Anat Gihon Verified
Psychotherapist, Bioenergetic Analyst
I have over 30 years of clinical experience, mostly focusing on assisting people in dealing with difficult life changes and crises; issues around relationships and intimacy; assertiveness and aggression, and around one's self identity. I am experienced in working with people from a variety of cultural backgrounds.
I provide my patients with a safe, supportive, and accepting environment to explore various areas of their lives. My method is integrative, and includes conversation as well as being mindful towards mental processes and physical sensations and states. What makes my work unique is that I also integrate working with the body and with emotional expression into the psychotherapeutic process, insofar as it fits the patient's needs. I put a special emphasis on exploring the ways in which the patient had to regulate his/her self throughout life in order to overcome difficulties, and how that self regulation manifests presently in all dimensions emotional, physical, mental, and behavioral. This process enables the patient to lower their emotional, physical and behavioral blocks on the way to self-fulfillment, rediscover their vitality, strengths and passions, and deepen their self-confidence. It also impacts their ability to create satisfying connections with their surroundings.
I have been practicing as a therapist for 34 years, including working in leading mental health institutes in Israel such as the Shalvata hospital and the Mental Health clinic in Ramat Hen, and in a rehab and substance abuse center in the United States, as well as through private practice. I graduated the Hidavrut Psychotherapy Program for advanced therapists of the Israeli Psychoanalysis institute. Presently I run a private practice in Ramat Aviv and Mevaseret Zion. I work with young adults and adults, as individuals, couples and groups. I also run workshops.
For the past 27 years I have been supervising and teaching various topics related to Body-oriented Psychotherapy and Bioenergetic Analysis within academic settings (Lesley College, Seminar HaKibbutzim, Bait VaGan College) as well as in private settings, in Israel and abroad. I am the head of the training program of the Israeli Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis, an institute that I founded and headed until recently. Since 2013, I am part of the teaching faculty of the International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis.
Bioenergetic Therapist - since 1990
Member of the International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis Faculty - since 2014
Telephone Counseling, Online Therapy
Anxiety / Panic
Gender Identity Concerns
Sexual Abuse / Rape
Bioenergetic AnalysisBioenergetic Analysis is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on the body-mind connection. It is based on the belief that psychological issues are stored in the body and can be released through physical awareness and body work. This type of therapy uses a combination of talk therapy and exercises such as breath work, body movement, and massage. The goal is to help clients understand their issues and find ways to cope with them in a healthier way. It is a powerful and effective form of therapy that can help individuals heal from trauma, grief, and depression.
Body PsychotherapyBody psychotherapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that combines psychodynamic, humanistic, and somatic approaches with the goal of treating psychological and physical distress. It emphasizes the connection between body and mind, and works to increase awareness of physical sensations and emotions. Body psychotherapy practitioners may use a variety of techniques, including mindfulness, body postures, breath work, relaxation, and sensory awareness, to help clients become more aware of their bodies and to learn how to use this awareness to improve their overall wellbeing.
PsychoanalysisPsychoanalysis is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on unconscious processes and is used to treat mental health conditions. It is based on the belief that unconscious conflicts are the root of psychological issues. It seeks to understand an individual's psychological experience, including thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, in order to identify patterns, uncover underlying conflicts, and gain insight into how these conflicts may be impacting the individual's life. Psychoanalysis is based on the idea that unconscious processes and experiences can affect behavior, mood, and relationships. The goal of psychoanalysis is to help the individual gain insight into these unconscious processes. Psychoanalysis suggests that the client’s symptoms can be reduced by bringing these conflicts into conscious awareness.
Psychodynamic TherapyPsychodynamic therapy is a form of therapy that focuses on the unconscious mind and how it affects behavior. It works to help people understand and work through past experiences and feelings that may be causing difficulties in the present. This type of therapy encourages individuals to explore their emotions, relationships, and behaviors in order to gain insight into their current difficulties. It can help individuals better understand themselves and their motivations, and gain insight into how past events have impacted their current lives. People tend to develop defense mechanisms when faced with challenges in life. Defense mechanisms may keep painful feelings, memories, and experiences in the unconscious. A few common defense mechanisms include: denial, repression, and rationalization. Psychodynamic therapists encourage people to speak freely about their emotions, desires, and fears. Being open may help uncover vulnerable feelings that have been pushed out of conscious awareness. According to psychodynamic theory, behavior is influenced by unconscious thought. Once painful feelings are brought forth and processed, the defense mechanisms are no longer needed and a person in treatment can start changing unhelpful patterns when coping with life’s challenges.