Soulful Therapy with Israel “Rulik” Perla, PhD, MFT


People come to therapy for a variety of reasons

Often they have tried various kinds of solutions and asked others for help.  My role as a therapist is to be a change agent committed to serving your needs. Anything of value that you can find here will be in the context of our working relationship. I will be gently relentless in collaborating with you on finding a new path.

The source of healing

I want to know what brings a smile to your face as you realize that your life is waiting to be lived. Smiles might seem a remote option at this time, or even completely forgotten. You might be in pain and you hope for change. You might even think that there is something wrong with you. There is a part in you which knows the task at hand and exactly why it is here. It knows how to be alive and how to share that being with others. I am curious about that part.

New understanding through body and soul

A client recently told me: “I finally understood that in order to live the spiritual life I am so longing for, I need a healthy body and a thriving soul.” The most rewarding aspect of my work, is the privilege to witness the emergence of such new understanding that leads to change. Soul and spirit get often confused, especially when ideals and ideas overrule healthy intuition, and connections to earth, nature, friends and community. The body needs to be first of all accepted. A manly or womanly body, a small or big one, a gentle or fierce one, a strong or delicate one. Then, when respected and cared for, it can live and serve the whole.

Soulful therapy and real lasting change

On the path to real change, our separate parts need to be known, accepted and then brought together. The soul needs to be affirmed again and again, until it lets go and can simply BE.

Israel “Rulik” Perla, PhD, MFT

I have said that the soul
is not more than the body,
And I have said that the body
is not more than the soul;
And nothing, not God,
is greater to one than one’s self is,
And whoever walks
a furlong without sympathy,
walks to his own funeral,
dressed in his shroud.

Walt Whitman


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Resources: Poems and Articles

For a New Beginning | by John O’Donohue

For a New Beginning | by John O’Donohue

For a New Beginning In out-of-the-way places of the heart,Where your thoughts never think to wander,This beginning has been quietly forming,Waiting until you were ready to emerge. For a long time it has watched your desire,Feeling the emptiness growing inside...

For My Young Friends Who Are Afraid | by William Stafford

For My Young Friends Who Are Afraid | by William Stafford

For My Young Friends Who Are Afraid There is a country to cross you willfind in the corner of your eye, inthe quick slip of your foot--air fardown, a snap that might have caught.And maybe for you, for me, a high, passingvoice that finds its way by beingafraid. That...

Love the One You are with…

Love the One You are with…

Love the One You are with… Outside the realm of the fairy tales, committed-relationships come with difficulties and challenges. That is at least what I have learned from my personal and professional experience.Cinderella and Prince Charming seem so sweet together, yet...