Ephraim David Becker is a “therapist” and mussar speaker in Jerusalem who lives in Kiryat Yearim/Telshe-Stone. He has quite a biography on his web site, http://mussar-psych.org where he writes:
I served, after receiving ordination at the tender age of 22, in my first and only rabbinical pulpit, for three years. I found that the most attractive aspects of the position were the frequent hospital visitations… I [became] a clinical chaplain with the Jewish Chaplaincy Service of Milwaukee, teaching at the Yeshiva in Milwaukee and receiving a  Ph.D. in Education at the University of Wisconsin, specializing in Counseling [actually, “Urban Education”] ……
I accepted the post as Mashgiach Ruchani at the David Shapell College/ Yeshivat Darche Noam in Jerusalem where I served for four years. The demands of my growing private counseling practice made it necessary to choose my full-time work and I have pursued my practice while teaching part-time, primarily in those programs which supervise teachers and counselors.
Missing From the Biography
Missing from this biography was his connection to Neve Yerushalayim’s Family Institute and Counseling Center. One can’t blame him because it culminated with him being kicked out over reports of sexually exploiting his relationships with women including those who came to him for marital or couples counseling.
Becker was a student at Yeshiva University’s (YU) rabbinical seminary (RIETS) but dropped out without getting smichah (ordination). Instead in 1983 he belatedly finished his B.A. in Yeshiva College and picked up an M.A. in Jewish history. He then went to Chofetz Chaim but also did not get smichah from them. Instead he claims a private smichah at “the tender age of 22” though he does not say where he got it. In a bio on JewishAnswers.org he claims to have gotten it from Rav Gedalia Felder of Toronto. Funny for him to have enrolled in a smichah program years after he got it. Unfortunately Rabbi Felder is not around to tell us the truth.
Becker’s 1992 PhD was granted by the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee: School of Education’s program in Urban Education. Contrary to his claims, it is not a degree in counseling or training of any sort for doing therapy work. According to the website of the program it is a program about curriculum and administration, not counseling. Their website states: “A separate Ph.D. with specialization in Counseling Psychology, Learning and Development, Research Methodology, and School Psychology is offered through the Department of Educational Psychology.” But Becker did not get his degree from the counseling program. Caveat emptor: “Rabbi Dr.” Becker should be thought of as neither a rabbi or doctor when it comes to using him as a therapist or moral teacher.
Agrees Not to Work With Women
On August 4, 2008 Becker signed this agreement:
“I, Ephraim D. Becker hereby commit to limiting my professional work to males only. By this I confirm that under no circumstances will I work with women, privately, institutionally, fee-based, or as a volunteer, in the capacity of counselor, therapist, or teacher. I will not see women in marriage counseling even in the presence of their husbands. I agree to immediately terminate all work with current female clients and in no way promote myself from now on as a marriage counselor or therapist who works with women.
Should I be found to be in violation of the above commitment, I understand that I can be brought to Bais Din for a Din Torah.
Violating the Agreement
In spite of that agreement he did a talk on May 26, 2013 listed for both men and women at Seattle’s Kehilla Ezra Bessaroth listed for both men and women.
If you have knowledge that Becker has broken his signed agreement to stay away from any work with women I encourage you to report it to Rabbi Ostroff or Dr. Leavitz at Neve Yerushalayim. I certainly urge people to steer clear of him for marital counseling or any sort of work with women. In fact, given his suspect ethics, I would steer clear of him for anything. He probably does not have smichah and he misrepresents himself when he claims to have earned a Ph.D. in counseling.
Readers might want to contact Menken and ask why Project Genesis still promotes his lecture on marriage.
If you are part of an organization considering using him as a speaker, I urge you to contact Dr. Levitz or Rabbi Ostroff before going ahead.