Arranging for Counselling

We all experience crises in different periods of our life. Sometimes we try to work them out on our own, on occasion we are helped by family or friends, and yet at times when we need help that people around us can’t provide, we seek outside help from a trained, licensed professional in order to work through these problems.

Reasons for seeking therapy are wide and varied: they may be concerning test anxiety, difficulty concentrating or emotional outbursts triggered by academic pressure; doubts about a relationship, coping with separation, breakup or personal crisis; feelings of insecurity, low self-esteem, loneliness or difficulty in forging relationships; difficulty with transitions (changes within the family or being away from family and friends in a new environment – such as entering the Technion for first year students for example); loss of passions and zest for life; depression, sadness or anxiety; eating disorders; coping with illness, trauma or grief, and any other difficulties. In fact, every personal issue that disturbs you or causes you ill feelings that leave you at a loss is reason to seek out professional help.

We are here for you. To make an appointment its best to follow the following steps:

  1. Registering for an appointment: Fill-out a Pre-Counselling Form.  Next you’ll be given two questionnaires to fill-in: one very short and the other is an MMPI Questionnaire* (a self-reporting questionnaire asking you to mark “right” or “wrong”), which should take about an hour and a half to complete.
    * The information you give will remain confidential within the Counselling Service; it helps us to place you with an appropriate counselor.
  2. Introductions and assessment: Individuals who have completed the first stage of the process (detailed above) will be invited to two initial (intake) sessions with one of our experienced therapists. These meetings are held in order to get to know the applicant, understand his/her personal difficulties, and assess how best to help them. In most cases, the therapist you see at the intake sessions will not be your therapist during the course of therapy. Sometimes the applicant will be asked to undergo a more extensive psychodiagnostic assessment, in order to obtain a more thorough and deeper understanding of his/her issues so that the treatment best fitting for him/her may be recommended. The applicant may also be asked to meet with the center’s psychiatrist, in order to deepen familiarity and examine appropriate treatment options. (Referral for a psychodiagnostic evaluation, and/or session with a psychiatrist can be made during the initial meetings or during the therapy sessions once started, as deemed necessary).
  3. Receiving a Therapy Offer: Based on the initial (intake) meetings and professional assessments by our experienced therapists, an applicant will be offered a treatment plan. The therapist will contact the applicant by phone and once an agreement is reached therapy will begin. Applicants must take into consideration that they may be placed on a waiting list for their therapy to begin. The busiest time at the center is between the months of February and June. Waiting periods during peak periods have been known to stretch over a period of several months from the date of the initial meeting up to the date of the first treatment session, yet we do our utmost to process urgent cases even during our busiest months.