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therapy groups

We are recognized as a Public Charity under Section 46 of the Income Tax Ordinance.


Trauma and Recovery - By Judith Lewis Herman


Traumatic event s destroy the ties that bind the individual and the community.  The solidarity of the group is the strongest protection in the fact of fear and despair and the strongest medicine for the traumatic experience. Trauma isolates, and the group returns and creates a feeling of belonging. Trauma stains and embarrasses; the group witnesses and approves. Trauma degrades the victim; the group elevates him. Trauma revokes the victim's humanity; the group restores it.  Again and again survivors tell in their testimony of the moment when the revelation of honest and natural kind-heartedness of another person restored the feeling of communication to its rightful place. Something that seemed irretrievably lost- trust, decency, courage - returns and is re-awakened in the face of common altruism.  The survivor who is reflected in the actions of others identifies and restores to himself that lost part of himself. At that moment, the return to the human collective begins.  When group solidarity and intimacy develop, that's the beginning of a complex process of reflection.  The more the participant gives of himself to others, the greater his capacity to take from them the gifts they offer him. Even though this sort of interaction can happen in any sort of human relationship, the group experience greatly intensifies this. This process has been described as spiraling adaptation. It occurs when the group expands the self-image of every one of its members and increases their capacity to receive from each other. Groups give not only an opportunity to create relationships of mutual interactions, but also the opportunity for group empowerment.  Members of the group see each other as similar and equal. Even though every one of them suffers, and is in need of help, each of them has something to contribute.  The groups demands and develops the strengths of each of its members. Accordingly, the group in its entirety is capable of withstanding and merging the traumatic experience that is greater than the experience of each of its members. Every member can partake in the collective resources in order to advance his own personal integration.


Evidence of the therapeutic potential of the group arises from the entire spectrum of victims. In one community study, women who had escaped battering relationships, named women's groups as the top source of effective help. The psychiatrists John Walker and James Nash, who deal with war veterans, report that many of their patients who got little out of individual psychotherapy, succeeded beautifully in a group. The sense of fraternity and group spirit nullified the feelings of suspicion and deep isolation of the war veterans. Yael Danieli confirms that the chances of recovery of Holocaust survivors are far better when the first therapy is group-oriented and not individual therapy. Richard Molke reports that when his refugee patients from East Asia were given group therapy with other victims in addition to individual therapy, there was a transition from therapeutic pessimism to optimism.


Our therapy groups


Therapy group for

menand women


The group started to operate

in Feb 2013.



Therapy group for women in Tel-Aviv.

The group started operating

on March 2015.



Tterapy group for women in Jerusalem.

The group started operating on

July 2015


Therapy group for men

and women in


The group started operating

on Dec 2014.



Therapy group for men and women in


The group started operating

on March 2015.


Tterapy group in Karmiel.

The group started operating

on April 2016.


Tterapy group  Haifa.

The group started operating on

 October 2015.


Tterapy group  Ashdod.

The group started operating

on Sept 2016- ended 0n sep 2021


Tterapy group golan.

The group started operating

 on 2017


Tterapy group East Gerusalem.

The group started operating

on 1.8.2017.


Tterapy group Karkur

The group started operating

 on marsh 2020


Tterapy group afula

The group will start operating

 on marsh 2022


Our wish is to open enough therapy groups to be able to answer every call for help, and to accompany the survivors through the hard path of  coping with trauma, util therapy is no longer required, and healing process comes to an end.

Sexual assault in childhood causes severe emotional injury. The effect of such abuse has repercussions in all aspects of life, primarily difficulties in earning a living. Rehabilitation for the abused requires extensive, long-range psychotherapy. Only few can pay for such treatment, and it is therefore often terminated due to financial rather than therapeutic considerations.

Our dream is to provide treatment until it is no longer required and healing process comes to an end.


Why group therapy?

Groups are powerful therapeutic tools for sexual abuse survivors. Providing an opportunity for recovery and developing self-awareness in the context of relationships, is essential to healing. The tasks of the group allow for identification and understanding of post-trauma symptoms, personal development of the core self, socialization, and a practice arena in which to test new emotions, thoughts, and actions. Additionally, the influence of and validation by peers who have similar life experiences and the genuine

ability to “know what it was like” is a freeing and healing force for the survivor.

Consequently, the abused no longer feel isolated and “different”.


Operative Framework for the Therapeutic Group

The group meets once a week for two hours.

Supervision of the group is by two experienced psychologists of high professional quality, a man and a woman, who have Master’s degrees in psychology and are trained in rehabilitation.

Each group has at least 5 and up to 8 participants. After the first few weeks the group is closed for one year.

 This allows for including new participants without disrupting the normal functioning of the therapy process, as well as maintaining a group of eight.

The group meets continuously over the years. When a participant stops coming, other participants needing therapy can be included.

Participants will pay a minimal fee of $5. Such an obligation has been shown to encourage attendance and a sense of seriousness and obligation on the part of the participants.








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