DBT Treatment

The Machon Dvir Institute provides intensive and low intensity DBT treatment in English 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.

The goal of Machon Dvir is to ensure that clients with complex emotional and behavioral issues get the support that they require, ensuring that they thrive during their time in Israel. Individual and group therapy along with medical management is provided by an integrated, multidisciplinary team comprising a psychiatrist, a psychologist and a social worker. All group therapy is gender separate and designed to help young English-speaking adults in the Jerusalem area.

Treatment begins with a comprehensive psychological intake (evaluation session), including an in-depth history, risk assessment, and the use of questionnaires and scales to establish baseline functioning and monitor progress. The clinical team will decide whether an additional psychiatric evaluation is required in particularly complex and high risk cases, and develop a specific treatment plan and goals for each client. The treating team will make recommendations regarding individual and group DBT therapy, deciding which of the following treatment programs (if any) is most suited to the client’s needs:


Machon Dvir’s DBT Skills program runs throughout the year and involves one 2-hour group session each week and 1-2 hours of weekly individual therapy (provided within or outside the service) for six months.

This low-intensity program is best suited for clients who are generally able to function but still experience challenges in managing their emotions. As such, they would benefit from an integrated team approach involving both individual and group DBT components. The goal of the low intensity program is to provide a cohesive framework within which the client will acquire important emotional regulation skills that will allow them to function more effectively. Contact us to find out about joining our DBT Skills Program.


Click here to find out more about our 2019 intensive DBT summer programs.


Machon Dvir also offers an individualized psychological and psychiatric support for those clients who would benefit from the involvement of a multi-disciplinary, integrated team in their evaluation and treatment, with or without the group therapy component. Feel free to contact us without obligation and in complete confidence if you would like to discuss an individual case.


Participants in the program will have access to the latest behavioral health applications, which will enable them to complete regular questionnaires, either using the app on their smartphone or by email. This will enable the treating team to regularly monitor participants between sessions.


By working closely with our clients’ referring clinicians, Machon Dvir can provide effective and timely intervention, and facilitate communication with family and school, in order to provide continuity of care. With the client’s permission, we are happy to talk with treating physicians and therapists in Israel and back home. This model is consistent with best international medical practice standards.


We are familiar with the terms of standard Student Medical Insurance policies and may be able to advise you on the best way to cover the costs of psychological treatment in Israel. Israeli citizens who have insurance through Leumit or Meuchedet may be entitled to rebates for psychiatric evaluation and treatment at Machon Dvir.