About Dominique Yarritu, Ph.D., LMFT

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“I have been and still am a seeker; but I have ceased to question stars and books. I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me.” – Herman Hesse

Online Psychotherapist, Mental Health Therapist in San Jose, California - Dominique Yarritu, PhD, LMFT

My name is Dominique Yarritu. I am a Doctor in Depth Psychology and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. I have a private counseling and psychotherapy practice in San Jose, California, and see clients virtually throughout the state.

While the focus of my practice is helping people like you do the deep and immensely rewarding work necessary to heal and grow, some people want to know a little bit more about me and why I have chosen this profession as a mental health therapist.

So, in case you are curious …

I had a strong interest in languages and philosophy in my teenage years, and later on, in psychology. Yet, for the first part of my life, I held various positions in corporate companies throughout Europe, and gained a strong experience in the aviation industry in California. In parallel, a recurring theme for me was helping others through education, mentoring, and instruction.

Maybe like you, I have the experience of immigration.

I followed in the steps of my parents and ancestors: I have lived on three different continents, in multiple countries, and relocated to the Bay Area from Europe in the late 90s.

How does that show in my work with clients? Through my profound interest in different cultures: what makes us unique, and yet, what brings us all together and defines our humanity. These varied experiences have taught me what emotional suffering is. I can personally attest that we can overcome it to create a life that is rewarding, meaningful, and worth living.

Because I have been in training for many years and because I find it to be an invaluable process, I have been in individual therapy and analysis myself for quite some time.

I have a deep appreciation for the therapeutic relationship: two individuals (or more in the case of marriage counseling and couples therapy or family therapy) engage in a process of learning and growth that impacts both of them and leads to greater self-awareness, well-being, and healing.

I emphasize the aspect of the therapeutic process and the need to continue to do one’s personal work to let you know that I have the lived experience of how difficult therapy can be.

I know it is hard to be vulnerable. I know the challenge of taking the first step to look for a therapist and staying committed when it gets rough. There are things, initially, you may not want or think to say or articulate to your therapist, or even to yourself.

Yet few things in life are more rewarding than having the courage to be vulnerable at the right times and doing the deep work necessary to really explore who you are, so you can create a life you truly love.

How I Work

I am very dedicated to my work as a mental health therapist.

I have worked with adults, adolescents, couples, and families for the past decade, in community mental health agencies and a group practice. I have done counseling with children and teenagers on a school campus. I launched my private practice in 2021, where I focus on adults and couples.

As I continue to deeply enjoy the process of mentoring and guiding, I have expanded my professional growth by becoming a clinical supervisor. In the last couple of years, I have had great satisfaction in working with the next generation of mental health practitioners who will become my peers.

Another reason why I am the mental health therapist I am today is because I continue to educate myself through training and additional diplomas. I am currently an analytic training candidate at the Jung Institute in Küsnacht, Switzerland. I cannot imagine being in this profession and not keeping informed on how to better address what my patients bring to my virtual office.

Although I have a depth-psychology orientation and practice psychotherapy from a Jungian approach that includes shadow integration and analyzing symbols/dreams, I use whatever therapeutic techniques are most helpful for my clients in the moment – whether it is object relations, psychoanalysis, relational, attachment-based and psychodynamic psychotherapy, somatic, or mindfulness work.

I am also a body-oriented psychotherapist, which means I believe in an essential connection between mind and body that is integral to the process of healing and growth.

I work with individual adults and couples who are struggling with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, the upheavals of being human, and the emotional and relational obstacles we all meet at times, and who are interested in further personal, emotional, and psychological growth.

I have a special interest in the process of individuation, major life transitions, cross-cultural and immigration concerns, relationship issues, and reproductive choices, especially third-party procreation. In addition, I thoroughly enjoy working with couples to help them create a safe and fulfilling life together.

I am bi-lingual, and provide therapy in English and French.

Perhaps most importantly of all, while I practice from a depth-psychology and psychoanalytic orientation which may elicit the image of a silent therapist, past the first few sessions when I get to know you, I tend to be active and relational.

I will listen to you attentively and intentionally. But I will also draw on my extensive training and my own life experiences to work with you collaboratively. I will provide direction when appropriate to help you identify the patterns that are supporting you, as well as those holding you back and keeping you from achieving your goals.

That being said, my goal is not to “change” you as much as to offer you a safe space to share your deepest thoughts, emotions, feelings, and spread your wings.

My intention is to follow your lead, stay present with you in our relationship, and help you in each moment to do the deep work necessary to really explore and better understand yourself – your true being or soul – so you can create sound healing and growth.

If this is your goal, too, then I encourage you to contact me today to schedule a free initial 20-minute consultation, ask any questions you have, and learn how I can help you create a better and more fulfilling life.

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Dominique Yarritu, PhD, LMFT – Online Marriage and Family Therapist, Psychotherapist, and Mental Health Therapist in San Jose, California