Naaleh Counseling Solutions is open to the Cleveland Community
Adhering to a multidisciplinary care model, Naaleh Counseling Solutions is comprised of Cleveland’s most compassionate counseling experts. With diverse backgrounds in psychotherapy, behavioral health, trauma counseling, crisis management and more, our team provides culturally sensitive support proven to improve clinical outcomes.
Yitzchok Sommer LISW-S, CASAC-T, is a graduate of Long Island University school of Social Work. He is a Licensed Independent Social Worker who specializes in working with behavioral and emotional issues in children, teens, and adults. He is EMDR and TF-CBT certified, and has advanced training in treating symptoms related to trauma and abuse (PTSD). He has received advanced training in helping children demonstrating a variety of diagnosis, including, ADHD, executive function deficits and anxiety disorders. He has extensive experience in providing mental health services as a general practitioner in a variety of settings, including out-patient clinics, residential treatment, schools, and in private practice. In addition to clinical work, Yitzchok Sommer has experience in education, most recently having taught a Psychology course to senior high school students. In his current role as Clinical Director of Naaleh Counseling Solutions, Yitzchok Sommer, LISW-S directs the agency's outpatient clinical services. He is responsible for providing clinical supervision and facilitates staff trainings. In addition to overseeing the day-to-day operations of the organization, Yitzchok collaborates with schools and with board of directors, in order develop new programs in schools and in the community at large.
Rabbi Raffi Glickman
Joseph Steiner Ph.D, LISW-S. is a licensed clinical psychologist. He trained at Fielding Graduate and Case Western Reserve Universities. He has been in practice for over 45 years at various community mental health centers, the last 18 at Signature Health before retiring. Joseph has held adjunct professor and clinical instructor positions with Case Western Reserve and Cleveland State Universities, among others. He specializes in mood disorders, depression, grief, anxiety disorders and ADHD. Joseph uses cognitive behavioral, family, relational and other therapies as needed.
Mendy Greenberg MNO, MSW, LSW, comes to Naaleh with a wealth of background experiences that he uses to run the Naaleh billing department, and support clients from diverse backgrounds. Mendy completed his dual Masters’ degree at Case Western Reserve University, while interning at Naaleh as a clinical intern and billing specialist. During his internship, Mendy helped Naaleh to obtain it’s OHMAS certification and assumed the role of the Director of Billing; all while completing his second-year clinical internship at Ohio Guidestone. Mendy, a native of Cleveland, spent four years learning in Israel at Yeshiva Tiferet Jerusalem (TJ) and the Mir Yeshiva. Mendy is passionate about giving back to the community, supporting his clients with evidence-based treatment and therapy that is individualized to every client's needs. He is experienced in treating those with ADD/ADHD, anxiety, social phobia and oppositional defiant disorder.
Rabbi Raffi Glickman MSW, LSW, comes to Naaleh with a wealth of background experiences that he uses to support clients from diverse backgrounds. He holds a bachelor's degree from Yeshiva University in Psychology. While at Yeshiva, Raffi completed his first Masters's degree in Jewish Education and his Semicha through the Gruss Kollel in Jerusalem. Raffi has been involved as Rebbe and mentor while he has lived in Cleveland, at the Fuchs Mizrachi School. Most recently, Raffi has completed his Masters in Social Work from Case Western Reserve University with a certificate of completion in Trauma-Informed Practice. Raffi is passionate about his work, supporting his clients with evidence-based treatment and therapy that is individualized, to meet the client's needs. He has experience in treating those with addiction, working with both substance abuse and non-substance abuse addictions, as well as ADD/ADHD, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, compulsive disorders, and anger management/oppositional defiant disorder. Raffi is currently accepting clients that are in junior high school through adulthood.
Beryl is a devoted professional who earned his masters degree in social work from LIU in 2018. He has since become an invaluable member of the Amudim team, starting as an intern and consistently excelling as a clinical case manager. His unwavering dedication to assisting individuals in challenging circumstances is fueled by his passion for making a difference. Specializing in supporting survivors of sexual abuse and individuals grappling with addiction, Beryl has a profound understanding of the mental health landscape. As a clinical case manager, he provides invaluable assistance to those affected, going above and beyond to ensure their well-being. Recently, Beryl has expanded his expertise by assuming the role of a therapist at Naaleh Cleveland, primarily working with children and teenagers navigating various life difficulties. With a compassionate and empathetic approach, he fosters a safe and nurturing environment, guiding his clients towards growth, healing, and overall well-being. Beryl's commitment to making a positive impact in the lives of others is evident through his extensive experience and unyielding dedication. Combining his professional skills with genuine care for his clients, he offers comprehensive and effective support to individuals facing diverse mental health challenges. Beryl's profound impact leaves a lasting imprint on those he serves, empowering them to overcome adversity and thrive.
Michelle Bernstein, LISW-S is a graduate of the Wurzweiler School of Social Work. She has close to 20 years of professional experience practicing in private and public schools, large hospital systems and hospice care, home care and private practice. Michelle has worked with child and adult clients in both individual and group settings. She has a broad range of clinical experience working with clients in the following areas: depression, anxiety disorders, chronic illness, grief and bereavement, behavior/ discipline and parenting challenges, relationship issues, stress and anger management, ADHD, and developmental disabilities. Michelle utilizes a variety of treatment modalities and techniques to help her clients reach their personal goals.
Yocheved Davidowitz, LPC, INHC got her master’s degree in counseling psychology from Adler University in Vancouver BC. Yocheved is a certified nutrition coach and has advanced trauma training. At Naaleh, Yocheved works with adult women on a variety of issues specializing in anxiety, relationship concerns, as well as emotional eating. She is the author of the book “I’ll Start Tomorrow” and continues to teach and lecture widely. Yocheved is the host of A Deeper Conversation, the Podcast for Jewish Women.
Keary Carl is a licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC-S). She received her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from John Carroll University and a B.S. in Psychology from Liberty University. Keary has a diverse clinical background, treating clients from age 7-93. She has worked in a variety of treatment settings including private practice, community mental health, and nursing homes. Prior to Naaleh, Keary worked as a supervisor in adult services for OhioGuidestone. Her counseling experience includes the treatment of depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive behavior, bereavement, trauma, career concerns, life transitions, marital distress, and interpersonal difficulties. Keary’s current role at Naaleh is to provide clinical supervision to our counselors and counselor trainees.
Ahuva Blatter, LPC, is a licensed clinical counselor. She graduated from Bellevue University. She works with children of all ages in group and clinical settings. She utilizes play-based CBT, child-centered and other modalities to meet each specific client’s needs. Ahuva enjoys using play and creative art modalities to engage her young clients. Ahuva’s goal with her clients is to help them become the best they can be so they can succeed at home, school, and with their friends.
Crystal Pickus (Selent) MNO, MSSA, LSW, has received her MSSA, equivalent to MSW, from Case Western Reserve University. She specializes in supporting teens and adults with mental well-being, behavioral dynamics, and personal effectiveness. She has over 10 years of experience in social services in a variety of settings including, elder-care facilities, dementia programs, residential treatment for autism, youth groups, transitional-corrections, homeless services, and private practice. Crystal’s treatment philosophy is informed by environmental, humanistic, relational, biological, and trauma theories. She spends her free time reading, painting, working with nonprofits, and parenting.
Ahuva LISW-S is an independently licensed social worker and a graduate of Fordham University‘s Graduate School of Social Work. She is also a certified EMDR therapist. With over a decade experience she uses an eclectic mix of modalities, including the use of a strength based approach that allows teens and young adults to develop strategies to cope with life ‘s challenges. Her main areas of focus include self-esteem, anxiety, depression, trauma, social relationships, family relationships, impulsivity, and mood disorders. More than any of her schooling, Ahuva has learned the most from her clients. Their courage, passion, wisdom, and dedication are the foundations of effective therapy.
Mrs. Fraidy Lowenthal is a licensed social worker trainee, currently interning at Naaleh. Fraidy was inspired to pursue a degree in social work, while teaching high school girls. She saw her students’ need for a professional and supportive relationship. Fraidy began her college education at Daemen College in Amherst, New York. She currently works with children and adolescence in the areas of anxiety, depression and PTSD. Fraidy enjoys building a therapeutic relationship with her clients and developing their self-esteem via a strengths-based approach. Fraidy is currently developing her skills to be able to use a person-centered approach in the treatment of her clients.
Kayla has recently completed her internship at Naaleh, during which she worked mostly with middle and high school girls, providing mentorship and one on one counseling. She also worked as a case manager helping navigate complex family dynamics and crisis management. Kayla prioritizes developing relationships with clients from a place of real love and respect, using a holistic and client centered approach. As an instructor of dance, Kayla is also passionate about building clients’ self-esteem through discovering and developing their natural talents. Kayla has experience working with those struggling with anxiety, ADHD, depression, and trauma, as well as girls struggling religiously. Kayla is graduating with an MSW from Wurzweiler school of social work.
Cheryl Frank LPC, AT is a graduate of Ursuline College. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Art Therapist who specializes in working with behavioral and emotional issues in children, teens, and adults. She has advanced training in DBT in trauma-based diagnosis. She has received advanced training in treating a variety of diagnosis including PTSD, ADHD, Mood, and Personality disorders. As well as behavioral interventions and social skills training. She has extensive experience in providing mental health services as a general practitioner in a variety of settings, including out-patient clinics, residential treatment, and schools. She uses an eclectic mix of modalities, including the Art interventions as an approach that allows clients to develop a strong sense of self and begin to explore their world in a more creative hands-on way. This additionally assists in the development of strategies to cope with life ‘s challenges. Cheryl believes it is essential to meet people where they are, in order to effectively bring about growth and positive, long-term change.