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Understanding OCD in the Jewish Community

Hello and welcome to our dedicated space for discussing and supporting individuals experiencing OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) within the Jewish community. Our site features a diverse range of professionals, therapists, and content focused on understanding and addressing OCD in the Jewish community.

Unique Challenges of OCD in the Jewish Community

When individuals within the Jewish community struggle with OCD, which is often shaped by distinct cultural and religious factors, it represents a specific set of challenges faced by this group. Stigma, attitudes toward mental health, cultural expectations, and religious considerations can all impact the experience and treatment of OCD in the Jewish community. Often, cultural and religious factors play a role in how OCD is perceived and managed. It can affect emotional well-being, relationships, and participation in community life.

Watch the videos below to gain insights from Jewish mental health professionals, therapists, and advocates. These resources offer extensive knowledge on supporting those facing OCD within the Jewish community, providing expert guidance and culturally sensitive approaches.

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Professionals Who Specialize in Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

Rachel Brezel

Therapist, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC

If you want to live a life you’ve never lived, you have to do things you’ve never done.

  • πŸ₯‡ Empowering
  • 🎯 Direct
  • πŸ’™ Warm
  • πŸ’‘ Solution-oriented

Danielle Taylor, LMHC

Therapist, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC

Dating & Relationship Therapist

  • πŸ’™ Warm
  • 🀝 Collaborative
  • πŸ’‘ Solution-oriented
  • πŸ₯‡ Empowering

Moses Appel, PhD

Therapist, Doctor of Psychology, Ph.D.

OCD & Anxiety Specialist

  • 🎯 Direct
  • πŸ’™ Warm
  • 🀝 Collaborative

Eli Goldberg

Therapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW, CASAC

We are all just walking each other home - Ram Dass

  • 🧘 Calm
  • πŸ’™ Warm
  • πŸ˜ƒ Humorous
  • πŸ™ Spiritual

Michelle Feder, PsyD

Therapist, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, PsyD

For Better Living

  • πŸ’™ Warm
  • πŸ’ͺ Challenging
  • 🀝 Collaborative
  • πŸ’‘ Solution-oriented

Marv Zauderer

Therapist, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT

It is the song from within that keeps the pain of living from snuffing our lives. It is the song from within ignited, again, and again, that keeps the world going. β€” Mark Nepo

  • πŸ’™ Warm
  • πŸ˜ƒ Humorous
  • πŸ‘‚ Listener

Becky Fenton, PsyD

Therapist, Doctor of Psychology, PsyD

Long Island Psychology and Consulting Services

  • πŸ₯‡ Empowering
  • 🎯 Direct
  • πŸ’™ Warm
  • πŸ’‘ Solution-oriented

Heather Feigin

Therapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

The Grass Is Greener Where You Water It.

  • πŸ₯‡ Empowering
  • 🎯 Direct
  • πŸ’™ Warm
  • 🀝 Collaborative

Levi Rapoport

Therapist, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC

There's more to you than just you

  • πŸ₯‡ Empowering
  • πŸ’™ Warm
  • πŸ˜ƒ Humorous
  • πŸ’ͺ Challenging

Rivky Weiss

Therapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.

  • πŸ’™ Warm
  • πŸ₯‡ Empowering
  • 🎯 Direct
  • 🀝 Collaborative

Chaya Satt

Therapist, MSc

  • 🎯 Direct
  • πŸ’™ Warm
  • πŸ’‘ Solution-oriented

Shimshon Meir Frankel

Coach

Free yourself from the foreign thoughts and unhealthy behaviors that have been keeping your true self at bay.

  • πŸ˜ƒ Humorous
  • πŸ™Œ Affirming
  • πŸ₯‡ Empowering
  • 🎨 Creative

Mordechai Weiss, LCSW

Therapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

Expertise in treating anxiety, OCD and sex addiction

Avrohom Leffler

Therapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

Working with people has always been my passion!

  • 🧘 Calm
  • πŸ˜ƒ Humorous
  • 🀝 Collaborative
  • πŸ’‘ Solution-oriented

Esther Brodt, LCSW

Therapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

Within each of us lies the power to access healing and the possibility of moving towards living with more meaning, contentment and ease

  • πŸ’™ Warm
  • πŸ™ Spiritual
  • πŸ˜ƒ Humorous
  • 🌎 Holistic

David Spinka, LCSW

Therapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

If you don't see improvement after 4 sessions you should absolutely fire me.

  • 🧘 Calm
  • πŸ₯‡ Empowering
  • πŸ’™ Warm
  • πŸ’‘ Solution-oriented

Loren Aryeh Leib Ecker

Therapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW, CASAC-T

The way out is through

  • πŸ’™ Warm
  • πŸ’ͺ Challenging
  • πŸ‘‚ Listener
  • πŸ’‘ Solution-oriented

Simi Schwartz, LCSW

Therapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

The one thing you can’t take away from me is the way I choose to respond to what you do to me. The last of one’s freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given circumstance. ― Viktor E. Frankl

  • πŸ™Œ Affirming
  • 🎯 Direct
  • πŸ’™ Warm
  • πŸ’ͺ Challenging

Daniel Schonbuch, LMFT

Therapist, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Don't aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue. - Viktor Frankl

  • πŸ₯‡ Empowering
  • πŸ’™ Warm
  • πŸ’‘ Solution-oriented
  • πŸ™ Spiritual

Penina Pultman

Psychiatric Medication Provider, DMSC, PA-C

With you every step of the way

  • 🎯 Direct
  • 🌎 Holistic
  • πŸ’‘ Solution-oriented

Shaya Hecht

Therapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

Human first, Psychotherapist second

  • πŸ₯‡ Empowering
  • 🎯 Direct
  • πŸ’™ Warm
  • πŸ’ͺ Challenging

Malka Akhenblit, LCSW

Therapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

The quality of our relationships determines the quality of our lives.

  • πŸ”₯ Energetic
  • πŸ’­ Open minded
  • πŸ’™ Warm
  • πŸ’‘ Solution-oriented

Yehuda (Hudi) Kowalsky

Therapist, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC

Cultivating Spontaneity | Trauma-Focused & Family Therapist

Roxanne Singer

Psychiatric Medication Provider, DNP, MSN, PMHNP-BC, AGPCNP-NC, AGNP-C, CDCES

No matter where your path to wellness may lead, you can trust that I will be there to guide you every step of the way.

  • πŸ₯‡ Empowering
  • 🎯 Direct
  • πŸ’™ Warm

Simona Noaghiul Yland

Therapist, MD, MPH, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Fully mindful of each moment. ... "You cannot add more minutes to a day, but you can utilize each one to the fullest

Caryn Guttman-Weber, LMHC

Therapist, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC

Dovid Silver, LCSW

Therapist, LCSW

The first step in personal growth is when a person knows his unique value and recognizes his individual strengths - Rabbeinu Yonah of Gerondi

  • 🧘 Calm
  • πŸ₯‡ Empowering
  • πŸ’­ Open minded
  • πŸ‘‚ Listener

Doron Lazarus, CSSC

Coach, Certified Sleep Science Coach, CSSC

Sleep is one of the necessary blessings in life allowing a person to refresh their body and spirit. - Rabbi Berel Wein

  • 🎯 Direct
  • πŸ˜ƒ Humorous
  • 🌎 Holistic
  • πŸ’‘ Solution-oriented

Gavriel Pliver, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric Medication Provider, Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP

Before you open your mouth, Ask yourself: β€˜What is the thing I’m about to say going to feel like to the person I’m speaking to? ― Terrence Real

  • 🎯 Direct
  • πŸ‘‚ Listener
  • πŸ’‘ Solution-oriented
  • πŸ₯‡ Empowering

Rachel Toiv, LMHC

Therapist, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change. - Carl Rogers

  • πŸ™Œ Affirming
  • πŸ₯‡ Empowering
  • πŸ’™ Warm
  • πŸ’‘ Solution-oriented

Yitzchok Wagshul, Ph.D.

Therapist, Doctor of Psychology, Ph.D

Therapy is a work of heart.

  • 🧘 Calm
  • πŸ’­ Open minded
  • πŸ’™ Warm
  • πŸ‘‚ Listener

Ariela Bellin

Therapist, Doctor of Psychology, PsyD

  • 🎯 Direct
  • πŸ’™ Warm
  • πŸ˜ƒ Humorous

Avi Benmordechai, LCSW

Therapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

  • πŸ’­ Open minded
  • πŸ’™ Warm
  • πŸ’‘ Solution-oriented

Reuven Cohen, LCSW

Therapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

Self-love is the only antidote to the chaos of existence. And if you don’t love and care for yourself and your own needs, you will cause unnecessary suffering both for yourself and others. - Dr. JBP

  • πŸ₯‡ Empowering
  • 🎯 Direct
  • πŸ’ͺ Challenging
  • πŸ’‘ Solution-oriented

Jodi Engelstein, LMHC

Therapist, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC, LCMHC, MS

Your goals in therapy will always stand as building blocks for the work we do.

  • πŸ™Œ Affirming
  • πŸ’­ Open minded
  • πŸ’™ Warm
  • πŸ’‘ Solution-oriented

Rachel Lasarow, LCSW

Therapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Untangle your mind

  • πŸ₯‡ Empowering
  • πŸ’­ Open minded
  • πŸ’™ Warm
  • πŸ’‘ Solution-oriented

Jacob (Chezki) Finkelstein

Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, MTL, MSCC, LPC

Because you have it in you.

Sheefra Blume

Coach, Certified Enlifted Coach; Clinical Herbalist

She believed she could, and so she did.

  • 🎯 Direct
  • 🌎 Holistic
  • πŸ’‘ Solution-oriented
  • πŸ™ Spiritual

Mollie Spiesman, LCSW

Therapist, LCSW

The hardest part of change is not that you are not capable of it, but is in letting go of what has been comfortable.

  • 🎯 Direct
  • πŸ’™ Warm
  • πŸ˜ƒ Humorous
  • 🀝 Collaborative

Dr. Chaya Lieba Kobernick

Therapist, Doctor of Psychology, PsyD

לא Χ’ΧœΧ™Χš Χ”ΧžΧœΧΧ›Χ” ΧœΧ’ΧžΧ•Χ¨ Χ•ΧœΧ אΧͺΧ” Χ‘ΧŸ Χ—Χ•Χ¨Χ™ΧŸ ΧœΧ”Χ‘Χ˜Χœ ΧžΧžΧ Χ”

  • πŸ₯‡ Empowering
  • 🎯 Direct
  • πŸ˜ƒ Humorous
  • πŸ’‘ Solution-oriented

Tziporah Eisenstein, LCSW

Therapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

You can free up headspace, understand your life in context, and experiment with new ways of being to create a brighter future.

  • πŸ’­ Open minded
  • πŸ‘‚ Listener
  • 🀝 Collaborative

Elisheva Gewirtz

Therapist, Doctor of Psychology, PsyD

Therapy is not just about addressing specific problems or symptoms, but also about fostering personal growth and self-awareness.

  • πŸ₯‡ Empowering
  • πŸ’™ Warm
  • 🀝 Collaborative

Jordan Boehler, LCSW

Therapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

Anything is possible.

  • πŸ₯‡ Empowering
  • πŸ”₯ Energetic
  • πŸ’‘ Solution-oriented

Understanding and Supporting OCD within the Jewish Community

OCD is a common mental health condition across various communities, including unique considerations faced within the Jewish community. While the broader medical understanding of OCD exists, the intricacies of cultural norms, religious practices, and community dynamics within the Jewish community add layers of complexity. Navigating OCD within the Jewish community can affect individuals of all ages and backgrounds, highlighting the need for awareness and tailored support.

Strategies for Supporting OCD in the Jewish Community

Effective support for Jewish individuals experiencing OCD necessitates approaches that are culturally and religiously attuned. This encompasses therapy that respects religious beliefs and cultural practices, community support networks that provide a sense of belonging and understanding, and accessible mental health resources. Tailored interventions and treatment programs are developed to address the specific facets of OCD within the Jewish community. It's crucial to seek professional guidance to navigate these challenges effectively, ensuring improved mental health, emotional well-being, and overall quality of life. It's important to note that our professionals are experts in their fields, bringing both specialized knowledge and a deep understanding of cultural nuances to their work.

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