Patti Yerke , LMSW, ACSW, CEAP

Wellness matters. Wellness first.
Patti YerkeTherapist

Patti is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Employee Assistance Professional who has been working in the mental health field for over 35 years. For the past 14 years she directed the State of Michigan’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) where she assisted leaders and employees with managing work related stress, transition, and trauma. She treats clients ages 18 and older and has expertise working with professionals and leaders in high stress roles.

Treatment Philosophy & Focus

Patti understands that seeking assistance can be difficult, especially for those more accustomed to the role of leading or helping others. Her treatment style is accepting, genuine and client centered, incorporating your strengths, and empowering you for further growth. Your time is valuable, so she will partner with you to understand your primary concerns and goals and identify how therapy can be most beneficial. She has a humanistic, eclectic approach respecting and valuing your uniqueness and diversity. She utilizes CBT, interpersonal therapy, mindfulness techniques and other evidence-based treatments.

Education & Experience

Patti has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Michigan State University and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan. Prior to her position at the State of Michigan, she was the site administrator and therapist at a large outpatient mental health and substance clinic for 18 years. Through the years she has worked with adolescents to geriatrics, and with a wide variety of mental health and substance use disorders. She also has over 30 years of experience in management roles.


  • Anxiety
  • Chronic Illness and other Health Issues
  • Coping skills and Resiliency
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Grief and Loss
  • Life Transitions
  • Relationship Issues
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Workplace Stress and Trauma

The Wellness Institute of Michigan Therapists