Get Help Israel was founded by Tanya Prochko, MEd, MFT who, upon making Aliyah, had many questions about starting a private practice in Israel. She learned that not only are the laws for practicing privately different in Israel, but that there is a lack of a supportive and informative body that can assist and guide English speaking mental health professionals in Israel.
The first thing Tanya created was a closed Facebook group called Mental Health Networking in Israel, which continues to benefit over 200 English-speaking mental health professionals throughout Israel by providing therapists with a place to make referrals, ask questions, get support, and receive information on mental health-related events.
Having witnessed the positive effects of the networking group, Tanya became motivated to create an official framework for English-speaking mental health professionals where they can gain access to the essential components in achieving career success and satisfaction in Israel, and thus, Get Help Israel (GHI) was born. GHI’s main goal is to provide the public with easy access to qualified English-speaking mental health professionals in Israel. Clients can feel confident using GHI as a resource because they know that it represents a high standard of professionalism, and the professionals listed on the site have been verified. Interested members must go through a screening process to ensure that they have proper training in their field of expertise and that their motivation for joining is in line with GHI’s mission.
Get Help Israel upholds this standard by creating a framework that encourages continuing education, provides access to certified supervisors and malpractice insurance companies (including ones that cover therapists who were unable to convert their degrees from abroad) and offers information, support, and guidance to its’ members via the advisory board. As a result of this standard, both clients and organizations referring clients know that Get Help Israel is the place to find the right mental health assistance. Today, Get Help Israel is a comprehensive resource with 150 members, offering clients quality choices of English-speaking private psychologists, therapists, psychiatrists, and life coaches, as well as treatment facilities, therapy groups, and subsidized services. Members write blogs and articles related to their areas of expertise for our readers to gain the tools and insight on a variety of mental health related topics.
Countless clients have found help through Get Help Israel and many have sent direct messages thanking GHI for offering such a valuable resource. We strive to continue to meet the needs of the English-speaking population and to facilitate a positive change in the mental health field in Israel.
Get Help Israel’s Board of Advisors
GHI’s advisory board assists members in upholding a high standard of ethical practice by answering industry-related questions, providing guidance and support to new therapists and olim who are looking to start a private practice in Israel, as well as assisting Get Help Israel in functioning as a valuable resource to both clients and mental health professionals.
Dr. Alyson Aviv is a bilingual licensed clinical psychologist with American board certification in pediatric neuropsychology. After relocating back home to Israel from Saint Louis, MO (which was home for 17 years), Dr. Aviv now sees patients and their families at her diagnostic and treatment clinic in Raanana. With special interest and expertise in AD/HD, learning difficulties, dyslexia, autism spectrum, developmental issues and emotional disorders, Dr. Aviv can explain the sources of difficulties, and then provide resources and interventions for overcoming them. She has published papers and given a variety of workshops and presentations internationally and locally, consults regularly with area schools and preschools; and gives lectures, workshops and group presentations. Dr. Aviv is the sole Israeli provider of COGMED, an evidence based treatment protocol for children and adults with working memory weaknesses, common to ADHD diagnoses.
Dr. Batya L. Ludman, Psy.D., F.T., a licensed clinical psychologist, with over 35 years of therapy and counseling experience, has been serving the English speaking community of Central Israel and beyond for the past 17 years. Dr. Ludman has served on the board of directors of both the provincial psychological association and psychology licensing board in Canada, and has held faculty appointments at Universities in the US and Canada. She completed Post-Doctoral training in Sex Therapy and has advanced accreditation as a Fellow in Thanatology (Death Education and Counselling). Dr. Ludman has given workshops on marriage, parenting, stress management, coping and bereavement, the psychological impact of terror and trauma as well as professional development. She has published extensively in both the professional and lay literature and has been quoted in Reader’s Digest, Modern Woman, Today’s Parent, Canadian Family, Jewish Week, The Jerusalem Report, and CNN among others. She initiated a psychology column in the Jerusalem Post in 2000, and has been writing this acclaimed column ever since and is the author of the book, Life’s Journey: Exploring Relationships, Resolving Conflicts.
Dr. Haim Rubinstein is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in treatment of children, teens and their families with an emphasis on goal-directed short term therapy that makes sense to the client, regardless of age. He also sees adults for general psychological issues. Dr. Rubinstein moved to Israel in 1999 and treats most forms of childhood emotional and behavioral disorders with a sub-specialty in social skills groups for children and teens. The group therapy involves teaching concrete social skills with practice and video feedback. Much of his individual/family therapy has been in the treatment of those struggling with ADHD, ASD and Learning Disabilities. His emphasis is often on grappling with the impact of these disorders on one’s emotional state and daily functioning. Dr. Rubinstein has a private practice in Raanana and treats in Hebrew and English. He also gives workshops and presentations for teachers, parents and mental health professionals on promoting social development in youth.
Educational (and related) Professionals Advisor
Dr. Lisa Kainan is a licensed psychologist with advanced training in learning disabilities, ADHD, and special education. Dr. Kainan completed a BA in Psychology and an MA in Developmental and Educational Psychology in the US, specializing in cognition and learning, particularly language development. After making Aliyah in 1991, she completed a doctoral degree at Hebrew University, specializing in children’s development of mathematical concepts. She obtained her certifications in educational assessments and special education from David Yellin Teachers’ College in Jerusalem, where she is a lecturer on topics related to developmental psychology and learning disabilities. In addition to a busy private clinic in Jerusalem specializing in psycho-educational testing and remedial teaching, she reviews neuro-cognitive assessments for students at the National Institute of Testing and Evaluation, and recommends appropriate accommodations and interventions. She is a member of the Israeli Association for ADHD, and the Israeli organization for Experts in Learning Disabilities.
Continuing Education Advisor
Sanford Landa, DCSW, MPA, CASAC, CPP
Sanford Landa, DCSW, MPA, CASAC, CPP, received his Master’s in Public Health from New York University and his Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University. He obtained Diplomat status in Clinical Social Work in 1988. He is a member of the Academy of Addiction Studies in New York State and co-authored Brief Therapy with AOD Clients and Motivational Interviewing with AOD Clients. Prior to his Aliya, he worked in a child and family clinic. He worked as a clinic director and director of training at the Solution Center. His last position in the states was as a clinical supervisor at Student Assistance Services, an early intervention program recognized by the federal government as one of the top ten programs in the United States and duplicated in the Israeli education system. Currently, he is in private practice in Jerusalem, Modiin, and Bet Shemesh. He also provides supervision to mental health professionals and is teaching at the Path Center.