Opher Shamir is a creative arts therapist who specializes in mind-body connection, relationships, and cultural humility. He uses evidence-based techniques (including CBT, mindfulness, and play therapy) and individualizes the treatment for each person or family with whom he works. His approach is strength-based and action-oriented. Opher earned his master’s degree from New York University, and is a published and award-winning researcher. He has experience supporting people with mental health challenges (anxiety, depression, trauma, disorganized thinking, behavior dysregulation); somatic issues (sleep, pain, eating); and identity exploration (LGBTQ+, immigration, life transitions).
In 2015 Opher published an article in a peer-reviewed journal about the implications of the use of gendered language in forms and questionnaires (Vainapel, Shamir, Tenenbaum, & Gilam, 2015). From 2015 to 2017 Opher led Queer-Straight Alliance groups at IGY - the Israeli LGBTQ Youth Organization. In 2016-2017 Opher produced a trans* applied theater project in Tel Aviv, Israel. In 2018-2019 Opher ran groups that explore sexual and gender identity with people living with severe and persistent mental illness at a PROS program in Brooklyn. In 2020 Opher produced a therapeutic theater gender-exploratory Zoom production of "The Rocky Horror Show". In his professional organization, the North American Drama Therapy Association, Opher is an active member of the Cultural Humility, Equity, and Diversity Committee, and most recently led a conference workshop on Queer Drama Therapy, as part of an effort to develop a resource for "Best Drama Therapy Practices with LGBTQ+ Clients".
Opher is a therapist through Dwellness, a Brooklyn based group therapy practice that provides in-home therapeutic services to individuals and families across the lifespan via home-based and tele-therapy practices. Dwellness' team of clinicians specialize in different developmental periods and therapeutic techniques, which allows for an individualized treatment approach to address each client’s challenges.
Clinical training, Education, & Certifications:
- M.A. in Drama Therapy (John W. Withers Memorial Award); NYU
- Certificates: CBT Essentials, CBT for Anxiety, CBT for Depression; The Beck Institute
- Level 1 Developmental Transformations practitioner; Institute for the Arts in Psychotherapy NYC
"A creative mindset and artistic tools allow us to to embark together on a journey that is both liberating and safe."