The Clinical Unit provides Parent-Infant-Psychotherapy, free of charge, for infants and their parents during the first year of life (Parent-Infant Psychotherapy).

 

The treatment is provided by clinical psychologists and clinical trainees specializing in the field of Parent-Infant-Psychotherapy. Treatment aims are to assist parents in facing difficulties challenges during the infants’ first year of life. Treatment integrates between psychoanalytic and attachment theoretical frameworks, and empirical evidence that underscores the importance of fostering a healthy parent-infant relationship during the infant’s first year of life to cultivate optimal maturation and development.

 

Parents and infants whom receive treatment undergo brief assessments conducted by the Infancy lab to closely monitor treatment efficacy and outcomes. Regular assessments allow for ongoing refinement of therapeutic practice and dissemination of empirical data which informs the development of intervention strategies. 

 

 

Our Therapeutic Team:

 

​Yael Segal
Head of the Ziama Arkin Infancy Institute and head of the Therapeutic Unit. Segal holds an MA in Clinical Child Psychology from Tel Aviv University. She is a training psychoanalyst at the Israeli Psychoanalytic Society.
Erga Kassif
certified clinical psychologist - supervisor, in the Infancy Institute and in a private clinic. Holds a master's degree in clinical child psychology from Tel Aviv University. She specialized in clinical psychology and worked at Sheba Medical Center, in The Child and Adolescent Clinic for Mental Health and in the Psychiatric Day Care Unit. She also directed and supervised a regional "In-School" Support System for Autistic Children and Youth (7-18) within the Treatment and Research Autism Center. She is a student in the Primitive Mental States Track of advanced studies at The Program of Psychotherapy, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University. Her professional experience includes clinical work with children, adolescents and adults at her private clinic and supervision of psychology interns and psychologists.
​Shyly Aptaker Ben-Dori
Certified clinical psychologist, holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (with exceptional honors). Specialized in clinical psychology in the Ness-Ziona Mental Health Center and in Ramat-Aviv Institute for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. She is a doctoral candidate in the department of psychology at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, under joint- supervision of Dr. Naama Atzaba-Poria and Dr. Tahli Frenkel. Her research focuses on preverbal infants’ mental representations of the parent-infant relationship. She lectures at the Reichman University school of psychology and has a private clinic working with adults, adolescents and children.
​Dr. Adva Vengrober
(PhD) certified clinical psychologist, and holds a master's degree in clinical child psychology from Bar-Ilan University. She received her PhD from Bar-Ilan University. Her research focused on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder within infants exposed to war-related Trauma. Dr. Vengrober is a lecturer in the department of Communication Disorders graduate program at Tel-Aviv University. Her professional experience includes clinical work with children and adult patients in private and public clinics.
​Lee Elad
Certified Clinical psychologist - supervisor, in the Infancy Institute and in a private clinic.  Holds a master's degree in clinical child psychology from Tel Aviv University. She specialized in clinical psychology at Haarbaa st. clinic for Mental Health and worked in the Psychiatric day care unit at Sheba Medical Center. Her professional experience includes clinical work with children, adolescents and adults at her private clinic and supervision to psychology interns and psychologists.
Ruthi Dangot Fisher
Occupational Therapist – Consultant. Occupational therapist Since 1997, BA in Occupational Therapy from Tel Aviv University, MA in Family Studies from the College of Management Academic Studies (COLMAN).Worked at Geha Mental Health Center for 20 years at the Pediatric word and at the Infancy outpatient clinic, was a Member of the board of the Baby Mental Health Association (Israel WAIMH). Specializes in working with infants and toddlers with sensory processing difficulties, difficulty in sleeping, eating and behavioral problem. Treat privately infants and toddlers at their home and at her privet clinic.
​Dr. Nilly Keren Dinar
MD Adult Psychiatrist - Consultant. Graduated the Sackler school of medicine in Tel Aviv University and completed her residency in adults psychiatry at the Geha mental health center. Published her residential research on pregnancy outcomes in the under missile fire population in Shderut. Psychotherapist , graduated Halfaba-  a. psychoanalyticly oriented psychotherapy school. Formerly a senior psychiatrist at the outpatient clinic at Abarbanel mental health center and took part as a therapist  in “Llekol Nefesh” association program giving long term psychoanalytic oriented psychotherapy in the public health service. Serves as a senior psychiatrist at the psychological service at Tel Aviv university.