Nori Efremovski has worked in the social/human services profession for 18 years. She has worked with adolescents, adults, individuals, couples and groups.
Her areas of experience include cross-cultural counseling, adjustment and emotional issues, mood and personality disorders, PTSD, depression and relationship issues, grief and loss, eating disorders, anger management, gender issues, anxiety and substance abuse issues.
Her therapeutic orientation is predominantly based on behavioral therapy. She believes that action (behavior), feelings (emotions) and thoughts (cognition) are all interrelated. Being depressed is certainly a feeling; however, it involves negative thinking and a lack of energy for action. On the brighter side, love is an emotion tied to positive thinking, in most cases, and boundless energy. People who seek help are usually dealing with some type of unbalance between these three components for which they may not have or have unhealthy coping mechanisms.
Nori has seen through many therapeutic alliances in which healthy balance is present between cognition, emotions and behavior; the issues usually are less stressful or simply disappear.
Throughout her years of experience, she has has found that treatment based on these ideas is very effective.
In her spare time, she likes to travel and read. “I am fascinated by the lives of different cultures and I am on a mission to learn as much as I can by visiting or reading about various traditions around the world. I often refer to Joseph Campbell saying, ‘We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.’ “
Nori teaches undergraduate and graduate courses for the JSC Behavioral Sciences Department.