Micki Lavin-Pell MA, MFT, MSC

Marital and Family Therapist


My primary area of expertise is in working with people who would like to create a healthy relationship from the start. I know how challenging this can feel when so many seem to do it effortlessly. The truth is, we all have challenges when it comes to marriage. Some of us have a harder time finding love, others have challenges that arise later on. It is my greatest hope to get people into the best place possible to invite a really great relationship and keep it going.

I work with my clients to clear the palates from previous negative relationships that may be blocking the way. We look at what has previously worked and what hasn’t so that you can make informed decisions and feel empowered in your search for a partner.

For people just starting out, I work through potential relationship challenges, to clear away potential relationship cobwebs. Imago therapy and Gottman theory often provide an excellent base for teaching great relationship building skills.
I also use the Prepare Enrich program to help identify relationship strength and growth areas.

Doing couples work can feel challenging. It is so enriching to be able to work with people to create a relationship that they can feel proud of. Laying a great foundation from the beginning paves the way towards being able to overcome common challenges that can plague any of us.


Alma Family Therapy, Melbourne, AU

Year of Graduation:

Years in Practice:

License No. and State:
2782 Israel

Additional Credentials:

Masters in Nutrition and Public Health, 1999
Masters in Counselling, La Trobe University, 2002
Certificate in Marriage and Couples Therapy , Relationships Australia 2002
Diploma in Marriage and Family Therapy, Alma Family Therapy, 2007
Somatic Experience Therapy, Intermediate level 2, 2014
Certified Member of the Israeli Association of Marriage and Family Therapy since 2008
EFT Couples Therapy Certificate 2016


Average cost per session
250-350 NIS


Discounts Available
Sliding Scale, Discounts for students, unemployed, chayalim/chayalot, Bnei/Bnot Sherirut Leumi




Why Staying Together for the Kids Isn’t Doing Anyone Any Favours

February 12, 2018

Micki Lavin-Pell, is a marriage and family therapist of 15+ years, married to Gaby Pell for nearly 18 years +4 kids.   She specializes in helping couples navigate challenges at different stages of their lives and deal with attachment issues that often plague relationships using Emotionally Focused Couples therapy. She co-hosts a podcast featured on, called Real Relationships and can be found on her website

Hope and Healing: From Warsaw to Jerusalem

June 5, 2016

It was amazing how the strength of the comradery of the women enabled them to shift their view of themselves and their experience of MRKH from one in which they were hard done by and less of a woman, to feeling special. They were able to explore the possibilities that having MRKH presented to them. They also recognized the hope and possibilities that lay within their situation, on many levels. When the women started the workshop, many were nervous and fidgety. By the end, they were sitting up straight with big smiles on their faces and hope in their eyes.

What I learned was that we can all be hope experts, as we have all experienced life challenges. The more we recognize the challenges that we endured, remove the shame connected to those challenges and celebrate the accomplishments, the better able we can help others feel more hopeful too.

Last Updated: May 8, 2018


Chizkiyahu Hamelech 50
Katamon, Jerusalem



Anxiety / Panic, Depression, Divorce / Custody, Family Issues, Life Transitions, Marital Counseling, Parenting Issues / Training, Postpartum Depression, Self-Esteem


Adults, Couples, Families, Men, Women
Hebrew, English


Systems Theory
Narrative therapy
Psycho-dynamic psychotherapy
Attachment theory
Somatic Experience therapy