Licensed in Israel
Ami Silver Verified
Clinical Social Worker, Psychotherapist
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Licensed in Israel
Therapy is one of the most courageous and valuable investments you can make in yourself, your life, and your future. I am here to help you on this journey. In our work together you will have a safe space to explore the landscape of your inner life - your relationships with yourself and others, your challenges and strengths, your hopes and struggles. By developing a deeper understanding of your own inner workings, we will help you get in touch with your innate ability to heal, grow, and direct your life in a better direction.
I am a clinical social worker (MSW) with training in psychodynamic and family systems therapy, as well as experiential modalities including body-centered therapy, mindfulness-based therapy and psychodrama. I integrate various approaches to help individuals, couples and families develop the skills for more fulfilling modes of being and healthier relationships.
Traditional talk therapy is extremely useful in bringing our life stories to the surface, and helping us understand our lives and our current predicament with greater depth, clarity and compassion. But sometimes, the insights we gain from talking about our experiences is not enough to make changes at a ground level. This is where experiential therapeutic approaches offer a critical additional piece. Rather than speaking about something that happened in the past, we can actually work with our life stories in the present moment and get in touch with the ways that our experiences have been stored in our bodies and minds, and govern our patterns of thought, emotion and reactivity. Working with these experiences in the here and now can help us know and understand ourselves more fully, and enable us to develop new ways of being that are not predetermined by our past experiences. Regardless of the particular approaches we may use, the heart of my work is to attune myself to your needs - to see you for who you are, be sensitive to your particular situation, and work together with you to find the best way forward.
My work is informed by science and practiced with compassion, and is enriched by years of experience as a Rabbi and teacher of Jewish spirituality and meditation. I look forward to meeting you and welcoming you into my office.
Wurzweiler School of Social Work
Internal Family Systems (IFS) Level 1 - IFS Israel 2022
MDMA-Assisted Therapy Training - MAPS - 2022
High Impact Couples Therapy Training - 2020
The Power of Awareness Mindfulness Training - 2019
Treating Childhood Sexual Abuse - 2016
Psychodrama Group Training - 2015
Certification in Body-Centered and Holistic Counseling - 2011
Leadership Program for Spiritual and Personal Growth - 2011
Rabbinic Ordination - 2010
Anxiety / Panic
Trauma / Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD
Couples / Relationship / Marriage Counseling
Parenting Issues / Training
Intergenerational Trauma Psychedelic Integration
Body-Mind PsychotherapyBody-mind psychotherapy is an integrative approach to psychological treatment that draws from both psychotherapeutic and somatic/body-based approaches. It emphasizes the interconnection between physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual aspects of being. This approach seeks to help individuals explore how physical sensations, emotions, thoughts and beliefs influence their behavior and well-being. Through this exploration, individuals can gain insight into how the body and mind interact to create patterns of behavior, and how those patterns can be changed to promote healing and wellness.
Holistic PsychotherapyHolistic psychotherapy emphasizes the individual's interconnectedness between the individual's physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects and views them as inseparable components of a single holistic system. Holistic psychotherapy focuses on understanding how these components interact and affect a person’s wellbeing. The goal of holistic psychotherapy is to create a sense of wholeness and harmony within the individual, and to foster self-awareness and self-care. Holistic practitioners use a variety of approaches, including traditional talk therapy, mindfulness practices, and body-based therapies like movement therapy. They also may incorporate nutrition, physical activity, and other lifestyle factors into treatment plans.
Internal Family Systems (IFS)Internal Family Systems (IFS) is an evidence-based psychotherapy that uses the metaphor of an internal family of parts to help people gain awareness of how different parts of themselves can interact in healthy and unhealthy ways. IFS encourages people to become curious about their different parts, with the goal of helping them gain access to their true Self or core. Through this process, people can learn to recognize and care for the different parts of themselves, as well as develop compassionate understanding for the origins of their parts. A key principle of IFS is that each part within the person has its own positive intention and is trying to protect the person in some way. By understanding the positive intention of each part, the practitioner and client can work together to help the parts feel heard and understood, and to find more adaptive ways of meeting their needs. IFS has been found to be an effective treatment for a variety of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, trauma, and relationship issues.
PsychodramaPsychodrama is a form of experiential therapy that can help people gain insight into their own behavior and develop healthier coping strategies. It involves using role-playing and group dynamics to explore and act out different scenarios in a safe setting. Psychodrama is grounded in principles of creativity and spontaneity. It evokes cognitive, emotional, and behavioral responses in those in treatment and helps them achieve new perspectives through better understanding of their roles in life and the ways that they interact with others.
Psychodynamic TherapyPsychodynamic therapy is a form of therapy that focuses on the unconscious mind and how it affects behavior. It works to help people understand and work through past experiences and feelings that may be causing difficulties in the present. This type of therapy encourages individuals to explore their emotions, relationships, and behaviors in order to gain insight into their current difficulties. It can help individuals better understand themselves and their motivations, and gain insight into how past events have impacted their current lives. People tend to develop defense mechanisms when faced with challenges in life. Defense mechanisms may keep painful feelings, memories, and experiences in the unconscious. A few common defense mechanisms include: denial, repression, and rationalization. Psychodynamic therapists encourage people to speak freely about their emotions, desires, and fears. Being open may help uncover vulnerable feelings that have been pushed out of conscious awareness. According to psychodynamic theory, behavior is influenced by unconscious thought. Once painful feelings are brought forth and processed, the defense mechanisms are no longer needed and a person in treatment can start changing unhelpful patterns when coping with life’s challenges.
Systems Theory / TherapySystems therapy is a type of psychotherapy that focuses on understanding how people's behavior is affected by their relationships with others. This form of therapy is based on the idea that the individual is embedded within a larger system, such as a family unit or work environment, and that changes to that system can cause changes in an individual's behavior. Systems therapy emphasizes the importance of understanding how these systems interact and how they can be changed to improve the individual's mental health. The therapist works to identify patterns of behavior in the system, identify areas of conflict or stress, and help the individuals develop strategies to make changes within the system that will lead to healthier outcomes.
Integrative Therapy, Somatic, Mindfulness Based, Trauma Informed