Dr. Diana Hu

WA PY61086931; APIT 15388

This is the belief that I hold for my clients: that you've been doing the best you can with the skills and resources you have. 

With your knowledge of yourself and my expertise, we can utilize your strengths effectively, build a stronger understanding of self, and explore new perspectives and tools. Within the room, I'll follow your lead, while holding the ongoing threads.

I strongly believe that progress in therapy happens best when we're on the same page. If you have additional questions or need more information in your decision-making process, please let me know!

How I work

I specialize in helping young adults and adults move past their fears, experience and accept their feelings, gain a stronger understanding of self, and navigate relationship differences between partners, parents, or managers.

My therapeutic style places the needs of the client at the center; I don't work from one treatment modality, because clients are not interchangeable. I draw from evidence-based methods such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). More importantly, I want to understand what is going on in someone's internal experience and what they find challenging. Then, we can talk about why those challenges are difficult, and what we can try to address them.

My highest priority is to show up to my clients as a human. I reflect where my clients are at, use humor to lighten the mood, and make no false promises to be better than any other. I maintain a stance of cultural humility, and prioritize learning the unique impacts of someone's cultural environment within the room.

Training and Schooling

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, The Wright Institute

I trained in university counseling centers and community mental health, serving primarily young adults struggling with anxiety, depression, anxiety development, and relationship or family concerns.

Doctoral Internship: Wichita State University, part of the Wichita Collaborative Psychology Internship Program

Dissertation: The Effects of Social Support and Acculturation on Disordered Eating and Body Dissatisfaction in Chinese-American women

B.S. in Psychology, University of Washington, Seattle

Professional Affiliations and Contributions

I serve as an editor and clinical consultant for Therapy Notebooks, a collection of self-guided journals utilizing research and evidence-based approaches to address a variety of mental health concerns. I have worked on all current publications, which include the following:

The Anti-Anxiety Notebook

The Field Guide for Depression

The Therapy Journal

The After-Trauma Notebook

The Anti-Insomnia Notebook

The Build-A-Habit Guide

I consulted with The Calendula Project, an initiative to destigmatize and share information about mental health with teens and young adults, to create accurate and informative posts and infographics for public dissemination.

I am a member of the following professional organizations:

American Psychological Association

Asian-American Psychological Association

Association for Contextual Behavioral Sciences

Washington Psychological Association