About Ricki Bernstein

ricki-114_200לאינטרנט Whether I am teaching, treating or just being with someone, my goal has always been the same: to give people themselves.

Finding your sometimes elusive self and the voice that goes with it, being comfortable in your own skin, being able to connect and move others–these are challenges I love to meet. I find them deeply meaningful, even inspiring.

After a decade of counseling high school students in New York and teaching English at Columbia University, I was psychodynamically trained and licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in New York State. Once I moved to Jerusalem and began working with trauma, I realized that talk therapy and insight–no matter how compelling–were not enough. I needed more tools than just words and personal connection.
I trained in EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, Brainspotting, Mindfulness, and Focusing, all of which taught me the wonders of inhabiting the body. I studied Affective Neuroscience and Attachment Theory, curious to understand whatever I need to know about the brain in order to help people change their patterns, connect to others and grow in their capacity to tolerate stress. Recently I have added Integral Somatic Psychology (ISP) and AEDP to my toolbox; I am delighted to add these powerful ways of working with emotion.

I have been a psychotherapist for over 30 years, teaching, supervising and practicing somatic psychotherapy. I have a BA in English and Psychology from CUNY (Phi Beta Kappa), an MA and MPhil in English from Columbia University, and an MSW from the Hunter College School of Social Work in NYC. I have seven years of training in classical homeopathy.

I am moved by the trust people have placed in me over my long career. They might unveil a speech they wish they could speak, or a feeling they can hardly bear to own, a memory which haunts and hurts them still, or a part of their job which intimidates them. Admiring their courage in searching for themselves and revealing their vulnerability, I am humbled by the risk people take in opening up to me.