Orit Klapisch (PhD Candidate)
Orit Klapisch (PhD Candidate) is an EABP registered body psychotherapist; a dance movement therapist; a supervisor, instructor and lecturer, practicing and teaching in Israel. She is the co-founder of the ILABP - the Israeli branch of the Body Psychotherapy organization, and served as its treasurer for two years.
Orit Klapisch has been a therapist for the past 25 years, a psychotherapist for the past 18 years and an instructor for the past decade. She has mental-health experience as both a therapist and a supervisor. For the past 15 years, she has been supervising body-focused psychotherapists, particularly in the field of trauma treatment.
As a trauma treatment specialist, she has been working with endangered youth (children and young teens) in schools and in shelters, as well as with their parents. Her interest in trauma treatment started while serving as a non-commissioned officer (instructor, commander) in the project for the advancement of disadvantaged and vulnerable soldiers in the Israeli army ("Raful Youth"). Working with a suicidal soldier throughout his service drove her to pursue, expand and develop the therapeutic field for trauma patients.
She was trained in Somatic Trauma Therapy – the Babette Rothchild method and in Trauma Centered Focusing. Her approach relies on understanding that the body is a site that registers developmental experiences, as well as a tool for resources, alteration and repair through the therapeutic relationship.
In recent years, she has developed several curriculums, which address the physical resonance of multiple self-positions and their inner parallel dialogues, from therapeutic and educational aspects. She created, managed and supervised the "Relational Body Focus Supervision Program" ("Ma'agalim" Institute), as well as managed and co-supervised the "Relational Body Focused Trauma Treatment" course (Be'er Ya'akov Hospital). She currently manages, supervises and develops the "Inner-Dialogue" course.
This subject and the subject of relational body supervision through metaphors are the focus of her research and published papers (2015; 2016).
She furthers and develops her research in the frame of her PhD studies in Bar-Ilan University, writing about "The Relational Body Dialogue with Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Trauma".