Gershon Swimmer, M.Sc.

Explore, Grow, Thrive.

Therapy for couples, individuals, and families.

Gershon is an English speaking psychotherapist who specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR).

Gershon strongly believe that your level of comfort with the therapist you choose is critical to the ultimate success of your therapy process. His goal is to create a warm, safe, and effective environment in which a true partnership is built. Gershon know that every person has the power inside themselves to effect positive change, that psychotherapy is a special collaboration between the client/s and therapist. Working together, you and he will build a comfortable yet challenging process that supports you in breaking through the most challenging barriers, ultimately providing you with the ability to have more authentic and meaningful life and relationships.

Gershon’s Therapeutic Approach

There is an old adage which states that “if the only thing you have in your toolbox is a hammer everything begins to look like a nail”. Gershon is trained in a variety of modalities and has worked hard to develop and expand his toolbox. He feel it’s imperative for each client to receive an individualized and client-oriented treatment plan. Gershon want his clients to know and experience that they do not just “fit into a box”.

Gershon utilizes an integrated approach in his work, which means you will both work together to identify the true source of a problem and address it with a variety of approaches. Gershon enjoy establishing close therapeutic relationships that leverage deep trust to help create movement forward. He has been described by his peers as a skilled therapist who is insightful and compassionate yet not afraid to engage and challenge tough clients.

Gershon approaches clients from a family systems perspective and his main modalities include: CBT, EFT, EMDR, gestalt, and behavioral work combined with psycho-dynamic therapy. He also have decades of experience in working with addictions or all types. Gershon’s goal first and foremost is to assist individuals in ultimately living a more fulfilling lives by way of self-empowerment and personal insight. In this process he will also use psychoeducation and provide educational reading and videos to enhance and sustain the therapeutic process throughout our work.

Gershon made Aliyah in December of 2008 and believes he can be helpful in working with Olim Hadashim or ba’al teshuvah who are struggling with their integration process.

Gershon Specialize in Treatment of:

  • Panic and Anxiety Disorders
  • Depression
  • Feeling Stuck in Life
  • Personality Disorders
  • Complex Trauma
  • Anger Management
  • Couples and Relationships
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Intimacy and Sexual Issues
  • Addictions
  • Grief and Loss
  • Career Development

About Him

Gershon’s choice to become a therapist expresses his passion for personal growth throughout life’s journey and his desire to contribute the experience and wisdom he has gained to others. Gershon finds great meaning and purpose in helping clients gain insight and emotional intelligence, to assist each person in developing a sense of wholeness that allows him or her the choice to live more fulfilling and passionate lives.

Gershon graduated with a Bachelor’s in Business and Accounting from the University of Hartford, and after a successful business career earned a Master of Clinical Sociology from University Of North Texas. Gershon completed a two-year post-graduate training program at The Family Institute of Neve Yerushalayim where he treated a wide range of client issues. He followed that with additional two-year internship at the Family Institute with a specialization in couple’s therapy. Gershon has also received graduate training in (CBT) Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, (EFT) Emotionally Focused Therapy, as well as (EMDR) Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy.

Utilizing over twenty-five years of experience supporting individuals through struggles with addiction, relationships, and lifestyle changes, Gershon serves as a resource and advisor to community lay and religious leaders and mental health institutions in the United States and Israel.

Gershon has lectured on addictions at the Yanar Institute and at the Neve Family Institute’s Continuing Education Program on “Integrating Psycho-therapy and the 12 Step Program”. He currently lecture at Ner L’Elef Center for Jewish Leadership Training and Community Outreach and Yeshiva University’s Gruss Smicha Program on working with couples. Gershon also teaches on a variety of subjects at the The Path Center which is a post Yeshiva/Seminary program that gives certifications in marriage and family counseling and addiction counseling. His articles on managing stress in relationships have been published in the Jerusalem Post and his columns on grief and loss have been featured by the Orthodox Union.

Gershon launched Jersualem’s therapy group on “Coping with the Loss of Loved One” at the AACI (Association of Americans & Canadians in Israel) and is in the process of starting a group for “Men with Compulsive Technology Use” which will meet in Jerusalem as well.