xinzhu Yu, Clinical intern

Teletherapy: Illinois
In-Person: chicago – N. Michigan ave
in-person: chicago – evanston

Xinzhu Yu is a Clinical Intern currently pursuing a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Northwestern University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Boston University. Prior to entering the counseling profession, she has had experience working in mental health and related fields in China, Canada, the UK, and the US in multiple settings, including schools, hospitals, community centers, non-profit organizations, refugee centers, and private practice. She employs a strengths-based approach to therapy that creates a warm, validating, empathetic, and non-judgmental space for her clients. She believes that individuals can heal through discovering their own power.

Xinzhu provides therapy to individuals and couples in English and Mandarin Chinese. Her clinical areas of interest include multicultural issues, adjustment and immigration, women’s issues, relationships, identity development, life transitions, self-esteem, and sex therapy. She is passionate about empowering people from marginalized communities and pays attention to individuals’ diverse cultural backgrounds and systems. Xinzhu works collaboratively and authentically with her clients, believing that the therapeutic relationship itself promotes healing. She aims to destigmatize mental health and provide culturally competent care.


Areas of Interest

 Anxiety/Social Anxiety, Attachment Issues, Body Image/Size, Career/Coaching/Occupation, Codependency, Cultural/Multicultural Issues, Depression, Existential/Spiritual, Family/Family of Origin, Guilt/Shame, Identity/Self-Esteem, Infertility/Reproductivity, LGBTQ+,  Marriage/Relationships, Mindfulness/Meditation, Mood Disorders, Money/Finances/Spending, Neglect, Neurodiversity, Prejudice/Discrimination/Social Injustice, Sexuality/Sex Therapy, Singles’ Issues, Sleep Disorders, Stress, Women’s Issues


Urban Balance prioritizes the safety of our clients and staff and will provide teletherapy counseling services.