Hoi Yan “Nadia” Lau, LMFT

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Hoi Yan Nadia Lau
Location: Palo Alto, San Jose, Video Therapy

Ages: Adults (18+ years)
Teens (14-17 years)
Pre-Teens (12-13 years)
Children (8-11 years)

Type of Therapy: Individual, Children Counseling, Teen Counseling
Experience: 10+ years

Hoi Yan “Nadia” Lau, LMFT

Cognitive Behavioral Therapist

Nadia is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 7 years of experience in different settings such as non-profit agencies and school settings. She conducted individual therapy, parental coaching and family therapy in those settings. She provides individual and family therapy to all ages. She offers her warm and non-judgmental personality to support individuals overcoming various challenges in life such as anxiety, depression, life transitions and interpersonal issues. She values cultural differences and respects different perspectives. She speaks fluent Cantonese, understands bi-cultural and immigrant experience.

Nadia is compassionate, patient, and supportive. Nadia utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic, Art, and Mindfulness in her treatment and dedicates her time to continue to enhance her clinical skills. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and her Master of Science degree in Psychology and Marriage and Family therapy from Notre Dame de Namur University.

In her free time, she enjoys traveling, trying new food, cooking and spending time with loved ones.


  • Academic Stress
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attention-Deficit Disorder (ADHD)
  • Body Image
  • Cultural Identity
  • Death, Grief, and Loss
  • Depression
  • Family Problems
  • Health Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Life Transitions
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Panic Attacks
  • Parenting and Discipline
  • Phobias
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Relationships/Communication
  • Self-Esteem
  • Social Anxiety
  • Social Skills
  • Stress
  • Women’s Issues
  • Work/Career

Intensive Study/Specialization:

  • Mindfulness
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Trauma focused CBT

Marriage and Family Therapists are mental health professionals trained in psychotherapy with a family systems influence, and licensed to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders that affect individuals, couples, and families. The Federal government has designated marriage and family therapy as a core mental health profession along with psychiatry, psychology, social work and psychiatric nursing. The State of California support and regulate the profession by licensing MFTs.

Educational requirements

Marriage and Family Therapists have graduate training (either a masters or doctoral degree) in counseling psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy. Prior to a rigorous exam process leading to licensure, LMFTs must complete at least 3,000 hours of post-graduate clinical experience under the supervision of a licensed mental health professional. Before full licensure, LMFTs are called “Associates”. LMFTs are employed in a variety of private and public settings, including private practice, community mental health centers, and behavioral managed care organizations.

Do LMFTs only work with clients who are having problems in their marriages and families?

No. While LMFTs are qualified to do couples and family therapy, most LMFTs work with individual adults to not only enhance the quality of their relationships, but also decrease symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress.

How can a LMFT help me?

Like other mental health professionals such as social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists, LMFTs help clients by diagnosing and treating common emotional and behavioral difficulties that interfere with functioning at an optimal level. LMFTs use empirical-supported counseling techniques to help their clients achieve desired goals.