Rabbi Yael Saidoff, MA MA AMFT
We are excited to announce the addition of Rabbi Yael Saidoff, MA-AMFT to Calabasas Behavioral Health!
Rabbi Yael Saidoff has a strong background in psychospiritual work. After being ordained as a Conservative Rabbi, she taught in a university setting for nearly a decade. She taught a wide range of courses, including character development and comparative mysticism. Rabbi Saidoff also served as the spiritual counselor for graduate students at American Jewish University (AJU). She continues to lead retreats for AJU and events that focus on couple’s counseling and skills development.
Counseling has always been a central part of Rabbi Saidoff’s career path. She has worked in residential treatment centers for drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence centers, as well as congregational settings. Rabbi Saidoff has helped hundreds of people to traverse critical transitions, during both the highs and lows of life.
In counseling, Rabbi Saidoff draws from her extensive experience with mindfulness meditation. She has taught meditation skills in dozens of community settings, as well as in the course of therapy. Mindfulness can help individuals develop greater intimacy with their own experiences, enabling acceptance and reducing anxiety.
Rabbi Saidoff is also skilled in Depth Psychology and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), an evidence based method for treating patients with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
Rabbi Saidoff has experience working with depression, trauma, anxiety, OCD, grief/loss, life transitions, couple’s work and spiritual exploration. She is comfortable working with clients from all ethnic, gender, cultural and religious backgrounds. An artist herself, Rabbi Saidoff has a passion for working with creative professionals. She is comfortable offering counseling in English and Hebrew.
Rabbi Saidoff lives with her spouse of 19 years, Joshua, and their two children.
Please reach out if you have any further questions. Call our office to schedule a complimentary 20-minute phone consultation with Rabbi Saidoff
Finding Your Center
“Many of us today feel disconnected. Our days are filled with a steady stream of obligations and desires. We call that: ‘life.’ I can help you find a path that leads to your truest self and to the person you want to become.”
“Cultivating intimacy with others requires developing intimacy with oneself. With compassion and guidance it is possible to learn to love oneself and, in turn, love others more deeply.”
Trauma, Mood and Anxiety Disorders: You are not alone. Depression, anxiety, trauma and OCD can be treated and overcome. I can work with you to develop strategies to change old patterns and develop new ones.
Couples Therapy: Nothing affects our quality of life more than our relationships. Learning how to create safety in a relationship is a critical part of getting your needs met. All backgrounds and genders are welcome.
Mindfulness, Spirituality: To be truly fulfilled, every part of us must be healthy: mind, body and spirit. I work with clients with a holistic perspective to utilize resources in each of these parts of our shared humanity.
Life Transitions: Change is inevitable. Suffering through change is optional. Increase your resilience and find meaning in the midst of significant life transitions. Grief and loss, death and dying, divorce, marriage, childbirth and more.
Domestic Violence: Abuse, whether psychological, physical or sexual can be hard to recognize from the outside. However, its impact can be lasting and devastating. I have experience helping victims cope during or after abusive relationships to regain their sense of sanity.
AMFT License # 109831
Certification to treat Domestic Violence – 2017
Brainspotting – Level 1 & 2
Gottman – Level 1
Trained in Hakomi Method of Mindfulness-Centered Somatic Psychotherapy – 1 Year
Certification for treating OCD: BrainsWay Y-BOCS Rater Certification
Chicago School of Professional Psychology – DTLA
Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy (2018)
Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies – American Jewish University
Graduate degree, Ordination and Masters in Rabbinic texts (2010)
Shiluv Institute, Jerusalem
Clinical training in family systems therapy (2009)
University of California, Santa Cruz
Bachelor degrees in neuroscience and psychology (2004)
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Calabasas Behavioral Health (current)
Adjunct Faculty, Spiritual Counselor
American Jewish University (2011-2018)
Jewish Family Services – Hope (2017-2018)
Associate Rabbi at Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Center
Beit T’shuvah (2009-2012)
Making Marriage Work Retreats
American Jewish University, Los Angeles (current)
Mindful Parenting of Teens
Jewish Federation, Los Angeles (2017)
Leading Meditation Retreats
Shomrei Torah, West Hills (2016, 2017)
Adat Ari El (2016, 2017)
Shomrei Torah (2013)
Temple Aliyah (2006-2008)
American Jewish University (2004-2006)
Jewish Hospice Project (2005)
The Union of Spirituality and Psychology
Los Angeles County Psychological Association (2019)
Helping Your Kids Through Crises
Calabasas Behavioral Health (2019)
Making Meaning in Hard Times
Calabasas Behavioral Health (2019)