Esther Avital Gottesman Verified
Starting therapy is a courageous endeavor. If you are here, you have already taken the first step.
Knowing that therapy can be approached with apprehension and uncertainty, I work to create a warm, safe, nonjudgmental, and nurturing environment. My intention is to afford clients the space needed to grow and heal, at their pace and at their choice.
I encourage -- but never require -- transparency, trusting in the natural process that unfolds. I view the client as the expert of herself and draw on this expertise to guide the therapy.
My approach is Humanistic and I incorporate a number of theories, including Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Trauma‑Focused Therapy, and Client-Centered Therapy. I utilize techniques and tools from models like ACT, DBT, and CBT. I often include expressive arts and movement. Ultimately, though, my approach is tailored to fit the client.
I received my master's in mental health counseling in the States. In addition, I completed post-master's clinical training programs in family therapy (three years) and trauma (one year) in Israel.
In addition to running a private practice, I am a therapist in the Sexual Abuse Unit at The Family Institute of Neve Yerushalayim.
Sexual Assault Victim Counselor Training - CSP - 2005
Emergency Services Volunteer - Trauma Intervention Programs, Inc. - 2006
Family Systems Psychotherapist - The Family Institute of Neve Yerushalayim - 2021
Trauma Certificate - The Family Institute of Neve Yerushalayim - 2022
Telephone Counseling, Online Therapy
Anxiety / Panic
Sexual Abuse / Rape
Trauma / Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Expressive Arts Therapy
Family Systems Therapy
Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)