KATHY WU, PHD
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Dr. Kathy Wu is a Chinese-born New Yorker whose life mission is to help as many young people as possible thrive against adversity, and maximize their inner capacity for joy, innovation, and wellness.
Dr. Wu has been counseling and educating children, teens, and young adults for over a decade. To date, she has worked in community mental health clinics, partial and inpatient psychiatric hospitals, therapeutic day treatment programs, outpatient practices, schools, and corporations. In addition to providing counseling and psychotherapy, Dr. Wu is currently a tenure-tracked assistant professor of graduate clinical psychology at Widener University. She teaches courses in developing leadership potential, consultation and organizational psychology, clinical case conference, and is developing a community psychology program concentration.
Clinically, Dr. Wu received her master's degree in applied psychology, specializing in school counseling from New York University. She inspired countless college students to excel beyond expectations as a student advocate at Lehman College in New York City. Soon her yearning to learn more about how people are motivated to grow took her to Northeastern University, where she earned her PhD in counseling psychology in 2016. She completed her APA accredited pre-doctoral training at Astor Services for Children and Families in the Bronx, NY, where she worked with children and their families with immense emotional and behavioral challenges. She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in trauma therapy at the CARES Institute of Rowan University in 2017, providing psychotherapy to families whose children and teens had been abused and neglected. She conceptualizes treatment strategies from a trauma-informed, ecological multi-systems, cognitive-behavioral and positive psychology lens. Learn more about Dr. Wu's philosophy of change here.
Dr. Wu loves plants just as much as she loves people. She is an aspiring horticulturist, with a love of strolling through PA's glorious gardens and digging in soil any chance she gets.