I Don’t Want to Label My Child

with Erin Hoolihan, PsyD and Kimberly Yu, MS

I Don’t Want to Label My Child

Episode 12, Season 3 | January 17, 2023

Show Notes

We are all different, and we know that not every child fits into a specific category. Is your child struggling with learning or behavioral outbursts? Your child is not broken and you are not a bad parent. One helpful tool may be getting your child evaluated. An evaluation is not about labeling, but providing useful information and practical insights on strengths and weaknesses so your child can thrive throughout their lifespan. Listen to today’s episode featuring CHC’s Catherine T. Harvey Center for Clinical Services experts Dr. Erin Hoolihan, Licensed Psychologist and Kimberly Yu, Doctoral Psychology Intern.

Guest Info
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Dr. Erin Concepcion Hoolihan (she/her/hers) is a licensed clinical psychologist with experience providing comprehensive psychological assessment and psychotherapy to youth and families. Dr. Hoolihan graduated with honors from Santa Clara University with a BS in psychology and went on to complete her MA and PsyD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Indianapolis, with an emphasis in Child and Adolescent psychology. At the University of Indianapolis, Dr. Hoolihan conducted research that focused on perceptions of justice, social capital, diversity and inequity. Dr. Hoolihan has worked with youth and families presenting with a range of clinical concerns, including depression, anxiety, trauma, anger, self-harm/suicidality, inattention and hyperactivity and adjustment to new life circumstances. Dr. Hoolihan completed her APA accredited predoctoral internship for the county of San Bernardino in Southern California, and her APA accredited postdoctoral residency on the Child and Adolescent team for Kaiser Permanente in Daly City.


Dr. Hoolihan believes that therapy is most effective when it is a collaborative partnership, and clients are able to address their difficulties within the context of a safe therapeutic relationship. Dr. Hoolihan is most passionate about working with youth from diverse backgrounds better understand themselves and their experiences within the context of, sometimes, challenging environments. She recognizes that challenges with mental health can be difficult, and sometimes scary, for youth and families to navigate, and believes that offering support at this important developmental point is critical for helping individuals better face future challenges.


Dr. Hoolihan is also passionate about offering support to families in the form of psychological assessment. Assessment is a wonderful tool that helps families and clinicians better understand and support youth, and offers concrete suggestions to help youth be most successful.


Outside of work, Dr. Hoolihan enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling and enjoying the wonderful food the Bay Area has to offer.

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