My goal as a therapist is to give you the tools you need for real, fulfilling change so that you can live a life that reflects your deepest values.
A painful childhood; a traumatic experience; entrenched destructive habits; uncomfortable emotions, negative thoughts: none of these need to limit or define you.
Together, we work to promote genuine, meaningful integrated connection between your whole self, your family, your community, and your Creator.
Offices in Ramat Beit Shemesh and Jerusalem
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.
Humans are wired to connect, and we need connection to be healthy and whole. Connection is about relationships: with the self and the other.
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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
As a therapist, there is always so much I am learning from my fellow professionals, from books and professional resources, and, of course, my clients. Since I am also privileged to study in kollel every day, as well as regular classes with some great rabbanim who shape my thinking, the learning literally never ends. As any…Read More
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