Sherry Yam, LCSW

(EMDRIA Foundation Approved CIT for the Racial Equity Support Initiative recipients)

EMDR Certified Therapist

EMDR Consultant-in-Training

Online Therapy

About Me

For those who are interested in working with me for EMDR Certification Consultation, my teaching is tailored for EMDRIA Trained Therapists who want to deepen their EMDR skills and become an EMDR Certified Therapist through EMDRIA and has a specific interest in the BIPOC/AAPI population including professionals and Veterans. With her passion in fostering mental health provider diversity and retention, Sherry provides clinical consultation nationwide at the Department of Veteran Affairs, specializing in training therapists to deliver trauma informed evidence-based treatment for AAPI Veterans. When she’s not teaching, she researches and develops effective virtual trainings for therapists to deliver trauma treatment for Veterans. In the community, she enjoys teaching children piano to promote children’s self-esteem and creativity. Invited Talks & Guest Speakers (September, 2013). Community Based Mental Health. Invited talk for NAMI Student Group at East Los Angeles College, Monterey Park, CA. Guest speaker at NAMI student group East Los Angeles College (Topic: Community Based Mental Health) (May, 2021). Eliminating the Barriers to AAPI Mental Health. Invited webinar presentation for Sysco AAPI Month Event. (May, 2021). Depression AAPI. Invited discussion group facilitator for Sysco Mental Health Event. (May, 2023). EMDRIA Members Respond: Identity and Heritage Representation for Asian American Heritage Month. Invited speaker for EMDRIA Focal Point Blog AANHPI Month.

Education & Experience

Sherry earned her MSW specializing in Military Social Work in 2013 from University of Southern California, where she earned her internship experience at a VA Grant & Per Diem program in Hollywood, CA for Post 9-11 combat homeless veterans. She has worked with Asian Refugees, Immigrants, young adults of immigrant parents who suffered from generational trauma, cultural identity and other chronic mental health condition. My Trauma trainings include the National Center for PTSD and Trauma Recovery/ EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program.

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

I currently serve as the Coordinator for the NorCal Chapter - Trauma Recovery/ EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs. A Traditional Chinese / Cantonese to English Translator for ISTSS (International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies)

Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Birth Trauma/Pregnancy Loss
  • Depression
  • Domestic Violence
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Moral Injury
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Performance Enhancement
  • Phobias
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
  • Race, Culture, Ethnicity Issues
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Survivor's Guilt
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adults
  • Expats
  • First Responders
  • Immigrants
  • LGBTQ+
  • Veterans/Military


  • Cantonese
  • English


  • Aetna
  • BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • UnitedHealth

Spring Health EAP, Optum, Oscar, Oxford, Self-Pay