Lena Shore, B.Sc. B.Ed. M.Sc. – Coordinator

Lena Shore is a psychotherapist with well over a decade of counseling experience. She received her Bachelors in Applied Human Nutrition, with a minor in Child Studies, from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, and her B.Ed from the University of Toronto in 1991. After receiving her BaSc in Applied Human Nutrition in 1986, she worked extensively in the area of weight-loss and body-image counseling. She received her Masters in Clinical Sociology in 2008 from the University of North Texas as a foreign student on the Neve Yerushalyim campus. Lena trained intensively at the Jerusalem Family Institute and successfully completed its internship program.

Lena Shore has received training in Narrative Therapy, Systems Therapy, Schema Therapy, Post-Partum Treatment, Conflict Resolution, Gottman Marital Therapy, Couple’s Therapy, Sexual Dysfunctions, CBTand EMDR. She has also found such techniques as guided imagery and psychodrama to be extremely effective in her work.

Lena has been highly successful in her work with both couples and individuals in Jerusalem. She has helped couples develop healthier and happier emotional and physical relationships. She has worked with clients suffering from OCD, anxiety and personality disorders. She has enjoyed success in facilitating clients to resolve grief and in improve their overall relationships. She has over two decades of experience working with children and adolescents. She specializes in grief counseling for children, adolescents, adults and families; emotional eating counseling and couple’s therapy. Lena works both in English and Hebrew.

A Client Fights depression

This is a conversation between the mean nasty unwanted guest of depression, who made himself the leader of my brain, and the kind timid happy who believes that he can make me happy and get rid of the unwanted guest.

Happy: Go away from her, she wants to be the best person she can be, but your disturbing and interrupting her. Leave her and go away! You’re unwanted, and you stayed way too long.

Depressed: Well she’s so much fun to stay with, she listens to me, and whatever I tell her to do, she does. its so good to have such a naïve follower like her.

Happy: I’m glad that you had your enjoyment. We’ll make it your enjoyment for a lifetime, so that you don’t have to attack anyone ever again.

Depressed: But I can get so much from her!

Happy: yes, but if you get too strong then she’ll end up just killing herself and all your power will be lost. Let me make her happy again so you can feed off those feelings and become more powerful.

Depressed: OK, you convinced me. I give the reigns over to you.

Me: Thank you Happy! Now make yourself so strong that I’ll never be able to have that mean unwanted disease of depression ever again!

Riding the Wave (of anxiety)

From a client who is learning a new type of surfing – surfing the wave of anxiety.

"Waves go up and down, moods do too…

"If I get flooded, I feel it (because it’s kind of hard to ignore!) & live it & cry wherever and whenever. .. but it passes! I may go under a bit, but as long as I pick my head up over into air then I’m OK. Sometimes I go through a rougher patch of water where the waves keep on rolling. … I breathe a sigh of relief when I can breathe again – but within a moment I’m covered again! And again & again until I kick my feet in frustration (literally!) It takes longer but eventually I get up again. I haven’t died yet from that. I will survive. I need to remind myself of that because I always think I will just not make it this time. Surfing is a fun sport, so perhaps the "thrill" of an anxiety attack can be empowering too – maybe I can gain strength during and not just breathe a sigh of relief when it’s over.

"It’s good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.

"Though the road’s been rocky it sure feels good to me."