Sandy Yokoyama, LMFT

License #50174
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, EMDR
Anger Management, Anxiety, Career/Academic Stress, Depression, Domestic Violence, Grief/Loss, LGBTQ+, Life Transition, Racial Trauma, Racial/Cultural Identity, Relationship Issues, Self-esteem, Substance Abuse, Trauma/PTSD, Women’s Issues
Insight-oriented (Psychodynamic), Non-directive (Humanistic), Behavioral (CBT, DBT), Trauma Focused
Mornings, Around Noon, Afternoons, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Not accepting new clients
Telehealth, In-person
Ethera Irvine
Out of Pocket, Superbill

Meet Sandy Yokoyama

As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I am dedicated to providing a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental space where you can say exactly what you feel— in total honesty—without worrying that you’ll be judged.

I am a first-generation Chinese American who grew up in the Bay Area of San Jose, CA. I earned my B.A. in Psychology at UC Berkeley and then my M.S. in Counseling at CSU Long Beach. Since then, I’ve had the privilege to work in a variety of different settings with a diverse population of individuals, groups, and families. I am EMDR trained and certified in the evidence-based practice Seeking Safety.

What is your therapeutic style and approach to therapy?

My therapeutic style is integrative, which combines different therapeutic tools and approaches to fit the needs of each unique individual. In therapy, we’ll explore together the challenges you are facing and work towards positive growth. You are the expert of your story and the driver of your healing—which means we start where you want to start, you set the goals, and the pace of therapy. By developing a collaborative therapeutic relationship, we work together to create a new understanding of your experiences, allowing for change and healing to happen.


What would you say to those seeking therapy for the first time?

Everyone (and I mean everyone!) can experience challenging situations that may feel like huge roadblocks in their lives, where professional support can be helpful. Seeking out therapy does not mean you are “crazy” or that something is wrong with you. In fact, your ability to consider therapy shows much courage and self-awareness to realize that you may need additional support to get through a difficult time. It also shows a lot of strength because deciding to commit to doing the work isn’t easy.

Seeking therapy for the first time can feel intimidating, so it’s important to know that you are in charge of the process and can share what you want and when. You also get to decide if you feel comfortable with a therapist. The therapeutic space is your time to prioritize yourself and feel fully accepted, particularly the parts of you that have been devalued and neglected.



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