פרופ'  מייקל דולגין
                                   MICHAEL J. DOLGIN, PHD 
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רחוב המלאכה 2א, רעננה
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CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY

MEDICAL PSYCHOLOGY

MEDIATION

 
              

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WHAT IS CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY?
CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY  - CHILDREN
CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY - ADULTS

WHAT IS MEDICAL PSYCHOLOGY?
MEDICAL PSYCHOLOGY  - CHILDREN
MEDICAL PSYCHOLOGY - ADULTS

WHAT IS MEDIATION?
FAMILY MEDIATION

ABOUT PROF. DOLGIN
APPROACH TO TREATMENT
CURRICULUM VITAE
RESEARCH AND TEACHING
SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS

CONTACT PROF. DOLGIN
DIRECTIONS TO THE OFFICE



     
Prof. Michael J. Dolgin is a Senior Psychologist licensed in Clinical

Psychology
, Medical Psychology, and Mediation.  Practicing in Israel and the

United States for over 30 years, his work has focused on a range of psychological
 
and behavioral adjustment problems in children and adults
.


     Prof. Dolgin's approach to treatment relies on methods that have demonstrated
 
their effectiveness through careful study and scientific research and emphasizes a
 
therapeutic partnership in the treatment process.  In the case of children in
 
treatment, this means close involvement of the parents in therapy and active
 
guidance in the process of helping their child.  When appropriate, the duration and
 
scope of therapy is minimized using targeted, short-term, and

intertermittent treatment approaches.  Prof. Dolgin's personal and therapeutic style
 
is best described as compassionate, involved, and direct.



     In addition to his clinical practice, Prof. Dolgin trains professionals and conducts

research
in several areas, including stress and anxiety disorders, behavior

problems in children, and coping with medical illness.

                                                          
WHAT IS CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY?

     Clinical Psychology is the field that deals with the range of emotional and behavioral problems in children, adults, and within

families.  These include adjustment problems in individuals striving to improve their overall level of functioning and well being,

challenges related to transitions and phase of life changes, and relationship problems, as well as specific difficulties causing

significant impairment such as anxiety and mood disorders.  While the nature of these challenges changes throughout the

lifecycle, specific psychological treatment methods have been found effective in helping individual youth and adults, couples,

and families.

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CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY  - CHILDREN AND YOUTH

     It is during childhood that the foundations are set for growth and development throughout the lifecycle. When adjustment

problems in a child’s life arise due to psychological, environmental, or medical reasons, they affect not only the child him or

herself, but often the family, social, and school systems surrounding the child.  Such problems may manifest themselves in a

variety of ways and professional help is often necessary to ensure that the child achieves his or her highest level of

functioning and potential.  When children are in treatment, this also means close involvement of the parents in therapy and

active guidance in the process of helping their child.


Problem areas may include:

 
 Anxiety Disorders
     
      Fears and Phobias
 
      Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
      Social Anxiety and Shyness
      Selective Mutism
      Tourette's Disorder, Tics, Nervous Behaviors
      Trichotillomania


Behavioral and Social Skills Problems
     
      Noncompliance and Defiant Behavior
      Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
      Aggressiveness and Anger Management
      Gender Dysphoria
      Peer Relationships and Social Skills
 
Sleep Disorders
      
      Nightmares and Night Terrors
      Insomnia
      Sleep Avoidance

Family Problems

      Parent-Child Conflict
      Adjustment to Divorce and Single Parenthood
      Sibling Rivalry
 

Toileting Problems

      Daytime Wetting and Bedwetting (Enuresis)
      Soiling (Encopresis)
 

Mood Disorders
      
       Depression and Low Self-Esteem
       Loss and Bereavement
 

School-Related Problems
 
      Behavior Problems in School
      School Avoidance and Phobia
      Consultation and Guidance to School Personnel
 
Adjustment and Coping with Medical Conditions
 

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CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY - ADULTS

     In treating adults, Prof. Dolgin specializes in a number of specific areas in which he has accumulated experience over the

years.  Some of these problem areas may present at any time during the lifecycle, while others are related to specific trigger

events, transitions, and life changes often experienced by adults.  These challenges may impact one's personal sense of well-

being, as well as their social, family, and workplace adjustment.

 
Anxiety Disorders
 
      Fears and Phobias
      Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
      Social Anxiety
      Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia
      Generalized Anxiety Disorder


Mood Disorders
 
       Depression and Low Self-Esteem
       Loss and Bereavement

Family and Relationship Problems
 
      Couples Counseling
      Parent Counseling
      Adjustment to Divorce and Single Parenthood
 

Stress Management

       Impulse and Anger Management
       Sleep Disorders and Insomnia
 
 
Adjustment and Coping with Medical Conditions

 
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WHAT IS MEDICAL PSYCHOLOGY?

     Medical Psychology is the field that deals with emotional and behavioral factors that impact, and that are impacted by,

states of physical health and illness.  Mind and body interact closely.  Physical illness often presents psychological challenges

for the individual, both personally and within the larger systems of which he or she is a part, including family, school, and

workplace.  This is particularly true in cases of chronic or life-threatening illness.  It is also well known that psychological and

behavioral factors, such as stress, lifestyle, and social support have a direct impact on the onset and course of many illnesses.


     Specific behavioral treatment methods for youth and adults have been developed and demonstrated effective for many

problems, including reducing anxiety and pain associated with medical procedures and illness, enhancing individual and family

coping, and increasing adherence to treatment requirements.

          
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MEDICAL PSYCHOLOGY  - CHILDREN

     Up to 15% of all children suffer from a chronic condition requiring medical care.  These can range from allergies and chronic

headaches to renal failure and cancer.  In addition to the threat of the illness itself, these conditions pose significant

challenges for children as they cope with distressing medical procedures, pain, and anxiety, as well as a disruption of their

family, school, and social functioning.  Parents and siblings are often in need of guidance and support, as well.  Many healthy

children also experience severe anxiety and resistance to routine medical and dental procedures, often leading to a delay in

treatment and preventive care.


Medical Conditions

     Migraine and Tension Headaches
     Recurrent Abdominal Pain
     Cancer
     Juvenile Diabetes
     Asthma and Cystic Fibrosis
     Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Crohn's Disease
     Daytime Wetting and Bedwetting (Enuresis)
     Soiling (Encopresis)
     Congenital Heart Disease
     Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
     Renal Failure
     Organ Transplantation
 
 
Treatment Areas

    Child Adjustment to Chronic and Serious Illness
    Parent, Sibling, and Family Adjustment to Illness
    Acute and Chronic Pain Management
     Anxiety Related to Medical and Dental Procedures
     Needle Phobia
     Nightmares, Night Terrors, and Sleep Problems
     School Reintegration
     Peer Relationships and Social Skills 
     Adherence to Medical Recommendations
     High Risk Health Behaviors
     Loss aand Bereavement
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MEDICAL PSYCHOLOGY - ADULTS

     Medical Psychology with adults is concerned with both prevention and management of illness conditions.  For many people,

the risk of serious illnesses such as hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer can be reduced through changes in

health behaviors and lifestyle.  Changes in diet, smoking, and exercise habits, as well as stress management and adherence

to medical recommendations can greatly improve physical health and well-being.  For persons suffering from a medical

condition, these changes can often alter the illness course.  Many other challenges associated with medical conditions, such

as anxiety, pain, and changes in personal and family functioning can also benefit from Medical Psychology treatment methods.


Medical Conditions

     Migraine and Tension Headaches
     Cancer
     Diabetes
     Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
     Heart Disease
     Bruxism and Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Pain
     Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Crohn's Disease
     Rheumatoid Arthritis
     Renal Failure
     Organ Transplantation
  
Treatment Areas

     Adjustment to Chronic and Serious Illness
     Child, Couples, and Family Adjustment to Illness
     Stress Management
     Health Behavior and Lifestyle Modification
     Acute and Chronic Pain Management
     Anxiety Related to Medical and Dental Procedures
     Needle Phobia
     Sleep Problems
     Adherence to Medical Recommendations
     Loss and Bereavement
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WHAT IS MEDIATION?

     Mediation is a confidential, voluntary process of conflict resolution in which parties in dispute arrive at mutually accepted

agreements based on their interests and needs.  In this process, a neutral mediator works to discuss all of the issues related

to the conflict, to explore options for settlement, and to identify solutions that best meet the needs of the persons involved. 

Mediation provides a safe and impartial environment and it involves a structured and constructive process leading to more

durable agreements.  Mediation is not therapy or counseling and the mediator has no decision imposing authority in the

process.



     Mediation can take place at any stage in a conflict situation, although the earlier it is considered, the better.   A satisfactory,

negotiated settlement - the objective of mediation - spares the parties the expense and distress of an adversarial process

involving opposing attorneys, court battles, and imposed settlements.  The parties to the dispute maintain full control of the

negotiation and are encouraged to obtain legal counsel before a final agreement is reached.  Mediation is particularly suited

to parties who will maintain an ongoing relationship even after an agreement is reached, as in the case of divorcing couples

with children, family members, and individuals and institutions within a community. 


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FAMILY MEDIATION
                      
     Mediation can be helpful in a variety of disputes involving family members.  The most common application of mediation is for

couples who are in the process of divorce.  Even as emotions run high, important decisions regarding the future must be

taken.  While parenting agreements and children's welfare are of primary importance, financial and property issues

must also be settled to the satisfaction of both parties.  Mediation may also be applied during the interim stage of separation. 


Divorcing and Separating Couples

     Residence of Children 
     Parenting Arrangements 
     Child Support 
     Family Finances 
     Holiday Arrangements
     Property Division
     Spousal Support
     Settling of Debts 
 
 
Family Mediation

     Pre-Marital Agreements
     Wills and Inheritance
     Parents & Adult Children
     Adult Siblings
     Re-establishing Contact
     Care of Older Relatives
     Family Business Mediation 
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ABOUT PROF. DOLGIN

     Prof. Dolgin is a Senior Psychologist and Supervisor in Clinical and Medical Psychology with over 30 years of experience in  

clinical care, training, and research in Israel and the U.S.  Prof. Dolgin received his B.A. in Psychology (1976) and M.A. in  

Clinical Psychology (1979) from Bar Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel.  He received his Ph.D. (1984) from the Albert  

Einstein College of Medicine and Ferkauf Graduate School of Yeshiva University, New York. He completed internships at  

Gehah Psychiatric Institute (Petach Tikvah, Israel), Montefiore Hospital Medical Center (New York), and the Children’s

Hospital of Los Angeles, as well as a post-doctoral fellowship in Pediatric Psychology at the Children’s Hospital of Los

Angeles.  He later served as Head of the Behavioral Science Section of Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles and on the faculty of

the University of Southern California School of Medicine.  


     Since moving to Israel in 1991, Prof. Dolgin has been a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Psychology of the Hebrew

University (Jerusalem), and a Research Psychologist at the Schneider Children’s Medical Center (Petach Tikvah) and the

Rambam Medical Center (Haifa). He has also served as a Senior Psychologist and Supervisor at Maytal - The Israel Institute for

the Treatment and Study of Stress (Haifa), a Consulting Psychologist and Supervisor at the Feinberg Child

Study Center of Schneider Children’s Medical Center, and as a Senior Research Fellow at the Samuel Neaman Institute for

Advanced Studies in Science and Technology, Technion (Haifa).  Prof. Dolgin is licensed as a Clinical and Medical Psychologist and

Supervisor by the Israel Ministry of Health and as a Family Mediator by the Israel Ministry of Justice.  He is an Associate

Professor in the Department of Psychology at Ariel University.  He maintains a private practice in Ra’anana.


     Prof. Dolgin is married and the father of three children.  Apart from his professional activities, he has keen interests in


motorcycles, music, woodwork, and Jewish history. 
                                   
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APPROACH TO TREATMENT                                     
                                           
     Prof. Dolgin's approach to treatment reflects his training and experience, as well as his philosophy regarding psychological

problems and how to overcome them.  First and foremost, this includes a reliance on methods that have demonstrated their

effectiveness through careful study and scientific research. Second, his approach emphasizes a therapeutic partnership and

client empowerment in the treatment process.  In the case of children in treatment, this means close involvement of the

parents in therapy and active guidance in the process of helping their child.  Finally, in many cases the duration and scope of

therapy can be minimized, using targeted, short-term, and intermittent treatment approaches where appropriate.  Prof.

Dolgin's personal and therapeutic style is best described as compassionate, involved, and direct.

 
             Treatment Methods

             - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
             - Individual and Family Psychotherapy
             - Group Therapy
             - Parent Training
             - Hypnosis and Relaxation Training
             - Mediation and Conflict Resolution
     When the need arises, additional services from other professionals may be indicated.  Examples include medication

consultation or psychoeducational evaluation.  In such cases, Prof. Dolgin can guide the client in finding quality referrals as

they are needed.

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CURRICULUM VITAE

To view Prof. Dolgin's Curriculum Vitae, click here.
  
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RESEARCH AND TEACHING

     Prof. Dolgin's research activities have centered on the relationship between behavioral and psychological factors as they

interact with states of physical illness and well-being.  In particular, he has been involved in the study of serious and life-

threatening illness in children and families, behavioral aspects of medical treatment and treatment-related distress, and the

development of behavioral interventions for persons under highly stressful conditions.  He is a founding member of the

Psychological Aspects of Childhood Cancer (PACC) Research Consortium and continues his academic research in that

framework.  In addition, he has served as a Senior Research Fellow at the Samuel Neaman institute for Advanced Studies in

Science and Technology, Technion (Haifa) studying stress management in the primary prevention of physical illness.  He has

been a Principal or Co-Principal Investigator on numerous grants and contacts from various agencies, including the American

Cancer Society, the W.T. Grant Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health.  He is the author or co-author of over 50 


scientific publications in peer reviewed journals and professional texts.


Among the topics of his research:

       - Management of childhood fears and anxiety
       - Health Psychology
       - Stress management in the prevention of illness
       - Behavioral effects of chemotherapy
       - Hypnosis and behavioral approaches in pain management
       - Adherence to medical regimens
       - Social skills training in children
       - Parental, sibling, and family adjustment to life-threatening illness
       - Psychological adjustment in childhood cancer and survivorship


     Throughout his career, Prof. Dolgin has been involved in training the next generation of psychologists.  He has taught

courses in psychology at the undergraduate and graduate levels and has provided clinical supervision and training to

master's degree students, doctoral candidates, psychology interns, and psychologists.  His teaching activities have taken

place at the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and the USC School of Medicine, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Maytal -

The Israel Institute for the Treatment and Study of Stress, Schneider's Children's Medical Center in Israel, and Ariel

University.

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SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS

To view a list of Prof. Dolgin's scientific publications, click here.

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CONTACT PROF. DOLGIN

         Telephone:           In Israel:        09.7463236                                                             

                                    International:  +972.9.7463236

          e-mail:                mdolgin@netvision.net.il

          Location:             2a HaMelacha Street, Raanana (near the Renanim Mall)

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DIRECTIONS TO THE OFFICE

Address: 2a HaMelacha Street, Raanana (near the Renanim Mall)   For a map, click here.             


By car: From the Raanana-North junction, drive west on Weitzman Street and turn right at the

second traffic light, HaCharoshet Street (traffic light no. 2).  Drive until the end of HaCharoshet

Street, where the Renanim Mall is on your left, and turn right at the "T" to HaMelacha Street. 

The building is 50 meters on your left and the office is on Floor 1.  Parking is on side streets or at

the Renanim Mall parking lot.

 
By public transport: Bus lines 2, 3, 4, and 6 stop at the Renanim Mall. They travel from the Kfar

Saba – Raanana junction and all along Achuza and Weitzman Streets.

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