Dr. Rachel Rokach, PhD.
Senior Clinical Psychologist
Psychotherapy with adults and
adolescents in Israel since 1983
Hebrew and English
Adress: 3 YISHAI ST., JERUSALEM
● The clinic is accessible to the physically handicapped.
● I work with the following medical insurance plans: Bikurufe, Elite, Harel-Shiloah, and Matan-Meitar, and with Kupat Holim Klalit.
ALIYAH IS A TIME OF TREMENDOUS EXCITEMENT AND EXPECTATION.
It’s probably the most extensive life transformation anyone can make. It’s confusing just to try to list the changes one faces—not to mention coping with all of them at once. It’s a multi-faceted challenge: you’re facing a new job (sometimes even a new occupation), a new language, a new culture and society, new food and climate—almost everything in your daily life is new except for the people that came with you (usually partner and/or children, at most), and these relationships may change also. We aren’t usually called upon to handle so many significant changes at once.
Many people make aliyah with the tacit expectation that all their problems will disappear in this brave new world: unlike their previous life they’ll have a steady job, find the right relationship, find harmony with their kids. These people are likely to be disappointed. We bring our personalities with us, and characteristic difficulties don’t just disappear. On the contrary, the strain of coping with so many challenges at once can intensify the difficulty of each. When this happens counseling can help clarify both the disappointment and the realistic positives of the situation.
On the up side, the decision to make aliyah is usually based on a strong determination to achieve a more satisfying life. Which means that one’s initiative and creative energies are working full time. You are probably at your best: enthusiastic, full of hope, willing to make unusual efforts.
THERE IS TREMENDOUS POTENTIAL HERE FOR GROWTH AND SELF-FULFILLMENT.
Sometimes in the flush of excitement and anticipation, we forget that we have left behind people we love, sights and sounds that gave us pleasure for many years, comfort corners like favorite foods and music and t.v. shows. Some people feel that “looking on the bright side” is important to keep up morale. Even so, it’s a good idea to leave room in our minds for the feelings of loss that are inevitable when leaving an entire culture and the social capital of an entire life behind. Recognizing our sadness makes it less potent, not more.
Aliyah counseling is for those who feel they are having more difficulty than they anticipated, and that they want a neutral, supportive setting within which to examine what’s happening and how they can best handle it.
IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE THIS, ALIYAH COUNSELING WILL PROVIDE :
a. consistent, non-intrusive, non-judgmental support.
b. guidance in inventorying your inner resources.
c. exploration of practical actions that can improve your coping
d. exploration of pluses and minuses in your present life situation.
e. exploration of emotional issues from the past that are affecting your mood and coping behavior now.