Dr. Ru-Chi Yang earned a Ph. D. from Gannon University (Pennsylvania, US) and an M.S. in Counseling Psychology from State University of New York, Albany. She also holds a B.S. in Nursing from Taiwan. Dr. Yang is a licensed psychologist, a health service provider in psychology (inactive status since September 1, 2014), and a registered play therapist-supervisor (inactive status since April 1, 2014) in the United States. She is also a licensed nurse in Taiwan.
Dr. Yang is a senior psychologist and has more than fifteen years of experience as a psychologist, primarily with children and adolescents who present with learning difficulties, ADHD, ODD, disruptive behaviors, negative attention-seeking behaviors, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, difficulty expressing thoughts/feelings, adjustment issues, grief, parental divorce/separation, low frustration tolerance, anger problems, parenting issues, parent-child relationship problems, trauma, poor decision-making skills, non-compliance behaviors, social skill deficits, relational issues, autism spectrum disorder, and limited coping skills.
Dr. Yang provides individual, group, and family therapy; comprehensive psychological assessments (i.e. cognitive, academic, attention, executive function skills, social, emotional, personality, adaptive, developmental, & behavioral functioning); and crisis intervention/risk assessment. She utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and behavioral therapy approaches. She also incorporates child-centered play therapy, cognitive behavioral play therapy, filial therapy, and child parent relationship therapy intervention in treatment.
Dr. Yang believes that her energy, creativity, playfulness, and flexibility enhance her ability to successfully engage in therapeutic interventions with children and adolescents.
Dr. Yang is a member of the Association for Play Therapy (APT) and graduated from the APT Leadership Academy in 2012. She currently serves on the Ethics and Practices Committee of APT. She has also previously supervised doctoral students in clinical psychology and provides supervision to the mental health professionals. Languages: English, Mandarin