Esther Israel, CMHC

Therapist
ABOUT ESTHER ISRAEL, CMHC

I am a licensed clinical mental health counselor with a variety of experience working with individuals and groups. My undergraduate degree is in English Literature, and I hold two masters degrees; the first in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, and the second in Clinical Psychology from the University of Utah. During my tenure of studies I conducted research in the area of human sexuality and received training in rape crisis and sexual assault counseling, feminist multicultural theory and practice, sex therapy, psycho-dynamic theories and techniques, rational emotive behavioral therapy and cognitive behavior therapy, in addition to experience with assessment and conceptualization. Since then I have also trained in Motivational Interviewing.

 

I have the privilege of working with children, adolescents, adults, seniors, and couples who experience worry, sadness, not belonging, and struggling with the paradigm in which they have been raised or are currently navigating. Because of my own experiences and the training I’ve sought, I view those sitting across from me in a historical and cultural context. Are you the person you have been raised to become? How did you get to where you are now? Talk therapy is an opportunity to examine the identities you are and have been given and wish to be, the links these identities engender and the societal assumptions about your identities that resonate and/or distress.

 

I am extending a place for you to be seen and accepted. I will honor your paths and consider your space of moving with experiences and emotions. If you are striving for self-compassion and making sense, I would like to be a part of your therapeutic journey and bear witness as you gain valuable perspectives and shed those viewpoints no longer serving a purpose.