Daniel Matisis Verified
Registered Psychologist in Israel
I welcome those who take on the challange of psychotherapy, which is not always an easy decision to make. The goal of therapy is to make positive change, reducing anxiety and depression, improving relationships, and work. However the task is one which does not always provide immediate relief, but often challanges the client to acknowledge and come to terms with often difficult aspects of themselves and their sitaution. My role is to guide you in this process, to help you explore and discover yourself.
I am a clinical psychologist, treating the adult population. Originally from The United States. Having immigrated to Israel over decade ago and now live in the Tel Aviv area.
Treatment aims to help clients discover deeper levels of self-understanding which ultimately leads the adoption of new attitudes and feelings towards oneself, others, and one's life situation. It is important to keep in mind that therapy is not a magic pill or a quick fix: therapy is a healing process that requires participation and investment from the client and therapist alike. In therapy, we’ll work explore the feelings and conflicts which are motivating your behavior, emotions, and relationships.
In terms of my own approach to psychotherapy, I mainly practice psychodynamic therapy in an object-relations approach. Which means that I understand my clients by analyzing various conscious and unconscious aspects of their relationships with others and their relationship with themselves. Furthermore, I view the human condition, society, and culture as important frameworks which impact the values and pressures clients experience and which impact their relationships.
Therapy works by helping clients to recognize and process their personal tendencies and emotional conflicts. Both the recognition of complex personal tendencies and the processing of sometimes difficult emotional material takes time and repetition so that patients may establish a new equilibrium. The recognition and acceptance of one's emotional tendencies helps to reduce subjective suffering and offers an opportunity to work towards positive changes.
The clients I work with can experience a range of challenges: ranging from low self esteem, anger and aggression, sadness, worry, fear, relationship difficulties, work/life balance, loneliness, anxiety, lack of direction, issues with identity, being emotionally cut off, or emotionally volatility. However, this list is not comprehensive and your unique situation and struggle is likely a complex one, and therefore an initial interview and consultation is required to understand your situation mor fully, to discuss treatment goals, and to speak about recommended treatment options.
In addition to weekly therapy, Transference Focused Therapy (TFP) is a twice weekly psychodynamic psychotherapy available for individuals with personality disorders.
As an undergraduate I spent 4 years as a counselor for mentally ill and mentally handicapped patients placed in assisted living. In my master’s degree I spent two years working as a psychologist in a mental health clinic. Now I am in my fourth year of my residency having spent two years working in a mental health hospital inpatient unit. I currently work for Maccabi as part of Residency, I work in a multi-disciplinary center as a psychologist, and two days a week receive patients privately in Tel Aviv. In addition, I am in my second year of training and certification in TFP ( transference focused therapy), which is a specific type of psychodynamic therapy started by renowned psychiatrist Otto Kernberg. It is a form of therapy which is also able to address personality disorders, and has gone through various peer reviewed studies proving its efficacy.
Borderline Personality Disorder
Anxiety / Panic
Schizophrenia / Psychosis
Trauma / Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
TFP (Transference Focused Therapy)