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Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern Yale Kushner, M.A., has joined New Leaf Center full-time to provide individual, group and couples counseling. Yale has been working part-time at the practice as a group therapist since May 2016.

Since completing his Master’s degree in Counseling at Reformed Theological Seminary in May 2017, Yale has begun training to earn his certification as a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist. Prior to entering the mental health field, Yale spent the better part of the past 40 years engaging with people from many walks of life as a coach, mentor, lay counselor, accountability partner, and trainer/teacher.

Yale is sensitive to cultural differences, since he has lived in Israel and France, speaks three languages — English, French and Arabic — and has spent significant time traveling the world. He has a deep spiritual life and enjoys interacting with those who desire to have a connection with their Higher Power.

“Yale has an intuitiveness that only comes with age and experience,” says Patti Hall, M.S., LMHC, CSAT, CAC, co-owner of New Leaf Center and Yale’s supervisor as he works towards Florida licensure. “He knows how to talk about the challenging dimensions of life in honest and transparent ways.”

She adds that one of Yale’s counseling specialties is helping clients manage major life transitions such as relocation, parenting challenges, and personal destructive habits/addictions. Given his 38-year marriage, four adult children and four grandchildren, Yale possesses the life experience to help clients navigate almost any situation or challenge.