Yael  Schlenger

Yael Schlenger

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

Accepting new clients for afternoon & evening appointments in Upper West Side practice (updated March 25, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • Couples
  • Family issues
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Premarital counseling
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Relationships

Professional statement

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.

Message to clients

Making the choice to engage in therapy means that you are ready to work on issues in your life that may be holding you back from achieving your goals or feeling fulfilled. I will work with you to help you make meaning of your experiences and to open up possibilities for different experiences.


Couples - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love

Family issues - Promoting communication and supporting family members to address challenges and reduce conflict and distress

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Premarital counseling - Providing a safe and neutral environment for couples to explore expectations and prepare for the rewards and challenges of marriage

Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy - Focuses on building secure, lasting bonds between intimate partners and family members with the goal of increasing security, closeness, and connection in intimate relationships

Relationships - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

General expertise


Yael Schlenger is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $225 (45min-50min)
  • Initial session: $250 (50min)

Therapist's note

Yael can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Upper West Side practice

590 West End Avenue

Suite 1C

New York, NY 10024

  • Mon 1:00pm-9:00pm
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu 1:00pm-9:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2018 - Present
William Alanson White Institute, 2018 - 2019
Ackerman Institute for the Family, 2013 - 2019
Jewish Board, 2017 - 2018

NYU Silver School of Social Work, MSW, 2011
CUNY Queens College, BA, 2007


  • English
  • Hebrew

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