YY Wei, M.S.W.

YY's Couples Retreat is held in Denver, Colorado

Licenses

Clinical Social Worker - Colorado

Colorado # 1882

Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC) III

Certified Addictions Counselor, Department of Regulatory Agencies.​  2011

Education

MSW, University of Denver  (Master in Social Work) 2009

B.A. University of Colorado at Boulder (Psychology) Minor Italian,  2007, Dean’s List

Languages 

Fluent in English, Mandarin & Cantonese

Conversational Italian​


Certifications

• Level I, II, & III Gottman Method Couples Therapy Training, and on the Certification Track to become a certified Gottman Method Therapist

• Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist,  5-day Externship

• Certified EMDR Therapist

• Certification in Interpersonal Trauma from the University of Denver

• Certification in Interpersonal Trauma Studies

• Certified Grief Recovery Specialist through The Grief Recovery Institute® 2011

• Clinical Supervisor: The Gender Identity Center of Colorado

• Member of the LGBTQIA Healthcare Guild

• Working towards Certification as a Sex Therapist through AASECT

I’m really passionate about working with couples and teaching them the various skills I have learned.  Once I realized the tricks to making and keeping relationships healthy, fun, connected, and loving, I wanted to share them with as many people as I could.

Evidence-based Treatment Models

Gottman Certification Path:

5-Day Externship

Clinical Experience

YY has worked in a variety of settings, including detoxification programs – drug and alcohol treatment facility, domestic violence agencies, an Autism Center, and behavior treatment programs for adolescents. She also has worked in mental health organizations, and as a supervisor to graduate students who are in psychology and social work programs.

She also provides supervision to clinicians who are seeking supervision hours towards their licensures and developing competencies to strengthen their work with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families.  In addition, she provides supervision and consultation to interns, supervisees and colleagues around the areas of sex, sexuality, and their work with clients who have alternative life styles and sexual interests.

She has extensive experience working with those managing trauma, and has Certifications in EMDR and Grief and Loss.

She has completed training in both Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and all three levels of Gottman Couples Therapy Training, and training in the Crucible Model® of Sex Therapy, as well as Divorce-busting® with Michelle Weiner Davis.

She is working toward certification as a Sex Therapist via AASECT.

YY has experience in providing family therapy using attachment based, strength-base and systemic models.

Approach to Couples Therapy

Through my personal and professional experiences, I have come to know that relationships are important, as they feed our soul and keep us energized. We all need skills to feel heard, understood and loved to maintain the passion and the intimacy alive. We all need to learn how to communicate our thoughts and feelings openly but not making our partners feel attacked or criticized. We also need to have the skills to be able to have disagreements and come to a compromise together. We all need help getting what we want and need from those we love.

What I know is that with some strategies and skills and the help of an unbiased third party, you can learn how to understand each other and connect with each other again. You can learn to trust each other again and feel connected so you don’t have to live in fear and walk on eggshells anymore.

I'm passionate about working with my couples from a non-judgemental, compassionate place, to create a safe space for them, and to allow them to explore their feelings and share their experience with each other.

I also work with clients who are participate in the alternative relationship like open relationship, polyamorous relationship, BDSM/Kink, etc.

My style of working with my clients helps empowered them to be their authentic selves in their relationship. My therapeutic style is to encourage my couples to be more open and understanding with themselves and more compassionate with their partners.

Additional Certifications & Associations

Professional Member pursuing Certification

Certificated Discernment Counselor



Certified EFT Therapist

Speaking Personally

Since I could remember, my purpose has been to help loved ones understand each other better and to get along better. When I was younger, I thought “happily ever after” was achieved by finding the person you love and who loves you. Of course, I was in for a rude awakening!

As I got older myself and started having my own relationship journey, I found out that happily ever after doesn’t happen very easily. There is something wrong with the myth of spontaneously having a good relationship without learning the right information and good relationship skills, first.

Luckily, when I was trying to improve my relationship skills, I was also studying to become a therapist. I got to learn the latest research about what makes relationships work.

As I was studying to become a relationship expert, I was able to put them in use in my own relationships and practiced them. Once I realized the tricks to making and keeping relationships healthy, fun, connected, and loving, I wanted to share them with as many people as I could.

I’m really passionate about working with couples and teaching them the various skills I have learned.

What I know is that you can still bring back the playfulness, the spontaneity, and the connection that you want in your relationship and in your home.

I want you to have a happier relationship. I have devoted my professional life to helping people build stronger relationships.

I would like to help you too.