Yvonne Stern

Yvonne Stern MS, LAC, NCC

Licensed Associate Counselor, Sand Play Therapist

Yvonne earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Rutgers University and her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Kean University. Yvonne also completed her Certificate in Sand Play Therapy, which includes Advanced Training in Male and Female Archetypes. In addition to her work with Integrated Adolescence at Integrated Care Concepts and Consultation, Yvonne has worked with survivors of domestic violence in a transitional residence with their families.

Yvonne has experience presenting guided imagery, holistic health and wellness education workshops, and cooking classes to communities, corporations, groups, and individuals of all ages.

Yvonne often refers to her theory of “LYF” – Love Yourself First. She believes in radical self-acceptance, self-care, and compassion as a pathway to change. She is a strengths-based, and trauma-informed therapist who is passionate about helping clients go within to identify and access the strengths and solutions to their challenges and to recognize and work through any barriers that may be impacting their mental health and wellness.

Yvonne's Presentations


An Integrated Mental Health Wellness Care Plan

Integrating the Caring Collaboratively

Join us for lunch to explore how integrated mental health care can work to create a care plan that is truly integrated and innovative in approaching whole person, whole body and mind wellness. A multi-disciplinary panel of approaches involving psychiatry, psychotherapy, eco therapy, trauma informed yoga, sand play, art therapy, and breath work will explore a case presentation together in a grand rounds format. The panel will be demonstrating a practice model that moves integrated mental health care, from the periphery of “complementary and alternative” to the front-line treatment of choice. An outpatient “plus” level of care, where an integrated mental health team works to provide a client multiple sessions per week working collaboratively with the client and each other.

The grand rounds format will be utilized, where a complex client presentation, including intersectionality as a key element, will be examined first though the individual lens of each discipline. Following will be an active discussion of how the team would work to synthesize a comprehensive and cohesive wellness plan building and complimenting on the work of each discipline.

Together is always more, there are so many parts to the human experience, it is easy to become overwhelmed when working alone in support of a client so desperate for recovery. The panel will demonstrate the profound benefits of working collaboratively, where traditional western medicine meets holistic and expressive approaches under the same sky and in the same healing universe. The human condition is multiple, no symptom or suffering happens without many conditions also being present- our approaches need to mirror this truth effectively.

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