About the Therapist

  • 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:

What I love most about being a therapist is being a partner and a witness to the changes my clients make in their lives. I love to see my clients in the process of becoming more loving to themselves and more assertive with others. I love seeing my clients in the process of achieving their goals and improving their relationships. Most of all, I love to see my clients finding the freedom from the "old stuff" as they begin to thrive in their present lives.

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  and physical 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 repeatedly reminded, both in my work and in my personal life, about the incredible healing power of being with someone who is fully present and compassionetely 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.

Additional Training:

EMDR Basic Training - 50 hours - EMDR Training Center

Treating Chronic Pain with EMDR - Mark Grant

Ego State Therapy Interventions - DNMS Institute, LLC

Psychopharmachology - Kenneth Carter, PhD, ABPP

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

Counselor Roundtable

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  2 nd 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


Please feel free to contact me!