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Yumi Nielsen

Yumi Nielsen


20 years of experience

With the right match, psychotherapy is one of the greatest gifts you can give to yourself. I'm a licensed clinical social worker and see individual clients remotely in New York and Michigan. My approach is warm, genuine, and affirming. It's my job to understand how your background, current circumstances, and overlapping social identities have shaped your experience, as well as to help you navigate what's going on in your life so you can heal and move forward. I have a master’s degree with a law minor from Columbia University and have practiced social work for 20+ years. I’ve devoted much of my career to social justice and have worked with, and on behalf of kids and adults of all ages in the areas of mental health, child welfare, juvenile justice, education, LGBTQIA+ rights, and homeless services. After some soul searching and shifting of my "why," I've returned to clinical practice and love meeting and working with people from all walks of life.

What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?

My goal for the initial session, or "assessment," is to offer a safe, compassionate, nonjudgmental space to set the tone for our work together. We'll cover administrative basics, and I'll ask a bunch of questions to learn about who you are, what brings you to therapy, your prior experience with therapy (what you liked or didn't like), your strengths and values, what you'd like to work on, and how I can best support you. You decide what you feel comfortable sharing. Feel free to ask questions to make sure we're a good fit.

Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.

I've been told that I help people feel seen and heard, which is something we don't often experience in our personal lives, in school, and at work. I tailor my approach to each person; for instance, maybe you like homework; perhaps you want a sounding board and compassionate support; maybe you're looking for practical strategies to calm your busy mind. We're all different, and so are our needs. I love learning and appreciate feedback. If something isn't working for you, I want you to feel empowered to tell me so I can improve. Your weekly session time is your time to just be you.

About Yumi Nielsen

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My treatment methods


My therapy practice is integrative, weaving together tools from different approaches (e.g., psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, humanistic) with an emphasis on mindfulness and self-compassion. I tailor how I work with people based on their unique strengths, needs, preferences, and life experience. It’s important for me to understand what works -- or doesn't work -- for you and how I can support you.

Culturally Sensitive Therapy

As humans, we long to feel seen, heard, and understood. I use an intersectional lens to understand how your overlapping social identities (e.g., age, gender identity, race) have shaped your life experience.

Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)

I use CBT with clients to explore the interplay of thoughts, feelings, and behavior. Together, we’ll take a closer look at negative thought patterns and beliefs that bring you down and limit your possibilities. We'll work on quieting the inner critic.