Tzvi Werther, LMHC
President, Twerski Wellness Institute
Tzvi Werther was born and raised in Milwaukee where he formed a deep bond with Rabbi and Rebbetzin Twerski. At their request, Tzvi has led the formation and organization of the Twerski Wellness Institute with the mission of bringing an understanding of Innate Health and the Three Principles to the Jewish Community. Tzvi is a licensed mental health counselor and resides in Brooklyn, NY.
Rivkah Kromholz, MA, LMFT
Rivkah Kromholz is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Cedarhurst, New York. She graduated from Hofstra University in Marriage and Family Therapy and is a licensed psychotherapist. She also serves as a facilitator and trainer for the Twerski Wellness Institute. She has been in the mental health field for over 35 years and an international Principle-based practitioner since 2006. She provides Principle-based therapy, consulting, seminars, classes, and practitioner training for individuals, couples, and groups. Rivka is married and is a proud mother and grandmother.
Barbara Friedman, M.Ed
Basya (Barbara) Friedman is a licensed psychologist in Philadelphia, where she has been in private practice for over 33 years. She originally trained and worked as a physical therapist and, though the work was gratifying, she felt that there was more to understand about how mental and emotional well being influenced her patients’ physical improvement and experience of pain. Thus began a long journey back to school for a psychology degree, and a self-directed path through a score of theories and therapies in search of what she knew to be the truth of the underlying unity of body, soul, mind, and emotions. Finding the Innate Health/3 Principles Paradigm felt like finding home. Basya lives in Lower Merion, Pa., just outside of Philadelphia. In her opinion, her daughter, son-in-law and 3 granddaughters live too far away.
Sara Hoffman, MSW
Mrs. Sara Hoffman is a licensed clinical social worker with 30 years of experience as a psychotherapist in private practice in Milwaukee. She has postgraduate training in marriage and family counseling from The Family Institute/Center for Family Studies at Northwestern University and Pransky & Associates of LaConner, Washington. Her Principles based training has been ongoing since first getting introduced 8 years ago. She is a facilitator for Twerski Institute working with couples, individuals and small groups.
Rebbetzin Ruchel Spitz
Rebbetzin Spitz, the oldest child of Rabbi Michel and Rebbetzin Feige Twerski is a mother, grandmother, homemaker, advisor, coordinator - and the list goes on and on. Rebbetzin Spitz brings her unique style of the legendary Twerski wit, pragmatic mothering, chasidic perspective and warmth towards sharing the 3 Principles. She resides in Boro Park with her husband, children and grandchildren.
Aviva Barnett, LSW
Mrs. Aviva Barnett has her Masters in Social Work from Wurzweiller, trained as a life coach with MentorCoach and was introduced to the Principles in 2006. Prior to that, Mrs. Barnett was the Director of the Jewish Family Institute in Livingston, NJ, where she and her husband ran a branch of Aish HaTorah. After closing her private coaching practice in order to train in the Principles, she founded Mindworks; Health from the Inside Out. Mrs. Barnett has been teaching and facilitating seminars, intensives, group workshops, private counseling sessions, as well as training others to teach the principles. She lives in Passaic with her husband and 4 boys.
Effie & Shaya Sussman, LCSW
Two heads are better than one. Shaya and Effie Sussman have embarked on joint venture of sharing the principles behind innate health and state of mind to the wider community. Shaya has a license Master of Social Work which he utilizes in counseling children, adolescents and young adults. As well as works in several schools in NY. Shaya received a Master’s in Educational Leadership and is a certified Alcohol and substance abuse counselor (CASAC-T) as well as has Rabbinical Ordination. Effie helps bring her clients to a quiet mind in her practice as a Massage Therapist and Reflexologist where she is able to share her understanding of Innate Health. Additionally, Effie is able to use her knowledge of the Principles to improve the quality of life for the elderly at her work as a coordinator at an assisted living and dementia care home. Shaya and Effie are enthusiastic about helping people realize their well-being and infinite potential. Together they have 4 wonderful children and live in NY.