The Goldie Kassell Center was established in 1999 in order to provide a broad range of quality mental health services to the general public on an out-patient basis, thus serving as a point of junction between the community and residential care. The main objective of the Goldie Kassell Center is to provide a psychotherapeutic response to as wide a population as possible – individual therapy and counseling, family and/or marital counseling, parental counseling and therapeutic mentoring.
Its staff of clinical psychologists, psychoanalysts, social workers and counselors, largely drawn from the staff of the Jerusalem Hills Children's Home, brings to the clinic its experience and expertise in residential treatment and applies it to the ambulatory nature of the clinic's clientele. The staff's unique professional background impacts on the renown of the Center and on its clinical and variegated nature.
In 2017 the Kassell Center became a supplier for Israel’s largest HMO and as a result our individual therapy services have expanded considerably. In June 2017 we will move our facility to new larger premises in Beit Hakerem Jerusalem to be able to accommodate the ever increasing clientele numbers.
After many years of consistently offering high quality therapy, Jerusalem Hills and the Kassell Center have earned a nationwide reputation for excellence of care. In response to increasing requests for training in our methods the Kassell Center now offers a variety of training sessions, seminars and courses and provides counseling and instruction in group therapy as well. We also offer individual training and supervision for therapy providers: counselors, psychologists and social workers.
There is a need to examine behavioral and mental health outcomes in order to evaluate our methodology and gage our success. The Research Center was established to carry out studies on our treatment methods in residential care and in the community.
Our 3 year accredited academic program - Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents emphasizes understanding the processes of a child’s emotional development, provides psychoanalytic knowledge on the development of the child and the adolescent and addresses the essence of play therapy and the application of psychoanalytic theories in the treatment room. The program is taught by senior Jerusalem Hills professionals: clinical psychologists, psychoanalysts and social workers who are experienced in treating children and adolescents. The participants receive a certification of psychotherapy with children and adolescents from Jerusalem Hills in coordination with the Israel Psychotherapy Association.