"Let the people who never find true love keep saying that there’s no such thing." Wislawa Szymborska
Hello and welcome,
I’m Amalia, and my job is to help people create and maintain good relationships with those who matter to them the most. I do that as a family mediator, as a couples therapist, a speaker, and a writer.
I was born in New-York, grew up in Israel, and acquired the most of my academic education in New-York. I have a PhD in Social, Cognitive, and Developmental Psychology, from The New School University, and hold other degrees in Psychology, Anthropology, and Philosophy. My doctoral research examined the inter-connection between immigration, discrimination, and the risk of post-traumatic stress disorder among IDF soldiers. During my doctoral studies, and prior to coming back to Israel in 2004, I was a clinical extern at the “Beth Israel” Hospital (today, “Mount Sinai Beth Israel”) in New-York, in the Psychiatric-Geriatric Unit as well as in Day Unit.
But despite of all of these studies, it took me quite some time to figure out what matters to me the most. Only after having myself divorced and after my father, the prominent Israeli cultural figure, Adam Baruch, passed away at the age of 63, I realized: What matters most in life is love. And since then I know - My goal in life is to help people live with love. Read more
Yours warmly, Amalia.
Prenuptial Agreements Mediation
Financial agreements raise strong objections and may harm loving relationships. The emotional basis for resistance is related to painful and understandable questions such as "Is there a price tag on our love?", "Do you think that we were married only because of your or your family’s money?" or "Do you not believe our marriage will survive?"
The solution for these emotionally loaded questions is a procedure that takes the emotional aspect of the agreement seriously, and does not focus only on its legal or financial aspects.
Together with top notch lawyers, I conduct a sensitive and professional mediation process, which ensures that each of you will receive full legal and financial information about his or her rights, but no less importantly, the emotional conditions and mental security required to negotiate the terms of the agreement.
At the end of the process, you will be a stronger couple, who will be prepared to deal with sensitive issues in the future.
As a divorce mediator, my added value is my point of view and experience as a couples therapist. As a mediator who wants to help both parties reach a solid agreement, I know that the past must be taken into account. I think a fair and realistic agreement is one that allows each spouse to start a new chapter in his or her life after the divorce, without denying their shared history.
Mediation has the potential to redefine your relationship. If your marriage had suffered from a power imbalance or trust issues, in mediation you can resolve these in a healthy way, and create the right conditions for you to move on with your life, as a family.
Throughout this process and with the help of top-notch professional lawyers, I will help you reach an agreement that will allow you to divide what you've accumulated in a way that will help you both to move forward without turning your back on your past and values, and more than anything else, I will protect and safeguard the mental health of your children and their future prosperity.
Estate Planing Mediation
The preservation of family capital and the transferring of money and assets to your children and their families, is a subject that requires sophisticated legal and economic understanding. But this is also a process with complex psychological and ethical implications, which even the best lawyers, are not necessarily capable of dealing with.
Here is where I come into the picture.
I can understand, for example, that you worry about spoiling your children, and know that it is difficult to plan for the future, if, for instance, your children do not share your values or work ethics. I can help you deal with concerns such as the harmful effect of an in-law or with children who are plagued by emotional disturbances or addiction.
There is a way to save both your money and your relationships.