In this interview, Rabbi Dr. Yehuda Krohn, a clinical psychologist who provides individual, family, and couple psychotherapist in the Chicago area, talks about the parenting challenges of religiously observant parents whose adolescent or adult children have chosen a non-observant lifestyle. He discusses how his interest in the intersection of psychology and religion developed and how it informs his practice of psychotherapy with his clients.
Dr. Krohn elaborates on some of the common reactions religious parents have when their children behave in ways that do not align with the parents' values, and he offers some insight into the source of those reactions. Finally, Dr. Krohn offers practical suggestions about how parents and community members can be more accepting of their children's choices even when the parents disagree with those choices.
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In countries throughout the world there are Orthodox Jewish therapists numbering in the thousands. Among these are many experts with specialization in a wide range of treatment approaches and techniques.