We all seem to cling to familiar habits, even if in our logical minds we know that some of them are no good for us. After decades working in the field, Dr. Ellie Katz has concluded that self-sabotage is part of the human condition; we all have attachments we’d be better off without. In the end, it doesn’t really matter if it’s food, the lottery, or a cult. In her writing, Dr. Katz sets out to tackle the everyday face of addiction, exploring root causes, personal struggles and the gift of recovery.
Once you understand addiction, you can’t help but notice that it’s everywhere.
Love and Kisses from My Padded Cell
A compendium of the personal stories of ten recovering addicts. Dr. Katz gives voice to ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, offering a nonjudgmental glimpse into what individuals are willing to do in the service of their irresistible urges.Buy Book
When Sane People Do Insane Things
A practical guide to the enrichment of mental health. The book elaborates on what is essential and what is hazardous, offering the reader an opportunity to help himself reach the most precious gift: a life well-lived.Buy Book
My Last Summer as a Fat Girl
In her memoir, Dr. Katz opens up about the events that have given her life its miraculous shape. She invites the reader on a personal journey as she investigates the powerful role food has played in her biography.Buy Book
Professor Amia Lieblich review
In an animated and revealing dialogue with her readers, Dr. Ellie Katz steers us towards self-examination. She advocates for six behavioral principles that will assist us in freeing ourselves from the urges that rule us. This is how we can restore serenity to the internal and external story of our lives. This is a book that, in my opinion, presents a substantive path to mental health in the twenty-first century.
Professor Amia Lieblich
When Sane People Do Insane Things
Dr. Ellie Katz is a leading practitioner of holistic psychotherapy. For the last forty years, her eclectic interventions have featured innovative approaches to using meditation, guided thinking and the Bach Flower Remedies. Dr. Katz has lectured at Einstein/Montefiore Medical Center, the University of Istanbul, First Beijing Medical Center, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has been a senior staff member at the Retorno rehab facility since 2003.
Mar 1, 2018
Life is hard enough to begin with. The idea that you would maliciously hurt yourself seems baffling. Unfortunately, in my years working as a psychologist, I have encountered a vast number of acts of self-mutilation. I...Read More
Feb 1, 2018
When I completed revisions on my first book, I was faced with a dilemma. I had written the book after being sent by the Israeli Foreign Ministry to lecture on mental health in China and Turkey. In preparing these...Read More
Jan 1, 2018
Recently, I went to a repair shop to get my cell phone fixed. My friends and family had been complaining of late that when they called me, my voice sounded muffled and too quiet. It turned out that the entire...Read More
Dec 3, 2017
Just came back yesterday from a three-day jaunt to the town of Uman in Ukraine, where a very important eighteenth-century Hassidic rabbi is buried, Rabbi Nachman of Breslov. While I am not a Breslaver Hassid, large...Read More
Nov 9, 2017
Working at the rehab, I spend a lot of time helping my clients develop healthy avenues for ensuring good mood and serenity. I’m talking here about learning to protect their entire psychophysiology on a day-to-day...Read More
Oct 16, 2017
The other day, my car wouldn’t start. I got into the vehicle, la di da, ready to be on my way, and it simply wouldn’t turn on. My husband’s assistant came running, enthusiastic to give me a hand, but he, too, was...Read More
Sep 14, 2017
I spend a lot of time working with my clients on change. Ostensibly, that’s the reason they’ve come to rehab. They cannot continue to expose themselves time after time to the ridiculous at best, grotesque and perverse...Read More
Aug 7, 2017
At the rehab yesterday, I conducted an exercise in which the clients were instructed to begin a sentence with, “It’s hard for me…” One young lady’s response set the whole group off and running headlong into a huge...Read More
Jul 11, 2017
The other day, in the group I was leading, I asked if any of the participants had an obsession or attachment they wanted to explore. The gentleman to my left, a weed-smoker for thirty years, said, “I don’t know, Dr....Read More
Jun 5, 2017
Knocked down, but not knocked out. A year ago, I underwent cataract surgery on my right eye, otherwise known as my weak eye. Surgery went well. The anesthesia kept me comfortably in and out of reality, although during...Read More
May 13, 2017
I am readying myself psychically for a second cataract operation. Due to a variety of circumstances, I have waited a year between surgeries. The doctor who did the first procedure examined me a few days ago and said...Read More
Apr 17, 2017
Holocaust Remembrance Day is coming up, and I swear, the older I get, the more devastated I become as I watch the documentaries and hear the radio interviews of the aging survivors. It pains me to come to terms with...Read More
Mar 10, 2017
Often, when I do guided thinking with my clients, I ask first if they love, hate or fear dogs. (Guided thinking is a therapeutic technique that involves me instructing my client to render forth an image or idea that I...Read More
Feb 6, 2017
I was recently asked by a friend of mine, the director of a women’s seminary, to create a workshop for professionals in Jerusalem. I thought it would be a delightful opportunity to talk about some of my favorite...Read More
Jan 11, 2017
On occasion, when I'm at work at the rehab, I look around and ask myself: How did I get into all this, anyway? I must admit that working with addicts is often a frustrating experience. Many times, I give my “all” and...Read More
Dec 7, 2016
I have come to realize that some of my clients literally have no concept of right and wrong. They have no intrinsic moral code. Everything is okay and acceptable, sort of, when it suits them. They can justify anything....Read More
Nov 13, 2016
It’s often asked of children, and some immature adults: What would you like to be when you grow up? Personally, I think a better question would be how you want to be. How would you like to be emotionally? What kind of...Read More
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