What being a therapist means to me:
We are all born with similar and yet individually unique needs- to be seen, to have someone close enough with the ability to identify those needs and to act upon them. It is that mirroring, that enables us to grow a sense of self and connect to our inner world. From my experience working with children, adolescents and their parents, it is essential to create an individually sensitive environment, especially since the therapeutic setting may at times be experienced as odd, uncertain and even intimidating. However, I believe that with some time, courage and will, the therapeutic alliance can lead to significant growth, understanding, acceptance and ability to move on in our lives. Each person has his/her own unique personality and needs and not one means of intervention is right for all, so I believe that together with the patient, we can create a unique process and path. Fully listening to one’s needs and hopes, is my moral and professional commitment, by which I believe we can together find the right path.
Prior to my experience working with young children diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) and their parents, I’ve gained substantial experience practicing therapy with children and adolescents in various mental health and educational settings, such as one of Israel’s largest youth village and boarding schools, Mevo’ot Yam, the Geha Mental Health Hospital- Child and Adolescent Outpatients Clinic, the Tel Aviv- Yafo Community Mental Health Clinic for Children and Adolescents and Beit Ziv Alternative Correctional and Diagnostic Facility for minors in custody and at risk. During those years, I’ve carried out diagnostic intakes, facilitated psychodynamic & educational support groups, practicing psychodynamic therapy with children between the ages of 8-16. As part of the therapeutic interventions, I’ve provided parental guidance aimed at providing emotional support and means of coping, connecting parents to their child’s inner world and strengthening their capabilities and confidence as parents.
The Bob Shapell School of Social Work- Tel Aviv University
Tel Aviv University, Master of Social Work- Child & Adolescent Clinical MSW Program 2015
Bar Ilan University, Bachelors of Arts, Social Work, specializing in Individual Therapy 2011
Ruppin Academic College, Bachelor in Behavioral Sciences, Psychology Track 2008
Lone Soldier Discount
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)