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Yana Postel-Kotlyar, LCSW

Yana Postel-Kotlyar, LCSW


Licensed in NY #079996
Insurances Accepted: UMR for Mount Sinai, Aetna, Cigna/Evernorth
Speaks russian
I enjoy working with individuals who are motivated to see a change in their life.

My Therapy Style

I’ve worked in a myriad of settings, ranging from satellite clinics based on early educational settings to social adult daycares (and everything else in between, including hospitals and intensive day treatment). I believe that starting from the client's needs is the key to successful treatment. In order to explore the possible foundation of the problem, I like to get a general overview of the concerns and the person's current living environment, support system, background, and upbringing. Homework is assigned only if warranted; depending on the mode of treatment utilized and individual preferences, it may or may not be necessary. I enjoy working with individuals who are motivated to see a change in their life.

Education & Training

BA - Psychology, Brooklyn College

BA - Communication Studies, Brooklyn College

MSW - Social Work, New York School of Social Work

Get to Know Me

Why did you become a mental health professional?

This is my first career; it has always been my dream to help people. Growing up in a family with a mental health professional, I was always taught to speak through my issues and concerns. This process came naturally and I transitioned into being the therapist in my social circle. I never envisioned doing anything else in life.

What are your interests outside of work?

Outside of work, I enjoy traveling, trying new cuisines, discovering new cultures and listening to music.

What is one thing you do daily that supports your well-being?

I try my best to reflect and give myself a mental break, where I am physically busy with another activity, like exercise.

Do you have any pets?

I have two pets, a dog and a cat. I grew up with pets my whole life, but these two guys are special, they are my first foster to adopt stories. When I got my dog, he was pulled from a high kill shelter by a wonderful rescue agency. He had severe separation anxiety and would yelp and holler every time I would get ready to leave. However, with consistency and reinforcement, while he isn’t happy to see me go, I leave the house an he stays calm, knowing I will be back.