Family Counseling & Therapy

Solving problems & acquiring skills
Without getting stuck in negative patterns & destructive labels

Family Issues
  • Communication difficulties
  • Parenting difficulties
  • Authority issues
  • Values & expectations conflicts
  • Parent-child conflicts
  • Sibling conflicts & bullying
  • Marital strife
  • Lack of family unity
  • Blended family difficulties
  • Divorce & separation difficulties
  • Mental health problems
  • Emotional difficulties
  • Depression
  • Anxiety & panic disorders
  • Illness & chronic illness
  • Substance abuse
  • Alcoholism
  • Addiction – internet, devices
  • Pornography
  • Financial issues
  • Grief & loss
  • Academic concerns
  • P.T.S.D.
  • LGBTQ issues
  • Emotional abuse
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Frustration
  • Anger & rage
  • Religious conflicts
  • Aliyah difficulties
Children & Teens Issues
  • Anxiety & depression
  • Behavior problems
  • Worry & fears
  • Nightmares
  • Trauma & abuse
  • Learning difficulties
  • School difficulties
  • Poor communication
  • Low motivation
  • Low self-confidence
  • Poor social skills
  • Low self esteem
  • Smoking, alcohol, drugs
  • Addictions
  • Pornography
  • A.D.D., A.D.H.D. & O.D.D.
  • Obsessive compulsive
  • Asperger’s
  • Acting out
  • Rebelliousness & anger
  • Coping with illness
  • Coping with disability
  • Bereavement
  • Enuresis
  • Encopresis  
Introduction

Helping families, children, teens and couples  has been a focus of my work for more than thirty-five years. I received my California license as a Marriage, Family & Child Therapist in 1981, and licensed as a supervisor and trainer of interns and therapists. I was the Senior Supervisor of the Westside Counseling Center, in Santa Monica, California from 1984 – 1988, and was a supervisor for Universities as well. (Please refer to my C.V. for a complete list of my licenses and professional experience).

Please feel welcome to read the many endorsements from my colleagues and universities. 

My approach to Family Counseling & Family Therapy

My interventions are focused, clear, positive, interactive and caring. I help my clients to acquire the understanding and skills needed to solve problems and achieve goals. I do my best to provide interventions that are brief, effective, and lasting. My treatment approach helps increase self-esteem, healthy functioning, general happiness, and satisfaction for the family.

Family counseling – to be really helpful – requires training, understanding, skill, experience, and creativity. Good family therapy can be transformational for the family and its members. It provides opportunities to resolve conflicts, heal emotional pain, acquire skills, clarify values and appropriate expectations, learn to increase understanding, respect and appreciation and achieve personal and family goals.

Sometimes, all that is needed is a brief intervention to resolve a crisis or solve a problem, followed by a little coaching now and then to keep things on track and make minor adjustments.

There are a variety of available options when doing family therapy, including working with:

  1. the whole family
  2. individual family members
  3. just the parents
  4. parents with some or all of the children
  5. a variety of combinations of family members (during specific sessions).

The decision of how to work is based on what is appropriate and helpful, and who wishes to participate.

I often provide what is considered family therapy even when working with an individual client, by helping my client to relate healthfully to family difficulties, and resolve family issues. I also help my client to facilitate positive change in the family dynamics.

Of course confidentiality is strictly respected and observed (except in cases where the law requires otherwise, e.g. someone is in danger of specific kinds of harm).

I have plenty of professional and personal experience working with a wide variety of families, including families from different ethnic, religious, political, geographic, cultural backgrounds, as well as blended families, step families, and multicultural families.  

Parenting advice & guidance can really help improve the family dynamics and happiness

Often, just a little practical guidance, and the learning and utilization of specific effective parenting skills can greatly reduce the anxiety and frustration for both the parent(s) and the children, and increase individual and family harmony and satisfaction.

Good parenting increases self-esteem, healthy functioning, general happiness, and life satisfaction for both parents and children.

Additional Information about my professional experience working with kids, parents & families regarding issues of education and learning:

I have also worked as a school teacher, school counselor, school psychologist, educational consultant, trainer of educators, executive director of a school and am a Fellow of the Lookstein Senior Educators Program, Bar-Ilan. I have also trained teachers and principals for the Israel Department of Education.

Feel welcome to call me to ask any questions that you may have and to learn how I can help you and your family.

Additional information on each topic will be available
as the website is being developed

Please feel welcome to call me if you have any questions regarding how I work, and
how I would approach helping you achieve your goals.

DISCLAIMER:

Of course specific results cannot be guaranteed, and vary from client/patient to client/patient. Motivation and positive participation, as well as suggested homework are required of the patient. The work is a partnership between therapist and client/patient.

I want to give my patients the best treatment I can, and create the best treatment strategy for each patient. To do this, it is important for me to have the necessary information regarding their condition, medical history, and past and concurrent treatment, with other health professionals. I, therefore, request consultation with my patients’ medical doctors, when I treat them for medical or psychiatric diagnoses, or at least a copy of their medical report, so that I can offer the best services possible.              

At times hypnosis or another modality of therapy is not recommended or appropriate for a particular client/patient. Whether hypnosis or another modality is utilized in the treatment of my client/patient is determined after consultation and evaluation of the client/patient, the specific issues presented the preference of the client/patient, and the client/patient’s medical history.

Regarding hypnotherapy: Hypnotherapy and hypnosis are usually very good treatment interventions. However, hypnosis is contraindicated under certain circumstances. For example, hypnosis is usually contraindicated for individuals who suffer from severe psychiatric disorders, such as psychoses and schizophrenia.

A proper diagnosis and evaluation of each client/patient must be made before hypnosis is utilized. It is only at the request of the client/patient and at the evaluation and discretion of Dr. Sheldon that hypnosis will be utilized.

Often Dr. Sheldon consults with other physicians treating his client/patient as part of the evaluation and the creation of the proper treatment strategies, as well as to ensure that there is safety, harmony, coordination and consistency among the health professionals treating the client/patient and the treatment modalities utilized. Dr. Sheldon will also ask the client/patient to provide information regarding any medications or other drugs taken.

Regarding Testimonials and Endorsements: Of course what is written in testimonials and endorsements and professional recommendations represents the author’s experiences and opinions.

All of the above is for the well-being of the client/patient, and to make sure that all work is done with high ethical and professional standards, legally, effectively. I want to give excellent service and wants each of his clients/patients to be as successful as possible.

If you have any questions, please feel welcome to contact me.

Additional Family Services
I help family members with:
  • Effective communication
  • Teaching values
  • Responsibility
  • Self esteem
  • Self confidence
  • Respect for others
  • Caring about others
  • Friendship
  • Love
  • Developing good habits
  • Developing vision & goals
  • Active listening
  • Goals & expectations
  • Social skills
  • Enhancing motivation
  • Setting limits
  • Relationships & friends
  • Dating & sexuality
  • Relating with siblings
  • Behavior modification
  • Cooperation
Additional Resources

Marriage Counseling Services

Almost all of my clients and patients see improvement within a couple of sessions. In fact I tell all of my new and prospective clients and patients that they will know within two meetings if I am the right therapist for them.

Of course specific results cannot be guaranteed, and vary from client/patient to client/patient. Motivation and positive participation, as well as suggested homework are required of the patient. The work is a partnership between therapist and client/patient.

I want to give my patients the best treatment I can, and create the best treatment strategy for each patient. To do this, it is important for me to have the necessary information regarding their condition, medical history, and past and concurrent treatment, with other health professionals. I, therefore, request consultation with my patients’ medical doctors, when I treat them for medical or psychiatric diagnoses, or at least a copy of their medical report, so that I can offer the best services possible.              

At times hypnosis or another modality of therapy is not recommended or appropriate for a particular client/patient. Whether hypnosis or another modality is utilized in the treatment of my client/patient is determined after consultation and evaluation of the client/patient, the specific issues presented the preference of the client/patient, and the client/patient’s medical history.

Regarding hypnotherapy: Hypnotherapy and hypnosis are usually very good treatment interventions. However, hypnosis is contraindicated under certain circumstances. For example, hypnosis is usually contraindicated for individuals who suffer from severe psychiatric disorders, such as psychoses and schizophrenia.

A proper diagnosis and evaluation of each client/patient must be made before hypnosis is utilized. It is only at the request of the client/patient and at the evaluation and discretion of Dr. Sheldon that hypnosis will be utilized.

Often Dr. Sheldon consults with other physicians treating his client/patient as part of the evaluation and the creation of the proper treatment strategies, as well as to ensure that there is safety, harmony, coordination and consistency among the health professionals treating the client/patient and the treatment modalities utilized. Dr. Sheldon will also ask the client/patient to provide information regarding any medications or other drugs taken.

Regarding Testimonials and Endorsements: Of course what is written in testimonials and endorsements and professional recommendations represents the author’s experiences and opinions.

All of the above is for the well-being of the client/patient, and to make sure that all work is done with high ethical and professional standards, legally, effectively. I want to give excellent service and wants each of his clients/patients to be as successful as possible.

If you have any questions, please feel welcome to contact me.