.S. Selected Studies-honors, San Diego Mesa College
Host of the podcast Unapologetically Sensitive
HSP Competent Therapist (listed on Dr. Elaine Aron’s Website)
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MSBR)
The Art & Science of Mindful Self-Compassion
The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach
Marianne Williamson-Mid-Life Awakening
The Body Keeps the Score Trauma Healing
Ages and Stages of Learning and ADHD
Brain Warrior’s Way
Non-Violent Crisis Intervention
Extensive work with 12-step programs