Registered Psychologist in Israel
Cenya Katalan Verified
Child/Adolescent Psychologist, Psychologist
Special Rate for New Olim | Sliding Scale | Free Consultation | Student Discount
Registered Psychologist in Israel
Originally from Turkey, I am a Psychologist based in Tel Aviv. I have been working with children, adolescents, and adults since 2014. I utilize an integrative approach, incorporating therapeutic techniques such as play therapy, expressive art therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, EMDR, existential analysis, and logotherapy. I continue my work both in private practice and academia. I am doing a Ph.D at Sigmund Freud University, Vienna.
As a humanist and spiritual person, my approach to psychotherapy is based on unconditional love and compassion. I believe every client is unique; feeling comfort and trust is the key to a successful therapeutic process. Therefore, I strive to meet my client's needs, goals, and purpose in this journey.
I am passionate about helping Olim to cope with personal and social challenges while integrating into Israeli society.
I specialize in treating emotional and behavioral problems in children, child abuse and neglect, ADHD, parenting, divorce, trauma, loss, grief, relational problems, PTSD, depression, anxiety disorders, and psychosomatic disorders.
It would be my pleasure to assist you in your journey of healing, growth, and fulfillment.
Ph.D Candidate - Current
EMDR - Children: 2018
EMDR Level I: 2016
Existential Analysis and Logotherapy: 2020
Art Therapy: 2014
Anxiety / Panic
Trauma / Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Borderline Personality Disorder
Parenting Issues / Training
Art TherapyArt therapy has clients express themselves through creative mediums such as drawing, painting, collage, coloring, or sculpting. Clients can interpret their subconscious world that is expressed in their art which could lead to a better understanding of their feelings and behavior. Artistic talent is not a prerequisite for art therapy as it’s not as much about the end result as much as it is about the process. The therapist looks for meaning in the creative choices of the work and the clients’ inner world. This therapeutic method enables clients to express their inner thoughts and feelings through creative expression rather than just talking about them.
Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT)Attachment-based family therapy (ABFT) is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on the family's relationships and communication patterns. It is based on the theory that strong and secure attachments between family members are essential for emotional health and well-being. The goal of ABFT is to identify any problems in family relationships, enable family members to become more attuned to each other’s needs, and build a secure bond between them. It also helps family members to practice healthy communication skills, learn effective problem-solving strategies, and build trust within the family.
Dance / Movement Therapy (DMT)Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) is a psychotherapeutic approach that uses movement as a medium for self-expression, exploration, and healing. It is based on the belief that the body and mind are interconnected, and that the body is a source of knowledge and wisdom. Through the practice of DMT, individuals are encouraged to explore movement in order to gain insight into their emotional state and gain insight into the underlying causes of their difficulties. The goal of DMT is to help individuals identify, process, and integrate their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in order to improve their overall well-being.
Existential PsychotherapyExistential psychotherapy is a form of psychotherapy that emphasizes an individual’s subjective experience of existence. It is a philosophical approach to psychotherapy that views the individual as ultimately responsible for creating a meaningful life. This form of psychotherapy helps individuals explore their subjective experiences, understand their personal values and beliefs, find ways to live more authentically, and make meaningful choices. The ultimate goal is to help the individual reach a greater sense of self-awareness and personal fulfillment.
Expressive Arts TherapyExpressive Arts Therapy is particularly beneficial for clients who struggle with describing what they are feeling verbally. Through imagination and creation of different art forms, clients are able to interpret and communicate their inner world and catalyze healing. Expressive arts therapy can involve the use of multiple modalities, such as visual arts, music, movement, drama, storytelling, poetry, and play. It is used to help individuals of all ages, including children and adults, to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, and solve problems.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy treatment that was originally designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories. It uses a structured approach to address the past events that may be causing current distress, and uses bilateral stimulation, such as eye movements, to activate different neural networks in the brain in order to reduce symptoms of trauma. EMDR has been found to be effective for a wide range of mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, and PTSD.
Play TherapyPlay therapy is an evidence-based, developmentally appropriate form of intervention used to facilitate emotional, cognitive, and social growth in children. Play therapy is based on the premise that play is the child's natural medium of self-expression and can be used to assess and help a child work through difficult emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. The goal of play therapy is to help children develop the skills and abilities to navigate life stressors, and build self-esteem. During treatment, the therapist creates a comfortable, safe environment (a playroom) for the child to play with as few limits as possible. The toys in the playroom are intended to encourage the child to express his or her feelings and develop healthier behaviors. The child’s “play” with these toys serve as the child’s symbolic words, which may be difficult to express otherwise.
Psychodynamic TherapyPsychodynamic therapy is a form of therapy that focuses on the unconscious mind and how it affects behavior. It works to help people understand and work through past experiences and feelings that may be causing difficulties in the present. This type of therapy encourages individuals to explore their emotions, relationships, and behaviors in order to gain insight into their current difficulties. It can help individuals better understand themselves and their motivations, and gain insight into how past events have impacted their current lives. People tend to develop defense mechanisms when faced with challenges in life. Defense mechanisms may keep painful feelings, memories, and experiences in the unconscious. A few common defense mechanisms include: denial, repression, and rationalization. Psychodynamic therapists encourage people to speak freely about their emotions, desires, and fears. Being open may help uncover vulnerable feelings that have been pushed out of conscious awareness. According to psychodynamic theory, behavior is influenced by unconscious thought. Once painful feelings are brought forth and processed, the defense mechanisms are no longer needed and a person in treatment can start changing unhelpful patterns when coping with life’s challenges.
Relational PsychotherapyRelational psychotherapy is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on a person’s relationships with others and the dynamics between them. It emphasizes the importance of the therapeutic relationship between the client and the therapist, and it explores the meaning and purpose of relationships in the client’s life. Relational psychotherapy seeks to understand how the client’s past relationships shape their current experiences and how the client interacts with others. The goal is to help the person develop healthier relationships and better communication skills so they can become more emotionally connected to others.