Professional Experience, Dr. Biri Rottenberg

Clinical work in the field – Psychotherapy and Bibilotherapy


2000-2001: Clinical instructor in the Adolescent Psychiatric Department at "Eitanim" Mental Hospital in Jerusalem.


2002-2003: Clinical instructor at "The house of Freedom," a community for LGBT Adolescents in Tel Aviv.


2003-2004: Bibliotherapist in practicum at "Peaceful Place,” a community for adults with mental disorders. I conducted individual psychotherapy, short-term group psychotherapy, and presentations at staff meetings.

 2002-2003: Bibliotherapist in Practicum at the Children’s Therapy Center in Tel-Aviv. I conducted group psychotherapy with children and parent training.


2005-2007: Bibliotherapist in the Ministry of Education in Haifa, working as a bibliotherapist in a special education kindergarten for children with verbal and emotional developmental delays. Dyadic therapy, individual therapy and group therapy.


2005-2007: Bibliotherapist in the Ministry of Education in Haifa, working as a bibliotherapist in Shema Center for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired Children. Individual therapy, Group therapy.


2004-2009: Bibliotherapist at the Psychological Developmental Center, Ministry of Health, Haifa. During the first year, I was a Bibliotherapist in practicum. The following four years, I worked as a Bibliotherapist. Duties include dyadic therapy in a psychotherapy orientation, working with toddlers and their parents, psychological education, parent training, working with post traumatic children and telephone counseling at times of war, group supervising psychology students, and presentations at staff meetings. I also supervised the staff in a developmental pre-school for children with severe developmental problems. Duties include parent training, case management, writing reports, and managing staff meetings in the pre-school.


2009-2010: Bibliotherapist at a project of the United Nations and the African Refugee Developmental Center, Tel Aviv. Included individual psychotherapy with a refugee teenage mother, parent training, psychoeducational work, re-writing the traumatic life story.


2010-2012: Bibliotherapist at Telem Institute for Psychological Treatment, Ra'anana. Duties included working with children, adolescents, and adults; parent training; psychoeducation about developmental issues, consultation with school professionals; and presentations at staff meetings.


2008-2012 Supervising MA bibliotherapy students from the University of Haifa


2008-2012 Supervising MA bibliotherapy from Seminar Ha'Kibutsim College, Tel-Aviv.


2009-2012: Bibliotherapist at a Private Practice in Tel Aviv. I specialized in bibliotherapy and psychotherapy with children and adults with severe mental problems; parent training; individual intensive psychoanalytic psychotherapy; consultation and dyadic therapy, which includes working with parents and children together during the clinical meeting; Supervising expressive therapists.


2012-2014: A member in a supervision group of leading psychoanalysts and psychiatrics in Lawrence Kansas.


2016-present: Supervision of experienced therapist who are receiving training in the Israeli Winnicott Center, the program for psychoanalytic psychotherapy for creative and expressive arts therapists.


2016-present: Supervision of experienced therapist who are receiving training in the Dyadic Therapy Center: Parent-Child Therapy in Tel Aviv Yaffo College.


2016-present: Supervision of experienced therapist who are receiving training in the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Program, Social Work Faculty, Tel Aviv University.


2014-present: Bibliotherapist in a private practice in Givaataim. Psychoanalytic psychotherapy with children, parents, adolescents and adults. Specialized in Dyadic therapy and parental guidance. Senior supervision of experienced expressive arts therapists.


2018-present: Siach Group: Institute for relational psychotherapy and counselling. Working as a bibliotherapist and psychotherapist with children, parents, adolescents and adults.

Dyadic therapy

Short-term mother-child and father-child psychoanalytic psychotherapy assumes that children develop specific types of relationships with each parent, as well as with the parenting couple. This model integrates an intra-psychic, object-relational view with an interpersonal perspective into the treatment of relational disturbances in childhood. The same therapist meets with the mother-child, father-child dyads on a weekly basis, along with regular meetings with the parental dyad. The model focuses on the developmentally pre-latency child's need for the active participation of both parents in the here-and-now shared experiences of the therapeutic process. The participants express, in interactions and in enactments, various contents and meanings of their specific patterns of relations. The therapist addresses the behaviours as well as the meanings of relations, thus promoting reflective understanding and experiential changes in self, other, and self-other relations. The child's active and different participation with each parent is the main change-promoting factor. The child uses mainly the medium of play to express his/her needs and to mobilize the therapist's help. The therapist's access to the different dyads is utilized to better understand the explicit and implicit relational themes. The therapist supports the co-construction of new and different behavior patterns and the co-creation of additional meanings to representations. The setup fosters the child's active participation in each dyad's growth-promoting changes (Harel J, Kaplan H, Avimeir-Patt R, Ben-Aaron M, 2006)

The parent-child relationship is the patient

During dyadic therapy parent and child are in the therapy room at the same time; the object for treatment is the communication between them. The therapy method is based on the model developed by the late Dr. Miriam Ben Aharon at the University of Haifa. This is a short term, dynamic, analytic model to treat disorders between parent and child. This model is suitable for infants and young children. The model has a broad theoretical base and is nurtured by up–to-date developmental research of the “self“, the “other“ and their relationship. A central place in the therapy process is devoted to understanding the relationship between the child and each of his/her parents as a key to its improvement.

Dr. Biri Rottenberg, Bibliotherapist and psychotherpaist, Israel