About Us

Machon Dvir is a behavioral health clinic with locations in Jerusalem and the Mercaz area (Ra’anana), providing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in English. We offer comprehensive evaluation and treatment, including DBT in both group and individual settings, an 8-week DBT intensive outpatient program (IOP), and medical management as required.

We provide treatment for all aspects of emotion dysregulation, impulsive, addictive and self-harming behaviors, and dysregulated eating. Such diagnoses include (but are not limited to) borderline and dependent personality disorders, complex-PTSD, severe depression, anxiety and OCD.

Meet the team

Our Story

The idea of Machon Dvir was formed in the early-mid 2010s. Dr. Shmuel Harris, then the head of psychiatric services at Hadassah Mt. Scopus Hospital, and Dr. Tzachi Fried, then a clinical psychologist in private practice, found that they were collaborating on increasing numbers of complex and high risk cases among the anglo population in Israel. They were frustrated by the lack of intensive therapeutic resources for this population. Such patients did not require hospitalization or residential care, but their treatment required more than the public or private system could provide. 

Recognizing the need to fill a gap in the provision of high-quality mental health care, Machon Dvir was founded in 2016. DBT was chosen as the treatment model due to its demonstrated effectiveness with high-risk and complex populations and because of our identification with its core principles. 

As the service grew quickly over the years, Dr Harris left his position at Hadassah and Dr. Fried closed his practice in order to focus their efforts full-time on the mission of Machon Dvir. Currently our staff consists of seven clinicians and a clinical intern across two locations. We have run trainings in DBT and the treatment of complex patients for the mental health community, and maintain an active research program for the benefit of the community and those seeking treatment.



Our primary office is centrally located in a beautiful building on Beit Lechem Road, and is easily accessible by public transportation. We offer a private waiting area, private offices for individual therapy, and rooms for group sessions.


Our beautiful new Raanana office is now open! The office is conveniently located across from the Renanim mall, accessible by public transportation, with available parking. We offer a private waiting area, group therapy rooms, and private offices for clinicians in a beautifully appointed and calming space.

Beit Shemesh

We have a satellite office in Ramat Beit Shemesh Aleph,  where private sessions and skills groups are also held. 



Machon Dvir sees patients online regardless of geographical location. Contact us to learn more about telehealth treatment options.