Helping you through life’s journey

one step at a time


Helping you through life’s journey

one step at a time


Start Healing Today for a Better Tomorrow

Are you living with loss? Are you struggling with chronic illness or pain? Are you a caregiver for a family member? Is depression or anxiety overwhelming you? Seeking therapy can be hard, but by doing so, you have already taken the first step towards healing. I specialize in a variety of areas.

Chronic Illness

As you negotiate the potential serious impacts of a chronic illness and how it might affect your mental health, support from a therapist can be useful. I have more than twenty years of training and experience in this area of practice.

Grief & Loss

Many different and confusing feelings can accompany the experience of a significant loss. Therapy can provide the help and support you need as you process those feelings and try to figure out ways to cope with your loss.

Depression & Anxiety

There are several approaches to therapy that can be useful for depression and anxiety but no one approach works for everyone. It can help you to better understand your feelings and why. You may also learn more useful ways to handle your triggers.

LGBT Issues

As the former Director of Clinical Services at a community mental health center specializing in LGBTQ clients, I would be glad to use my training and experience to help those who struggle with lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender issues.


  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Men’s Issues
  • Mood Disorders
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Transgender
  • Women’s Issues

Alena “Katy” Yankie, LCSW

I have many years of experience serving a variety of clients, including working with people living with HIV or other chronic illnesses, clients and families at the end of life, women’s health, individuals with serious and persistent mental health challenges, and the LGBTQ community. Having my own private practice for over 7 years, I also know it is important for LGBTQ-proficient therapists to be aware of local resources that might be helpful to LGBTQ clients.

One of the biggest predictors of success in therapy is not the techniques or modalities that a therapist uses, although they are important. The most important tool a therapist can use to help a client heal is the quality of the therapeutic relationship between client and therapist. It would be an honor to partner with you, and collaborate in developing a strong, healing therapeutic relationship. I invite you to take the first step and contact me. I look forward to talking with you.

“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn the light on.”

– Albus Dumbledore

Frequently Asked Questions

I am in network with Aetna, Medicare and Cigna. If you have another insurance provider and have Out of Network benefits (usually a PPO), I may be able to work with your insurance.

$135.00 for a 60-90 minute assessment; $100 per 60 minute therapy session. I accept cash, checks and credit cards.

I require 24 hours notice to cancel an appointment, to avoid charging the full fee. Exceptions may be made in an emergency.
I have many years of extensive, diverse experience in clinical services that includes leadership and clinical roles in private practice, community mental health, medical settings, and nonprofit agencies.  I am an LGBTQ proficient provider.


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