Miki Zehavi Blank Verified
Clinical Social Worker, Psychotherapist
Licensed in Israel
Hi, I made aliya a little over 25 years ago from N.J. I am a Clinical Social Worker and Psychotherapist. I acquired my degrees, certifications, and my professional experience here in israel. I have a lot of experience treating the long term effects of sexual trauma as well as relational trauma. I also have experience working with anxiety, depression and other mental health symptoms/disorders.
I belive that a comfortable, respectful and compassionate theraputic relationship can really help us get to know ourselves and our inner emotions, as well as understand how family and life events may have affected and continue to affect us. No event, charachteristic or feeling defines any one person. People are complex and colorful and so are relationships. The more one knows and understands about themselves, and that in itself is a process, the more authentic and content they can be in their choices, aspirations, dreams and relationships.
Tel Aviv University
Bar Ilan University
Psychodynamic psychotherapy 2023
Anxiety / Panic
Sexual Abuse / Rape
Trauma / Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD
Borderline Personality Disorder
Gender Identity Concerns
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.
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.
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.