Licensed in Israel
Susan Belitsky Verified
Clinical Social Worker, Expressive Arts Therapist, Recreational Therapist
MEd, MSW, CAGS
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Licensed in Israel
I believe that we experience the world with all of our senses and all of our kishkas, and we are constantly adjusting to make sense of life's challenges. So my approach engages all of this. It is experiential; strengths-based; art, nature and animal-assisted; and it is relational. It is a therapy that just might be enjoyable, as it is healing and nurturing. And it is for all ages. In education, I am a Recreational Therapist (MEd) and a Clinical Social Worker (MSW) with a post-graduate degree in Expressive Arts (CAGS) and an Israeli Teaching Certificate. This means that I have been uniquely designed to meet you at the intersection of experience, expression, education, and emotion. It means that I see the value that Adventure/Activity-Based Counseling brings in stirring the senses. It means I can adapt any activity to include everyone. It means that I use the breadth of the Social Work Perspective to see people in relation to the worlds they live and learn in each day. It is the dedicated perspective of focusing on strengths so we may know and strengthen them. It means I use the depth of Clinical Social Work to reach the depths of our traumas. It means I will do my best to meet you where you are at. Then, sometimes we need animals, sometimes we need art, sometimes we need a bowl of sand to accompany us to a more integrated place. Sometimes we just need a trampoline and some quiet to rebalance the system. Each of us has gifts and talents and interests and strengths that make us who we are. I believe in a therapy that allows us to explore, identify and use these treasures, so we can perhaps use them more effectively to meet the challenges of life, school and family. It can be as simple or as adventurous as you want. After 20 years of working with youth at risk in the States I learned to be very adaptive. Then I moved to Israel to practice a different kind of risk and resilience in the Israeli school system. I have spent many years in the intersection of trauma and learning. It has led me now into a fascinating exploration of the effects of bad and traumatic experiences on the daunting task of learning English as a Foreign Language as a necessary requirement for reaching a college education. Life is an adventure. So is therapy. There is a path for everyone. Give it a try. Susan Belitsky, MEd, MSW, CAGS
University of New Hampshire
Salve Regina University
EFT Advanced Practitioner Emotional Freedom Technique
Israeli Teaching Certificate 2012
EMDR Level 1 and 2, 2021
Telephone Counseling, Online Therapy
Trauma / Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD
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.
Emotional Freedom TechniqueEmotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is an alternative therapy for emotional and physical distress. It is based on the idea that the cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body's energy system. EFT is a form of psychological acupressure, in which a combination of physical tapping and verbal affirmations are used to help the body release the emotional and physical distress.
Expressive Arts TherapyExpressive Arts Therapy is particularly beneficial for clients who struggle with describing what they are feeling verbally. Through imagination and creation of different art forms, clients are able to interpret and communicate their inner world and catalyze healing. Expressive arts therapy can involve the use of multiple modalities, such as visual arts, music, movement, drama, storytelling, poetry, and play. It is used to help individuals of all ages, including children and adults, to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, and solve problems.
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.
Play TherapyPlay therapy is an evidence-based, developmentally appropriate form of intervention used to facilitate emotional, cognitive, and social growth in children. Play therapy is based on the premise that play is the child's natural medium of self-expression and can be used to assess and help a child work through difficult emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. The goal of play therapy is to help children develop the skills and abilities to navigate life stressors, and build self-esteem. During treatment, the therapist creates a comfortable, safe environment (a playroom) for the child to play with as few limits as possible. The toys in the playroom are intended to encourage the child to express his or her feelings and develop healthier behaviors. The child’s “play” with these toys serve as the child’s symbolic words, which may be difficult to express otherwise.
Relational PsychotherapyRelational psychotherapy is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on a person’s relationships with others and the dynamics between them. It emphasizes the importance of the therapeutic relationship between the client and the therapist, and it explores the meaning and purpose of relationships in the client’s life. Relational psychotherapy seeks to understand how the client’s past relationships shape their current experiences and how the client interacts with others. The goal is to help the person develop healthier relationships and better communication skills so they can become more emotionally connected to others.
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.
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.
Activity Based/Experiential, Adventure Based, Nature, Diagnostic/Therapeutic