FAQs about Machon Dvir

  1. How much does Machon Dvir treatment cost and what are the payment options?

This depends on the type and intensity of treatment that you need. The time that you invest in therapy or in our skills group will depend greatly on your specific requirements. Please contact us to discuss treatment options and we will send you our price list. Payment can be made by debit or credit card, check, cash or bank transfer and can be made at the time of service or on a monthly basis if part of a treatment plan. In certain cases, payments can be made in installments.

  1. Does my health insurance cover me for mental health treatments in Israel?
  • If you are an overseas student, the terms of your health insurance policy will determine whether your treatment at Machon Dvir is covered. We can recommend overseas student health policies that may cover mental health treatment – contact us for details.
  • If you are Israeli and a member of one of Leumit or Meuchedet, you may be able to claim back up to 80% of the cost of psychiatric assessment and follow up. At this stage, DBT group and individual therapy is not covered by the Kupot as this is a private service provided in English
  1. Can I continue working with my own therapist?

Yes. Machon Dvir makes a point of working closely with your current therapist, and even contacting a previous therapist that you were working with before you moved to Israel, if you are happy for us to do so. Continuity of care is essential, and we encourage our therapy skills group participants to continue with their individual therapy program alongside your DBT treatment.

  1. How can I find out if DBT will suit me?

DBT is an evidence-based treatment that has been used around the world since 1993. It has been shown to help many people who are struggling with emotion dysregulation, impulsive, addictive and self-harming behaviors, or dysregulated eating. It is often recommended for people with borderline and dependent personality disorders, complex-PTSD, severe depression, anxiety and OCD. To understand what is involved in DBT treatment, we recommend this very helpful short video presentation.

  1. How long will I need DBT?

Our low-intensity group therapy courses generally last 24 weeks with a single two hour skills group each week and individual therapy as desired by the client. We also run high-intensity courses that last for 6 weeks (typically during the summer vacation however also during the year if sufficient demand). Both courses try to allow you to maintain your normal life routine while learning and integrating the DBT skills.

  1. What is an intake interview?

The Machon Dvir team needs to perform an in-depth assessment in order to recommend the most appropriate treatment plan to address your needs. Your intake interview will be carried out by an experienced and highly-qualified psychologist or clinical social worker and will last between 50 and 75 minutes. If he or she thinks it necessary, you may be asked to attend a psychiatric intake interview.

  1. What is the difference between CBT and DBT?

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is an evidence based therapy that works off the concept that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected, and that negative thoughts and feelings can trap you in a vicious cycle. CBT aims to help you deal with overwhelming problems in a more positive way by breaking them down into smaller parts. You’re shown how to change these negative patterns to improve the way you feel. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a CBT based therapy but stresses the role of acceptance and change in the therapeutic process and specifically addresses difficulties in emotion regulation. You can read more about these two treatment models here.

  1. What is your therapy cancellation policy?

 Clients are not charged for missed sessions if they give at least 5 days cancellation notice for group therapy (in order to allow us to reschedule the group for other participants if necessary) or 2 days notice for individual therapy appointments.