"Solving life’s problems is only the beginning. Therapy is also discovering the vitality and meaning of your life that lies hidden under those problems."

Every human being is a world with infinite potential. Focused on strengths and possibilities rather than limitations, Rabbi Yonasan’s warm, effective, and research based approach empowers individuals and couples to live the lives they deserve.

Raised in a rural farm town in Iowa, Rabbi Yonasan Bender, L.C.S.W., has dedicated himself to providing you with the very best care rooted in Evidence Based Treatments melding sensitive warmth and caring with informed empirical research. A graduate of Hebrew University’s School of Social Work, Rabbi Yonasan is trained to tackle serious issues like anxiety, depression, insomnia, anger management, parenting, marriage, personality disorders, and trauma.

In addition to his theraputic training, he has received multiple rabbinic ordinations from Rav Yitzchak Berkovits, שליט”א, melding his work with a rich source of meaning, ancient wisdom, and values that make life worth living. He regularly runs clinical training in a wide array of modalities and is a lecturer at various yeshivos and seminaries. His classes and psychotherapy lectures can be found online by clicking HERE.

Rabbi Yonasan is a member of the Association For Contextual Behavioral Science and an active member of the clinical team at The Place, the Jerusalem Centre for Emotional Wellbeing. His is also a Dialectical Behavioral Therapist skills trainer at Machon Dvir and a Family Connections group leader for the National Educational Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder supporting family members with a loved one suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder.

Specialties

Anxiety & Depression

Overcome fear of the future and the hopelessness of the past to live a richer, heroic life.

Positive Parenting

Build a loving relationship based on respect, personal values, and protective rules.

Anger Management

Learn to unlock the wisdom in powerful emotions to achieve your dreams and hopes.

Self Esteem & Assertiveness

Enhance your sense of inherent worth to seek out what you deserve.

Autism

Discover inner awareness and reach out to form meaningful and lasting relationships. Bridge the gap and end the loneliness.

High-Conflict Couples

Build tools to end the pain and loneliness by rediscovering the love and friendship that was always there.

Certification & Training


• Philosophy and World Religions (Drake University) • Social Work (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy • Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD • Internal Family Systems • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy • Gottman Method Couples’s Therapy (Levels 1-3) • Dialectical Behavior Therapy • Family Systems Therapy • Sequenced Relationship-Based Trauma Therapy • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction • Behavioral Activation for Depression • Brief Psychodynamic Therapy • Narrative Therapy • Cognitive Therapy • Schema Therapy • Jungian Depth Psychology • Conflict Resolution • Sexual Dysfunctions in Couples • Attachment Based Therapy for Trauma • Interpersonal Psychotherapy • Behavior Therapy • Emotional Schema Therapy • Parent Management Training • Emotion Coaching for Parents • Assertiveness Training • Family Integrated Treatment for Bipolar Disorder •Process Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy • Existential Therapy • CBT for Personality Disorders • Emotion Efficacy Therapy • Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Couples and Families • Solution Focused Brief Therapy • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression • Relational Frame Theory Informed Approach to Autism • CBT For Insomnia • Mentalization for Personality Disorders