Giana Young, Psy.D.

About Dr. Young

Dr. Giana Young is a registered psychological associate with specialized training as a community-based clinician and has committed to healing her community through trauma-focused individual and group therapies, crisis intervention, and cognitive, personality, and forensic assessment. Dr. Young mostly serves adults, but also middle-aged children and teens who experience difficulties functioning in their everyday lives due to an array of issues that often result in common mental health symptoms, such as, depression, suicidal ideation, anxiety, panic attacks, and addiction, to more severe symptomologies including post-traumatic stress, bipolar, psychosis, and personality disturbances.

To help clients manifest their therapeutic goals, Dr. Young practices evidence-based therapies such as Psychodynamic, Interpersonal, Cognitive-Behavioral, and Family Systems approaches. No matter the diagnosis, Dr. Young finds the most value in meeting her clients where they are and enjoys interventions that inspire creative change and improvement in daily life, such as, Mindfulness & Meditation, Play, Art, and Music therapy.

Dr. Young emphasizes cultural sensitivity and prioritizes the use of multicultural assessment tools at the onset of therapy to paint an ecological picture of the symptoms her client’s present with. She is then able to understand her clients more holistically. Dr. Young completed her accredited American Psychological Association (APA) training across placements in Southern California including Project Sister, Hollywood Mental Health Center, Central Juvenile Hall, LAC-USC Violence Intervention Program, and Tarzana Treatment Centers. Overall, Dr. Young finds joy in helping her clients adapt to life stressors by helping them create a therapeutic toolbox to not only survive, but to thrive in the here and now.

Areas of Expertise and Treatment Modalities


Dr. Young’s therapy treatment modalities include:

  • Individual, Couples, and Family Therapy for 12+
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Trauma-Focused Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Music Therapy


Dr. Young holds a doctoral degree in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of La Verne in Southern California. While training to become a clinician, Dr. Young dedicated herself to the community of clients with intellectual disabilities as Respite Care staff and Behavior Interventionist for children and adults with specific learning disabilities, neurological disorders, and autism.

To conclude her training, Dr. Young published her Dissertation study of 500 women who attend Church in Los Angeles and underscored the significance of Psychologists’ duty to assess African American women for cultural identity status, spiritual and religious beliefs, and their perception of safety within intimate partner relationships at the start of therapy. Suitably, Dr. Young currently mentors youth and young adults in South Los Angeles providing domestic violence awareness, prevention, and safety planning workshops. In the community, she has also used her research to contribute to policy change in curricula, bullying awareness, and intervention in Los Angeles and Claremont school districts.

Dr. Young is an unlicensed psychologist and pursuing licensure while under the supervision of Dr. Lilit Abraamyan-Chaidez (PSY31671), a clinical psychologist at the Rowan Center for Behavioral Medicine.