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About Paul

Credentials

Paul Youngs is a licensed psychologist specializing in individual, couples and family therapy, and maintains a private practice in both Newtown Square, PA, and Philadelphia, PA.

With over 20 years experience as a marriage and family therapist, and as a graduate of Temple University, he is currently serving as private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among his areas of expertise are adolescents and family therapy, couples counseling, stress management, and depression and anxiety.

In addition to being an established relationship therapist, Dr. Youngs has taught a number of academic courses in family therapy and relationship issues at a number of local universities that include the University of Pennsylvania, Chestnut Hill College, and Temple University.

Philosophy of Treatment

I enter all therapeutic relationships with a deep-seated hopefulness. This hopefulness is grounded both in a belief in myself as an experienced, caring, and committed therapist, and in my experience of my clients as resourceful, courageous, and competent human beings. Regardless of the presenting problem, be it depression, anxiety, family issues, relationship concerns, my approach remains the same.

I focus on understanding as fully and as deeply as I can  the challenges my clients are facing and the accompanying feelings they are experiencing. My goal is to cultivate a safe and trusting environment in which my clients feel that they can be who they are and can explore whatever they need to explore without fear of judgment, criticism, or premature advice. I understand that we all struggle in some way, that we all have vulnerabilities. And although my experience has taught me that our struggles all have something in common, each of us is an individual in our own right, each of us has our own particular needs, each of has our own unique path. I respect and enjoy the uniqueness of each client I work with.

As the therapeutic relationship is forged, my clients begin to heal old wounds, to tap into their inner strength and resourcefulness, and to try new behaviors. My clients develop new, more accepting understandings of themselves. This acceptance replaces the shame that many of us feel when we come to therapy, a shame that is often the residue of past relationships, a shame that often holds us back. This newly gained acceptance leads to a greater sense of healthy entitlement, to a more consistent assertion of needs, and the growing ability to participate in life and in relationships more and more freely. When the therapist and the client both make commitments to the their relationship and to the process of therapy, miraculous things do indeed occur.