Tammy Kantor - LMSW
Clinical Social Worker
Somatic Therapy for Trauma and Anxiety
Hebrew & English Speaking Therapist Tel Aviv
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"I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become."
Tammy Kantor - Professional Identity
Clinical social worker with over 15 years of experience in community work and adult counseling in Israel and abroad.
I have worked with a wide range of clients from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, including: adults, senior citizens, survivors of sexual violence, Holocaust survivors, minorities, refugees, immigrants and members of the LGBT community.
I offer individual and group therapy for coping with:
Life cycle changes
Relationship and family difficulties
Gender equality and female empowerment
Unique challenges for artists and musicians
New and older immigrants, expats
Aging and gerontology
Holocaust survivors and second generation
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Covid-19 related challenges
“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.”
My mission is to help people and communities and I am sensitive to human adversity.
Born in Israel, I grew up in the US and over the years I gained clinical experience with individuals, groups, communities, and creating music as an artistic expression and as a therapeutic tool for healing.
I see the therapeutic process as an opportunity to help the client achieve a mind-body balance. This balance creates a safety net for the person to make clear and coherent decisions and navigate thoughts and behaviors from a place of awareness, responsibility and personal empowerment. The client can create new belief systems tailored to his or her true self, enabling a positive attitude and personal freedom of action.
I believe the foundation for meaningful work and self-growth is establishing trust and a meaningful alliance in the therapeutic relationship. When we have personal trust and commitment, the healing process can begin.
Transformation can occur when thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and physical sensations that were previously unknown are revealed to consciousness. This process requires a great deal of courage and at the same time it enables for a good, balanced and healthy life.
My counseling approach focuses on mobilizing client strengths and is solution-focused. I see the person as responsible for creating meaning in his or her life. As needed, I combine various therapeutic tools such as: body-based approaches like Somatic Experiencing® (SE™) and Mindfulness, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Music Therapy and Expressive Arts.
I value and prioritize each person's privacy and sessions are conducted in a calm, safe and confidential setting at the clinic or online.
Professional and Academic Background
Master of Science in Social Work, MSSW, Clinical Concentration, The University of Texas at Austin, magna cum laude (2006-2007)
Bachelor of Social Work, BSW, Clinical Track, Tel Aviv University, magna cum laude (2001-2004)
Continuing Education & Training
Somatic Experiencing® Training, Trauma Healing (Advanced Level), Tel Aviv, Israel (2021)
Certified Music Instructor, Center for Classical Middle Eastern Music, Jerusalem (2014-2017)
Somatic Experiencing® Training, Trauma Healing (Intermediate Level), Austin, TX (2008-2010)
Sexual Assault Advocacy Training, Hay's Caldwell Women's Center, San Marcos, TX (2010)
Intern Supervision Training, Communities in Schools, Austin, TX (2009)
MSSW Intern, WAMATA (People in the Fight Against
AIDS in Tanzania), Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (2007)
Crisis Intervention Training Course, Tel Aviv Sexual Assault Crisis Center, Israel (2004)
BSW Intern, Tel Aviv Sexual Assault Crisis Center, Tel Aviv, Israel (2003-2004)
BSW Intern, Mental Health Clinic for Adults, Holon, Israel (2002-2003)
BSW Intern, SHEMA Center for Hearing Impaired Children & Youth, Tel Aviv, Israel (2001-2002)
Israel Union of Social Workers
International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW)
Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute (SETI)
“Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up.”