Social Endeavors was co-founded in 2011 by Chava Alpert, MSW and Miri Arie, PhD. We bring with us over 15 years of experience as parents and clinicians. Therapy services are available in English and Hebrew. Dr Arie can also offer support in Russian and Hungarian in Washington.
CHAVA ALPERT, LCSW
Chava Alpert, MSW, LCSW has been providing clinical services to children and their families for over 20 years in the greater Chicago area. As a newly graduated Social Worker her work at Kaleidoscope Inc. focused on supporting teen mothers on their parenting journey. During her over five years as a clinician at the Virginia Frank Child Development Center, she provided individual, child, group and family therapy to the centers clientele of families with children aged 8 and under. During this time, she also served as an advocate for many families in their process of accessing services for their children in the public school system. In 2004, Ms. Alpert began working in the Learning Together program of Child Care Network of Evanston, where her work focuses on reflective social emotional consultation to teachers and administrators and direct service with children and their parents. Today, Ms. Alpert provides mental health consultation to 4 full day child care centers in Evanston. Additionally, Chava has a private practice and serves as the Mental Health consultant to a local Headstart program and a number or other private schools as well as supporting staff, children and families at Ramah Day Camp (Wheeling IL) during the summers. Throughout her career, Ms. Alpert has helped hundreds of families and early childhood educators delivering mental health, advocacy and educational services. Ms. Alpert has her bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Sciences from Ben Gurion University in Israel and her Masters in Social Work from Yeshiva University in New York City. With three children in High School, Middle school and elementary school, Ms Alpert has lots of personal experience with the joys and challenges of parenting.
MIRI ARIE, PHD
Dr. Miri Arie enjoys working with children and adults. Her expertise includes supporting individuals toward developing meaningful relationships, improve their social skills, overcoming anxiety, coping with rigid thinking and behaviors, and developing awareness and acceptance of their own thoughts and feelings.
Dr. Arie has expertise in helping parents develop the skills to support kids who struggle with emotional regulation, parent-child relationships or early age trauma. Dr. Arie also specializes in group therapy for kids and adolescents.
Dr. Arie started her professional journey in 1997 as an undergrad with a double major in Psychology and Special Education. During her studies, she worked as an ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) technician for home-based intervention programs for children with Autism Spectrum disorder and never stopped working with children in the mental health field since then,
Dr. Arie's masters and doctoral training were completed at Tel-Aviv University, Israel. Followed by an internship at an out-patient anxiety clinic at a major children's hospital in Israel, focusing on CBT intervention. Dr. Arie moved to the US, Chicago IL, where she completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at Northwestern University followed by a clinical post-doc internship at the Pediatric Consultation Center focusing on neuropsychological testing. in 2008 Dr. Arie expanded her work to helping children develop social skills in group therapy in addition to individual counseling.
n 2012, Dr. Arie moved to Rochester, NY. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Arie served as an inclusion consultant to the JCC pre-school and became the mental health consultant for the after school program and the summer day-camp. Understanding the expectations and the limitations of educational and recreational settings in which children function is important to me. It allows me to tailor interventions that would be applicable and relevant to settings outside the office and home.
In addition, Dr. Arie added attachment-based intervention to her scope of practice. This means that parents work closely with their children in therapy to enhance their relationship and facilitate the emotional regulation of their children. This approach is also most effective in working with children who suffered early childhood trauma. Dr. Arie integrates Cognitive behavioral therapy techniques with Attachment-based intervention. Parents play an important collaborative role when working with children and should expect to be present in most meetings with their children (pre-adolescents).
Dr. Arie moved to Bellevue, WA in the summer of 2019. She is excited to continue her work withing the Pacific Northwest community.
Dr. Arie is fluent in English and Hebrew and can support families who speak Russian and Hungarian as well.
Dr. Arie is a mom of three boys.