Maggie received her post-graduate certification in
Marriage and Family Therapy from
The Chicago Center for Family Health,
Chicago, Illinois. CCFH is one of the foremost family therapy
training institutes in the world, renowned for its unique family
resilience approach, and dedicated to strengthening families in
While in Chicago, she was fortunate to work and
train with national leaders in the field of family therapy, including
her work at
The Center for Contextual Change.
As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Maggie is trained to
identify communication problems and imbalances in the family. Whether
working with an individual or an entire extended family, she views
problems within the context of individual, family, social, economic,
and cultural constraints and legacies. She was trained in theory and
techniques that can guide couples and families to seek effective
solutions and build on their strengths to overcome vulnerabilities.
This is an active, interactive and solution focused oriented treatment
While in Chicago, she also was influenced by the concepts of narrative
therapy, learned with Gene Combs and Jill Freeman. Narrative Therapy
is an exciting, growing body of work that offers generative ideas for
effective clinical practice. It is a non-pathologizing,
competency-based approach that takes into account the larger political
and cultural contexts in which problems arise.
Ms. Yankov has a special interest in child
After a divorce, death,
or traumatic event, children have difficulty sorting through their
feelings. This is a normal process that can sometimes go astray
because parents themselves are overwhelmed. Signs of difficulty
in adjustment can include acting-out or withdrawal. To help with
long-term emotional health, children can benefit from supportive and
She has completed
extensive course work from the Trauma and Loss in Children Institute
in Detroit, Michigan. TLC approaches teach specific interventions to
assist children recover and adjust from crisis.
Maggie has been influenced by the work of Dr. Daniel Amen, a pioneer
in the study of the brain as it affects children, and ADHD. She also
uses many of his works in her parent training course. She offers
special training in parenting and the single parent. She has written
several curriculum in this area and merges ideas from Dr. Amen, Cloud
and Townsend “Boundaries with Children”, and standard STEP training.
In addition, she completed advanced training on the Collaborative
Problem Solving Approach of Drs. Ross Greene and Stuart Ablon, geared
towards the child who “melts down”. She finds that Dr. Green’s work,
“The Inflexible, Explosive Child”, resonates with many families and is
happy to help families both understand and work with these children.
Trauma & Loss