Yedida (Phyllis) Yasgur Verified
Play Therapist, Psychotherapist
Whether you are struggling with sudden or chronic illness, trauma, eating disorders, recent aliyah, neglect or abuse, disability, a ruptured relationship, loss, or learning challenges, our work together will help you to heal emotionally inside and out. Our work together will help you to no longer feel triggered by previous difficult or traumatic experiences and gain new perspectives.
I have 30+ years' experience in the USA as a clinical social worker working with children, teens, adults, and families. My credentials include Advanced Training in Family Systems Therapy, Certification in EMDR, and Level 3 Internal Family Systems, among others.
Play is the language of children. As a Registered Play Therapist and a Certified Child Trauma Specialist, I will welcome parent and child to my dedicated playroom outfitted with therapeutic toys, games, and creative activities. In a supportive atmosphere, parents will learn how to enhance their relationship with their child, and set limits in loving ways. Children will learn how to integrate their emotions, body sensations, and thoughts so that they can work through difficult experiences and painful memories.
Challenges can be difficult, but they can also lead us to new vistas and emotional growth. I will be there with you, side by side, in your healing journey, as you find and develop inner strengths and gain new perspectives.
University of Michigan
Certified EMDR October 1, 2018
IFS Level 1 July 20, 2018
IFS Level 2 January 20, 2020
IFS Level 3 October 2021
Registered Play Therapist July 13,2020
Telephone Counseling, Online Therapy
Cancer / Terminal Illness
Trauma / Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD
Anxiety / Panic
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Parenting Issues / Training
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy treatment that was originally designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories. It uses a structured approach to address the past events that may be causing current distress, and uses bilateral stimulation, such as eye movements, to activate different neural networks in the brain in order to reduce symptoms of trauma. EMDR has been found to be effective for a wide range of mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, and PTSD.
Family Systems TherapyFamily Systems Therapy is an approach to psychotherapy that emphasizes the importance of understanding how the family functions as a whole, and how individual family members interact and affect one another. It focuses on how family dynamics, such as communication patterns, roles, and power dynamics, shape behavior, and how changing these dynamics can lead to positive change. Family Systems Therapy is a collaborative approach, where the therapist works with the family as a whole to identify and address areas of conflict and distress.
Filial TherapyFilial therapy is based on the idea that children learn best through their relationships with their parents and other caregivers. In filial therapy, the practitioner works with the child and parent(s) together, teaching the parent(s) specific skills and techniques to use with their child. These may include active listening, reflective communication, and other strategies designed to help parents better understand and respond to their child's needs and emotions. The goal of filial therapy is to help parents become more attuned and responsive to their child, and to create a more positive and supportive family environment. Filial Therapy encourages parents to become their child's primary therapist, helping them to develop a stronger relationship through play. This type of therapy has been used to help children with a variety of issues, from anxiety and depression to disruptive behavior and learning disabilities. It is a powerful way to help a child feel more connected to their parents and to the world around them.
Guided ImageryGuided imagery is a form of visualization used for relaxation and healing. It uses the power of the imagination to create positive changes in a person's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It is also used to reduce stress and anxiety, cope with physical and emotional pain, increase motivation, confidence, and self-esteem, and to improve focus and concentration. During a guided imagery session, the practitioner will guide the client through a series of visualizations, using words and descriptions to help them create mental images in their mind. These visualizations can take many forms, such as a comforting place from the past or the client’s future goals.
Internal Family Systems (IFS)Internal Family Systems (IFS) is an evidence-based psychotherapy that uses the metaphor of an internal family of parts to help people gain awareness of how different parts of themselves can interact in healthy and unhealthy ways. IFS encourages people to become curious about their different parts, with the goal of helping them gain access to their true Self or core. Through this process, people can learn to recognize and care for the different parts of themselves, as well as develop compassionate understanding for the origins of their parts. A key principle of IFS is that each part within the person has its own positive intention and is trying to protect the person in some way. By understanding the positive intention of each part, the practitioner and client can work together to help the parts feel heard and understood, and to find more adaptive ways of meeting their needs. IFS has been found to be an effective treatment for a variety of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, trauma, and relationship issues.
Play TherapyPlay therapy is an evidence-based, developmentally appropriate form of intervention used to facilitate emotional, cognitive, and social growth in children. Play therapy is based on the premise that play is the child's natural medium of self-expression and can be used to assess and help a child work through difficult emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. The goal of play therapy is to help children develop the skills and abilities to navigate life stressors, and build self-esteem. During treatment, the therapist creates a comfortable, safe environment (a playroom) for the child to play with as few limits as possible. The toys in the playroom are intended to encourage the child to express his or her feelings and develop healthier behaviors. The child’s “play” with these toys serve as the child’s symbolic words, which may be difficult to express otherwise.
Sandplay TherapySandplay therapy is a form of psychotherapy that is based on Jungian psychology and is used to help children and adults explore their inner world using symbols and metaphors. It is a form of non-directive play therapy in which participants create a “sandbox” in which they construct three-dimensional scenes using tiny figurines and sand. Sandplay therapy is an effective form of therapy that helps clients explore their inner world, gain insight, and develop creative solutions to their problems. Sandplay therapy allows a person to construct their own microcosm using miniature toys and sand. What’s created acts as a reflection of the person’s own life and allows them the opportunity to resolve conflicts, identify and remove obstacles, and gain acceptance of self.
Systems Theory / TherapySystems therapy is a type of psychotherapy that focuses on understanding how people's behavior is affected by their relationships with others. This form of therapy is based on the idea that the individual is embedded within a larger system, such as a family unit or work environment, and that changes to that system can cause changes in an individual's behavior. Systems therapy emphasizes the importance of understanding how these systems interact and how they can be changed to improve the individual's mental health. The therapist works to identify patterns of behavior in the system, identify areas of conflict or stress, and help the individuals develop strategies to make changes within the system that will lead to healthier outcomes.
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