At a glance

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
  • Masters in Education with a special focus on Leadership (MA)
  • Certified Addictions and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC-T)
  • Rabbinical Ordination (Smicha)

About Myself

Even before I became a social worker, one question was always in the back of my mind, “Why do people act the way they do?” This question, drove me to obtain my first Master’s degree in Education with a special focus on leadership in 2007. It focused a lot on human behavior and effective leadership. While I obtained a wealth of information and a lot of insights about human behavior, I still felt unsatisfied.  The question in my mind had become increasingly stronger. Not to mention, struggles in my own life of trying to make sense out of the many experiences I was having.

After getting married I spent several years living in Israel. In 2010, I received Rabbinical Ordination from Rabbi Zalmen Nechmya Goldberg, head of the Badatz Beis Din (Grand Rabbinical Court).

In 2011, I had decided to move on to social work school and obtained a License Masters of Social Work (LMSW) and a Certified Addiction Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC-T) for addiction counseling. I spent several years working in an intensive clinic in the heart of Brooklyn, as well as working in several Yeshivas in the Brooklyn area where I provided clinical services.

It’s also noteworthy that in 2015, I started an internet based Torah study program called NachDaily for studying the entire Prophets and Kesuvim.  Currently,  NachDaily has grown to over 2,000 subscribers and regular listeners throughout the globe.

It was during this time I had come across the Principles of Innate Health. I soon had realized the answer to my question. There are fundamental Principles that apply to all mankind driving and creating our experience from moment to moment. I was surprised to find out, given all my education and training there was indeed universal Principles that drove our thoughts, feelings and behaviors. One of the reasons I found this surprising is that I didn’t learn about it in school. It was only afterwards this discovery came my way.

After several years of treating clients with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, addictions and psychoses I obtained the next level of a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).

Coming across the Principles of Innate Health was the perfect way to be able to blend my background in education with counseling. Since then, I have been able to continue sharing this understanding in host of settings including private practice, schools, business, health care facilities and to other mental health professionals. 

I’m looking forward to hearing from you and getting to know you,

Shaya Sussman