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About Me

On a more personal note

I was born in Israel but grew up and spent most of my life in Germany. Today I live in Tel Aviv, where I have been managing a private practice for ten years now.

I started observing human behavior at a very young age, noticing what people were doing while they were doing it. When I was twelve, my brother gave me my first psychology book, written by Sigmund Freud. I was astonished that there was a profession where people observed other people, studied their behaviors, and helped them grow past their traumas. I felt so connected to this line of work that already back then I knew this was what I wanted to do with my life. I wanted to understand why people behave in a certain way, why they inflict pain on themselves and on others, and what makes people happy.

Most of all, I wanted to know how to become free of my own pain, which had taken such a toll on me that, at the age of fifteen, I attempted suicide. The only way for me to move forward was to give meaning to my life by investigating what it means to be alive. I decided to take courses in psychology and sociology at school and later enrolled at Heidelberg University, where I studied psychology for almost eight years.

During my studies, I began to experience a lot of tension in my body, particularly in my back. At the time I did not know it was part of my trauma. Being a doer, I looked for ways to free myself from this tension, and so I started practicing yoga. While counseling clients in my practical year, I noticed they were all tense in their body and did not breathe coherently; many did not even feel a connection to their body, let alone could they relax it. In addition, most of them had some form of addiction to prescription drugs, alcohol, or illegal drugs as well as eating disorders. To me, these were all symptoms of difficulties in dealing with the immense physical and mental pain caused by trauma and anxiety. I realized that psychology was not enough for healing and that yoga could be a good companion to therapy, complementing it with breathing, releasing, and relaxing the body to help clients move through their anxiety, trauma, and addiction.

Knowledge and practice are equally important to me. I do not believe in knowledge without practice, nor do I believe in practicing without understanding what you are practicing. But understanding can happen on a different level. You do not always have to understand things in your mind to get them done. Sometimes it is even more beneficial if you understand them in your heart or experience them and stay in the experience. Something understood through experience is never lost. You always remember why you are doing what you are doing, which means you become more and more conscious of how you handle life. This also helps you develop and strengthen self-responsibility, set boundaries, say yes or no, and understand that you are fully in charge of your life.

After twenty years of experience in psychology and yoga, I believe that having a spiritual practice is very important for healing whatever it is that needs healing. I believe in moving away from the past into a future of happiness and freedom through direct action. In my private practice, people come to work, to transform themselves by actively engaging in their own healing.

on a more professional note


I completed my psychology studies in Germany in 2008, specializing in clinical and occupational psychology, including criminology. In 2006, I began working as a psychologist in prisoner rehabilitation. I later worked mostly in the public sector in Israel and abroad, including the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Defense, and National Insurance Institute, treating a wide range of psychological issues.

During my studies, I began to take an active interest in yoga. After practicing for more than a decade myself, I completed the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga teacher training course under Miri and Gili Harouvi, in 2010.
Psycho-yoga therapy is the fruit of my 20 years’ experience as a psychologist, a yoga practitioner and a meditation instructor. Since 2013 I manage my private clinic in Tel Aviv in three languages: English, Hebrew and German.

Education

  • BA and MA in clinical and occupational Psychology including criminology (2001–2008) – Heidelberg University, Germany

  • Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training (2009–2010) – Yoga Shala, Israel

  • 2019 Yoga conference in HongKong

Spiritual Work:

2018 - Eckhart Tolle Retreat - Know Thyself

2019 Rupert Spira - Non duality

2022 Dr Joe Dispenza - Making energy Matter

2023 Rupert Spira - Non duality

Because of my academic background, I understand the importance of science, but because of that same background I also know the limitations of science and some experiences must be felt with your heart in order to make sense. To me science and spirituality go together and do not exclude one another as our society is sometimes trying to convince us. 

My Approach

Psycho-yoga: Psychotherapy that combines Yoga principles

Psychotherapy that incorporates yoga principles was born out of a deep understanding that it is impossible to treat the human psyche without paying attention to the body. This type of therapy is essentially humanistic and holistic; that is, it puts the person at the center of therapy, recognizing that in order for real change and healing to take place, body, mind and soul must be taken into consideration. Body mind and soul are interdependent and influence each other. A person who is struggling psychologically is often also struggling physically, and vice versa.

Psychology provides mental tools for change, such as different coping strategies, and helps to understand the thinking and behavior cycles that paralyze us. This way we become aware what outside behavior triggers us and how to rid ourselves of those triggers in order to stay in our center.

Yoga principles add action and consciousness to the treatment. In other words, without moving the body, our mindset and our observation of experiences in our lives, no change will occur. People must actively work towards change in order to attain their desired goals. Through breathing exercises, mental relaxation exercises, and focusing on energetic centers (chakras), clients successfully find relief and understanding, which enables them to make changes in their lives and attain their desired goals. Once stress is reduced, our mindset, body, and observations of our experiences become calmer, and we have the strength to be active in order to create change.

Psycho-yoga therapy consists of four main parts:
Individual mental and physical diagnosis
Creating a personal treatment plan based on this diagnosis
Weekly 50-minute sessions in my private practice in Tel Aviv

Actively working towards those changes between the Sessions

 

the Sessions itself include:

1. fifteen minutes of guided Meditation at the beginning of each Session

2. talking part of the Sessions

Meditations happen lying or sitting down and only require taking of you shoes and be willing to explore yourself truly. Meditations are not optional for their are the corner stone of my psychotherapy that I have developed over 20 years.

 

I believe that everyone can heal from everything, but you must be willing to do the work and sit with yourself. Keep in mind that change is only possible if you are willing to look at yourself truly and change your behavior actively. It takes courage to do so, but it is possible and worth it.

I have watched clients grow past their limiting believes for 20 years.

If they can change so can you!


 

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