What does a typical session look like?

A typical first session includes us getting to know each other a bit. Depending on the reason you came in (whether it is something related to school like reading or ADHD, or it’s something related more to daily life like anxiety, anger, or self-esteem), I will ask you different questions, give you a few forms to fill out, or play different games with you in order to understand exactly what you are struggling with. Once we figure out exactly what you are struggling with, we can make a comprehensive plan both for our sessions together and for you to work with at home.

What experience do you have?

I’ve been working as an educator and social skills therapist for over thirty years within the Jewish community. I have worked with adults, teenagers, and children from as close as down the block to as far as London and Israel.

What kind of services do you offer?

I offer a variety of services, though the bulk of my time is spent on one-on-one sessions. Among the services I offer:

One-on-one private sessions. These sessions are typically one hour in length and are tailored to the needs of the individual.

Six week group anxiety workshop. These workshops are in groups of around 8 people and are a setp-by-step guide to overcoming anxiety.

Teacher training workshops. These workshops are for first time teachers or even veteran teachers looking to improve their craft. Training typically lasts for four weeks.

Academic Evaluations. A one-time session in which I conduct a professional academic evaluation to properly diagnose a child’s learning difficulties.

Shidduch Coaching. This coaching, while of course one-on-one, is structured around the acquisitions of social skills: non-verbal communication, body language, and overcoming social phobias.

Annual SOS Event. Every year in November, I coordinate a full day catered workshop with an expert in their field. Past events have included Michelle Garcia Winner, Ross Greene, Robert Brooks, and Paul Foxman.

How will we measure success?

Regardless of the issue, in our first meeting we will set goals together. The success of our work together will be reflected in reaching (or not reaching) those goals.

What if I feel like it’s not working?

Our work together is entirely driven by you. If you are not committed or feel that is it not working, there is no obligation to continue.

How do I get in touch with you?

You can be in touch with me on the phone (718.382.5437) or email me at rifkaschonfeld@gmail.com.

Where is your office located?

My office is located at 1542 East 19th Street (between Avenue O and P), in Brooklyn, New York.

Do you offer remote consultations?

Yes, I offer remote consultations, though I recommend in person meetings for children.