About Me

We all need allies along our journey. Everyone goes through difficult situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated many of these, there is nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it.

What I’m Like As a Therapist

My therapeutic approach is direct, supportive, and collaborative. I deeply listen as a curious and compassionate witness to you and your experience. I provide sanctuary for you, a safe, non-judgmental space where you can spill out your heart and mind and begin to make sense of things. Be careful! You likely will feel seen, heard, and acknowledged in ways you may never have before.

My Narrative-Based Therapeutic Approach

Throughout this collaborative process of constructing, deconstructing, and reconstructing your story, remember that you are the expert of your life. Your foot is on the gas and your hands are on the wheel. You are in charge of taking inspired action, to re-write a story that reshapes your life, your community, and our world, for the better. Are you ready to begin?

Therapeutic Modalities

  • Brainspotting
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Therapy
  • Trauma-informed Therapies
  • Body-centered Therapies
  • Expressive Arts Therapy (Writing)
  • Spiritual Therapy (Interfaith and Jewish)
  • Mindfulness Practices
  • Nonviolent Communication

Professional Credentials

  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
  • Master of Arts in Counseling
  • Master of Public Health
  • Certified Brainspotting Practitioner
  • Published Author and Poet
  • Ordained Interfaith Minister and Jewish Lay Leader/Educator

Professional Values

COMPASSION

To hold others and myself with authentic compassion to honor the circumstances that shaped our lives and the ways we each struggle and thrive.

CLIENT SELF-DETERMINATION AND AGENCY

To respectfully follow the lead of clients as they determine and choose the path and outcomes of their lives (excepting cases of self-harm or harm to others).

COLLABORATIVE CURIOSITY

To notice what is happening in the present moment experience with an open heart and curious mind to cultivate new possibilities.

What Others Have to Say

“In our work together you have been intuitive, responsive, and compassionate, yielding powerful results for me.”

– L.B., Author and Business Owner

“Ya’el is unfailingly compassionate and empathic.”

-D.B., Therapist and Supervisor

“You are exceptional in your ability to pave the way for trusted and positive relationships with your clients.”

– E.T., Nonprofit Director

“Ya’el has an empathy that surpasses most individuals. She has a knack for making each person feel special. Her smile invites us into her heart, with plenty for each of us to share.”

– P.L., Educational Consultant

Brainspotting

Jewish Transgenerational Trauma

Creativity Enhancement for Writers

Reclaiming Spiritual Sparks