Shlomo Zalman Kaufman, MHC

Therapist, Mental Health Counselor

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Why Shlomo Zalman Kaufman, MHC chose to be in the helping profession

Being an Orthodox Jew and embracing a Torah lifestyle, I have always felt a strong connection to the values and principles instilled in me through Yeshiva teachings. Through my journey, I have come to realize that one of the highest callings for a Jew is to actively engage in guiding others toward unlocking their full potential. As I delved deeper into our rich history, I discovered that the heroes of our Jewish nation were individuals such as kings, prophets, and spiritual leaders who dedicated their lives to selflessly giving, teaching, and supporting others. For me, working as a therapist goes beyond simply assisting people; it is a tangible representation of an essential aspect of my Jewish identity.

As a therapist, I am actively embracing and embodying the values that resonate deeply within me as a member of the Jewish nation. It is a path that allows me to put into practice the teachings and ideals that have been passed down through generations. Through my work, I strive to make a positive impact on the lives of individuals, offering them guidance, support, and understanding during their personal journeys.

I believe that every person possesses an innate potential for growth and self-discovery, and I find it incredibly rewarding to play a role in facilitating that process. The opportunity to witness the transformation and progress of individuals as they overcome challenges and achieve personal milestones is both humbling and inspiring.

The helping profession allows me to embody the values of compassion, empathy, and kindness that are integral to my Jewish faith. It provides a platform for me to extend a helping hand to those in need, irrespective of their background or beliefs. In doing so, I am able to contribute to the well-being and happiness of others, fostering a sense of unity and interconnectedness.

Choosing to be a therapist as an Orthodox Jew allows me to align my personal and spiritual convictions with my professional pursuits. It is a fulfilling path that enables me to serve others while staying true to my heritage and values. Each day, I am reminded of the significance of my chosen path and the profound impact it can have on individuals, families, and communities.

Shlomo Zalman Kaufman, MHC's approach

In my therapy practice, I primarily draw upon the principles of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), while also incorporating a customized approach tailored to each individual client. My overarching objective is to equip each client with the necessary skills to gain mastery over their unique mental and emotional processes, leveraging their thoughts and feelings to enrich their lives.

I firmly believe in amalgamating goal-oriented, humanistic, and analytical approaches within my therapeutic framework. I strive to assist each client in comprehending the origins of their thoughts and behaviors, facilitating a deeper understanding of themselves. By tapping into their inherent drive for personal growth and self-improvement, I foster a sense of commitment to change. Together, we collaboratively develop actionable steps that translate their commitment into tangible reality.

Through the utilization of DBT and CBT, I aim to empower clients to recognize and modify unhelpful thinking patterns and behaviors that may be impeding their progress. By teaching practical skills, such as mindfulness and emotion regulation, I enable clients to navigate life's challenges more effectively and cultivate a greater sense of self-control.

Moreover, I prioritize the establishment of a therapeutic relationship built on trust, empathy, and non-judgmental understanding. I create a safe and supportive environment where clients feel comfortable expressing their thoughts and emotions, allowing for a deeper exploration of their experiences. By fostering a collaborative partnership, I strive to empower clients to actively participate in their therapeutic journey.

My approach to therapy encompasses a blend of DBT and CBT principles, supplemented with a personalized methodology tailored to the unique needs of each client. By combining goal-oriented techniques, humanistic values, and analytical insights, I work towards facilitating profound personal growth, lasting change, and an enhanced quality of life for my clients.

What you can expect from sessions with Shlomo Zalman Kaufman, MHC

During our therapy sessions, you can expect a therapeutic relationship built on trust, empathy, and collaboration. As your therapist, I am committed to providing a safe and non-judgmental space where you can openly express yourself, explore your thoughts and emotions, and work towards personal growth.

I recognize that each person's needs and goals are unique, and therefore, I adapt my role to best meet your individual requirements. Whether you need a coach to guide you through challenges, a collaborator to work alongside you, a guide to navigating your journey, a confidant to share your deepest concerns, or simply a compassionate listener, I am here to fulfill that role for you.

I value the importance of establishing a strong therapeutic alliance with you, which serves as a foundation for our work together. By building a trusting relationship, I aim to create an environment where you feel comfortable and supported throughout the therapeutic process. This alliance allows us to work together in a way that resonates with your specific needs and preferences.

Our sessions will be focused on your well-being and growth. We will explore your thoughts, feelings, and experiences, aiming to gain insight and understanding. I will actively listen to you, ask thought-provoking questions, and provide feedback and guidance to help you gain new perspectives and develop coping strategies.

I will respect your autonomy and collaborate with you to set goals that align with your aspirations. Together, we will create an individualized treatment plan that addresses your concerns and works toward positive change. Throughout our sessions, I will support and encourage you, while also challenging you to explore and overcome obstacles.

You can expect a dedicated and compassionate therapist who is committed to your personal development and well-being. I am here to support you on your journey, offering guidance, understanding, and space for self-exploration as we work toward achieving your therapeutic goals.

Shlomo Zalman Kaufman, MHC's experience working with the Jewish community

As someone who belongs to the frum Orthodox community and has personally experienced the ebb and flow of their relationship with religion, I bring a deep understanding of the specific challenges and difficulties inherent in balancing religious and cultural obligations with the complexities of modern life.

My own journey within the Jewish community has provided me with valuable insights into the intricacies of navigating religious expectations while also grappling with the pressures and demands of contemporary society. I empathize with the conflicts and dilemmas that can arise when trying to find harmony between traditional values and the fast-paced, ever-evolving world we live in.

Working closely with the Jewish community has allowed me to witness firsthand the unique struggles individuals face, such as maintaining religious observance while pursuing personal and professional goals, managing family dynamics within a religious framework, and grappling with doubts or questions that may arise along one's spiritual path.

My experience has also given me a deep appreciation for the rich tapestry of Jewish traditions, customs, and beliefs. I understand the significance of community, the importance of preserving cultural heritage, and the role that spirituality plays in the lives of individuals and families.

By virtue of my background and personal journey, I am able to provide a safe and understanding space for clients within the Jewish community to explore their own experiences, challenges, and aspirations. I strive to create an environment where individuals can openly discuss their religious and cultural concerns, as well as any conflicts or doubts they may be grappling with.

I approach my work with the Jewish community with sensitivity, respect, and a deep appreciation for the unique dynamics at play. My aim is to support individuals in their quest for self-discovery, personal growth, and the integration of their religious and cultural identities into their overall well-being.

I consider it a privilege to work with individuals within the Jewish community, and I am committed to offering compassionate, non-judgmental support as they navigate the complexities of their religious and cultural journeys, fostering a sense of wholeness and authenticity in their lives.

Languages spoken


People I work with

Adolescents (13-18) Adults Groups

Personal religious affiliations


Jewish community experience


Licensed to work in

New York

NYC, New York

1 years in practice


  • Mental Health Counselor

Average costs per session

$100 - $200

Payment Methods

  • Sliding Scale
  • Credit Card

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