Thursday, February 25, 2021

I’m a marriage and family therapist based in Philadelphia. Over the past six years, I’ve worked with an array of individuals spanning from adolescent through teen, all the way past age 80. My parents have had a huge impact in the way I’ve come to administer care. Their careers as pharmacists have taught me much of what I know about psychotropic medications (medicine for mental illness) and the health field in general.

Psychosomatic illnesses, put simply, are the physical manifestations of pain that are attributed to psychological roots. Whether it’s trauma, unresolved issues or a segment of one’s past that hasn’t been adequately addressed, there are numerous ways that the “body keeps the score,” a play on words based on the famous bestseller by author Bessel van der Kolk on trauma’s impact on brain development.

People don’t like to face their issues; it’s as simple as that. They believe that brushing things under the rug will make the problem go away. I believe differently. I know, firsthand, the work it takes to be real with one’s self and make breakthroughs. My job is to facilitate the process. With individualized sessions that truly look at the root of an issue, I do my best to break down exactly what’s going on and what can be done about it. I know I’ve achieved my mission statement when my clients come back months later begging to offer testimonials.

As a frum individual, my passion is to assist the community in any way I can. Whether it’s through life coaching, extricating an individual from the rut they’ve found themselves in, or encouraging them to hang on no matter how large an obstacle they perceive before them, I know that Hashem runs the world and that without Him, there’s nowhere else to turn.

Hashem is the Rofei Chinam. I’m just the middle man who guides people along their journey to wellbeing. This pandemic hasn’t been kind to many, but I’m here to help. With both in-person and telehealth options available, I am ready and willing to do whatever it takes to make your life the best that it can be.

Ephraim Tokar can be reached at [email protected] or (267) 600-9142