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Shifra Kalmanowitz MASchool Psychologist, Psychotherapist
I am a licensed psychologist with over 20 years of experience working within the public and private sectors.
In my private practice I work with children, adolescents and adults. I believe in collaborative work with parents when working therapeutically with children and young adolescents. The therapeutic intervention is discussed and planned together with the parents and when indicated, necessary and relevant also includes intervention, and cooperation within the child or adolescent’s natural environment (for example meeting with school teams and so on…).
For me an honest and trusting therapeutic relationship is the foundation upon which the desired change or healing takes place, and it is through this connection that I believe one can be helped. My overall approach to therapy is psychodynamic, using play-therapy with younger children and various child appropriate techniques depending on the modality, and creative medium, to which the child is attracted or naturally drawn (including various forms of art and generally joining the child in his or her natural creative directions). I integrate numerous techniques and therapeutic strategies in order to provide for each unique client’s needs, specific challenges and concerns.
I am continuously expanding my training and gaining experience with the constantly developing current therapeutic techniques and tools. I have training in many areas including for example; psychotherapy for adults, S.E (Somatic Experiencing), TF-CBT, ongoing continuous studying of treatment methods in the area of sexual abuse, Parent Counseling, Hypnosis and various other treatment modalities. I am currently training in CPP (Child-Parent Psychotherapy), a method of dyadic therapy for very young traumatized children.
In the public sector, I am currently working at the Educational Psychological Services in Jerusalem, with over 20 years of experience within the school system, working with children of all ages, from kindergarten until 12th grade, including work within educational systems serving children with special needs. Amongst other tasks, I serve as a consultant for school staff, paraprofessionals, parents, offer psycho-educational assessments, parental counseling, provide supervision for psychologists etc. I am also the co-founder and director of a therapeutic center for children and adolescents who have been sexually abused. I have developed training courses for psychologists interested in specializing in therapy and interventions with children and adolescents who have been sexually abused and give lectures in this field.
University of Toronto (OISE)
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Registration in Pinkas Hapsichologim:
Licensed in Israel:
Completion of a three year Psychotherapy Course at the Israel Institute of Psychoanalysis - Max Eitingon Institute Jerusalem (2014)
Licensed Hypnotherapist - 2017
FINANCESAverage cost per session
Last Updated: November 14, 2017
SPECIALTIESAdjustments, Anxiety / Panic, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Behavioral Issues, Child Abuse, Developmental Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Life Transitions, Parenting Issues / Training, Trauma / Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD, Self-Esteem, Sexual Abuse / Rape, Stress Management
Children (ages 0-16), Adolescence (ages 16-21), Adults
Play-therapy and use of creative art materials
Somatic Experiencing (S.E)
Dyadic Therapy (Parent-Child) for young children