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Torah and Therapy
Author: Shaya Hecht, LMSW, CASAC-T
October 26th, 2015

Something atypical happened in a therapy session with a client this week. In an effort to increase motivation for change, I found myself quoting this past week’s Parsha to illustrate a point. I believe this is a client who can appreciate a Torah thought, as the client has quoted Torah sources in the therapy room in the past. However, as I was quoting the Torah, I found myself wondering if the Torah portion has been used in other therapy ro …
Applicable Apps
Author: Shaya Hecht, LMSW, CASAC-T
July 2nd, 2015

I often give my clients homework assignments relevant to skills or ideas discussed in therapy sessions. It is not uncommon for a client to struggle to attempt or complete homework. That is of course ok, and instead of reviewing progress, my clients are encouraged to identify obstacles that get in the way of doing the assignments.   I have consistently found tech savvy clients to be more motivated to attempt homework assignments when they are …
How Pesach stress can strengthen your relationship with your child
Author: Shaya Hecht, LMSW, CASAC-T
March 26th, 2015

I have been spending some time with the mom of one of my clients discussing strategies that she can try to implement to improve her relationship with her son. Yesterday, we began to discuss the idea of setting aside some time for her to spend with her son, with the intention of showing him that he has value and is cared about. We continued to talk about how this can be implemented effectively so that my client would feel that his mommy deeply car …
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