Dr. Ruth Shidlo


I am an American-trained and Israeli-licensed clinical psychologist and trauma trained therapist (SEP) based in Tel Aviv.

I am also an accredited EMDR .practitioner

A graduate of the California School of Professional Psychology – San Diego, I have worked with adults in the area of mental health for over 30 years in various inpatient and outpatient settings, including the UCSD Medical Center, Assaf Harofeh, Shiba and Hadassah. 

I am affiliated with the International Healing Trauma Institute (ITI), where my activities have included involvement in emotional first aid training (EFA) held in Sderot and the coordination of ITI research into the effectiveness of SE-based therapy. A SETI-approved provider and supervisor for SE students, I regularly assist in the SE courses held in Israel.

In addition to being an  independent consultant for various organizations with which I am affiliated, including  the Ministry of Defense, I work as a clinical psychologist and trauma therapist in Tel Aviv, and am available for consultation and  psychotherapy.

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I combine psychodynamic, SE (somatic experiencing) and ISP (Integral Somatic Psychotherapy) principles within a unified body/mind informed therapy. More recently, I have added EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) as a powerful psychotherapeutic tool in my work, and am gratified by the results.

Both EMDR and SE are considered especially relevant for the management of stress, anxiety and trauma. Since traumatic experiences may contribute to the persistence of chronic pain, these body-mind therapies are also effective in the management of chronic pain and pain-related stress. 

In addition to my work as a psychotherapist in Tel Aviv, I am available for consultation by individuals and couples with respect to family building and parenting via insemination and/or reproductive medicine. My practice is gay friendly and I have advocated for the basic human right of children, adolescents and adults conceived as a result of gamete donation to access crucial information regarding the donor.

I have published in BioNews, Ha’aretz (Hebrew), Medicine and Law, and Assia, and edited a thought-provoking and engaging book by Dr. Ronnie Solan on child development (The Enigma of Childhood. The Profound Impact of the First Years of Life on Adults as Couples and Parents. London: Karnac, 2015). For fun, I also write fiction.

Languages: English, Hebrew, Portuguese, Spanish.