About Yasmine Saad, Ph.D.
I specialize in initial consultations with a focus on helping you move quickly towards freeing yourself from anxiety, depression, panic attacks, relationship/communication issues, and feeling “stuck.” I provide a comfortable, safe, and warm environment. I draw on your strengths and I actively and empathically work with you to understand your difficulties, solve problems, and expand your personal growth.
I believe in tailoring treatment to your needs and personality. I draw from various treatment modalities—cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, psychodynamic therapy, positive psychology, and eastern psychology perspectives—to help you achieve the best results. I also take into account who you are as a whole with a focus on helping you heal multiple levels at once.
I provide initial consultations for individuals, couples, and families in Spanish, French, and English. I will then match you with a therapist, in my practice, whose personality, style of communication, and specialty would best suit you.
Body / Mind / Spirit Approach
My approach is holistic, it integrates a Body/Mind/Spirit perspective to well-being. The Mind and the Body continuously interact and are influenced by how fulfilled you are in your life. When I speak of the Body, I am referring to your physical condition; when I refer to the Mind, I generally mean your thoughts and emotions; and by Spirit, I mean the essence of who you are, what makes you, you. A happy person has a healthy body, a clear mind, and a spirit that is fulfilled, meaning that life is personally satisfying. I take these elements into consideration during your treatment so you readily achieve personal and professional growth with long-lasting results.
I have been practicing and teaching psychotherapy for more than a decade. I am sought after nationally and internationally for my skills and have been the recipient of many awards (certificate of excellence 2020, top three psychologists in New York City from Three Best Rated; top three psychologists in New York City in 2019 from Three Best Rated; top psychologist in 2019 from The Leading Physicians of the World; top psychologist in New York City in 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 by Top Doctor; pinnacle professional in the field of psychology in 2016 by Continental Who’s Who).
My career began in Paris, France, in 1999 when I obtained a DESS (a specialized diploma equivalent to a PsyD), with high honors, in clinical psychology from the University of Paris. I worked in multiple clinical settings in Paris before coming to the United States.
In 2005 I obtained a PhD in clinical psychology from the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies–Adelphi University, which is considered one of the best programs for psychodynamic therapy training in the country. I proceeded to work for one year in an outpatient clinic and then for six years at Montefiore Medical Center as an attending psychologist providing individual, couple, and group therapy and supervising psychologists. In addition, as an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, I was actively engaged in teaching and supervising psychiatry residents and psychology trainees. I became sought after for my teaching and supervisory skills and became the clinical supervisor to the psychology staff of Fordham University’s counseling center.
I also have had the privilege of being part of a small group of mental health professionals selected to train the best psychiatry chief residents in the country. I have received accolades for my teachings. An additional endorsement came from psychologists and psychiatrists who sought me for supervision and therapy.
Creating Madison Park Psychological Services
I went on to open my own private practice. Success in my practice and in teaching led me to build Madison Park Psychological Services, a group practice where psychologists, whom I trained, provide tailored, high-quality treatment to match patients’ needs and personality. I believe the most effective therapy stems from a match between the therapist’s specialty, personality, and style of communication and the patient. My team is multicultural and multilingual and practices within a multicultural framework that honors your unique values and identities. My goal is to help as many people as possible by matching them with the right therapist and giving them all the tools they need to be free of suffering.
Fusing psychology with eastern and western healing perspectives
While practicing psychology, I started studying Taoist principles of healing under the guidance of Grand Master Nan Lu, who is the founder of the Traditional Chinese Medicine World Foundation, Tao of Healing, and Nan Lu Acupuncture. This eastern perspective considers the whole person through a Body/Mind/Spirit lens (Spirit refers to the essence of who you are). It is a preventive system of healing that incorporates principles based on Nature’s law ( embodies in the Yin/Yang symbol of balance and harmony) to achieve health in a holistic way. It focuses on health rather than illness and believes that true healing can happen by addressing the root cause of internal imbalances at the Body/Mind/Spirit level. Symptoms are viewed as the effect of relationship imbalances between your Body/Mind/Spirit and Nature’s Law.
Nature can have a powerful healing influence on us. With that in mind, I transformed the space in which therapy takes place to integrate elements of Nature so that healing happens the moment you take a step into our practice.
My goal is to create a healing oasis in New York City that incorporates psychotherapy, eastern and western healing modalities to promote rapid and long-lasting health.
Education and Certifications
- DESS with high honors in Clinical Psychology — University of Paris
- Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology — Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Adelphi University
- Top Psychologist of the World 2020 — The Leading Physician
- Certificate of Excellence 2020, Top 3 Psychologists in New York — Three Best Rated
- Top 3 Psychologists in New York, NY in 2019 — Three Best Rated
- Top Psychologist of the World 2019 — The Leading Physician
- Top Psychologist in New York, NY 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015 — Top Doctor
- Pinnacle Professional in the Field of Psychology 2016 — Continental Who’s Who
Dr. Saad and her team are amazing. I felt comfortable right from the start, but never expected that I would be able to undergo the major transformation that I did with my therapist's help. My therapist was warm, understanding and insightful. I highly recommend Dr. Saad and her team!!
Dr. Saad and the therapists in her practice are outstanding! I referred friends to Dr. Saad and everyone had unbelievable results with the therapists in her practice. I love that she has a holistic approach. The therapist she matched me with has helped me so much, I cannot be more grateful! Thank you!
The therapists at Madison Park Psychological helped change my life. I had tried therapy and medication in the past to no avail and sought their help after being in the throes of a deep depression for years. It wasn't until I was paired with a therapist who finally understood me that the fog of depression started to lift. It's been the best investment I've made in myself, ever. They really do an amazing job at matching you with the best therapist for you and your needs. This is definitely a special practice and they deserve all the kudos they receive.
In an advance of my first appointment, Dr. Saad provided exceptional guidance and information on practical matters, including cost, and her observations throughout my first teletherapy session were both thoughtful and insightful.
I highly recommend Dr. Saad and her team at Madison Park Psychological Services! I was a bit apprehensive about starting therapy though teletherapy / video sessions but Dr. Saad made it so easy from the minute I talked to her on the phone to schedule my appointment. Her initial consultation through teletherapy (video therapy) was eye opening! I learned more about myself than in my past years of therapy. I was blown away! She then matched me with a therapist at Madison Park Psychological Services whom I love. My therapist has helped me heal myself and I can say that in just 4 sessions, I am less anxious and feel so much better! I highly recommend you reach out to this practice and try teletherapy. It has been so effective for me!
I met Dr. Saad for a consultation when I was first navigating the process of starting therapy, I met Dr. Saad for a consultation when I was first seeking therapy. I had no idea what to expect, but she was very warm and welcoming, and helped introduce me to the idea of therapy. It was a bit overwhelming emotionally for my first exposure to therapy, but a great first step. She then matched me with someone in her practice who I felt was incredibly helpful in guiding me towards my personal goals
Dr. Saad is amazingly quick at spotting the issue at hand. She is empathetic, charming, genuine and exceptionally skilled, especially after seeing a few other practitioners. Thank you Dr. Saad.
Forever grateful for finding Dr. Saad! Her thoughtful approach to understanding new clientele in order to match them appropriately with her staff is is truly unparalleled. The relationship that I have built with my therapist over just 6 short months has helped improve my life drastically.
Dr Saad and her team of psychologists are amazing! I love the concept: meeting with a senior psychologist who will design and tailor a treatment for me and then pick the best psychologist for me!I first had an initial consult with Dr. Saad and I got so much out of it. She understood me right away and picked a psychologist in her practice who would be best for me. I then met with my therapist and she was great! She has been so helpful! It is so hard to find a good therapist and it was such a relief to find someone good for me. I was so happy that I referred friends and family members. We all got different therapists and think wonders about Dr Saad's team. I think that this is the best place to seek therapy!
Unbelievable, life changing and I cannot stress that enough. This is a place where you are understood, where you are made to feel comfortable, and there is nothing you can't talk about because it may feel "too far out there". They listen, they genuinely listen, they genuinely care, and the place has amazing energy. Safety... I strongly implore everybody even considering it to just make the first appointment and go. Life will no longer be the same. Go on, do it.
Rare combination of excellent knowledge and skill with actual caring. I was in a crisis when I moved to New York and wanted to find a psychologist. I found Madison Park Psychological Services and booked an initial consultation with Dr. Khadivi. I knew within a few minutes of talking to him that I was in good hands. He understood me right away and provided practical tools that I could apply. A++ Highly recommended!
Dr. Saad is an amazing doctor! She is brilliant! I have seen many therapists throughout the years and no one has helped me the way she did! I owe her a big time! She changed my life and I am extremely grateful!
My experience with Dr. Saad and the therapist she recommended for me exceeded my expectations in every way. With their help I was able to become more aware of my issues and as a result make great changes in my life. My therapist was caring, insightful and warm. I highly recommend Dr. Saad and her team!!
Outstanding - would highly recommend. attentive, highly skilled, accessible by email/phone/text, flexible, provides personalized care to meet individual needs
My initial consultation with Dr. Saad was so helpful! She was quickly helpful. She match me with a therapist, in her practice, who has helped me so much. I no longer have panic attacks and my depression has lifted. I have referred friends and they all benefited tremendously from the therapy in this practice. It had been so hard finding a good therapist for all of us. The process at Madison Park Psychological Services is so easy and the therapists are so helpful! I highly recommend Madison Park Psychological Services.
I HIGHLY recommend Dr. Khadivi! His initial consultation was enlightening! I felt understood right away and knew I was in good hands. He matched me with a therapist at Madison Park Psychological Services whom I love. I only had 2 sessions with her and I already feel in such a different place from where I was. I have not had a panic attack and not felt as much down as I did. A friend referred me to this practice and I am so grateful! I will be recommending Dr. Khadivi and Madison Park Psychological Services!
Today was my first consultation with Dr.Saad and my first impression was very positive. She took time to review my situation and gave me referrals to her colleague and to combine it with adjunct alternative holistic therapy .
Great First Session. Dr. Saad was great at giving lots of information in a short time period. She was very helpful in quickly coming to a consensus about what was going wrong in my life and how we would work to fix it. She has a different approach to most therapists that I believe will be beneficial to me as I continue to seek therapy. While I'm sad she can't be my permanent therapist, she is very good at setting you up with someone who will understand what you need and be able to work with you on your issues.
The therapy is very tailored and personalized to you. I also find that the practice cares more about your health and progress than about running out the clock. I recommend her to everyone I know.
I have seen many therapists, no one understood and helped me like Dr. Khadivi. Highly recommended.
I knew I needed help but wasn't sure how talking to someone would provide it. During my consultation I became excited as I started to share my thoughts and learn that someone could help me navigate them. It felt easy and safe to explore. I am looking forward to healing.