Community Therapeutic Service

The majority of the refugee community has fled to Israel after experiencing traumatic, often violent events, in their countries of origin. In addition, for many of the refugees, the journey to Israel was arduous, dangerous and disturbing. These ordeals, together with the enduring experience of being displaced frequently leads to psychological dysfunction and even mental illness.

In response to the unmet psychological needs of the growing refugee community in Tel Aviv, the Community Therapeutic Service (CTS) was initiated in 2009 by a psychotherapist, clinical psychologist and a team of volunteer professional therapists .

To date, the team has encountered patients presenting issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder, social phobia, psychosomatic symptoms and anxiety. The causes of these issues include sexual and gender based violence, bereavement, female genital mutilation, violence and torture, and existential angst.

01/11/2010 - 31/12/2014

Since early 2011, the number of refugee women in Israel who have been victims of rape and sexual violence during their flight through the Sinai desert escalated dramatically.

01/10/2010 - 31/12/2012

Community Therapeutic Service (CTS) performs three main complementary activities to connect to some of the most vulnerable members of the community.

01/11/2011 - 31/12/2012

In November 2010, ARDC launched a three-month pilot empowerment project. One afternoon a week, the refugee men in Levinsky Gardens are encouraged to participate in a game of football.