Based on a students’ needs, our experienced therapists offer services such as individual therapy, group counseling, and test anxiety treatment (provided through a series of focused group workshops), and psychiatric counseling.
Under the guidance of your therapist and through the therapeutic process, you will begin to learn how to work through highly vulnerable feelings or memories and get to know yourself better, and to recognize past and present patterns and coping mechanisms. Upon achieving this foundation you will begin to build coping strategies that are more flexible and beneficial for coping with everyday challenges triggered by external and internal factors.
Individual therapy at our center is, for the most part, a dynamic short-term treatment that is provided for a period of one year, at most. Sessions are held regularly once a week, and are 50 minutes in length. We also offer cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to address specific issues.
The Technion subsidizes services provided through the center and the Dean of Students Office; a session with a therapist costs 60 NIS – this is by far the lowest fee in comparison with other academic institutions in Israel.
Group therapy allows each participant to use the group and its members as a medium through which to test behavioral patterns, coping strategies, interpersonal communication skills and models of reference within a real group setting.
There are many benefits to group work: reactions and responses contributed by other group members can shed light on ways to improve interpersonal skills and handle personal relationships or social-related problems, and it provides a forum for raising any other personal aspects an individual may want to observe within a group setting under the guidance of a professional.
The Unit runs three counseling groups. Each group accommodates up to 8 participants and is led by two co-psychologists. The groups are conducted over the course of the year and are defined as open groups, this means that new members can join at any time (provided there is a spot open left by a member who ended their group therapy).
Group sessions meet regularly, for an hour and a half once a week. Typically, the waiting list to join a therapy group is shorter in comparison with individual therapy. In addition, group therapy is not limited to one year; you may be part of a group for two years or more.
*If after attending your initial (intake) meetings you are interested in continuing with group therapy, you’ll be invited to a meeting with the group therapist. This meeting provides an opportunity for raising questions and clarifying expectations and concerns regarding joining group therapy.
Test Anxiety Treatment through Focused Workshops
Our center runs several focused workshops on test anxiety throughout the year, in order to help students who feel anxious about tests or who may need help coping with anxiety brought on by other learning tasks. These workshops, which run for 6 weeks on the basis of 90 minutes sessions, are led by one of our staff psychologists. We have chosen to offer this service within a group setting because findings have shown that the effectiveness of test anxiety treatment is greatest among group settings.
Generally, sessions are divided into two main parts:
First Stage: This stage is devoted to identifying the problem, signs and symptoms, such as: physical manifestations (sweating, rapid pulse, dry mouth, body tremors, changes in appetite, headaches, insomnia, etc.), changes in behavior (finding ways to avoid or postpone test dates, procrastinating and putting off preparing for the exam, exaggerated study or not at all, poor time management, etc.), emotional expressions (easily excitable, signs of stress, anxiety, depression, despair and low self-esteem, feeling apathetic or complete indifference about their studies, etc.), or mental responses (lack of concentration, difficulty with reading comprehension, sudden losses in memory or disorientation, misunderstanding instructions, black outs, drifting thoughts during exam periods, etc.).
Second Stage: After participants grasp their individual issues (ascertained at the first stage of the treatment), in this stage they will begin to focus on learning behavioral and cognitive methods best suited for coping with these difficulties. Among the techniques taught are: relaxation, guided imagery, and effective time management tools.
*Students can obtain a referral to join a test anxiety treatment workshop at their initial (intake) meeting with one of our therapists
Please note that participation in this workshop can be done concurrently with other therapeutic services offered by our center.
Psychiatric consultation is provided for individuals who need medication to relieve emotional distress, along with psychological help and treatment. Sometimes it is a vital part of the process of treatment.
Psychiatric services are provided by the psychiatrist affiliated with our Center who comes in once a week to meet with students. Obtaining a referral to see our psychiatrist can be provided at your initial appointments at the center, or at a later stage by your therapist as part of the treatment process.
*Psychiatric counselling is only available to students who are currently in therapy or awaiting treatment at our Center.
Defining select concepts:
Dynamic therapy is a form of depth psychology, with a primary focus to uncover memories, thoughts, fears, feelings and repressed desires, blocked or unexpressed because of conflicting mental processes in the unconscious. The discovery, realization and the ability to feel and express the unconscious content of a person's psyche can alleviate psychic tension and enables the selection of coping mechanisms through a new found inner freedom. During this process of discovery, a bond develops between the therapist and his/her patient, which allows them to examine together the perceptions and attitudes that characterize the patient’s world within a safe and familiar relationship.
Psychodiagnostic assessment, (also known as psychodiagnostic testing) is based on a series of specialized diagnostic procedures designed to reveal a broad picture of an applicant's capabilities, difficulties and strengths in a variety of areas and aspects of his/her personality. This multidimensional picture provides therapists with a first-hand glance into a patient’s world and can help in the planning, preparation and management of therapeutic goals.
Typically, these tests are given over two sessions of 2-3 hours in length. They are administered by a psychologist at the center. After the test results are assessed, the assessing psychologist will invite you to a feedback session where he/she will share the main findings with you.
The MMPI is commonly referred to as objective personality tests (based on empirical models). It is one of the most frequently used clinical tests and it helps therapists form a preliminary assessment of an applicant, and particularly in identifying at risk situations or acute crisis.
The answers provided by the applicant remain anonymous. The computerized analysis is done by a licensed team from the Department of Psychology at the University of Haifa.