March 14, 2018
A wonderful woman who has done great things helping my wife work through her past and both of us on our marriage. Z.P., Central New York
September 11, 2017
She is warm, friendly and genuine in her pursuit to help.
S.G., Central New York
March 12, 2017
Yvonne is a very caring and compassionate therapist. She has done a remarkable job in helping me to implement skills and ways of thinking that have changed my life. I would highly recommend Yvonne to anyone who wants to improve their spiritual and emotional way of living!
Anonymous in Brewerton, NY
March 3, 2017
Yvonne is wonderful ! She helped me through a tough time with dealing with a multitude of situations . She was encouraging , helpful , understanding, and always grounded me when I took on too much . She helped me learn tools on what to deal with and what to pay no mind too ! I strongly recommend her to anyone for single or couples counseling.
B.K., Bingham Lake, MN
February 22, 2017
I worked with Yvonne Callaghan as my therapist during a time of crisis in my personal life. Having recently gone through a protective order divorce from an abusive Bipolar spouse, moved half way across the country from TX to NY with my schizophrenic son, and reached a critical juncture in a new relationship with a man in Syracuse, NY, I needed mature, professional help. I found that with Yvonne.
I had been seeing a prominent psychiatrist in Dallas, TX for 17 years, yet I found Yvonne’s approach to be more helpful and immediate. With that many years of counseling, I can say from experience that Yvonne is an excellent therapist.
She put me at ease immediately with her professional and empathetic demeanor. I tend to ramble and talk rapidly; she would listen, but knew when to stop me and encourage me to slow down and focus my thoughts and feelings. In a period of about 3 months (seeing her once a week), she “nailed” several issues I’d been struggling with unsuccessfully for 50+ years. She offered me ways to cope with old behavioral patterns, put events into perspective, and helped me make empowering decisions.
While many of my issues were embarrassing, sensitive, and diffucult for me to discuss, Yvonne was never judgemental, so I felt free to tell her anything. When I felt that I had worked through my crisis, she encouraged me to move on with the tools she had given me. Money was also an issue for me, and she was sensitive to that too. Other therapists I’d seen over 22 years seemed to “keep me coming back” for literally years, and never touched on some of the key issues Yvonne unearthed within a few weeks of listening and working with me.
I felt “unstuck” for the first time in literally decades. I plan to go back to Yvonne again for some “tune-ups” and most certainly, when I am in need of wise counsel.
She guided me, helped me see my options, addressed my weaknesses, acknowledged my strengths, all in a way that allowed me to move forward. I would strongly recommend Yvonne Callaghan to anyone seeking couseling in personal, marriage, and family counseling.
N.C, Baldwinsville, NY
February 15, 2017
Yvonne has been a game changer for my 16 yr old son and me. I tried for 12 years to get my son to go to counseling to deal with our day to day struggles of growing up with a single mother. We bounced around for a while until I met Yvonne. I knew instantly my son would like Yvonne. My relationship with my son has changed drastically since attending counseling here. Sometimes we go together, sometimes it's just him and sometimes I may go in for just a few minutes. Yvonne guaranteed my son privacy which she has honored. I can't say enough good things about how Yvonne has helped me communicate with my son, the understandings of a 16 yr old boy and life's day to day struggles.
Cindy C, Baldwinsville, NY
February 11, 2017
Yvonne helped me get my life in order...helped me to clarify what was important and necessary and to let go of what was not. She was no nonsense and tells you what you need to hear and helps you figure out how to move forward. She is compassionate and caring but tells it like it is. She has an incredible amount of honesty and integrity. I highly recommend her as a therapist.
Cathy, Jackson, MN
February 10, 2017
I have gained so much clarity in my life since I began working with Yvonne. She has a way of putting me at ease and
showing compassion that I really appreciate. Yvonne has helped me to get my life back on track. I would highly recommend her as a therapist!
V.K., Cicero, NY
October 20, 2016
To Whom It May Concern,
I have known Yvonne Callaghan for a number of years while she worked at Southwestern Mental Health Center in Windom, MN and I worked as a social worker and then supervisor at the Social Service Agency. My agency worked quite closely with Yvonne with shared clientele and Yvonne also provided clinical supervision for social workers at my agency. Yvonne worked with clients having a myriad of issues including children who experienced trauma, families within the child protection and child welfare system, blended families, clients with serious and persistent mental disorders, and anyone else experiencing mental health issues or crises in their life. Yvonne has the ability to provide therapy to pretty much anyone entering the mental health center’s office and was very capable of handling a heavy workload. She also worked in the school system for a time and was well liked and respected by both students and staff. Yvonne’s expertise as a clinical supervisor was greatly appreciated and was a huge advantage to our social service department as she educated social workers in how to assist clients in managing mental health symptoms or worked with staff to deal with their own reactions and emotions in their daily work.
Yvonne’s expertise as a therapist was evidenced repeatedly in the knowledge and professionalism she displayed in working with clients. Her caring and compassion showed in her devotion to providing the best therapeutic environment for clients as they worked through difficult personal or family issues. Yvonne was a proven “go-to” therapist for staff to refer their clients to or for staff to gain clarification and understanding in mental health symptoms. Yvonne has a tactful way of encouraging clients to gain insight into their issues while holding them accountable for their own growth. Yvonne’s move to another state was a loss for Minnesota.
Without a doubt, I highly recommend Yvonne Callaghan as a therapist who can work with any clientele who wants to develop a professional therapeutic relationship with a very caring, compassionate, highly respected and knowledgeable therapist where they can grow in an environment where they feel safe and respected.
Susan Miller, MS
Adult Social Services Supervisor
October 21, 2016
To Whom It May Concern:
My name is Sonya Becker and I am the Children’s Services Supervisor at Des Moines Valley Health and Human Services. Among my responsibilities, I supervise children’s mental health programs and child protection programs. Through the course of my work, I have had the opportunity to work with Yvonne Callaghan, LMFT, on many occasions. Yvonne had been a therapist at the local mental health center for a number of years and we shared families that we both were providing services to. She also worked as a therapist at our local day treatment center for children with mental health needs attending school, where we also often had common clients.
During my years of knowing Yvonne, I have always found her to be an honest, dependable, and practical person. She is a dedicated therapist who has a passion for helping people. She has an ability to reach people and be confrontive in a compassionate, yet productive manner. Her skills allow for her to work with the most challenging of situations. She has the ability to work with couples, families, or children, and I have experienced her success with each of these.
Yvonne is someone I would trust to work with myself or someone close to me. She is a team player who does not make rash decisions or judgements. Yvonne has been a co-facilitator in various groups that have been held, including school groups for children with various mental health needs.
I believe Yvonne to be an asset to the profession of Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists.
Please feel free to contact me for any further information.
Sonya Becker, LSW
Children’s Services Supervisor
March 30, 2016
To Whom It May Concern:
I had the pleasure of getting to know Yvonne Callaghan as a classmate, as a professional collateral contact, and as a mentor over the last 15 years. Yvonne demonstrates the ability to effectively communicate with others, while encouraging and supporting both her clients and her colleagues to do the same. Yvonne provides mental health services with dignity and respect, utiizing an immense amount of knowledge and experience to support her interventions.
Yvonne has a passion for working with youth and their families. However, Yvonne's skill set can transfer to any setting in which she is able to provide mental health services for others. Yvonne is a team player, listens and leaves whomever she works with feeling more confident and sure of their own abilities.
Any agency would be fortunate to have Yvonne on their team. Yvonne truly brings services and relationships to the next level, which is a rare attribute in any field.
If you need any further information regarding Yvonne's ability to enhance your agency, please do not hesitate to call me at (507)822-2830 or email me at [email protected]
Becky Zuehlke, MSW, LICSW