Dr. Sharon Young

Psychologist

About me

Hello! I am a Clinical Psychologist licensed in Pennsylvania with over twenty years of experience practicing psychotherapy. I earned a doctorate (PhD) in clinical psychology from Georgia State University and a bachelors degree in psychology from the University of Notre Dame. I've been a practicing Catholic my entire life and value my Catholic faith and spirituality. Also, I have studied Buddhism, practiced mindfulness meditation, and been curious about the similarities between the practices of contemplative prayer and mindfulness medication. Additionally, I have been interested in how a client's spirituality, practice of prayer, and/or practice of meditation can impact their psychological functioning, facilitate psychological change, and enhance their well being. Throughout my career, I have worked with clients of various ages (e.g., children to older adults) in a variety of settings (e.g., outpatient community mental health and health centers; outpatient private practices; inpatient units of private and public hospitals; a state psychiatric hospital; and a university counseling center). In addition, I have worked with clients experiencing a wide variety of psychological challenges and concerns, including: mood disorders (depression and bipolar); anxiety disorders (generalized anxiety; obsessive-compulsive disorder; and panic disorder); psychotic disorders; attentional difficulties; impulse control and behavioral problems; substance use and misuse problems; and problems associated with significant stress and trauma (acute-, post-, and complex post-traumatic stress disorders). Additionally, I have assisted clients in targeting specific behaviors, including persistent suicidal ideation or acts of self-harm. I have also assisted clients in working on life issues and challenges, such as: grief; shame; adjustment difficulties; stress related to employment, education, or relationships; relationship difficulties; parenting challenges; self-esteem issues; problems related to identity; and experiences of imposter phenomenon.

While I view clients' difficulties and the therapy process through the lens of psychodynamic theory, my therapy style (or how I am "in the room") is warm, collaborative, empathic, and client centered. I work hard to be present, listen attentively, and understand a client's experience from his/her/their perspective. Also, I utilize techniques and strategies from various psychotherapies, including: cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness-based-cognitive-behavioral, dialectal-behavioral, compassion-focused, emotion-focused, narrative, and humanistic-existential therapies. Additionally, considering therapy from a Christian perspective allows for the appreciation of the unique strengths derived from a client's faith and for the collaborative development of faith-based goals and considerations for therapy. I view clients as experts of their experience and work collaboratively on goals established for making psychological changes to improve their lives.

You're brave in seeking therapy to explore making constructive changes in your life. I look forward to working with you in this endeavor!


Specialties

  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Grief
  • Intimacy-related issues
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Stress, Anxiety , Addictions , Family conflicts , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , Abandonment , Antisocial Personality , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Jungian Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 22

Services offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

PA Psychologist PS016165


Reviews

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Written on Jan 08, 2023 after therapy with Sharon for 8 months

Dr. Young Is a wonderful Psychologist. She listens to you with an open mind and helps you to work through whatever you're going through. Dr. Young is kind, caring, and compassionate.

Work with me!