My Musings

Most of my insights come to me while cleaning my house or after meetings with my patients (For real! – as a five-year-old, I wanted to be either a cleaning lady or a doctor – in a way I became a bit of both). Here, I am lucky enough to have the opportunity to actually write my musings and share them with you.
February 24, 2022

Feeling alone, together

(Less than three-minute read) My first memory of feeling alone was when I was about five years old. We were on vacation in Israel visiting friends and all the kids spoke Hebrew - and I didn't. I remember this story well because later in my life I had the same feeling in a similar situations. Life gave me plenty of oppurtunities, being a new immigrant here, and not knowing the language (https://rivkaklein.com/about-me/). Back then, as a five-year-old, as a consequence, I figured those children must surely be talking about me. (After all, five-year-olds are sure they are the center of...
December 29, 2020

When someone doesn’t know you (yet)

Have you ever counted how many feelings of discomfort can show up the first time you needed to introduce yourself to someone whose help you needed? That is why I am a big believer in starting out my meetings with new clients by asking seemingly mundane questions like where they live, what year they were born and the names of their family members.  Some practitioners have their patients fill out forms with this information so they can ‘save time’, but I think it is good for both me and my clients to do it when we see each other for...
December 15, 2020

My Second Blog

Just kidding, this is really my first but I wanted to trick my brain into thinking I had done this before. There is something scary about first times. I mean, we all know what it feels like when we believe we need to do something new and unfamiliar. Writing this now feels a bit like making myself stand on the highest springboard of the swimming pool in the town I grew up in. I had terrible fear of heights and I would actually walk back… that springboard - which now that I think of it is so much scarier -...

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