Your Year in Israel
The Student Psychological Counseling services at the Hebrew University
are available to HUC students at 581-7212 or 588-2685. Anyone wishing to make use of this facility may
rely upon its strict confidentiality. There are a variety of counseling
programs available: individual personal counseling, group counseling,
marital and couple counseling, sex counseling, counseling to overcome
learning difficulties, as well as counseling for disturbing habits (such as
overeating). There is an emergency number provided and students with acute
or immediate needs may go to the Counseling Services Office and be seen by
a counselor without prior notice. Upon request, English speaking
counselors are available. A fee (in shekels) equivalent to approximately
$40 is charged for each visit. However, services are limited and students may have to sign up on a waiting
list to be granted a referral. Also, reception hours are not flexible in
terms of the HUC student schedule.
Counseling is also available through the Association of Americans and Canadians
in Israel (AACI). Payment is based on a sliding fee scale and counselors
and therapists come from English speaking countries. Appointments can be
arranged by contacting Nomi Raz (MSW) at 561-7151. An English-speaking
counseling help-line service, MiLev, is available by calling (02) 643-6771.
In the past, some students have chosen to seek the services of a private
psychiatrist, psychologist, or social worker. There are many English
speaking immigrants in these professions whom the college can recommend.
Costs per visit are equivalent to those in the States. This option is
recommended only for those with financial means or those with private
health insurance policies which cover counseling visits.
Counseling concerning religious issues is available from Reform rabbis in
the Progressive movement in Jerusalem.
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