Yael Schlenger is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker on the Upper West Side of Manhattan who works with couples, individuals, and families. She specializes in anxiety disorders, depression, premarital counseling, family conflict, and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.
Yael enjoys the relationship she builds with each of her clients. Many of the couples she works with have had long-term issues and have a general feeling of being stuck. Yael also has extensive experience working with young adults who are trying to find themselves and make sense of life post-college or college students who feel stuck and are anxious about life after graduation.
Yael works from both a family systems lens and psychodynamic frame. She also works to help normalize a client’s experience and develop healthier coping skills to manage their symptoms. This includes grounding and mindfulness exercises, increased awareness and labeling of emotions, and connection to the world around them. She takes an eclectic approach that combines family systems, narrative therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and attachment work.
When working with clients, Yael works to gain a better understanding of how each individual's family of origin has influence over their relationships and beliefs in the present. She also spends time exploring any marginalizing experiences they have had and what successful treatment looks like. In addition, she has expertise in how religion and/or spirituality influences intimacy and sexuality.
Yael provides an open, empathic, and nonjudgmental space to talk safely about the things that may be bothering clients the most. She received training at the Ackerman Institute for the Family and her MSW from New York University’s Silver School of Social Work. Her office is conveniently located near the 86th Street subway station.