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Esther Adams Aharony
Credentials
Type of Therapist:
Clinical Social Worker
Primary Degree(s):
MSW, PsyD
Finances
Average Cost Per Session:
150-500 NIS
Insurance:
N/A
Discounts Available:
Free Consultation

Licensed Abroad

Licensed in Israel

Office
  • 49 Hagefen Street
  • rehovot
Telehealth Available
Telehealth Available

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Credentials
Type of Therapist:

Clinical Social Worker

Primary Degree(s):

MSW, PsyD

Finances
Average Cost Per Session:

150-500 NIS

Insurance:

N/A

Discounts Available:

Free Consultation

Licensed Abroad

Licensed in Israel

Office
  • 49 Hagefen Street
  • rehovot

ABOUT

Strides to Solutions is a clinical care farm specializing in equine-assisted therapy. The farm is situated on a beautiful, 10 dunam property in central Israel, in moshav Sitiryya (20 mins from the airport). Strides to Solutions offers a variety of office-based, equine-assisted therapy and skills training services to meet your needs. We are dedicated to our English speaking youth, adults, and families who are experiencing concerns relating to life transitions, stressful events, emotional distress, mental health disorders, substance abuse disorders, and other areas of life that create challenges. Our farm has resident horses, rabbits, dogs and chickens who live here and assist in many of the therapy sessions and therapeutic activity programs we offer. At Strides to Solutions, we use creative activities and evidence-based therapy approaches to help individuals and families achieve their goals.
 
Equine Therapy can help the individual build confidence, self- efficiency, communication, trust, perspective, social skills, impulse control, and learn boundaries. Since the horses have similar behaviors with humans, such as social and responsive behaviors, it is easy for the patients to create a connection with the horse.
 
40 mins from Jerusalem
10 mins from Rehovot
15 mins from Rishon Lezion
30 mins from Beit Shemesh
 
Esther Adams-Aharony holds a doctorate of Psychology, who's research is in the effects of EMDR and equine therapy

Stresses, disorders, and mental health issues are all normal parts of human life. Why go through life suffering when instead you can get help and start to feel healthier, happier, and lighter by addressing the problem and working with you to solve it.

For more information, log on to: www.stridestosolutions.com

 

QUALIFICATIONS

Degree
Education
Year of Graduation

MSW

Arizona State University

2018

PsyD

California Southern University

2023


Degree
MSW

Education
Arizona State University

Year of Graduation
2018

Degree
PsyD

Education
California Southern University

Year of Graduation
2023
Years in Practice

7

LICENSED ABROAD
License Category
License Number / State
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor
LADC #1267/Nebraska

License Category
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor
License Number
LADC #1267/Nebraska
LICENSED IN ISRAEL
Registered Social Worker in Israel

#36894

Learn more about GHI's verification of therapists here.

ADDITIONAL CREDENTIALS

Certified Clinical Telemental Health Provider (CTMH)

Certificate of Completion: Military Resiliency Certified Domestic Violence Specialist I

Certified Clinical Trauma Professional - CCTP

Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional CCFP

Certified Anger Management Specialist II CAMSII 

Certified Dialectical Behavior Therapist CDBT

Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor ICADC

Certified Reiki Practitioner

Certified Neuro-Linguistic Programer

Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider - CMHIMP Certified Emuna Practitioner

Certified ADHD Professional - ADHD-CCSP

Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional CCATP

Level 3, Gottman Method Couples Therapist 

Yoga Therapy for Depression and Anxiety - 2022

EMDR Certified Therapist - EMDRIA 2023

American Riding Instructor Association Certified Instructor Level III - American Riding Instructor Association - 2022

Certified Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Specialist (ASDCS) Certification - Evergreen - 2022-2024

Certified Shame-Informed Treatment Specialist (CSTS) Certification - Evergreen - 2022

Equilateral Equine Assisted EMDR - EMDRIA - 2022

EMDR Level I & II - EMDR Institute of Israel - 2021

Yoga Teacher - My Vinyassa Practice - 2021

Trauma-Informed Yoga Certification - My Vinyassa Practice - 2022

Eagala Equine Psychotherapist - Eagala - 2016-2024

Yoga Therapy for Grief - My Vinyassa Practice - 2022

A Certified Field Traumatologist - Green Cross - May 17, 2017

DISTANCE COUNSELING

Telephone Counseling, Online Therapy

BLOG POSTS

Life Skills Taught By Horses

In this insightful blog, we explore the transformative role of equine therapy in children's lives. Horses, far more than majestic creatures, are exceptional teachers, imparting essential life skills to young learners. We delve into how these animals mirror emotions, ...


Resilience Series Part 4

Adversities can tint our lenses dark, giving us a gloomy, hopeless outlook. We may struggle to see a way out and feel powerless. Fortunately, you can take off those dark lenses and adopt a brighter outlook. You can find meaning and purpose even in the face of adversi...


Resilience Series Part 3

In the previous blog, we discussed strategies to manage our emotional reactivity. Although similar, regulating emotions isn’t quite the same as managing how we react emotionally. Whereas managing emotional reactivity works like a light switch that can dim the frequ...


Resilience Series Part 2

The ups and downs of life are associated with a rainbow variety of emotions; some are dark, and some are light. The intensity of these emotions can vary as well. Some of us have dense and opaque emotions when our emotional reactions are high. This increased emotional...


Resilience Series Part 1

Life is full of good moments, but it isn’t always a smooth ride. There are many ups and downs, such as love and loss, success and struggle, happiness and heartbreak, and joy and trauma. Furthermore, none of us have a road map or a chapter index for our life journey...


PRIMARY SPECIALTIES

Couples / Relationship / Marriage Counseling

Holistic

Life Transitions

Mood Disorders

Trauma / Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD

ADDITIONAL SPECIALTIES

Adjustments

Anxiety / Panic

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Bipolar Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder

Depression

Eating Disorders

Family Issues

Grief

Infertility

Psychosomatic Disorders

Stress Management

CLIENT FOCUS

Population

Children
Adolescents
Adults
Couples
LGBTQ
Women

Languages

English

TREATMENT APPROACH

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of psychotherapy that encourages individuals to accept their thoughts, feelings, and experiences without judgment and to use them as tools to help them to make changes in their lives that are consistent with their values. It is based on the idea that by changing the way we think about our inner experiences, we can reduce emotional distress and increase our sense of well-being.

Animal-Assisted PsychotherapyAnimal-assisted psychotherapy (AAP) is a form of therapy that uses trained animals to help people with a variety of mental health issues. The animals are usually dogs, cats, horses, or birds. The animal is used as part of the therapeutic process to help the person cope with emotions, learn new coping skills, and build trust and relationships. It is believed to be beneficial in regulating the nervous system and alleviating depression and anxiety.

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.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy that focuses on how one's thoughts, feelings and behaviors are connected and can be changed. It is based on the idea that how we think (cognition) and how we feel (emotion) can influence how we behave. CBT helps people identify and challenge distorted thinking and replace it with more balanced thinking, leading to improved mood and behavior. ‘Homework’, usually containing practical writing exercises, is often completed by the client between sessions to reinforce the therapy. Examples of tools that practitioners often use are journaling, challenging beliefs, and mindfulness.

Cognitive Processing TherapyCognitive Processing Therapy is used to treat trauma and PTSD. During therapy, clients identify and understand their beliefs about their responses to their trauma. Inspecting their beliefs often leads clients to understand their emotions and thoughts in relation to the trauma. When the client is ready, practitioners give them tools to challenge their thoughts of the trauma as well as provide homework to solidify what they learned in sessions. In the later stages of therapy, practitioners teach clients how belief systems (about safety, self-esteem, trust, intimate relationships, control, and power) can change after trauma.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy developed by Marsha Linehan to help people learn to better manage and cope with emotions and stress. It focuses on developing skills and strategies to help regulate emotions, improve relationships and communication, and reduce self-destructive behaviors. Through DBT, people learn to identify and modify unhealthy thoughts and behaviors, while also learning to accept and validate their own feelings. DBT teaches skills to help individuals become aware of and accept and regulate their emotions, tolerate distress, and improve interpersonal relationships.

Emotion-Focused TherapyEmotion-focused therapy (EFT) is a type of psychotherapy that is based on the idea that emotions play a key role in a person’s mental health. EFT focuses on helping people to identify, accept, and manage their emotions in a healthy and productive way. The goal of EFT is to help people identify and express their emotions, understand how those emotions impact their behavior, and learn how to manage their emotions in a way that is adaptive and healthy. EFT is a research-based approach to psychotherapy that has been found to be effective in helping people manage a variety of mental health conditions. It has been used successfully in the treatment of individuals, couples, and families, as well as with groups. EFT is particularly beneficial for people who struggle with emotional regulation, mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, and relationship issues.

Equine-Assisted TherapyEquine-assisted therapy (EAT) is a form of experiential therapy that uses horses to help people with physical, emotional, mental, and behavioral issues. Through activities such as grooming, feeding, and riding horses, individuals are able to develop trust, self-confidence, and problem-solving skills. The therapy may also involve activities such as horse-shoeing and caretaking of the horse (riding is not mandatory). Equine-assisted therapy is beneficial for individuals with a wide range of needs, including individuals with autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, PTSD, and depression.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy treatment that was originally designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories. It uses a structured approach to address the past events that may be causing current distress, and uses bilateral stimulation, such as eye movements, to activate different neural networks in the brain in order to reduce symptoms of trauma. EMDR has been found to be effective for a wide range of mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, and PTSD.

Gottman MethodThe Gottman Method is an evidence-based approach to couples therapy that is designed to help couples strengthen their relationships and resolve conflicts. This method is based upon decades of research on thousands of couples and utilizes an approach that is both structured and collaborative. The method is designed to help couples increase respect, affection, and closeness, break through and resolve conflict, generate greater understanding, and to keep conflict discussions calm. It emphasizes the importance of self-regulation, constructive communication, and creating a safe environment for couples to talk and work through their issues. During sessions, couples work on skills such as active listening and expressing needs and feelings effectively. Couples are also given tools to identify and work through conflicts by using problem-solving techniques and developing strategies to manage emotions and reduce stress.

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.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is a form of therapy that combines cognitive behavioral therapy with mindfulness practices. It is based on the idea that our thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations can affect our mental health. MBCT helps individuals become aware of their thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations in order to gain insight and control over them. MBCT helps clients learn how to recognize their sense of being and see themselves as separate from their thoughts and moods. This separation can free the client from thought patterns in which the repeated negative messages may be dominating the client’s focus. After developing an awareness of the separation between thoughts, emotions, and the self, people in treatment may find that while the self and the emotions may exist simultaneously, they do not have to exist within the same dimension. The healing can take place when one learns how to interject positive thoughts into negative moods and thereby create a shift in mood.

Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)Person-centered therapy, or Rogerian therapy, was developed by Carl Rogers in the 1940’s. It is a form of talk therapy that emphasizes the importance of providing psychological safety, unconditional positive regard, and empathic understanding to clients. This type of therapy is based on the belief that individuals have an innate capacity for self-actualization and self-understanding and that the therapist's role is to provide a supportive environment in which this process can take place. Through the use of active listening, open-ended questions, and non-judgmental reflection, the therapist helps the client to explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences in a safe and accepting environment. By doing so, clients are able to gain insight into their issues, develop a greater understanding of themselves, and work towards personal growth.

Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT)Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT), originally developed by Albert Ellis, laid the foundation for what is now known as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. It is a philosophically and empirically based psychotherapy that focuses on resolving emotional and behavioral problems by identifying and challenging irrational beliefs. Based on the notion that we are typically unaware of our deeply embedded irrational thoughts and how they affect us on a day-to-day basis, Ellis established three guiding principles of REBT. These are known as the ABCs: activating events, beliefs, and consequences. Rewiring old patterns of thinking requires a lot of work and commitment, so active participation and openness in the therapy process is essential to success.

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)Solution-focused therapy is a type of therapy that focuses on what is going right in a person’s life, as opposed to what is going wrong. It is based on the premise that when a person can identify what is working, they can build on it and make positive changes to the areas of their life that need improvement. A therapist using this approach will often ask questions designed to bring out a person’s strengths and resources, rather than focusing on problems or past issues. The aim of this type of therapy is to help people find solutions to their current problems, in order to build a better future. A solution-focused therapist encourages those in treatment to develop a vision of the future and offers support and guidance as they determine the skills, resources, and abilities needed to achieve that vision successfully.

Somatic Experiencing (SE)Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma and other physical and psychological stresses. It is based on the idea that the body is a powerful source of healing and that unresolved trauma can be resolved through the process of bringing awareness and attention to the physical sensations of the body. By gradually and gently guiding individuals through the sensations associated with their traumatic experience, SE can help to restore balance and well-being more quickly and effectively than traditional psychotherapy. SE utilizes the body’s natural ability to regulate and heal itself and supports individuals in developing more resilience and self-regulation. Somatic Experiencing aims to help people move past the place where they might be “stuck” in processing a traumatic event. SE is often used to treat symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues.

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based practice used to help children, adolescents and their parents who have experienced a single or multiple traumatic events. This type of therapy combines cognitive and behavioral strategies to help people process their traumatic experiences, manage their distress, develop coping skills, and restore their sense of safety and well-being. TF-CBT focuses on education and skill-building, creating an environment of safety and trust, and using therapeutic activities to help people understand their responses and control their symptoms. Children are shown how perceptions may be distorted and are given the tools to redesign those perceptions. TF-CBT is a skills-based model, and it requires the child and parent to practice its components in order to be optimally effective. Parents and children are commonly asked to practice skills at home.

SERVICES OFFERED

Individual Therapy
Coaching
Couples Therapy
Family Therapy
Group Therapy
Workshops/Educating

BLOG POSTS

Life Skills Taught By Horses

In this insightful blog, we explore the transformative role of equine therapy in children's lives. Horses, far more than majestic creatures, are exceptional teachers, imparting essential life skills to young learners. We delve into how these animals mirror emotions, ...

Resilience Series Part 4

Adversities can tint our lenses dark, giving us a gloomy, hopeless outlook. We may struggle to see a way out and feel powerless. Fortunately, you can take off those dark lenses and adopt a brighter outlook. You can find meaning and purpose even in the face of adversi...

Resilience Series Part 3

In the previous blog, we discussed strategies to manage our emotional reactivity. Although similar, regulating emotions isn’t quite the same as managing how we react emotionally. Whereas managing emotional reactivity works like a light switch that can dim the frequ...

Resilience Series Part 2

The ups and downs of life are associated with a rainbow variety of emotions; some are dark, and some are light. The intensity of these emotions can vary as well. Some of us have dense and opaque emotions when our emotional reactions are high. This increased emotional...

Resilience Series Part 1

Life is full of good moments, but it isn’t always a smooth ride. There are many ups and downs, such as love and loss, success and struggle, happiness and heartbreak, and joy and trauma. Furthermore, none of us have a road map or a chapter index for our life journey...