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Merav Segall
Credentials
Type of Therapist:
Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist
Primary Degree(s):
MFT
Finances
Average Cost Per Session:
350-500 NIS
Insurance:
None
Discounts Available:
Free Consultation
Office
  • Hermon 1א
  • Nes Ziona
Telehealth Available
Telehealth Available

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Credentials
Type of Therapist:

Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

Primary Degree(s):

MFT

Finances
Average Cost Per Session:

350-500 NIS

Insurance:

None

Discounts Available:

Free Consultation

Office
  • Hermon 1א
  • Nes Ziona

ABOUT

Completely seeing your child, understanding him and providing space for her to explore and express is the focus of my approach to connecting with your child in therapy.

Children and teens often speak or act in ways that are confusing. I will help you to discover the hidden messages behind their emotions and actions and work with you to build a strong and loving connection with your child. These are the keys to improved behavior and to enjoying parenthood. 

I have 20 years of experience working with children and adolescents, across contexts, who have suffered and witnessed trauma and loss. I completed my clinical training at the University of California, San Diego inpatient child and adolescent psychiatric unit. I then transitioned to working in the outpatient psychiatry department at Rady Children's Hospital before opening my long standing private practice. I also have experience working in schools with students in collaboration with teachers and parents.

Traumatic experiences, anxiety, depression, selective mutism, behavior problems, sibling rivalry, medical trauma, self harm, abuse history, adoption, attachement disorders, divorce, grief and loss are my specialities. My personal experience of moving countries as a child and as an adult with children, has given me a profound understanding of the strengths and challenges of immigration. I work with children and teens of all ages, young adults and adults who experienced trauma in their childhoods.

Israelis have lived in a constant state of ongoing wars and attacks which has affected the psyche of all individuals. Since October 7th, fear, anxiety and depression have greatly affected many. I approach all my clients with this backdrop in mind.

I primarily work with children through play therapy as play truly is the language of the child. However, I integrate multiple modalites including CBT, attachment work, expressive arts and family therapy.

Adolescents first require a safe place to explore their identity, express deep feelings and to confront the challenges of their developmental stage. Therapy might include conversations, CBT, art interventions and mindfulness. I may recommend writing assignments, reading a book, listening to music or watching a film. In addition to the previous modalities, I use DBT skills to enhance behavioral changes.

Working alongside or sometimes primarily with parents to resolve behavioral and mood challenges in children is a priority. My clinical focus is on helping parents understand the underlying messages of children who often act out or withdraw as a means of commicationg how they feel. Many times how a child expresses their trauma is affected by their developmental stage and by lackof problem solving skills. I help parents unlock these codes and communicate in a way that is both nurturing and productive.

QUALIFICATIONS

Degree
Education
Year of Graduation

MFT

University of San Diego

2002


Degree
MFT

Education
University of San Diego

Year of Graduation
2002
Years in Practice

20

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DISTANCE COUNSELING

Telephone Counseling, Online Therapy

PRIMARY SPECIALTIES

Anxiety / Panic

Behavioral Concerns In Children

Depression

Parenting Issues / Training

Trauma / Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD

ADDITIONAL SPECIALTIES

Conduct Disorder

Family Issues

Grief

Holistic

Life Transitions

Self-Esteem

Self-Harm / Suicide

CLIENT FOCUS

Population

Children
Adolescents
Adults
Families

Languages

Hebrew
English
Spanish

TREATMENT APPROACH

Adlerian Psychology / PsychotherapyAdlerian therapy is a short-term, goal-oriented, and positive psychodynamic therapy. It focuses on the development of individual personality while asserting that humans are interconnected. During therapy, practitioners pay particular attention to beliefs and behaviors that were developed by the client in childhood. Clients’ behavior is explored in the context of their sense of ‘fitting in’ in their community and society. The goal of therapy is to acquire a more positive and productive way of life by developing new insights, skills, and behaviors. This is achieved through 4 stages of Adlerian Psychotherapy:
1. Engagement: The client and therapist begin to establish the therapeutic relationship. The relationship consists of collaboration towards addressing the client's problems.
2. Assessment: Gathering information about the client's life and presenting concerns. In this part of therapy, the therapist attempts to understand how the client may have developed certain styles of thinking that are no longer helpful or adaptive for them.
3. Insight: The therapist helps the client gain insight into their behavior and motivations and helps to develop new ways of thinking about his or her situation.
4. Reorientation: Encouraging the client to use their newfound insight and goals to to develop new strategies that the client can use in daily life.

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.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy developed by Marsha Linehan to help people learn to better manage and cope with emotions and stress. It focuses on developing skills and strategies to help regulate emotions, improve relationships and communication, and reduce self-destructive behaviors. Through DBT, people learn to identify and modify unhealthy thoughts and behaviors, while also learning to accept and validate their own feelings. DBT teaches skills to help individuals become aware of and accept and regulate their emotions, tolerate distress, and improve interpersonal relationships.

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.

Internal Family Systems (IFS)Internal Family Systems (IFS) is an evidence-based psychotherapy that uses the metaphor of an internal family of parts to help people gain awareness of how different parts of themselves can interact in healthy and unhealthy ways. IFS encourages people to become curious about their different parts, with the goal of helping them gain access to their true Self or core. Through this process, people can learn to recognize and care for the different parts of themselves, as well as develop compassionate understanding for the origins of their parts. A key principle of IFS is that each part within the person has its own positive intention and is trying to protect the person in some way. By understanding the positive intention of each part, the practitioner and client can work together to help the parts feel heard and understood, and to find more adaptive ways of meeting their needs. IFS has been found to be an effective treatment for a variety of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, trauma, and relationship issues.

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.

Sandplay TherapySandplay therapy is a form of psychotherapy that is based on Jungian psychology and is used to help children and adults explore their inner world using symbols and metaphors. It is a form of non-directive play therapy in which participants create a “sandbox” in which they construct three-dimensional scenes using tiny figurines and sand. Sandplay therapy is an effective form of therapy that helps clients explore their inner world, gain insight, and develop creative solutions to their problems. Sandplay therapy allows a person to construct their own microcosm using miniature toys and sand. What’s created acts as a reflection of the person’s own life and allows them the opportunity to resolve conflicts, identify and remove obstacles, and gain acceptance of self.

SERVICES OFFERED

Individual Therapy
Consultation
Family Therapy
Home-based Therapy