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Mindfulness, Presence, Attention, and Da’as – oh My!

Mindfulness has become such a buzzword, that I think people are starting to ignore it. Personally, I’ve been learning so much about mindfulness and its benefits – therapeutic and otherwise – that I’m starting to get a bit hard on myself… I love and talk about mindfulness so much, why don’t I do it more? Interestingly,…

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Israeli Soup to Heal the Soul

Why am I writing a recipe post when I usually write about therapy and mental health issues? It’s because of my involvement with Soteria Israel, a new and innovative Jerusalem facility for treating psychosis and other mental health challenges. The folks at Soteria Israel aren’t the only ones to recognize the connection between healthy food,…

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Measure Your Implicit Stigma Bias: Do You Hate Your Clients?

Stigma – the societal phenomenon where certain groups are labeled as “other” and usually “less than” – includes feelings of: hatred, fear, and pity. To me, pity and the low expectations that come with it, can actually be more insidious and damaging than the first two feelings. (I plan on write more posts soon that…

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Male Therapist, Female Client: A Torah Perspective

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…

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