Licensed in Israel
Yael Fishman Verified
Clinical Social Worker, Psychotherapist
Licensed in Israel
We all come across difficult situations in our lives - sometimes it's depression, sometimes it's anxiety, ADHD, OCD or a myriad of other things that bother us and affect how we view ourselves and how we live our lives. I am a caring, bi-lingual (English-Hebrew) speaking therapist with many years of experience helping people achieve their maximum potential and feel more whole and content with themselves. I am a big believer in empathy and use an intergrative approach incorporating a psychodynamic approach (Self Psychology school of thought) with CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and using also EFT (Emotional Focused Therapy) as well as Mindfulness, Polyvagal theory and Mentalization, suiting each approach to the individual client. I believe therapy should be a safe place where together with the therapist, one can explore things at their own pace and reach their goals, and alleviate symptoms and stress. I see both children/adolescents, parents and adults.
Along with my private clinic, I also work at Tel Hashomer hospital in the Child and Adolescent Outpatients clinic where I belong also to the Anxiety and Trauma CBT clinic and the Crisis Intervention unit. I have also facilitated a Social Skills group for the last seven years and during Corona co-started a group for adolescents which continued post-Corona. In my work at Tel Hashomer I also treat people with neurogenetic syndromes.
As someone who has moved countries a number of times, I am attuned to the challenges of relocating and studying abroad and am on the IDC Student Counseling list of therapists in Tel Aviv.
I am a supervisor for students from Tel Aviv university who are doing their internship in the Tel Hashomer clinic. With children both in Tel Hashomer and in my private clinic I use play therapy. I am passionate about the work I do and believe in my clients' abilities to connect to their essence and live to their fullest.
Psychotherapy certificate - Hebrew University, Machon Magid - 2017
Telephone Counseling, Online Therapy
Anxiety / Panic
Behavioral Concerns In Children
Parenting Issues / Training
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Gender Identity Concerns
Trauma / Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD
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.
Emotion-Focused TherapyEmotion-focused therapy (EFT) is a type of psychotherapy that is based on the idea that emotions play a key role in a person’s mental health. EFT focuses on helping people to identify, accept, and manage their emotions in a healthy and productive way. The goal of EFT is to help people identify and express their emotions, understand how those emotions impact their behavior, and learn how to manage their emotions in a way that is adaptive and healthy. EFT is a research-based approach to psychotherapy that has been found to be effective in helping people manage a variety of mental health conditions. It has been used successfully in the treatment of individuals, couples, and families, as well as with groups. EFT is particularly beneficial for people who struggle with emotional regulation, mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, and relationship issues.
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.
Mentalization-Based Therapy (MBT)Mentalization-Based Therapy (MBT) is a psychotherapy approach that focuses on helping individuals to understand and regulate their own and others' thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. MBT emphasizes the importance of understanding and reflecting on our own mental processes, while also recognizing and accepting the mental processes of others. The aim of MBT is to help individuals develop the skills necessary to accurately and effectively mentalize, or recognize and respond to their own and others' mental states. Through this process, clients can learn to better regulate their emotions, better manage interpersonal relationships, and gain a greater sense of self-awareness.
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.