- Yael DiPlacido is licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in the State of Missouri.
- Yael holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Work, a Master of Social Work and Certification in Clinical Social Work with Families, from St. Louis University.
- Yael is trained and experienced in various approaches to therapy that can be adjusted to your specific needs and goals.
- Yael has worked extensively with survivors of sexual abuse and interpersonal violence, and is specialized in approaches to Trauma Therapy
- Personal Statement:
I believe that each individual, couple, and family has a unique set of strengths and abilities. Sometimes, we need help in identifying these strengths and in using them to achieve our goals. Balance, change, and growth may come about in many different ways. For some people it is by learning new copings skills or adopting new communication methods. While for others it is overcoming the hurts of the past, adopting a new outlook, or accepting what cannot be changed. Still, for some, it is a matter of getting to know themselves better. However, very often it is only a matter of applying some simple solution focused techniques that can help us resolve a very confusing or stressful situation. I have worked with a wide variety of people through their struggles, transitions, mental health concerns, relational conflicts, addictions, spiritual struggles and creative blocks. As your therapist, I will provide a safe, non-judgmental environment, and collaborate with you in uncovering your own path to balance and wellness.
My Style and Approach
I'm repeatadly reminded, both in my work and in my personal life, about the incredible healing power of being with someone who is fully present and compassionatly connected. In working with you, I strive to be that healing presence. While working together I may use a variety of techniques in order to find what will work best for you. These techniques are likely to include dialogue, interpretation, cognitive reframing, awareness exercises, self-monitoring experiments, visualization, journal-keeping, drawing, meditation, reading, hypnotherapy, EMDR, and more. I believe in the mind-body-spirit connection, and work holistically by addressing your concerns on all of these levels. I draw from Western (evidence based) approaches as well as from Eastern (proved by centries of experience) approaches. If I propose a specific technique that may have special risks attached, I will inform you of that, and discuss with you the risks and benefits of what I am suggesting. I may suggest that you consult with a physical health care provider regarding physical treatments that could help your problems; I refer both to traditional and non-traditional (homeopathic and Eastern medicine) practitioners, and will be glad to discuss with you the pros and cons of various alternatives. I may suggest that you get involved in a therapy or support group as part of your work with me. I'm always willing to discuss how and why I come to the suggestions I make, and to look at alternatives that might work better. You can feel free to ask me to try something that you think will be helpful. You can ask me about my training for working with your concerns, and can request that I refer you to someone else if you decide I'm not the right therapist for you. You are free to leave therapy at any time. I’m dedicated to the highest standards of professional practice and strictly adhere to all the regulations governing private health information.
EMDR Basic Training - 50 hours - EMDR Training Center
Gestalt Therapy – 2 year training program under Ed Harris, PhD
Foundations in Hypnotherapy Certificate – Hypnosis Motivation Institute
Hypnosis and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Certificate – Hypnosis Motivation Institute
Emotional Freedom Technique- EFT basic and advance Certificate – Hypnosis Motivational Institute
DSM V - Jack Klott
Treating Complex Psychological Trauma – John Briere, PhD
New Frontiers in Trauma Treatment – Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD
Personality Disorders in Social Work and Health Care – Greg Lester, PhD
Working with Older Adults and Their Caregivers – Roy Steinberg, Ph.D
Self Injury Helps Me! Why Should I Stop? - Wendy Lader, Ph.D., M.Ed
Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery: Practical Tools for an Effective Response – Freedom Network Training Institute
Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCADSV) Trainings:
Sexual Violence, Trauma, and Self Injury
Introduction to Advocacy Institute
Assembling your Teen Toolkit: Tips for Working with Generation Y
The Cycle of Addiction and Motivational Interviewing
The Financial Reform Act, Predatory Lending, and Survivors of IPV
Comprehensive Services for Low-Income Communities of Color
Engaging Men and Boys Through Strength Clubs
Missouri Office of Prosecution Services 2nd Annual Conference on Domestic and Sexual Violence: Building on existing tools to effectively prosecute domestic and sexual violence
Chemical Dependency - The 4 Quadrants and Stages of Change - Craig Miner, LPC and Stacy Glenn, LCSW
HIV/AIDS Conference – Midwest AIDS Training and education Center