Questions and Answers

The Counseling Center for Women is a longstanding and unique center for therapy, supervision and training for women. It has accumulated, in the thirty years since its establishment, extensive knowledge regarding therapy with women and the unique issues that emerge from a woman’s life. Therapy at the Counseling Center for Women takes place at eye level, between equals, with a feminist perspective that aspires to connect every woman to her own strengths and abilities, through giving respect and space to her culture, family origin, desires and aspirations, and through an understanding of the social context in which she functions.
The varieties of methods, approaches and therapeutic tools under one roof at the Center make it possible for every client to find a suitable response to her own special needs and difficulties.
In order to receive psychological therapy at the Counseling Center for Women, please fill out the contact form on this website, or call the Center office between the hours of 9:00 – 15:00 and leave your name and phone number. At other times, you can leave a message on our voice mail and we will get back to you within a short time.
Phone numbers for making contact with us:
Ramat Gan Branch and vicinity: 03-6129592/3
Jerusalem Branch and vicinity: 054-7778136.
Within a few days of your first contact with us, the intake worker of the Center will call you and talk to you. Based on the details from that conversation, your first appointment with a therapist will be scheduled. Afterwards, a therapeutic process will begin; its length will be determined through a joint decision between you and your therapist.
The Counseling Center for Women has two branches, in Jerusalem and in Ramat Gan; therapy sessions also take place in private clinics near Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Herzliya, Modi’in and Brachiya (near Ashkelon). Therapy sessions are available throughout the work week (Sunday through Friday afternoon).
Psychotherapeutic treatment (also known as psychological therapy) is based on conversations, and its purpose is to ease the difficulties and mental anguish of the client, and to help create a stable, flexible and more adaptable mental structure for the challenges of life. A psychotherapist is any woman in the mental health professions who has had training in psychotherapy (a clinical psychologist, a clinical social worker or a psychiatrist).
The therapists at the Center are clinical psychologists, clinical social workers and psychiatrists who have training and experience in therapy with women.
The professional women at the Counseling Center for Women all have a wealth of experience conducting psychotherapy with women; they have specialized in a wide variety of fields, perspectives, techniques and therapeutic models (such as psychodynamic approaches, cognitive – behavioral approaches and others). The feminist perspective on therapy that reflects the beliefs of the Center is incorporated into the approach of each therapist here. There are also therapists at the Center who have credentials in unique therapy methods, such as gestalt, guided fantasy, safe touch, EMDR, hypnosis and NLP.
Clinical psychology and clinical social work are two clinical specialization tracks (within therapy), with points of emphasis that are slightly different from one another. On a basic level, the difference between them stems from the way they relate to the well-being of the individual: The psychological perspective emphasizes the inner world of the individual, while the social work perspective relates more to the social context in which the individual functions. Nevertheless, over the course of time the differences between these two fields have evened out, especially with regard to professionals with clinical expertise in the mental health field, who have been trained in many different approaches. The therapists at the Counseling Center for Women, whether they are psychologists or social workers, have clinical training and focus on each client’s inner world, as well as on the external influences on her and the social context in which she lives.
The clinical staff of the Counseling Center for Women includes psychiatrists, who are medical doctors whose specialty is in mental health, and who are authorized to diagnose mental difficulties and to suggest medicinal solutions as needed. A consultation with a psychiatrist is possible when therapy sessions lead the therapist and the client to believe that medicinal treatment could help significantly with the current problem situation. Medical services are provided to clients at the Center at subsidized prices.
The amount of time therapy lasts depends on many factors, such as the kind of difficulties being handled and the issues that are being dealt with, the goals that we set for ourselves in therapy and the extent of the change we are seeking to create in our lives. If therapy begins because of a specific crisis, or the need for focused treatment, a solution may be found within short term therapy. On the other hand, deep-seated difficulties, that have been present in our lives for a long time, may need a deeper and more extensive therapeutic process and a broader time frame. Some of the conversation in therapy is dedicated to making it possible for each client to define the nature and extent of the change in which she is prepared to invest.
The fee for the first session is 250 shekels. The fee for each subsequent hour of therapy is on a sliding scale, and the range is 200 – 350 NIS. There are also additional, subsidized tracks available at lower prices.
There are a variety of therapy services at the Center: Individual therapy, couples therapy and group therapy. Therapists work with a variety of therapeutic approaches in order to find the most relevant approach for each client.
Certainly. If a client starts out with personal therapy sessions and the therapeutic dialogue leads the therapist and the client to believe that couples therapy would be beneficial, the client can begin couples therapy at the Center, at the same time as or instead of individual therapy. The therapeutic dialogue is meant to help us understand the possibilities and choose the best possibility for us. (One example: whether to begin couples therapy with the same therapist or with a different therapist).
No. The Counseling Center for Women is a private non-profit organization, operating separately from the public services of the kupot cholim.
While the therapeutic perspectives of the therapists at the Center are important, the interpersonal encounter is very important, and sometimes there is no “click” between therapist and client. In that case, the therapist and the client will try to clarify what the factors are for this feeling; if necessary, the client will be referred to another therapist from among the therapists on the staff of the Center.