Liat Katz Elyashar
Liat’s passion for psychology stems from her childhood. Like many of us, she has faced many complex intersections in life and has always been intrigued by people’s various responses to such challenges. This curiosity led her to discover the importance of emotional acceptance & open communication and how both can help create meaningful change.
She is passionate about connecting deeply with others and believes that these connections give people a better understanding of themselves, decrease feelings of distress and loneliness and increase self-awareness. As a psychologist practicing in Israel, she worked for many years with holocaust survivors, whose personal stories of survival, resilience and search for meaning enlightened her and shaped who she is today.
Grief & Loss
Child & Adolescence
Liat’s quick tip for dealing with emotions
“Every action has a reaction – my tip is to not react in the midst of a storm. When something happens to you leading to negative emotions, whether it is an argument with your boss, your partner or your child, take a step back before reacting. There is a short moment between an action/stimulus and a reaction which determines the outcome. The choice is in your hands. This is not easy and requires practice, but as a Viktor E. Frankl once said ‘In our response lies our growth and our freedom’.
Outside the therapy room
As a mum to three boys, Liat enjoys playing with her sons and being attuned to the way they experience life. She loves the ocean and enjoys a walk on the beach to clear her mind, and she recently discovered a love of volleyball. When she has time, she enjoys exploring Sydney and finding great coffee places.
What I’m Reading…
THE NEAPOLITAN NOVELS – ELENA FERRANTE
It’s a four-part series that follows the life and friendship of two Italian girls over almost 70 years. The books explore enduring female friendship and capture the characters in a whole way, with depth and complexity. It touches on love, jealousy, cruelty, maternal roles, social environments and the internal life from childhood to adulthood. I really don’t want to finish the last book!