The writer James Baldwin wrote: “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”
Penelope Yates LCSW, believes in this philosophy, and is guided in her practice by a commitment to authenticity, and a knowledge of the transformative power of being heard. She brings these principles, coupled with a diverse and extensive clinical background, to her work with children, adolescents and adults.
Penelope has catered her practice toward work with children, young adults and their families, and is especially passionate about work with adolescents and emerging adults. Penelope has helped children and teens to resolve symptoms associated with depression, anxiety, trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder, family work, co-parenting, LGBTQIA issues and low self-esteem. Additionally, Penelope is trained in Applied Behavior Analysis and has provided behavioral and psychotherapy services to children and young adults with Autism and related disorders.
Penelope utilizes her training in psychodynamic psychotherapy, mindfulness, crisis intervention, Applied Behavioral Analysis, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, trauma-focused treatment and creative/performing arts to provide her clients with an individualized experience designed to promote growth.
Penelope believes that therapy works best when it is tailored to meet the needs of the individual. She is passionate about meeting people where they are, assisting them in identifying the current issues that stand in their way, as well as how these present-day issues relate to events of the past; and aiding them in identifying and implementing strategies for change.
Penelope received her Bachelor’s degree in Theater/Performing Arts from the University of Southern California, and her Master’s degree in Social Work (Magna Cum Laude) from New York University. Prior to moving to Pittsburgh, she worked in community mental health clinics, hospitals and schools throughout New York City, providing individual and family therapy services.