Connecting the Mind and Soul

It is sometimes hard to make a new beginning, but it can also be rewarding. My name is Adam Dubin, and I’m a new clinical intern at Hudson River Care and Counseling. One of the things that attracted me toward HRCC is the refreshing outlook that I have found is often lacking at other agencies where we place an emphasis on connecting the mind and the soul.

As an ordained Rabbi, I had always considered the connection between mind and soul to be very closely linked; if you have a cloud hanging over you in one aspect of your life, it will be reflected in another aspect as well; so too, if you have a bright spot in one aspect, it will also be reflected back.

I work with all faiths and backgrounds in an attempt to help transform mind and soul, help bring about an increased sense of happiness and quality of life for the whole person. The key, in my opinion, is to work collaboratively, whether with a congregant or with a client, to be a guide and a teacher, utilizing spiritually integrated treatments when and where appropriate.

My office is a nonjudgmental space, and I work to empower anyone in need to help make good decisions and better their lives. It has been long established that religious people of all faiths tend to underutilize traditional psychotherapy in favor of seeking out their clergy, and a part of that, I believe, results from a view that clergy, though Divine inspiration, can answer all of life’s problems. However, there is evidence that despite good intentions, since many clergy are not trained in psychotherapy, they are ill-equipped to work with all but the most basic of cases. On the other hand, traditionally-oriented psychotherapy tends to ignore the spiritual or religious underpinnings that may result in certain thoughts, emotions, or behaviors. Utilizing and synthesizing the best of my training in both the religious and mental health realms, I count myself lucky that I can help to bridge gaps when they exist.