The Layers Project Magazine

Insights Into The Lives of Jewish Women

Emotional Wellness

Women Empowering Women

May 29, 2018 | Elizabeth Carmen, MA, Ed.M
Categories: Emotional Wellness

As a therapist specializing in the treatment of eating disorders, I was thrilled to hear the theme of this month’s magazine: women empowering women. While men certainly suffer from eating disorders, the patients that I see are mainly women. Whether someone is struggling with anxiety, depression, an eating disorder, or any other issue, men and Continue Reading »

More than a Number: Redefining My Body

May 22, 2018 | Temimah Zucker, LMSW
Categories: Emotional Wellness

I remember the first time I was aware of my own body. I was in 5th grade living through what can be considered “the awkward phase,” when my body wasn’t quite so sure where it wanted to be, much like emotionally I wasn’t so sure where I wanted to be.  Friend groups were changing, cliques Continue Reading »

Watching Grandparents Age and Holding On To The Goodies

April 24, 2018 | Rachel Hercman, LCSW
Categories: Emotional Wellness

“Bubbie, do you remember all those amazing desserts you used to bake for us for Pesach?” We are sitting at my grandmother’s dining room table on a Sunday in March. At the sound of “desserts” my children briefly look up from their coloring and then resume with dedication. Bubbie shakes her head apologetically. “Sorry, I Continue Reading »

Lost and Found: Creating Community Around Infertility and Pregnancy Loss

March 21, 2018 | Aimee Baron, MD
Categories: Emotional Wellness

Not long ago, I was sitting at a coffee house, nursing my latte, as I waited for a client.  A woman at the next table caught my eye. Her keys were jingling as she rifled through her purse, looking for something on the bottom.  She started emptying the bag onto the table in front of Continue Reading »

Can You Find Calm Through Organization?

March 15, 2018 | Shani Muschel
Categories: Emotional Wellness

Here’s the scenario: Your kids come home from school and you return from a long day at work. Your oldest goes to start his homework at the kitchen table but can’t find space to put down his books. Your five-year-old comes over to you, crying that he keeps stepping on legos and complaining that he Continue Reading »

Finding Myself While Sandwiched In-Between

March 7, 2018 | Jeanne Lankin, LCSW
Categories: Emotional Wellness

As a social worker providing therapy for older adults, I have been acutely aware of the toll that caregiving takes on the caregiver. The following testimony is from “Miriam”, a caregiver with whom I have worked and learned from, for over a decade. Since 2001 I have been working at a job for which I Continue Reading »

Filled with Emptiness: Grieving After a Mastectomy or Hysterectomy

February 19, 2018 | Dvora Entin, LCSW
Categories: Emotional Wellness

This essay is based on the collective experiences of women I have counseled over the years. Dear Sister, You cannot see what I hold inside. You cannot see the empty space that once held the force of creation, that held the possibilities of another child, that signaled the womanly transitions every month of togetherness, of Continue Reading »

Put to the Test: Why We Need to Talk About BRCA Genes

February 7, 2018 | Rachel Hercman, LCSW
Categories: Emotional Wellness

If there was a bingo board listing sensitive issues in the Jewish community today, the conversation about BRCA mutations would hit every box: Ancestry. Fertility. Modesty. Marriageability. Mental Health. Privilege. Secrecy. Intermarriage. Family Planning. Sexuality. Family Dynamics. Mikvah. Stigma. These issues floated through my mind when I attended a recent panel on this topic, entitled Continue Reading »

Feel All the Feelings, From Beginning to End

January 31, 2018 | Jennifer Mann, LCSW
Categories: Emotional Wellness

The year was 1998 and I was a senior in high school.  As I sat in Abigael’s Grill on Central Avenue in Cedarhurst for my graduation dinner, the class photo montage began.  Pictures were displayed to Semisonic’s “Closing Time.”  And though at 17 I was more of a Lynyrd Skynyrd and Bob Dylan kind of Continue Reading »

Creating a Marriage Through Differences

January 27, 2018
Categories: Emotional Wellness

The first year of marriage is often thought of as the honeymoon phase. Navigating a new relationship can be exciting, especially if we were anticipating it our entire lives. Yet couples typically find that just days or weeks after the wedding, fear, and uncertainty start to settle into the walls of their new homes, as Continue Reading »

A Good Run: Pounding the Pavement with New Perspective

January 24, 2018 | Rachel Hercman, LCSW
Categories: Emotional Wellness

Even as I lace up my sneakers, I can hear the heated debate between my lazy self and my active self. C’mon, just go running tomorrow. But you know you’ll feel better if you go now. You’re out of shape though. But you like how it feels. You can’t skip this run if you want Continue Reading »

Living Mindfully In A Chaotic World

December 26, 2017 | Written By Esther Goldstein, LCSW
Categories: Emotional Wellness

Have you ever experienced the kind of morning where you wake up to upsetting news and find it difficult to put one foot in front of the other, let alone to take care of yourself? From the latest political upset to news reports of violence to yet another allegation of sexual abuse, there seems to Continue Reading »