Registered Psychologist in Israel
Shoshana Levin Fox Verified
Play Therapist, Psychologist
Registered Psychologist in Israel
I am a Psychologist and a Registered Play Therapist, specializing in play therapy, a child-friendly form of emotional therapy. Trained in North America and then settled in Israel since 1992, I have worked with young children for over 30 years in English and in Hebrew. Expert in the field of play therapy, I provide a non-threatening and non-stigmatized setting in which children under the age of 10 can express their feelings verbally and non-verbally, and from this experience begin to change emotionally, behaviorally and socially. It is always a delight to watch children who have been experiencing emotional and/or behavioral difficulties begin to grow and change in the therapeutic playroom. In the emotional safety of the play therapy room, children find their strengths, and their confidence begins to grow. Many presenting symptoms fade naturally as the child's strengths emerge. Because play is the natural language of the child, play therapy can be effective with a wide range of childhood difficulties: abuse and trauma, selective mutism, behavioral disorders, social difficulties and many more. Parents are the most important people in any child's life. And so an important part of my work with your child is to provide advice and consultation to help you troubleshoot problems in your child's daily life, together to develop new strategies for problem-solving with your child, and to expand your "tool box" of communication strategies to help you to help your child through the challenges of everyday life. I welcome your questions.
University of British Columbia
Registered Play Therapist, Association for Play Therapy (1992)
Registered Supervisor of Play Therapists, Association for Play Therapy (1992)
Master of Arts (Education, Counselling Psychology), Simon Fraser University, 1981
Parenting Issues / Training
Anxiety / Panic
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Schizophrenia / Psychosis
Trauma / Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD
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.
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.