The Selective Mutism Treatment Center specializes in treating children and teens who suffer from the anxiety disorder selective mutism. It is run by expert psychologist Ruth Perednik, who has specialized in treating selective mutism over the past 25 years. She has written books and papers on the subject, and lectures around the world, to parents, therapists, and teachers. In the center, we use the therapy method developed by Ruth Perednik, which aims to help the child develop improved social communication where it counts - in his school or kindergarten, with friends, family, in the supermarket - and where ever else it is hard for him/her to talk.
Our preferred treatment is integrative, in which parents, teachers, and therapists are potential therapeutic agents of change. Each receives guidance, and has his own treatment tasks to implement, and when all three groups work together, a powerful momentum for change is set in motion. The center is made up of trained therapists who have become specialized in treating selective mutism using Ruth Perednik's method. We have therapists in Bet Shemesh, Jerusalem, Rehovot, Raanana, Ashdod, and many other areas across Israel. The initial consultation takes place either in our Jerusalem office or on the online meeting platform zoom, usually with the head of the center, Ruth Perednik. In this meeting, the child/adolescent's background is considered, together with his/her current functioning, strengths and challenges, and the parents plan together with Ruth the treatment track most tailored to his/her needs. Our gold standard treatment method - which is used in centers throughout the world, is usually highly effective and empowering. After the initial consultation, the therapist has several home sessions – s/he enables the child to open up to her in the comfort zone of her home. Once she is talking to the therapist at home, the therapy is moved to the school, where the relaxed relationship with the therapist is transposed, and gradually generalized to include friends and teachers, helping the child feel comfortable and talk to them. We run therapist and teacher training workshops, as well as parent training and group therapy summer mini-camps. We have had so many heart-warming success stories – contact us today and let us help your child lead a freer, happier life!
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)