I have provided mental health services since 1991 when I started as an intern counselor at The Austin Men's Center. It was there that I became Services Director and remained for five years. I am licensed in the state of Texas as a Chemical Dependency Counselor, but as an ordained Rabbi and pastoral counselor, I see people struggling with depression, anxiety, sexuality and other issues. You will find me to be friendly and open-minded but ethically grounded. I believe that a person's creative sense - and we all have one - is often the key to resolving our problems. If you are an artist or musician, you will appreciate my 40 years of experience as a working musician and published songwriter. If you are more "left brained" you will like my no-nonsense approach to the issues you bring to the counseling session. Look, let's face it. Life is not about going to therapy. Therapy is about being in life, not hours spent idly theorizing and speculating at your expense. Further. I'm not everyone's counselor. If I sense a better fit with one of my many colleagues, I will see that you get to see another counselor who suits your needs better.
meeting new, interesting people and helping them. I'm an eternal optomist about my clients. I believe they all have everything they need to solve their problems, they just need me to help them find their tools and put them to work. I;ve never had a client who is legitimately crazy, and I don't anticipate you'll be my first.People may "feel" crazy or act "crazy", but that only means they are overwhelmed. Truly crazy people are sure they are sane and you're the one who is bonkers. Truly "crazy" people don't seek counseling because they are never wrong and need no help. Get the picture ?
I enjoyed Rabbi Misha's easy going, informal manner. I also liked his interest in music. but most of all I felt like he really cared about me and my troubles. He didn't waste my time and I didn't waste my money.
Rabbi Misha helped my husband and I have clarity the role of religion in our relationship and as we plan to build a family. He helped us understand how things might evolve and change with time and how to have more ease and flexility with each other in regards to our different understandings of the divine.
Rabbi Misha has a great sense of humor and is a careful listener. He is very knowledgeable and is willing to go the extra mile to serve his clients. I always looked forward to seeing him,no matter how I felt.
There is no typical client for me.People are so different that I spend the first session getting to know them and letting them get to know me. It is essential to me that a client feel they are in the right place working with the right counselor.