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Why A Licensed Professional

When we have medical needs we seek the highest rated, licensed health care provider we can find. The same should be true in mental health. The good news is that there are many frum licensed therapists who have attained that degree of expertise. Our communities should call on them.

About the Author: Dr. Michael J. Salamon is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the author of numerous articles and books, most recently “Abuse in the Jewish Community” (Urim Publications).


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