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Biri Rottenberg


Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist

About Me

Dr. Biri Rottenberg

My name is Biri Rottenberg, PhD.  I'm currently working and living in Israel. I work as a bibliotherapist and a psychoanalytic psychotherapist for more than 20 years. Currently I am working as a bibliotherapist in a private practice in Givatayim near Tel Aviv. I work with children, adolescents and adults and I also give clinical supervision to therapists. I also work as a lecturer in Reichman University in Herzliya, Israel.

I used to live in Lawrence, Kansas and work as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Hall Center of the Humanities at the University of Kansas. I was previously a lecturer in the Bibliotherapy program at the Department of Counselling and Human Development, Faculty of Education, Haifa University as well as at Seminar Hakibbutzim College. I received my PhD from the Bibliotherapy program at Haifa University. My dissertation dealt with narratives of Israeli mothers and their expression in blogs. My current research interests include psychoanalysis, creativity, gender, literature, writing therapy, and qualitative research. I received my diploma as a psychoanalytic psychotherpist from the Winnicott Center for advanced studies In Israel.


Let the words act in you / let them be free / they will enter you inside

making forms upon forms / will form in you that experience

let the words act in you / they will do in you as they please

remaking new forms in the thing / they will make in your thing

exactly the same thing / for they are the thing they make

you will understand that they revive / for you that experience and its meaning like nature

because they are nature and not an invention / and not a discovery for they are yes nature

they will make the thing nature in you / like giving sex is life to the word

let the words act in you

Yona Wallach​

what is
Bibliotherapy and Psychotherapy?

Bibliotherapy is an expressive therapy that has developed in Israel over the last 20 years. As a bibliotherapist and psychotherapist, I integrate the processes of reading and writing into therapeutic discourse and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. In therapy, I use many kinds of texts: poems, prose, biblical passages, movies, dreams, diaries, blogs and childhood lullabies. Of course, all of my patients bring their own unique narratives with them. Together, we try to understand their difficulties better and work to find a way to improve their situations.

Our inner Story

In times of difficulty and hardship, the story we tell ourselves is a narrow, one-dimensional story. Bibliotherapy is an invitation to re-create our stories about ourselves and to look at our current narratives from a unique perspective. To do so, we use both literary texts and everyday text that we write for ourselves. Bibliotherapy enables us to become aware of the different ways we can use words and encourages us to discover their healing power. Bibliotherapy is available for children, teens and adults. My specialties include: Individual sessions for children, youth, and adults; dyadic meetings in which parent and child meet together; and parent training. I have experience working with patients who have developmental delays, behavioural problems and severe mental disorders. Each therapy session is a unique encounter between the patient and me. Each therapy session is a different journey with a path of its own. During the journey, I often suggest using literary or everyday texts, as well as the processes of reading and writing together. Along the way we find relief and well-being, learning to use narrate and develop our inner narrators in ways that allow us to have a wider mental space and creativity.

Text & Therapy 
How does it work ?

The different kinds of texts we read and write help us to re-read and re-write the patients unique narrative. When the patient’s narrative changes his or her inner world changes as well. When the text of the patient gets wider his or her identity and sense of self can become more flexible and creative. As a bibliotherapist I work with toddlers, children, parents, and adults. Together, my patients and I use their own creativity and playfulness and their own capacity to narrate in order to find a new way to cope with difficulties.

National Flower

New Release

My Klara

My Klara tells the story of an Israeli
woman, who just given birth to her first-born child, as she struggles with generational trauma as a
holocaust second generation and trying to balance the roles of mother, wife and a daughter. 

the woman creates a special relationship with an imaginary friend named Klara.But the
plot gets complicated, when Klara being  exposed as, the mother of Adolf Hitler. The danger in the air is
tense: will Klara and the woman grow up a healthy sensitive kid or a psychopathic oppressor?

Book Cover My Klara
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