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“Ira Israel’s work intimately speaks to us all at a level of wisdom and compassion that leads to authenticity, joy, and freedom. I cannot recommend it highly enough.” ~ Reverend Michael Beckwith

“Ira Israel speaks with wisdom and power about the central psychological issues of our day. His voice is a gift to all who are seeking to find their way.” ~ Marianne Williamson

“Ira Israel draws upon a broad and deep array of knowledge to brilliantly expand the paradigm of mindfulness by making us conscious of everything we absorb unconsciously in culture. Few thinkers give us more tools to guide us through the minefield preceding personal empowerment than Israel.” ~ Warren Farrell

“Ira Israel is a modern day prophet – an amazing teacher, thinker, and leader, whose work combines philosophy, spirituality, and psychology seamlessly. How To Survive You’re Childhood Now That You’re An Adult: A Path to Authenticity and Awakening is a wonderful manual for how to live a richer and more meaningful life. Read this book and be transformed.” ~ Rabbi Joshua Buchin

“Ira Israel is one of the most creative thinkers I know. With his insight, combined with his deeply compassionate heart, Ira hits it out of the park with How to Survive Your Childhood Now That You’re an Adult: A Path to Authenticity and Awakening!  ~ Jai Uttal

“The cultural illusions that my dear friend Ira Israel so elegantly unpacks in this deep-thinking dive into the heart of being human are nothing short of a revelation.” ~ Katherine Woodward Thomas

“Successfully challenges the authenticity of all our assumed realities, our 21st century addictions, distractions, and compulsions in language that is elegant, simple and refreshingly modern. A great read.” ~ Sting

“It is a helpful blend of psychology east and west… a subject that is dear to my own heart.” ~ Jack Kornfield

How to Survive Your Childhood Now That You’re an Adult weaves together the wisdom of reflection, the beauty of art and the rigor of clinical practice. The wealth of ideas and practices in this illuminating work will be of benefit to all of us welcoming a new way of perceiving that has the power to transform our individual and collective lives.” ~ Shauna Shapiro

My mission is to inspire you to be your best self and live an extraordinary life full of supportive relationships, love, creative expression, authentic communications, a thriving career, mental and emotional wellness, and a healthy balance of work and pleasure.

The approach that I have developed over the last ten years has proven to be extremely effective for people suffering from existential, career, and relationship issues.  In particular I have helped many artists, musicians, writers, filmmakers and creative people find, refine and/or rejuvenate their purposes in life – their callings – to undertake new endeavors and have more fulfilling relationships.

Individual clients have reported that I am skillful at quickly identifying core wounds, reframing narratives and providing immediate solutions to help release traumas and ameliorate depression and anxiety; couples have reported greater understanding, compassion, ease and intimacy.

I truly enjoy helping individuals and couples cultivate meaningful and happy lives and am honored to be able to serve both in my private practice and public classes.

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“Ira Israel’s courageous and riveting new book takes on the status quo: How to Survive Your Childhood Now That You’re an Adult illuminates our society’s extremely narrow bandwidth for emotions common to us all. In particular, feelings of sadness and grief are stifled (or medicated) because the may hinder our perceived productivity and participation, even if temporarily. Ira asserts, unmistakably that happiness is only achievable when we live into it with pure authenticity, feeling all our emotion without needing to grasp or avert. He helps the reader realize the power of loving and genuine relationships that enable access to the true self. Ira provides a place to contemplate the intimacy born of nonjudgmental, intentional support in relationships where we are free to feel and process our wide range of emotions that are encompassed in the uninhibited human experience. This is a very brave book by someone with an eagle eye and an open and tremendous heart.” ~ Joanne Cacciatore

“Culling from his extensive background in philosophy, psychology, and Buddhism, Ira Israel offers a unique perspective into what we consider to be normal and provokes us to inquire into how we can be more authentic and create a more compassionate, just and healthier society.” ~ Daniel Pinchbeck

“With mastery and wit, Ira Israel challenges us to make a journey— from the identity we constructed to protect us as children, to authentic adults living a creative, meaningful and joyful life.” ~ Allan Badiner

“With this comprehensive and engaging book, Ira Israel stations himself on the cutting edge where modern psychology meets authentic spirituality. Many books that attempt to synthesize East and West fail to do justice to either, and many that draw from a broad range of sources remain on the surface of each. This one draws deeply from ancient traditions such as Advaita Vedanta and Mahayana Buddhism and blends their wisdom seamlessly with the pragmatic insights of science. Readers will find it illuminating and transformational.” ~ Phil Goldberg