Department of Adult Psychiatry

Medical Specialist
Department Information
Useful Information
Units and Clinics
Academic and Research Activities

 Medical Specialist

Uri Yatzkar, MD 

Margalit Bar-Zvi, MD 
Head of Adult Outpatient Clinic

Musa Muhammad 
Head Nurse

Moshe Alkabetz 
Deputy Head Nurse




Senior physicians:
Ilia Lederman, MD , Deputy Head
Anatoly Hussein, Emergency Room and Department Consultant

Carrie Ohana, MD
Taamar Safdi, MD
Shaalan Raduan, MD
Muhammed Aabad, MD

Paramedical senior staff:
Shlomit Ron, Clinical Psychologist
Ariela Rozenblum, Occupational Therapy
Nabila Shanan, Occupational Therapist
Levana Cohen, Activities coordinator
Michaela Shir, Social Worker
Irit Michaeli, Social Worker
Sigal Nahor, Dance Movement Therapist
Department secretary:
Shoshi Edri


 Department Information


The Department of Psychiatry treats all varieties of mental disorders. The multidisciplinary team includes senior and resident psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, social workers, nurses, art therapists and occupational therapists.

Treatments include biological treatments, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), psychotherapy, family therapy, group therapy, art therapy, rehabilitation and occupational therapy.

The Department provides in-patient hospitalization, as well as an out-patient clinic with day hospitalization in which patients come for half a day.

Within the Medical Center, psychiatric emergencies are also treated. This is a front unit that receives people requiring a psychiatric examination in the emergency room, which operates 24 hours a day, without first going to the Department.

Adult in-patient open ward

The department treats patients suffering from affective disorders, psychotic disorders, personality disorders or anxiety and emotional problems that require hospitalization (excluding cases that require hospitalization in a closed ward). The team’s work is synchronized, allowing full attention to the various needs of the patient and different aspects of his/her problems. Referrals to the department are made either through the ER of the Medical Center in emergency cases or by a psychiatrist in elective cases.

Treatments available in the department

Drug therapy: Administered by the physician. Hospitalization enables testing and adjusting the patient’s medication, monitoring changes throughout the day and throughout their hospitalization. In essence, proximity to the Medical Center enables holistic care for the patient, combining treatment for their physical and mental problems.

Psychotherapy is given by the professional staff, mostly by psychologists, according to the decision of the multidisciplinary staff. The main approach is dynamic-developmental, trying to determine why the individual reached the current crisis while relating to his/her personality, family, identifying the conflicts and examining the interpersonal and emotional functions.

Social worker intervention: The department social workers provide a variety of individual and group therapies and help in establishing contact between the patient and his/her family, the community and with rehabilitation institutes in the area.

Family intervention: The department pays close attention to the needs of the patient’s family, viewing them as an active partner in the rehabilitation process.

Nursing care: Nursing care includes concern for the patient’s basic needs and improvement in his/her daily tasks like self-care and grooming, nutrition, maintaining order and cleanliness and so on.

Occupational therapy: The hospitalized patient undergoes a functional assessment and is given a program for developing his/her abilities in various functions: planning and implementation of tasks, dexterity, etc.

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Given mainly in cases of drug-resistant depression and acute psychotic conditions and resistant to treatment. This treatment is highly effective and chronic side effects are greatly reduced due to the accurate and advanced therapy.  


 Useful Information


The Department is located in Ward B of the “old hospital” of the Medical Center, Henrietta Szold Street (opposite the Bar-Ilan Faculty of Medicine).
Number of beds: 
There are 23 in-patient ward beds and 5 active out-patient beds.
Secretaries: 04-6828064, 077-6828064,
Rivka Hazan, Assistant Superintendent: 04-6828060 077-6828060
Nurse’s station: 04-6828070, 077-6828070
Fax: 04-6828064, 077-6828064 

  Units and Clinics

Psychiatric Day Care Unit for Adults “Beitan Yom”
Vladimir Zalidini ,MD, Senior Physician
Marina Drobot , MD
Paulina Moshe, Head Nurse

“Beitan Yom” staff
Yishai Kornfeld – Social Worker
Carlos Kinar – Psychologist
Ismael Hend – Senior Psychologist
Reut Barnea – Art Therapist
Reut Eshel - Art Therapist

Who we are: 

The psychiatric day treatment unit includes medical therapy in a group, individual and social setting. The most effective treatment for mental disorders is integrating both rehabilitative medical therapies, which is given under one roof, while maintaining a normal environment during care.

Target population: 

The target population is young people that, due to their mental state are no longer in their regular social and work circle; any person above 18 years of age suffering from a mental disorder that requires intensive daily treatment, and who does not need close supervision, can benefit from this integrated therapy.

Ways to apply: 

Through any treatment possibility (emergency room, psychiatrist treating the patient, general physician or personal therapist) without a commitment form.


Promchenko Street number 7-8, Zefat.
Can be reached by bus numbers 2, 6, 7, 11, at the Rimon neighborhood stop.

Basic rules: 

The unit does not treat people with eating disorders and drug or alcohol abusers. The unit will stop treating any patient who displays any kind of physical or verbal violent behavior towards other patients or staff and is a danger to himself, others or property. Full participation is required in the treatment program.


We offer multidisciplinary combination therapy in 2 tracks:

  • The general route for people with various mental disorders, which operates five days a week for three months.
  • The post-traumatic stress disorder route (PTSD sufferers) treatment operates twice weekly for five months.

The Unit’s activities: 

Following referral, the applicant is called for an interview in order to assess his/her suitability to the unit. When the applicant is admitted for treatment, he/she receives a schedule for starting the program and his/her status becomes that of a patient. During the first two weeks he/she undergoes a period of acclimation and becomes familiar with the framework. Another meeting takes place after two weeks in order to build a treatment plan.

The program requires integrated therapy: 

  • Treatment and close medical supervision.
  • Various kinds of group therapy: dynamic (groups dealing with the illness and the outside world, personal relationship groups), psycho-educational (therapy and nutrition group), functional (rehabilitation, cooking groups, dealing with leisure time) and cognitive-behavioral therapy.
  • Individual therapy
  • Social work intervention

Participation includes breakfast and lunch.

The duration of the program is three to five months (depending on the program).

The discharge date is set at the meeting when the program is set up.

Community work-related activities: 

  • Training students in psychotherapy
  • Contact with the Ministry of Defense
  • Training of staff from amutat “Enosh”
  • Training nursing staff from the eating disorders unit
  • Group training for occupational clinics
  • Psychiatric counseling for nursing homes

Mental Health Clinic
The Clinical staff:
Margalit Bar-Zvi, MD, Clinic Director
Senior physicians:
Boaz Rozman , MD
Marina Drobot, MD

Bashir Sohir, MD
Chana Zaderbka, MD

Head Psychologist :
Chana Mann
Daniella Shriki, Psychologist
Orly Shoham, Psychologist
Ms. Nasrin, Psychologist, intern

Head Social Worker: 
Helen Flataur
Social workers:
Hila Peled
Idit Lapid
Anat Ohana
Amit Podhurst
Hagar Halevy

Meital Yehudah, Clinic nurse
Ezer Shapir, Dance Movement Therapist
Tali Yanai, Clinical dietician

Yehudit Gur-Aryeh
Pnina Asulin
Hitam Caatem

The patients in the Mental Health Clinic are 18 years of age or older and suffer from all types of mental problems. The multidisciplinary team in the clinic includes psychiatrists, social workers, psychologists, a movement therapist, dietician and psychiatric nurse. The psychiatric clinic is recognized for psychiatric internship and trains students of social work, psychotherapy and psychology interns as well as students of expressive therapies.

Referrals for the clinic are made by the community: family physicians, social welfare offices, regional psychiatrist, family health care clinics, private therapists and referrals from outpatient continuing care clinics. Patients may also apply personally, without any referrals. The clinic serves the population of the Galilee and Golan Heights and also receives inquiries from outside the area.

The clinic has two branches in the Galilee, in Katzrin and in Maghar that are designed to provide psychiatric and psychosocial treatment, mainly for those who have difficulties reaching Zefat. The branches are open one day a week. Appointments are made by phone to: 04-6828056 or04-6828073 or by fax04-6828080.

People applying to the clinic are invited for an initial assessment with a psychiatrist, psychologist , social worker or psychiatric nurse. Afterwards he/she is directed to the appropriate treatment for his/her particular problem: psychiatric treatment, individual psychotherapy treatment with a psychodynamic approach, either long or short term, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychosocial therapy, rehabilitation treatment or group therapy. Recently, a new therapy format (individual and group) has been introduced for borderline personality disorder using dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).

The Clinic for Anxiety Disorders

The staff includes a psychiatrist and clinical psychologist. Referral is done through the clinic office. The initial meeting is with a psychiatrist for diagnosis purposes.

If the patient is indeed suffering from anxiety disorder, he/she stays in the clinic and is treated by cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or drug therapy. If it is a different problem, the patient is referred to the general psychiatric clinic or sent to his/her community clinic.

Clinic for Eating Disorders

The clinic for balancing and regulating eating habits gives multidisciplinary treatment to people who wish to regulate their eating habits. There is a psychiatrist, social workers, nurse, movement therapist and a clinical dietician. Every patient receives a course of treatment especially designed for his/her needs.

Useful Information 

The clinic is located in the Mental Health Center, Henrietta Szold Street

Tel: 04-6828073, 04-6828056 Fax: 04-6828080

  Academic and Research Activities

Academic Activities:

The department and clinic are recognized for psychiatry and clinical psychology specialization and for practical course work for students of social work, nursing, drama therapy, art therapy and movement therapy. It is also a clinical field practice for family physicians and for medical interns.

With the opening of the Bar-Ilan Faculty of Medicine in Zefat, the students have begun their training in the various departments of the Medical Center and in the future, the students will be integrated into rotations in clinical experience.

The Mental Health Center operates in conjunction with the School of Psychotherapy of the Academic College in Zefat. The Center’s staff takes an active part in teaching and supervising in academic institutions in the area – the Faculty of Medicine, the Academic College in Zefat, the Academic College in Tel-Hai and the School of Nursing that is on the Ziv Medical Center’s campus.