FAQs – Professionals

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    Tzachi Fried, PhD, July-August 2020

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    Shmuel Harris, MD, January 2020
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    Heather Moshel, LCSW, February/March 2019 

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    Andrew Chanen, MD, September 2019

Yes, we often have clients in our groups who are seeing clinicians outside of Machon Dvir. Keep in mind that you remain the primary therapist with clinical responsibility for your client when they attend our group skills training. Accordingly, the exception to this is a high-risk client. Our policy is that in order to properly treat high-risk clients they must be exclusively under our care for both individual and group therapy modalities. 

To refer a client to a group, have them contact our office at 02-625-2527 and ask for an intake for group. 

As DBT is meant to be delivered using both individual and group modalities. Group teaches clients the skills while individual therapy helps clients consistently apply the skills to their own life circumstances. Clients who only attend group miss out on an important component of DBT treatment and anecdotally we have found that this is less effective. To maximize your client’s benefit from group, we recommend checking in frequently with your client and the group leader about their experience in group, the skills they are learning, and incorporating these skills into your work with your client. 

Groups are ongoing as long as you and your therapist believe it is appropriate given your individual treatment goals. 

All groups are gender separate. While we make an effort to assign groups based on similarity in life stage, factors such as time availability and space impact group assignment as well. Our experience is that in general once group members get to know one another, differences do not play a significant role.

Yes, we currently have in-person availability. This varies by clinician and in general is more limited than our zoom availability. Given the current climate, sessions may switch to zoom-only for periods of time

Yes. Clients are able to do skills training in an individual therapeutic setting.

Yes, clients with a DBT treatment plan engage with a fully-adherent protocol, including coaching calls, diary cards, chain analyses, and team consultation meetings. Even our non-DBT cases are approached with the principles of DBT, such as dialectical assumptions and consultation to the client.

Yes, various clinicians on our staff are trained in diverse forms of therapy such as schema therapy, EMDR, and psychodynamic therapy. The treatment plans for each client is customized to their need by a joint collaboration by the client, the therapist, and the team.

For information on DBT supervision, please be in touch with Dr. Tzachi Fried, our clinical director at drfried@machondvir.org

Yes, some of the clinicians on our staff conduct therapy sessions in Hebrew as well as English.

Yes, we do offer individual DBT sessions and we will open an adolescent group when there is sufficient interest. Currently, we do not offer adolescent psychiatric services.