1. A Jewish Holiday Reader; Lessons on Healing from a Psychotherapist's PerspectiveThis book utilizes themes derived from Jewish holidays that illustrate principles of healing and growth. This book is meant as both a conceptual and applied guide to healing and living from a deepest place of truth and authenticity. It is the author's hope that this book will take you on a very personal journey towards greater insight into one's self and reality as a whole.
2. Shavuot: A Reflection of Time & OpportunityOn Shavuot, we celebrate receiving the Torah, a book of laws, a narrative of events of Jewish history and a living guide for our lives. As we approach the holiday this year, I find myself reflecting on a particular aspect of Shavuot that teaches us about the healing process. Shavuot is the culmination of a counting and recounting process, after an event, Passover, has taken place. We take the time to not only tell the story but to account for the events that lead up to and follow the event.
3. Freedom in the Journey of HealingPesach is about a path to freedom for the Jewish people, but this Pesach I find myself considering the concept of freedom in the context of the journey to healing.
I am a psychotherapist by profession and a person traversing the path of my own healing. I have found myself so moved and inspired by my fellow travelers — my clients — who commit themselves to seek freedom through the process of therapy. I have the privilege of witnessing and assisting others in an often painful process of recalling traumatic pasts, confronting present woes, and reflecting on their sense of self. This process can be very difficult and is done all in the name of healing. This engagement with a difficult and often deeply painful process is the path towards true freedom.
4. On Teshuva: A Psychotherapist's PerspectiveAs we approach the days of awe, I find myself reflecting on both myself and my work as a psychotherapist with a different lens: one of deep compassion, rather than critical judgment.
We are all too familiar with that inner voice constantly asking us what we could have done differently or how we could have been better. Whether it be our intimate relationships, friendships, familial or parent-child relationships, we all know that we can do better. But how do we get there? Is there some optimal path or formula to follow?
5. להיכנס לראש של החגיםלחגי העם היהודי יש, מסתבר, פסיכולוגיה שלמה. הפסיכואנליטית עליזה שרף-בנדב כתבה על כך ספר שלם