Rabbi Shmuel Maybruch, LCSW
Authenticity, integrity, and sincerity are keystones of my psychotherapy and counseling. I strive to help people explore more about themselves and find truths about who they are, where they have been, and where they could go.
I focus on people and their relationships. My specialties includes:
- Marriage counseling and enhancement
- Improving couple and family interactions
- Ameliorating general and social anxiety
- Addressing general and relationship oriented depression
- Marriage crisis intervention
- Dating coaching
- Deepening the self relationship
- Understanding sexual and relationship complications
- Enhancing personality complications
- Overcoming infidelity
- Embracing challenges with pornography use
My Approach to Therapy
I understand the best psychotherapy as a byproduct of deep, insightful discussions with my clients. These conversations forge a meaningful relationship and afford people the opportunity to develop understanding of themselves.
I practice via video, on the phone, and in person. If you would like to make an in-person or virtual appointment, please click here for the contact form.
My Teaching and Scholarship
I have composed numerous articles on Jewish law, mental health, and their intersection. My book Yismach Lev (2014, Hebrew) is an analysis of the Talmud and Jewish Laws regarding kosher and prohibited food. It is the product of classes I gave as Rosh Chaburah (instructor) of the postgraduate Chullin Kollel (advanced Talmud study program) at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. I am also founding and former Rabbi of the Yeshiva Community Shul of Washington Heights, New York.
I teach preparatory courses in Jewish Family Law for premarried individuals and consult on matters of Jewish Family Law, sexuality, and the interface between them. I also designed and coordinated an acclaimed, extensive certification program for rabbis worldwide, Teaching for Healthy Relationships Throughout Marriage, a project of The Center for the Jewish Future of Yeshiva University.
I enjoy lecturing on concepts in Jewish law, psychology, and the nexus of the two. Some of my lectures can be found here.
My Educational Background
I earned my degree in Psychology from Yeshiva University and my Masters from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work. I then trained in the psychodynamically oriented postgraduate program of The New Center for Advanced Psychotherapy Studies.
I was ordained at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and continued for post-ordination intensive Talmudic and Jewish legal study in the Wexner Kollel Elyon there, where I concurrently pursued education in psychotherapy and counseling.