Yvette Tucholski-DekelesLMHC

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If there was one thing you wish people knew about the therapy experience who might be hesitant to try it, what would that be?

I believe that the stigmas related to mental health and one’s hesitance to enter a therapeutic relationship has made great positive changes over the years. It is important to look at mental health, as brain health. Just as we go to our primary care physician for preventative checkups, it is also beneficial to view therapy as preventative health. I personally have seen this transition, as more and more young adults are seeking therapy for various issues. Furthermore, with the expansion of telemedicine, individuals can seek a therapist from the comfort and privacy of their own homes.

What does a first session with you look like?

Our initial session, first and foremost is truly establishing a meaningful rapport and partnership. I believe that trust and honesty are of the utmost importance to bring about everlasting changes and growth. Furthermore, I will gather a thorough and detailed history, as well as, discussing what brought you to therapy. We then, together, will develop a plan of care that will act as our road map to your goals. Together we will target the areas you are seeking to change with measurable results, bringing you clarity, and maximize your success.

What do you view as a key component of the therapeutic relationship?

The key component of a therapeutic relationship is honesty and transparency between the therapist and the client. Far too often a client will view the therapist as the overall expert and what they say or recommend as an absolute. Although, many therapists are experts in their field, both the client and the therapist must acknowledge that everyone has their own unique experiences. Therefore, therapists are equipped with many therapeutic tools. As a team, we will try different techniques and if one does not feel right or produce change, then we try another tool. The problem occurs, if the client does not tell the therapist and just assume that he/she are doing something wrong.




Relationship Issues



General Expertise

Social Anxiety



Anger management


College & graduate student issues

Communication issues

Custody issues



First Session


Couples Therapy


Individual Therapy

Types of Therapy

Couples Session

Individual Session


Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Mindfulness Practices

Marriage and Family Therapy

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

Positive Psychology

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy


Training / Certifications

NBCCH (National Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist)

Trained in EMDR

Prepare~Enrich Facilitator (for premarital and couples counseling)

Irlene Syndrome Screener


FL, LMHC, MH5274


MS, Mental Health Counseling, Nova Southeastern University

Work History

I have been working in the field for over 24 years in many different forums, such as community mental health centers, hospitals, the family court system, and private practice. I have extensive experience treating children, adolescence, individuals, families, couples, and groups. Throughout the years, I have developed many areas of expertise such as the latest treatments in brain health science, CBT, EMDR, and Hypnotherapy.


4830 West Kennedy Blvd, Suite 600, Tampa, 33609, FL