My goal as a therapist is to give you the tools you need for real, fulfilling change and to live a life that reflects your deepest values.
A painful childhood; a traumatic experience; a mental health diagnosis; negative thoughts; addictions: none of these need to limit or define you.
Together, we work to promote genuine, meaningful integrated connection between you and your family, your community, and your Creator.
Offices in Ramat Beit Shemesh and Jerusalem
About Shmuel Yosef
Shmuel Yosef Elbinger, BSW, is a therapist working with men and couples in private practice in Ramat Beit Shemesh and Jerusalem.
Shmuel completed his degree at Michlala HaChareidit/Bar-Ilan University to qualify as a licensed social worker in Israel. (Social workers in Israel practice psychotherapy, as well as a wide range of other methods of intervention such as rehabilitation, drug
counseling, interventions with victims of sexual and physical abuse, case management, etc.) He is also a Guidance Counselor certified by the Israeli Ministry of Health, and has completed advanced Acceptance and Commitment Therapy training.
Shmuel is committed to furthering his education and building new skills, and is now working towards his MSW through Haifa University's men's program at Mivchar, Bnei Barak.
Shmuel has learned in kollel for over 10 years and has received rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Zalman Nechemiah Goldberg shlita and Rabbi Yitzchak Kaufman shlita as well as the Israeli Chief Rabbinate.
Shmuel works with the guidance and supervision of leading rabbis (see haskamos) and senior therapists.
Shmuel and his wife Naomi live in Ramat Beit Shemesh with their four children.
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I believe that anyone can live a full, meaningful life if they have the tools to cope with their challenges.
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The greatest rabbis of today say it’s forbidden for a woman to see a male therapist or a man to see a female therapist, says Dr. Michael Bunzel, head of Psychiatry at Mayanei Hayeshua Medical Center. In the past, rabbis applied the ‘doctor’s heter’ [heter-miktzoah] to inter-gender therapy, i.e. that it’s permissible to see a doctor of the opposite gender…Read More
With the an increasing number of therapists working in the charedi community, the issue of professionalism has come to the fore in recent years. Especially the issue of lack of professionalism. That’s why I was interested to learn about a new organization for charedi therapists called (rather obviously) the Charedi Therapists Organization (איגוד המטפלים החרדי).…Read More
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