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Systemic treatment for youth

Youth care is a unique care.On the one hand, teenagers have a rich inner world and a tendency to explore their individuality in depth. On the other hand, their ability to transcribe and conceptualize are in relatively early stages of development in relation to this developing inner world. Good treatment for youth requires the ability to jointly conceptualize the rich inner world, in a way that is adapted to the cultural world of the boy or girl.

Unfortunately, from many years of experience, also as an educational consultant, I have seen how good treatments for youth are rare. These treatments also do not take into account the way in which ideas about themselves can be mediated to the boy in simple language, nor do they take into account systemic elements that affect the boy who needs mediation for him. The result is usually individual treatment that sounds good in theory, but in practice does not change the symptoms.

Good and effective treatment requires the ability to mediate for the boy the role he takes on in a larger system - family, friends, community - and help him break free from it and find a new and beneficial role on his own.

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What are the basic assumptions of systemic treatment?

Systemic therapy refers to our emotional difficulties, as difficulties arising from our belonging

to an entire system that functions in a non-optimal way. From a systemic point of view, symptoms arise from our failed attempt to improve systems, by taking roles that do not belong to us. We do this unconsciously.

Classic systemic therapy, especially for children, is usually family or couple therapy. But such treatment is not always necessary with teenagers. Teens, like adults, have the power to increasingly change the family roles they take on.

For example, a depressed and suicidal boy who claims that he does not want to live for several years came to me for treatment. The boy has been receiving individual treatment from a psychologist for several years, but there is no improvement in his condition. He is intensively treated with drugs that he claims are not helping him.

After several meetings with me, we came to a common conclusion that the depression is a role he has taken on that is related to the tension between him and one of the central figures in the family. In the boy's subconscious, he was "not allowed" to feel joy and develop an independent life with friends of his own age, because it would threaten this character, and deepen the tension in the family. The therapy was able to help the boy identify the role he had taken on, free him from this role, and allow him to form meaningful relationships and allow himself to be happy and expand without the need for the role of depression. 

And most importantly: the treatment helped dramatically improve the relationship between the boy and the figure he supposedly had to "protect". Once that boy was no longer bound to treat himself rigidly, he was able to see the figure in his family more empathetically and approach her from a place of inner security. 


Treatments are held in Mitzpe Ramon. In some cases there is a possibility of zoom treatment. Meeting cost: NIS 300. 


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