The Center for Psychological Counseling Services provides consultation and counseling aimed at facilitating students' academic and life goals and enhancing their personal growth and well-being

What services are offered?


  • The Center for Psychological Counseling Services provides students with the opportunity to receive help and support dealing with various problems and challenges that may arise during the period of their studies.
  • Students who apply to the center may receive short-term counseling or up to two semesters of ongoing therapy through personal meetings with psychologists who have extensive experience treating students from a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds. Opportunities for group treatment may also be available.
  • Any RU Student who is registered in a fulltime or no less than half-time program of studies towards a Bachelor's or Master's degree is eligible to apply. Other students may consult with us for a referral to a suitable therapist in the community.
  • Focused consultations of up to 3 half-hour meetings at no charge. suits the following kinds of issues*: A specific problem you are struggling with in the area of: school/work/place of residence/family, Worrying about a friend in crisis, Wondering about starting therapy, Receiving a referral for treatment dealing with addictions to alcohol/drugs.

How to apply?


  • Students interested in meeting with a psychologist are kindly requested to make an appointment through the administrative coordinator, Ms. Vered Shany, who can be reached Sunday to Thursday from 9:00-13:00, tel: 09-9602872, email: vered.shany@idc.ac.il.
  • Students who apply will be asked to fill out a form with some background information, and upon returning the form an initial consultation with a psychologist will be scheduled, normally within a week or two. At this consultation the issues the student is dealing with will be discussed in order to come up with an appropriate treatment plan. No fee is charged for this initial meeting.
  • Sometimes due to a student's particular circumstances, he or she might be better served by seeing a professional in the community. In these cases, the student will receive help with an appropriate referral.
  • Unfortunately there are times when there is a waiting list to receive ongoing counselling here at RU. In these cases students will still be seen for an initial consultation, during which the option to wait for counseling here, or to be referred to a professional in the community, will be discussed.

Confidentiality


  • Referral to the Psychological Counseling Services and the counseling process will be kept in confidence and will not be written in the student's academic file.
  • Rules of confidentiality are in accordance with the ethical guidelines of psychologists and the law.
  • In some cases it might benefit the student for the psychologist to be in contact with someone from RU academic staff or with a professional in the community treating the student; however this will only be done with the student's direct permission or in case of emergency.

Treatment Fees


  • There is no cost for the initial consultation. After that, a fee of 125 NIS will be charged per meeting. This is a subsidized fee considerably lower than the cost of receiving similar treatment in the community. Students entitled to scholarships granted or authorized by the Dean of Students (based on socio-economic difficulties) will be charged 50 NIS per meeting.
  • Workshops and designated group therapies for problem-focused coping, such as test anxiety and difficulties in interpersonal relations, may be offered during the year. The cost of participating in this type of workshop is NIS 70 per meeting or 40 NIS for scholarship students.

*Focused consultations is not suitable in cases of: Need for long-term therapy, Acute emotional crises, suicidality.