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Formerly St. Louis Center for Family Development

Yael Kula, MSW, LCSW

Supervisor of Clinical Services

Yael Kula wearing a green top and tan sweater in front of a green nature background.

Education:
• Master of Social Work – Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis
• Clinical Externship in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy – Dr. Susan Johnson

Areas of Expertise:
• Attachment-focused Treatment
• Couples Therapy
• Fostering and Adoption
• Oppositional Defiant Disorder
• Parenting
• Reactive Attachment Disorder

Treatments Provided:
• Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
• Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) for children
• Emotion-Focused Therapy for Couples
• Motivational Interviewing
• Prolonged Exposure Therapy

Yael Kula oversees the community-based crisis stabilization services program at Sparlin Mental Health. This program teaches individuals and families the skills that can help prevent out-of-home placement. As a member of the Clinical Leadership team, Yael also provides clinical supervision, professional development training and licensure supervision for employees.

Before joining Sparlin in 2018, Yael’s career in Social Work included a tenure at Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JFCS) in St. Louis, and in private practice. Through her professional experience and an externship, Yael specializes in providing treatment for parenting, fostering, adoption and couple’s therapy. Yael also serves as an adjunct instructor at her alma mater, the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University.

Yael and her husband are Midwest transplants, originally from New York and New Jersey. They enjoy living in the St. Louis area with their six children, despite the fact that their entire extended family is more than a 15-hour drive away. In her personal time, Yael enjoys reading, watching cooking shows and practicing yoga.

Contact Yael at (314) 531-1155.

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