Rabbi Dr. Zev Ballen was born in New York and learned Torah at: Yeshiva Sh’or Yoshuv, Queens NY and the Mesifta of Long Beach, Long Beach NY. In 2009 Rabbi Zev moved to Israel with his wife and children and further immersed himself in Torah study at Yeshiva Chut Shel Chesed where he remained for nine years. It was at this time, that he discovered his mission in life - to develop simple practical tools, based on the ancient wisdom of the Sages, that anybody can use, to experience transcendent levels of consciousness and live an extraordinary life.
He founded the Emuna Coach Training Program for Yeshiva Chut Shel Chesed, in Jerusalem under the auspices of Rabbi Shalom Arush and served as the Program’s Director for eight years. During that time, Rabbi Dr. Zev authored almost 400 articles and produced almost 700 videos on breslev.co.il in addition to counseling and training thousands of people worldwide in his innovative approach. His book, The Ultimate You: Using Emuna to Break Through Personal Barriers was also published through Yeshiva Chut Shel Chesed.
Rabbi Doctor Zev has a B.A. from Oneonta State College; a Masters degree in Social Work from Fordham University, and a Doctorate in Psychology from California Coast University. He received post-graduate training in psychotherapy at the Society for Psychoanalytic Study and Research and studied Ericksonian hypnosis and psychotherapy with internationally prominent practitioners.
Dr. Ballen’s clinical practice has spanned 40 years. During that time, he founded and chaired the Clinical Hypnosis Practice Committee of the New York State Society of Clinical Social Work; served as the Director of Professional Education at the New York Institute for Psychotherapy Research of the Morton Prince Center and Adjunct Professor of Social Work, Adelphi University Graduate School of Social Work, Mineola NY.
Rabbi Dr. Zev's publications can be found in scientific books and professional journals as well as in popular publications such as The Jewish Press, Community Magazine, and The Voice of Lakewood. He has been an invited speaker at conventions sponsored by: Nefesh International, Torah U-Mesorah, the Brooklyn Youth Council, Noahide Nations, and the LightHouse Project. His book, The Rabbi’s Guide to Crisis Intervention, was published in 1995 — the profits go to charity.
Rabbi Dr. Zev has helped thousands of people worldwide to make massive improvements in their lives through his innovative universal approach to Spiritual Development called Transcendence. He is also working on a Teacher Training program to prepare the next generation of educators and therapists to teach the Transcendence curriculum themselves.