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My goal as a therapist is to give you the tools to develop a deep, fulfilling sense of connection: with your loved ones; with your community, school or workplace; and with your gifts, your values and your life goals.

I believe that a painful childhood or a traumatic experience; entrenched destructive habits; uncomfortable emotions and negative thoughts do not have to define or limit you.

We'll work together to promote genuine, meaningful integrated connection between your whole self, your family, your community, and your Creator so you can feel good, live your values and enjoy thriving relationships.

Helping people build vibrant meaningful lives, and sound nurturing connections.

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Offices in Ramat Beit Shemesh and Jerusalem

Ph: (972) 0527619207 | Email: sy 'at'

About Shmuel Yosef

Shmuel Yosef Elbinger, MSW, is a therapist working with men and couples in private practice in Ramat Beit Shemesh and Jerusalem.

Shmuel Yosef completed his Bachelor's degree at Michlala HaChareidit/Bar-Ilan University to qualify as a licensed social worker in Israel, and later received his clinical Masters' degree with Haifa University/Mivchar's program.(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.)

Shmuel Yosef is also a Guidance Counselor certified by the Israeli Ministry of Health, and has completed advanced Acceptance and Commitment Therapy training. He is committed to furthering his education and building new skills, and is always, studying, researching, and attending workshops.

Shmuel Yosef studied 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. He works with the guidance of leading rabbis (see haskamos) and the supervision of senior therapists.

Shmuel Yosef and his wife Naomi live in Ramat Beit Shemesh with their four children.

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Humans are wired to connect, and we need connection to be healthy and whole. Connection is about relationships: with the self and the other.

Rabbinic Recommendations


Israeli Soup to Heal the Soul

May 11, 2017

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?

December 15, 2016

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

September 17, 2016

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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