Clinic Staff


Prof. Gaby Shefler

Chief Psychologist and Director of Training. Prof. Shefler is a clinical psychologist, supervisor and training psychoanalyst in the Israel Psychoanalytic Society. He adminsters open-ended, and short-term time limited psychotherapies, classic psychoanalysis and couple therapy. He served as the chief psychologist of Sarah Herzog Memorial Hospital and clinics in Jerusalem for 40 years. He is a retired faculty member of the department of psychology, Hebrew University, where he was the director of clinical training programs. He also served as the Director of the Freud Center for Psychoanalytic Studies and Research, and was the Sigmund Freud Professor. Prof. Shefler is also deeply involved in professional ethics in psychology and the therapeutic professions. For many years he served as chair of the ethics committee of the Israeli Psychologists Association, and is a member of the academic council and academic director of ethics in psychology at the Mishkenot Shaananim ethics center in Jerusalem. He is one of the pioneers of psychotherapy research in Israel, researching short term-time limited psychotherapy as well as long-term psychoanalytic intensive psychotherapy with severely impaired patients. He has published 14 books and over 100 chapters and peer reviewed articles. He founded and headed the editorial board of MAARAG, the Israel Journal of Psychoanalysis, published by Magness Press, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  


Uri Herman

Clinical Psychologist and supervisor.

Dr. Herman holds a B.A. in Behavioral Science from Ben-Gurion University and an M.A. in Clinical-Developmental Psychology from Antioch University in Maryland, USA. He served as a clinical psychologist in the IDF's mental health services. He is a Psychologist and supervisor at the Technion Psychological Services. He is trained in dynamic, behavioral-cognitive therapy, family-based couples therapy, and strategic approaches. Dr. Herman is a licensed, primarily focusing on C.B.T. Over the past 15 years, he has taught and supervised teams of educational psychologists and mental health clinicians in public clinics and psychiatric hospitals. He trains and teaches CBT therapists in several psychotherapy schools.


Shachar Robinson, MD

Dr. Robinson is the clinic's Psychiatrist. He studied Medicine at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and completed his internship in the Mental Health Center of Beer-Sheba where he continues to work as a Psychiatrist. 


Prof. Gary M. Diamond

Clinic Director. Prof. Diamond is a clinical psychologist, supervising family therapist and senior faculty member in the department of psychology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. After he finished his Ph.D. at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa., he went on to complete a clinical internship at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Center and a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He later served as the co-director of the Center for Family Intervention Sciences at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Professor Diamond is one of the developers of attachment-based family therapy (ABFT) for depressed and suicidal adolescents.

Over the past 10 years, he has focused on adapting ABFT for suicidal and depressed LGBT adolescents. For this work, in 2014 he received the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's annual research award. He is also and the primary developer of relationship-focused therapy (RFT) for LGBT young adults and their non-accepting parents. Professor Diamond lectures, trains and supervises therapist across Israel and internationally. To read more about his work, you are invited to visit his webpage at:


Dr. Gideon Anholt

Senior lecturer in the clinical track of the Psychology Department, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Dr. Anholt completed his B.A at Tel-Aviv University, his M.A. at the University of Amsterdam, and his PhD. at the free University, Amsterdam. His dissertation examined the course and treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder, a subject on which has published multiple articles in leading scientific journals in clinical psychology. Dr. Anholt has extensive experience in cognitive-behavior therapy, and he is an expert and supervisor in this treatment approach.


Dr. Karin Keydar Cohen

Clinical Psychologist and supervisor in training. Dr. Keydar recieved her B.A in behavioral sciences from Ben Gurion University of the Negev and her M.A and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Bar-Ilan University. Her PhD studies examined motherhood among single parents in relation to mental and relational adjustment.

As a clinical psychologist, she treats a variety of mental disorders. Dr. Keydar seeks to apply evidence-based therapy in a manner that considers the type of disorder and clients' personal resources (ability to self-reflect, ability to learn skills, etc). She uses a range of therapeutic approaches, such as dynamic psychotherapy, CBT, and schema-therapy.  

Dr. Keydar is interested in the manner specific moderators influence treatment outcome, both as a clinician and as a researcher. In one study she conducted, for example, she found that the percentage of victims of wars and terror attacks developing PTSD depends on many factors.

She is an adjunct faculty member in the department of psychology at Ben-Gurion University, and teaches both under-graduate and graduate students. Her courses are designed to help students to figuring out what works for whom and how.


Clinical Staff

Noa Bregman-Hai

Noa is a clinical psychology intern and Ph.D. candidate in the Consciousness and Psychopathology Laboratory, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She has experience working with adults, adolescents and children dealing with complex trauma, depression, anxiety and conflictual family dynamics. Her therapeutic approach is integrative, combining psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral elements, in order to create a process which is tailored to the individual patient. Her academic work focuses on unique states of consciousness, especially dissociative experiences, and their relation to trauma, daily functioning and self-perceptions.


Ofir Nir-Gottlieb 

Ofir is a clinical psychology intern. She holds a B.A. in psychology, school counseling & special education from Tel-Aviv University, and an M.A. in clinical psychology from BGU. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the BGU Psychotherapy Research Lab. She completed her clinical practicum at the mental health clinic in Rishon-Letzion, and in the mental health clinic at Kaplan Hospital. During the past 3 years, she has served as a therapist in the clinical-research project “Out of the closet, within the family”,  where she treated LGBT young adults and their parents.

Her research uses qualitatively and quantitative methods to explore aspects of young adults relationships with their parents. 


Tamar Bakun Emesh

Tamar is a clinical psychology intern and a Ph.D. candidate in Ben-Gurion University. She holds a BA in Psychology and Sociology from Ben-Gurion University and an MA in Clinical Psychology from Haifa University. She has experience working with adolescents and adults dealing with various difficulties and symptoms such as depression, anxiety, trauma and personality disorders. Her research focuses on cognitive control systems and their relation to various personality traits.


Rotem Boruchovitz-Zamir

Rotem is a clinical psychology intern and Ph.D. candidate in the BGU Psychotherapy Research Lab. She holds a BA in psychology from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya and an MA in clinical psychology from Ben-Gurion University. She has experience working with children and their parents at the mental health clinic in Rishon-Letzion, and with adults of various ages at the mental health clinic at Kaplan Hospital. During the past 3 years, She has served as a therapist in the clinical-research project “Out of the closet, within the family”, where she treated LGBT young adults and their parents. Her Ph.D. examines parents' in-session processes and their effect on their relationships with their young adult and their young adult's welfare.


Ella Givon

Ella is a clinical psychology intern. She holds a BA in Psychology and Cognitive Science, and an MA in Clinical Psychology, both from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She is currently a PhD candidate. She has experience working with children and parents at the Early Childhood Clinic at Soroka Hospital, and went on to work with adults presenting with various problems at the mental health clinic of Kaplan Hospital. During the past year, she served as a therapist in the clinical-research project “Out of the closet, within the family” where she treated LGBT young adults and their parents.  Her Ph.D. studies, under the supervision of Prof. Nachshon Meiran, involves using computational models to explore emotional experience.  


Vered Briga

Licensed clinical social worker. Vered holds an M.S.W. in clinical social work from the Hebrew University. She is a certified CBT therapist (by ITA). She also has a private clinic in which she conducts individual and group therapy for individuals dealing with addiction. 


:Administrative Staff

Lisa Rozenblat

Administrative assistant. Holds a B.A in psychology and cognitive sciences from Ben-Gurion University.


Dr. Eran Bar-Kalifa

Dr. Eran Bar-Kalifa is the research manager of the clinic and a senior lecturer in the clinical psychology track at Ben-Gurion University. His research focuses on interpersonal processes between therapist and client (such as factors that influence the quality of the therapeutic relationship). In addition, he studies dyadic processes among romantic couples, including support, empathy, sexuality, stress, and conflict. In his clinical work he integrates dynamic and experiential methods and specializes in treating adults and couples.