Rabbi Yael Saidoff, AMFT

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.”

Building Relationships

“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.”

Licensure and Certification
Education and Training
Professional Experience
Leadership and Activities
Publications and Presentations

Experienced In:

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.

Licensure and Certification

AMFT License # 109831
Certification to treat Domestic Violence – 2017
Brainspotting – Level 1 & 2
Gottman – Level 1

Education and Training

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)

Professional Experience

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Calabasas Behavioral Health (current)

Adjunct Faculty, Spiritual Counselor
American Jewish University (2011-2018)

Psychology Associate
Jewish Family Services – Hope (2017-2018)

Associate Rabbi at Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Center
Beit T’shuvah (2009-2012)

Leadership and Activities
Publications and Presentations

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)

Meditation Instructor
Adat Ari El (2016, 2017)
Shomrei Torah (2013)
Temple Aliyah (2006-2008)
American Jewish University (2004-2006)
Jewish Hospice Project (2005)