Debra Fan Yamashita, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (2007)- University of California, Santa Barbara
- Bachelor of Arts in Asian American Studies (2007)-University of California, Santa Barbara
- Masters (2013) and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology- Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Palo Alto University, CA
- Certified provider for Cognitive Processing Therapy
- Psychosocial Rehabilitation Postdoctoral Resident at VA-Pacific Islands Healthcare Systems, Honolulu, HI
- Predoctoral Intern at VA-Pacific Islands Healthcare Systems, Honolulu, HI
- Clinical Practicum Trainee at VA-Palo Alto Healthcare Systems, Palo Alto, CA
- Clinical Practicum Trainee at Asian Americans for Community Involvement, San Jose, CA
- Clinical Practicum Trainee at Notre Dame De Namur University, Belmont, CA
- Hawaii Psychological Association (HPA)
- Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards Committee (HPA)
- Psychological Assessment for diagnosis and treatment planning for depression, anxiety, trauma, personality disorders and anger
- Trauma and recovery
- Veterans and military
- Anger management
- Psychosocial rehabilitation and evidenced-based treatment for severe mental illnesses
- Experience in working with Hawaii “local” culture, as well neighboring pacific islands (Guam, American Samoa, Palau). Additionally, extensive experience in Asian American and Latino American culture.
I primarily use approaches that are evidenced-based, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI). I believe in using individual strengths to catalyze recovery and personal growth. In addition to the above mentioned, I also integrate Positive Psychology and mindfulness as appropriate in treatment.
I was born and raised in Los Angeles and relocated to Hawaii for my predoctoral internship. In my leisure, I like exploring and learning Hawaii’s rich culture, yoga, sewing, playing board games and spending time with loved ones. When it comes to self-growth, I think Lao-Tzu said it best, "Knowing others is wisdom. Knowing yourself is enlightenment."
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