Yami Obando, LCSW, ICDVP

Bilingual Therapist

Currently, Yami works at Glendale Heights police station, where she provides counseling and case management services for individuals, couples, and families. Yami facilitates several NEDFYS programs including Pathways, a support group for women, and Station Adjustment, a diversion program for youth. Additionally, she follows up calls for incidents related to mental health crises and domestic violence (DV) situations, where much of her work centers.

Before NEDFYS, Yami was a supervisor at an emergency family DV shelter called Wings. As the first bilingual supervisor they had, she advocated for clients to express their voices, needs, and concerns to feel supported. 

Fun fact: She worked at McDonald's for 6 years, starting as an adolescent.


  • Domestic Violence

  • Trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (TF-CBT)

  • Group and Individual therapy

  • Women’s issues

  • Family and Child Welfare


  • Aurora University, MSW

  • Saint Xavier University, BA, Sociology

  • Certification: Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professional (ICDVP)