Licensed in Israel
Susan Lewis Verified
Couples and Family Therapist, Social Worker
Licensed in Israel
I am an Australian Registered Psychologist with 38 years of experience. I have been described as open, straightforward and active. I prefer working in a manner in which interpretations are jointly constructed and openly shared. Therapy is essentially about establishing a relationship which is authentic and safe.
My primary focus is on couples, relationships, families and individuals. I have also worked as a consultant to a wide range of Clinical organizations and a part of my practice is in training and supervising Clinical Practice.
Some problems in living can effectively be resolved by drawing on an outside perspective. People generally have the tools within themselves to create shifts and opportunities in their lives.
Melbourne University; Latrobe University
Was registered in Australia as a Family Therapist prior to making Aliyah
Israel Association of Couple and Family Therapy since 2015
Member of APS (Australian Psychological Society)
Registered in Australia as a Psychologist (AHPRA)
Anxiety / Panic
Couples / Relationship / Marriage Counseling
Divorce / Custody
Executive / Career / Life Coaching
Parenting Issues / Training
Trauma / Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD
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.
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.
Collaborative Couple Therapy (CCT)CCT practitioners view conflicts as conversation starters and a way to foster intimacy between partners. Practitioners assert that relational conflict happens when partners are unable to express their true thoughts and feelings. This may lead them to act in ways that hurt their partner, for example, acting in an ‘adversarial’ or ‘withdrawn’ way. The goal of the therapy is to help partners shift into a more collaborative way to solve problems and therefore improve their relationship. The therapist works to create a safe and supportive environment where each partner can openly express their feelings and concerns, while also addressing any areas of conflict. Collaborative couple therapy focuses on understanding the perspectives of both partners, exploring the needs of each partner, and developing positive communication and problem-solving skills. This approach also emphasizes the development of trust, understanding, and mutual respect within the relationship.
Family Systems TherapyFamily Systems Therapy is an approach to psychotherapy that emphasizes the importance of understanding how the family functions as a whole, and how individual family members interact and affect one another. It focuses on how family dynamics, such as communication patterns, roles, and power dynamics, shape behavior, and how changing these dynamics can lead to positive change. Family Systems Therapy is a collaborative approach, where the therapist works with the family as a whole to identify and address areas of conflict and distress.
Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)IPT focuses on the relationships and interactions an individual has with others. It is based on the premise that the way that we interact with others can have a significant impact on our emotional well-being. During IPT sessions, the practitioner will work with the client to identify patterns of behavior and communication that may be contributing to their emotional distress. They will then help the client learn new ways of interacting with others, as well as teach them coping skills to manage difficult emotions. It is a time-limited therapy, typically lasting between 12-16 weeks, with the goal of helping the client develop long-term coping skills.
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.