Devorah Steinberg, LICSW, CYT
I am a life coach, licensed mind/body therapist, yoga teacher and spiritual guide who embraces my own path of transformation, and will be right beside you on yours. I walk the walk, not just talk the talk. My clients delight in my honesty, depth and authenticity and I hope you will, too.
I believe that I was born to be a coach, therapist and healer. My lifelong seeking and study of the psychology of change, healing and spirituality began with reading books on meditation and the after-life at age twelve, and then my discovery of yoga and meditation in 1982, when I was a Freshman at the University of Vermont. These practices have deepened over the years as I continue to live with spirituality and yoga at my center, both professionally and personally.
I earned a Masters Degree in Social Work at Simmons College in Boston in 1991, opened my Coaching and Integrative Therapy practice in 1995 and became a certified yoga instructor at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, MA in 2004. I honor the heart-and-soul Kripalu tradition of “living yoga on and off the mat,” bringing personal growth into my yoga practice and my yoga experiences into my life.
My passion for learning how to best guide others has led me to advanced training in hypnotherapy, body-based therapy, EMDR, spiritual counseling, reiki energy and shamanic healing, as well as certification in divorce mediation. My learning is ongoing and my healing tool box continues to grow!
All of these approaches inspire and inform the unique coaching and therapy methods of transformation that I have created, and have used myself and with my clients.
A little bit more about me…
Like you, I have my own unique story of personal evolution and searching. I found my identity, my work and my spirituality at a young age and relatively easily, but It was a long and lonely road for me to motherhood and partnership. As an independent free-thinker, a closet rebel who dared to do my own thing and veer off the traditional path, I just couldn’t tow the party line of societal expectations. About dating, relationships, or really anything! I couldn’t remain with anything in my life that didn’t feel right and fulfilling to me.
I had my foibles, disappointments and struggles and made many good and some poor decisions professionally, and personally, in spirituality, with health and with love. I started a Therapy practice. It grew, then stalled, then grew again. I added coaching and online services, and had to begin again. I journeyed spiritually, all over the globe and with so many traditions and ended up finding a home in progressive Judaism, where I had begun. In relationships, I fell down and got back up, fell again and dragged myself up again. At times I was so frustrated, sad and impatient that I wanted to give up and feared that being in a lasting relationship and a becoming a mother might not happen for me, but I never lost hope. I endured.
I was thrilled when I became a single mom at 41 when my son Josh was born. After many years of intense and committed personal growth, using the techniques and tools that I now teach, I finally discovered the keys to breaking the patterns that were blocking me from lasting relationship and met my partner, Steve, at age 49. It took a long while, but he was worth the wait!
Steve and I live in Metro Boston with my son, Josh, his kids, Jeremy and Rose, as well as our three dogs, Jasper (pictured) Ginger and Lola.