Seymour Hoffman, Ph. D. is a senior clinical psychologist who has worked in various psychiatric hospitals, mental health clinics and a university student counselling service in the last 50 years in the United states and Israel. He is presently employed as a supervising clinical psychologist in a mental health clinic in Israel and is in private practice. He has published over 50 papers in professional journals in the U.S., UK, and Israel and co-authored two books and edited one on psychotherapy. He is listed in Marquis Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare.
This book contains a selection of informative articles authored by orthodox rabbis and psychotherapists that are highly relevant and pertinent to religious psychotherapists, veterans and novices alike. The topics and issues discussed include the relationship between clergy and clinician, special considerations in treating the haredi patient, attitude towards and treatment of homosexuals etc.
The author, a clinical psychologist who has worked in a variety of mental health facilities in the U.S. and Israel for over half a century, has shared with us in this book case studies of unconventional psychological treatment interventions such as the use of "phantom" consultants, clergymen, humor and a projective test, in dealing with challenging cases.
This volume focuses on the interface between mental health, psychotherapy and Judaism: Reports of effective therapeutic treatments involving rabbis and psychologist, markedly differing opinions of various rabbinic authorities regarding psychotherapy, examples of psychological wisdom and insights of rabbis and religious leaders...
This book is a welcome addition to the field of psychotherapy. The author skillfully demonstrates that therapy need not follow a rigid script to be effective. The benefits of flexible thinking, creative methodology, yet therapeutically sound interventions may surpass the benefits of standard treatment with a challenging case. This is a wonderful resource for all therapists.