The Centre for Psychotherapy in
The Centre was established 3
years ago by a group of Hebrew speaking therapists who are mental
has two primary aims:
assist Israelis residing in London who are in need of
psychological counselling or therapy in accessing suitable
consult to newly arriving Israeli mental health professionals on
opportunities for study and work in the field in London.
health services in the UK:
different mental health services in the UK and therefore also
therapists from different training and professional backgrounds.
public sectors there are outpatient clinics for children and
adolescents (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) and for
adults. Therapists from different professions work in these clinics
– psychotherapists, clinical psychologists, social workers, and
psychiatrists. There are also counsellors who are generally attached
to General Practices in health centres.
these services can be made by a GP or, in some instances, another
professional, or a person can self refer.
often lengthy waiting lists in the public health sector (National
Health Service) and the treatment offered is likely to be short
there are 3 core profession in the field of mental health:
psychiatry, clinical psychology and social work. In the UK, in
addition to these, there is a separate profession of psychotherapy
which is studied in psychotherapy training schools/institutions.
Qualified psychotherapists are registered with professional
associations (BCP, UKCP). It is recommended that when choosing a
psychotherapist in private practice, only those registered with the
above organisations should be approached.
there is a difference between a counsellor and a psychotherapist.
Usually the training of the counsellor is shorter and is directed to
short term focused interventions to resolve specific problems.
Sometimes difficulties do not resolve easily and repeat themselves.
This may be because problems in the present stir up feelings from
the past of which the person is not consciously aware. The
psychotherapist is equipped to help people understand hidden aspects
of themselves and through this promote change and development.
Clinical psychologists in England are usually trained in a cognitive
behavioural approachPsychotherapists are mainly trained in a psychoanalytic
or psychodynamic approach. Clinical psychologists have their own
professional association (BPS).
Assistance to Israelis needing counselling or psychotherapy.
and migration from one country to another can be problematic. Many
Israelis run into difficulties because of the separation from Israel
and the sense of alienation and lack of belonging in England. The
transition can expose inner and familial difficulties. Israelis who
are in need of help often prefer to see a professional who is
himself/herself from Israel and familiar with the culture and
language. This understanding underpinned the decision to establish a
centre for psychotherapy in Hebrew. Our centre consists of
psychotherapists who are experts in therapeutic work with children,
adolescents, adults, couples and families.
applying to the Centre will be given an appointment with a therapist
to discuss his/her problems or those of the family. On the basis of
the initial assessment we will be able to make an appropriate
referral the person or family. Some will be referred for therapy
within the Centre. Others will be referred to either the public or
private sectors, according to need.
Consultation to mental health professionals:
cases even a qualified and experienced professional will be required
to undergo some supplementary training before being able to work in
the field. We will be pleased to give detailed information and to
assist as much as possible.
We will be
glad to help any Israelis who