Dr. Yael Pilowsky Bankirer
I’m a qualified psychotherapist. I have an M.D (psychiatry) and Ph.D. in Gender and Psychoanalysis. I have worked for several years in mental health hospitals with people coping with a wide a range of psychiatric disabilities and for more than a decade now I have continued to see people - to listen, discuss and witness their lives in a private setting both for individuals and in groups.
Going into a therapeutic process is a pause in a difficult world that provides an opportunity to grow, develop and heal. In a secure, non-judgemental intimate space that enables reflection, thinking and questioning, the analytic process can become an opening, a clearing through which we understand ourselves better and find our strengths.
We all have something to work on - to understand better, solve or change - it could be a specific problem such as a relationship; a job difficulty; an immigration; illness or death; identity crisis; trying to fit in; an oppressive power relation regarding identity; a specific fear or a bothering thought that occupies too much space in our lives. Or it could be a general feeling of uneasiness- anxiety, depression, restlessness or emptiness; a blurred sense of meaning being lost or a discontent from our place in life, a yearning for change.
In a non-judgemental reassuring environment, through an intimate relationship that becomes a witness of our lives, these difficulties could turn into a process of change: developing a strong self-esteem, understanding our position in life - our goals and ambitions as well as our wounds and painful places and finding the power to heal ourselves.
What I offer
I have been seeing people from once a week to four times a week in an open-ended therapy that varies from short-term, intermediate and long-term according to what is needed and what the person wants to achieve. In this setting, I offer different tools to explore the psyche through which I can listen, think with and witness the lives of my patients. I have been working with dreams as a method to dive deeper into unconscious layers of the inner world, in an attempt to examine the way our less known parts are communicating themselves to us. The ability to maintain an open channel to material that comes up in dreams generates a dialogue that is often transformative.
Psychoanalytic therapy could also be combined with a Sandplay Therapy. This preverbal tool, used with both adults and children, is an activity in which boxes of wet and dry sand and a collection of miniatures are used to create a picture of the inner world, a reflection of our conflicts, fantasies, and dreams. Through this method, as my experience has taught me, therapy can be reinforced, enabling the psyche to grow and develop in a way that many times becomes an essential dimension in the process of recovery.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Medical Doctor (M.D, Psychiatry) with more than a decade of experience practicing psychotherapy in both a private setting and mental health hospitals.
- Ph.D. in Gender studies and Psychoanalysis - Please see my understanding of feminist therapy: http://www.psychotherapy-cambridge.com/feministdetails
- Trained as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist of Jungian analytical psychology, Bar-Ilan University, Israel.
- Completed a Sandplay therapy training - Certified with Israeli Sandplay Therapist Association (ISTA), affiliated with the British & Irish Sandplay Society and with the International Society for Sandplay Therapy (ISST).
- Graduated Psychiatry postgraduate studies, Department of Psychiatry, School of Continuing Medical Education, Tel-Aviv University School of Medicine, Israel.
- BACP registered member (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). Currently training with the SITE for contemporary psychoanalysis, and working towards a UKCP registration.
- Languages: Hebrew/English
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Ranging between £60-£80 per hour (60 min) session.
I believe that psychoanalysis and psychotherapy should be for everyone, which is why I am allocating some of my time slots to providing low-cost therapy sessions for those who are in need of it. Please contact me for further information regarding current low-cost availability.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||English / Hebrew|
Types of client