Registered Psychologist in Israel
Daniel Matisis Verified
Registered Psychologist in Israel
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.
I welcome those who take on the challenge of psychotherapy, which is not always an easy decision to make. The goal of therapy is to make positive changes, 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 difficult aspects of themselves and their situation. My role is to guide you in this process, to help you explore and discover yourself and situation.
In terms of my own approach to psychology, I mainly practice psychodynamic therapy and CBT. In general I try and be as authentic as possible while still maintaining the therapeutic setting. I believe in being active and participating in sessions as far as the client requires requires my intervention. I also do believe in giving the client space to think and lead their own self discovery as long as such space is helpful. In either case, I try to base my decisions in therapy on the long term goals of the client.
This a more classical but ever evolving methodology used to help clients understand and process various conscious and unconscious aspects of their relationships with others and also their relationship with themselves. There is a focus on various underlying conflicts which exist for the client, and there is a deeper investigation into how the client defends and adapts to these conflicts. Furthermore, human condition, society and culture are viewed as important frameworks which impact the values and pressures clients experience and which impact their relationships.
CBT(Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
This is generally a more focused method of therapy for dealing with specific issues which can include specific anxieties, depression, OCD, but can also be used to treat other issues. Some patients prefer this methodology as it is more active and straightforward. Whereas other patients find it too mechanical, so a good fit is important. CBT generally works by understanding the connection between the client's emotions, thoughts, and the situation in a fine grain manner. The method also utilizes a structured format making easier to understand and allowing for doing various exercises outside of the therapy hour.
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.
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 or for more intensive treatment.
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 my Residency, and three 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.
Anxiety / Panic
Schizophrenia / Psychosis
Trauma / Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy that focuses on how one's thoughts, feelings and behaviors are connected and can be changed. It is based on the idea that how we think (cognition) and how we feel (emotion) can influence how we behave. CBT helps people identify and challenge distorted thinking and replace it with more balanced thinking, leading to improved mood and behavior. ‘Homework’, usually containing practical writing exercises, is often completed by the client between sessions to reinforce the therapy. Examples of tools that practitioners often use are journaling, challenging beliefs, and mindfulness.
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.
TFP (Transference Focused Therapy)