Ruth Shidlo PhD, SEP

Clinical Psychologist, Trauma Therapist


I am a licensed clinical psychologist and trauma therapist. I’ve worked in many hospitals and clinics in Israel and the U.S., as well as in private practice.

My first aim of therapy is to establish a safe place from which you and I, as a team, can observe the inner workings of your body-mind, allowing you to develop a nonjudgmental and compassionate attitude towards yourself and others, as you work towards greater well-being.

Early on in the work I will help you identify the obstacles in the way of your life goals. This reestablishes movement towards greater self-fulfillment and the mastery of old fears. We may even succeed in modifying the filters through which you experience relationships, by creating new neural pathways. You will develop skills that help you improve the qualities of your interpersonal relationships.

I offer a unified mind-body therapy based on psychodynamic and somatic experiencing (SE) principles. This approach is effective in the regulation and management of stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, chronic pain, and psychophysiological disorders. My practice is gay-friendly, and I have professional experience with people building a family with the assistance of donor insemination.

For more information, I invite you to visit my website:



California School of Professional Psychology

Year of Graduation:

Years in Practice:

License No. and State:
2152 / 1941 Israel

Additional Credentials:

Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) - December 2015
EMDR - 2018


Average cost per session
350-500 NIS


Discounts Available
Sliding Scale




On Becoming a Personal Scientist: Living in the half-full glass

October 26, 2017

The half-full glass is the antidote to the half-empty one.

On Becoming a Personal Scientist: Beginnings

September 10, 2017

As the baby gains enough safety and security via his attachment systems with the significant people in his life, he is able to identify and then befriend the familiar within the strange.

How to Track Anxiety and Help Resolve It

August 14, 2017

We need our ‘signal’ anxiety, because otherwise, we’d be more vulnerable to danger.

What is Somatic Experiencing (SE) ?

June 25, 2017

As a body-mind practitioner and clinical psychologist, I have found that incorporating principles of Somatic Experiencing (SE) into my practice has provided me with a whole new way of helping people move on with their lives when stressed, anxious, depressed, traumatized, or otherwise in pain (including living with chronic pain). So what then, is Somatic Experiencing, and how does it work?

Of Guts and Brain: The Gut-Brain Axis

May 14, 2017

If you are willing to make a few changes, “disease goes away as a side effect of health.” (Hyman, 2012, p. 29)

Valuable Tips to Manage Pain

February 6, 2017

Given what we know today, it appears likely that unresolved trauma, whether minor or major, plays a role in the persistence of chronic pain, through mechanisms of kindling (a self-perpetuating phenomenon of neural excitation) and priming (in which the brain readies itself to respond a certain way), that cause us to continually brace ourselves against the threat that caused the pain or the internal threat of pain itself. This is great news, because it means that to the extent that the trauma is worked through at the body/mind level, the pain should either disappear or lessen.

Last Updated: May 8, 2018


Tagore St
Tel Aviv

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Anxiety / Panic, Depression, Trauma / Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD, Stress Management, LGBT, Chronic Pain


Hebrew, English, Portuguese, Spanish


somatic experiencing (a body/mind therapy)
psychodynamic orientation with body/mind focus