Yankie received his BA from Touro College majoring in Psychology. He continued his education at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work earning his Master’s in Social Work.
After 3 year of successful work at a community-based agency, in which he became a supervisor, Yankie took his skills, training, and experience to The Yatzkan Center, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation treatment facility servicing adolescents from around the world. Yankie was a Primary Counselor engaging residents in individual therapy as well as group therapy. In 2006, he became the Clinical Director of Adolescent Services for Aish Tamid of Los Angeles and played a vital role with all programming and services including designing and developing a therapeutic alternative high school and their Teen Drop-In Center. Additionally, Yankie was the school-based therapist in YULA Boys High School and was a Board of Behavioral Sciences registered Associate Clinical Social Worker in the state of California.
Yankie moved to Chicago in August 2009 upon accepting the position of Clinical Director of Madraigos Midwest. He is responsible for the oversight of clinical and programming services of Madraigos, including assessing and evaluating cases of teens and young adults, providing support, referrals, case management, prevention programs and crisis interventions.
Yankie began his private clinical practice in November 2011 and has counseled young adults, adults, and couples. He focuses on relationships, addiction, and general life issues and stresses. Yankie began to pursue becoming a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) in October 2018 as a result of seeing an increase in compulsive sex and porn behavior in his practice. Additionally, he became a trained EMDR (Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapist in 2018.
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