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John "Yianni" Gianopulos, AMFT

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist 134724

Supervised by Amelia Glogowski, LCSW 87881

“It took me a while to discover that there is an inner child in all of us, whose wants, needs, and voice matters. I enjoy working alongside children, teens, and adults to honor their inner worlds and help them find the care, support, and strategies they need to thrive.”

Yianni is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT) with a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University. He has worked as a therapist in the school and non-profit clinic settings, and has years of experience volunteering with children, teens, and adults in churches, schools, and summer camps. Having been raised in both the USA and Greece, he has a deep appreciation for the impact culture has on our values, communication styles, and relational dynamics. With a previous career in science and engineering, he is also familiar with the demands of Silicon Valley tech life. Yianni uses psychodynamic, person-centered, and family systems approaches in his work, and with children makes use of play therapy, bibliotherapy, and social & emotional coaching. His style is warm, attentive, and nonjudgmental, with a knack for connecting with children and adults alike.

Licensing and Education

  • Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #134724

  • Masters of Arts, Counseling Psychology, Santa Clara University

  • Bachelor of Science, Materials Science Engineering, Stanford University

Therapeutic Approaches

  • Psychodynamic psychotherapy

  • Person-centered therapy

  • Bowenian family systems therapy

Personal Skills/Languages

  • Fluent in Greek

 

Clinical Background

  • Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC), Mountain View, CA

    • provided psychotherapy to elementary school-age children presenting with social and emotional symptoms

    • conducted individualized assessment and treatment planning to support children’s socio-emotional growth and identified needs

    • engaged children in both individual and group settings, utilizing developmentally appropriate art therapy, play therapy, and social-emotional learning (SEL) groups

    • communicated with the child’s parents during treatment to inform them of specific interventions and progress ​

    • collaborated with teachers, resource specialists, and other staff members to ensure support and interventions aligned with child’s needs and strengths

    • managed safety and suicidality concerns

  • Church Community, San Jose, CA

    • cared for preschool-aged children by providing a safe, structured, and engaging environment, with developmentally appropriate play activities

    • served adolescent youth groups by exploring topics of well-being and community building, and offering support during challenging times

    • facilitated an ongoing young adult group for the purpose of community building and spiritual development, and assisted with conflict mediation as needed

  • Cambrian School District, San Jose, CA

    • served as a substitute teacher for elementary and middle school-aged students

    • engaged with students during academic teaching to ensure they understood the material and managed behavioral concerns during class periods

    • provided guidance and support in classroom assignments, including the delivery of executive functioning interventions

  • Kids Club Consultants, San Jose, CA

    • led an afterschool kids club group for 4th – 5th graders from Washington Elementary School to teach positive life skills through music and play-based activities

    • addressed peer conflicts and help mediate conflict situations among participants​​

    • communicated with parents when challenges arose to collaborate on resolving concerns

  • Bellarmine College Preparatory, San Jose, CA

    • served as a high-school summer school chemistry teacher

    • developed and implemented curriculum to ensure students learned subject matter

    • facilitated discussions and lab activities to provide a hands-on learning experience

    • assessed students regularly to confirm students were comprehending concepts

    • communicated with parents on their children’s learning and progress when needed

    • provided guidance and support to students on an individual bases when needed

  • Adelante Club, Washington Elementary School, San Jose, CA

    • mentored 4th and 5th-grade at-risk through the development of life and leadership skills as a gang prevention strategy

    • assisted in the development of science-based projects and outdoor activities, such as gardening, to foster development of interests, passions, and self-efficacy

    • supported students one-on-one on improving reading skills, to improve self-esteem and academic performance

Associations & Memberships

  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)

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