The Maytiv Team

Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar, Co-Founder and Head of Maytiv Center

Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar, is an internationally renowned expert on happiness. He taught a Positive Psychology course at Harvard University that was the largest class ever taught at the University. Upon returning to Israel, Tal taught numerous courses at IDC Herzliya.
Tal consults and lectures around the world on topics including leadership, education, ethics, happiness, self-esteem, resilience, goal setting, and mindfulness. He is the author of four books on Positive Psychology, one of which, "Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment" (2007) was translated into more than 25 languages and became an international bestseller. An avid sportsman, Tal won the US Intercollegiate and Israeli National squash championships. He obtained his PhD in Organizational Behavior and BA in Philosophy and Psychology from Harvard University.

Gideon Sa’ar, Head of Maytiv Adisory Board ​ ​

Sa’ar  began his IDF service as a combat soldier and later served as an intelligence officer in the Golani Brigade. He studied at Tel Aviv University, earning an undergraduate degree in political science with honors along with an undergraduate degree in law.
In January 1999, Sa’ar was appointed the government secretary for the first Netanyahu government. In 2001, then-prime minister Ariel Sharon reappointed him to this position.
In 2003, Sa’ar was first elected to the Knesset as a member of the Likud party and served as the Likud faction head, a position which he filled for six consecutive years. He also was the coalition chairperson.
In the seventeenth Knesset, Sa’ar served as the deputy speaker of the Knesset and the chairperson of the Committee to Advance the Status of Women. He was the first (and thus far only) man to lead this committee.
Twice in a row, in the Likud party’s primaries in 2008 and 2012, Sa’ar was elected to the highest position on the Likud party’s list of candidates for the Knesset.
In 2009, Sa’ar was appointed the Israeli minister of education, a position he filled for four years. During his term in office, he spearheaded significant advances, including free preschool for children aged three and four, a major restructuring agreement with the secondary-school teachers union, and the establishment of the eighth university in Israel, Ariel University.
Sa’ar’s many public roles and responsibilities also have including serving on the judicial selection committee, the judicial selection committee for religious courts, and the search committee for Israel’s attorney-general.

Ariel Kor, Co-Founder of Maytiv Center

Ariel Kor, PhD, is Israel-born and Singapore-bred, Ariel spent the last decade of his financial career as the Executive Director of Sampoerna Capital, an Asian multi-billion dollar private investment fund. He continues there as an advisor and director. Over the past several years Ariel has transitioned more fully into the world of psychology, earning a PhD in clinical psychology from Columbia University, Teachers College, with a focus on addiction. Ariel currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Inter-Disciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel, and is the Founder & Chairman of the Israel Center on Addiction. He was formerly a board member of the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Company, Harel Insurance Group (HARL:TA), and Singapore's Hour Glass (HG:SP). He attained his BA as well as MA from Oxford University. Ariel serves as a board member of Maytiv at IDC, Meor Education & Leadership, Matan, the American Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) as well as the Haredi Institute for Public Affairs. He received an honorary doctorate from Bar-Ilan University and is an Honorary Fellow of IDC. 



Prof. Mario Mikulincer, Dean of the School of Psychology, IDC Herzliya

Prof. Mikulincer received his Ph.D. in Psychology from Bar-Ilan University and serves as Dean of the School of Psychology at the IDC Herzliya. Prof. Mikulincer specializes in Personality and Social Psychology, with over 300 publications in leading scientific journals dealing with interpersonal relations, attachment, stress, and coping. In addition, Prof. Mikulincer authored two books: Human Learned Helplessness, (2007), Attachment in Adulthood, (1994) and edited three other books.​

​Arik Praisman, CEO ​

​Arik received his BA in Economics from the Hebrew University, and an MBA from the International Program in Tel Aviv University. After working in the Ministry of Finance and in the hi-tech industry for a number of years, Arik headed the Israeli office of the David Project, an Israel advocacy organization. Subsequently he was Director of US-Israel Relations for Migdal Or. ​

​​Prof. Anat Shoshani, Academic Director ​ ​

​Dr Shoshani is a clinical psychologist and assistant professor at the Baruch Ivcher School of Psychology at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzeliya, Israel. Dr. Shoshani is the academic director of MAYTIV Center for Research and Practice in Positive Psychology, at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya. She received her BA in Psychology and Education at Haifa University, and the M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Tel-Aviv University.
Dr. Shoshani’s research focuses on the study of developmental positive psychology, with specific interest in factors and processes that promote subjective well-being and mental health of children and adolescents. She is particularly interested in children's character strengths and resilience factors that facilitate adjustment and coping with stressful and traumatic circumstances. Her clinical experience includes working in hospitals, mental health centers and as a private practitioner.

Ms. Dalit Kaplan, Ma, Head of Development and Training

 ​​​Dalit is a Clinical Psychology expert, Dalit received her BA in Clinical Psychology from Tel Aviv University, and her MA in Clinical Psychology of the child and Education from Tel Aviv University. Dalit worked in her internship in the Child Psychology Serives at Ehilov Hospital, where she worked few years as a clinical psychology expert. Today Dalit has a private practice where she treats both children, adolescences, parents and adults. Dalit also leads empowering and leadership programs with teachers and schools' principals as well as with head of education offices in cities, all in the spirit of Positive Psychology.

Ms. Adi Feld, MA, Senior Lecturer ​and Head of Diploma Studies

​Adi received her M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Baruch College/ City University of New York. Adi is also a Law and Business graduate (LL.B. + B.A.) of the IDC, Herzliya and is a certified Lawyer. In the past few years Adi served as a Lecturer for Psychology in Baruch College NYC.​

​​Dr. Michal Paz Shimony, Head of the Organizational Department and Group Trainer

Michal has a BA in Behavioral Science (Psychology and Sociology) from Ben Gurion University of the Negev and a Masters Degree in Social-Organizational Psychology from Bar Ilan University. She is also the graduate of a two-year group facilitation program at Tel Aviv University. Today, Michal is a Ph.D student at Bar Ilan University. The Doctorate study, guided by Professor Mario Mikulincer, is researching group processes and the significant connection between type of attachment, motivations, resilience and performance. 
Michal has extensive experience as an organizational consultant and group facilitator, supporting processes of change, facilitating leadership development processes, team development, and personally accompanying company managers within a wide range of organizations and educational institutions. ** On a personal note, I believe in people and in their power and will to learn and change. I believe in seeing every moment as a meaningful opportunity.

​ ​Ms. Addy Karasik, Head of Content Development

​​Addy received her BA in Psychology from IDC Herzliya and her MA in Educational Psychology from Peres Academic Center. Addy also studied Theater and Acting at The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York, and at California University (UCLA). Addy integrates creative tools in therapy and as a way of living.

Ms. Tali Siedman-Bourla, MA, Group Trainer and Head Team

Tali Siedman Bourla has a B.A in Behavioral Science from Ben Gurion University, and learned her M.A in Clinical Psychology in The Hebrew University. She is an Organizational consultant, a Lecturer and a facilitator. She has a lot of experience in organizations.

Ms. Natalie Segev, MA, Group Trainerand Head Team

Natalie is a therapist and positive psychology group trainer. Her experience as a clinical psychologist includes working with adults, adolescents and parents. She has been practicing Yoga and Meditation for the past ten years, which has influenced her research and work. Specifically, her thesis examined psychological outcomes of mindfulness training. Receiving her BA in psychology and philosophy from Tel Aviv University and her MA in clinical psychology from Haifa University, Natalie is currently in residency in clinical psychology at the Hebrew University.

Ms. Shirly Kogan, MA, Group Trainer
and Head Team

Shirly holds a MA Degree in Organizational Behavior (Psychology School) from The IDC and a BA in Communication, Journalism and International Relations from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Nowadays, Shirly is conducting a research, guided by Professor Mario Mikulincer, on the issue of  teams' resilience and well-being.
Prior to that, Shirly worked in the Israeli Parliament (Knesset) for a few years and was the manager of the Argov Program for Leadership and Diplomacy, IDC.
Shirly has an extensive experience as an organizational consultant and group facilitator, supporting processes of change, facilitating leadership development processes, team development, and personal coaching for company managers within a wide range of organizations and educational institutions.

​​Ms. Or Dvir Aharon, Head of Research Lab

Or is the research coordinator of Meytiv center. Or is a graduate degree in psychology from the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, and is in the midst of a master's degree in medical psychology, at the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Jaffa. During her studies she experiences in working with children and parents at Schneider Children's Hospital. In light of her extensive experience in managing research teams, today she manages the complex research system that accompanies the activity in Meytive center in the country and the world.

Ms. Hanaan Abalasi, MA, Group Trainer and Head of the Arab Department

My name is Ablasi Hanan, and I am a speaker, group facilitator and experienced entrepreneur.
I have worked in multiple sectors with different religions and cultures.
I am an educational expert, in the field of positive psychology and am currently leading the activity of IDC (Interdisciplinary Center) in the Arab society.
I hold a BA in Hebrew language from Levinsky College of Education. I hold a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology and Applied from The College of Israel.
I have extensive experience in consulting, psychotherapy
development and training programs in the Palestinian authorities and their National Education System.
I serve as Director of the binational training program.

​​Ms. Moran Bogen, MA, Group Trainer

Moran is a psychologist and a yoga instructor. She is currently in her clinical residency at The Jerusalem Mental Health Center. Her experience in therapeutic work includes working with children, adolescents and parents, as well as yoga classes for people with psychiatric disabilities. Moran received her BA in Psychology from Tel Aviv University and her MA in Clinical and Educational Psychology from the Hebrew University. As part of her masters degree Moran wrote a dissertation about Mindfulness‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬​​

​ ​Ms. Natalie Samson, MA, Group Trainer

Natalie got her BA in psychology, socioligy and annthropology from Ben-Gurion university, and her MA in child clinical psychology from Bar-Ilan university. She is a Ph.D student in Bar-Ilan, adressing the effectiveness of dyadic psychotherapy for mothers with post partum depression, focusing on mother-infant relationship. Natalie has a rich experience as a teacher and instructor

​​Ms. Tal Heyman-Malchi, MA, Group Trainer

Tal is a Clinical Psychologist. She has a Bachelor Degree in Psychology and in the University of Haifa Honors Program, and a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology, both from the University of Haifa.
Tal works with children, adolescents and adults at her private practice, where she offers Dyadic Therapy (with parent and child together), Individual Psychotherapy and Parent Counseling. In her work she combines understandings and techniques from both the Dynamic and the Behavioral-Cognitive approaches.

​Ms. Efrat Marcus, MA, Group Trainer
Efrat is an occupational psychologist. Holds a BA in psychology and criminology, and a master's degree in organizational psychology from Bar Ilan University. Specializing in employment, and accompanies patients in various intersection points in their professional lives. Assists in development and personal empowerment processes, both in "adam-milo" company and in my personal clinic.
​ ​Ms. Tali Shaul, MA, Deputy Head of Development and Training

Ms. Tali Shaul is a psychotherapist, with expertise in dynamic targeted therapy.
She holds a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Women's Studies from the Leslie University, and a cum laude with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration (BB(.
Over the past decade, Tali leads women in personal development processes as a therapist, facilitator and lecturer.

​ ​Ms. Shiri Man, MA, Group Trainer

Shiri received her BA in Psychology and Special Education from Tel Hai
College and her MA in Clinical and Educational Psychology from the Hebrew
University. She is currently in her clinical residency at Sheba Medical Center. Her experience in therapeutic work includes working with
children, adolescents and parents.
Ms. Shirly Shirley Sheizaf Lahav, MA, Group Trainer

I’m Shirley, and I'm a Clinical psychologist. I’ve used my 15 years of psychological experience, making people feel better with themselves, about themselves and the world around them, to create and spread serenity and happiness. This is more than a job; I’m on a mission to elevate the percentage of happy people in the world from around 70% to 85% and up.
I started my occupational life planning flights routes around the world, in Arkia's Dispatch, learning that the sky's really not the limit, so the last 15 years I've worked in Be'er Yaakov mental hospital, in MAGEN jail, Natania public clinic, In kadima's Education Psychological department, and in Mind Clinic, trying to convince everybody by that.
I have my first degree in psychology in excellence from the Open University and the second (MA) in Clinical psychology from Tel Aviv academic college. I also have a second degree (MA) in conflict resolution, From Bar Ilan University.
When not lecturing, facilitating a group, or with patients in my private clinic, you can catch me singing with my choir, at the Gym, Cooking or meditating.
I jump out of bed with a big smile on my face each morning, because I know that my patients and students are crushing it. they use what I teach them, to improve their happiness and the people around them.
I’m a passionate believer in self-healing and in that we have significant impact on our own happiness.
When she’s not writing or creating courses to help small business owners get better media coverage, you can find her whipping up a delicious gluten-free treat, running barefoot or answering the question “why” for the eleventy-bajillionth time.
My first book, working title “Baby Got Booked: Learn to speak in sound bytes, write a killer press release, woo journalists and become a media magnet” is slated for release this fall.  
 ​Ms. Dana Granit Lichtmajer, MA, Group Trainer

Dana Granit-Lichtmajer is a Clinical Psychologist. She holds a BA in Behavioral Science and a Master degree in Social-Organizational Psychology from Ben Gurion University. As well as a Master in  clinical psychology from Tel Aviv University.
Dana practices psychotherapy with adolescents and adults at her private Clinique. In her work she combines understandings and techniques from both the Dynamic and the Cognitive- Behavioral approaches..
Dana has extensive experience as an organizational consultant and group therapy.
On the last few years she worked as a clinical psychologist in the Hebrew University.

​​Ms. Noga Meron, MA, Group Trainer

Noga is a group facilitator and an organizational development practitioner experienced in various organizational leadership change and development initiatives in different fields with education and experience in group facilitation, consulting and leadership coaching.
Noga’s education includes Master’s degree in Management Sciences - Organizational Behavior from Tel Aviv University and Bachelor degree in Psychology and Sociology from Ben Gurion University, as well as CTI Life and Leadership Coaching studies and Group Facilitation Certification in Social Work School of Tel Aviv University.
These days Noga facilitate leadership development programs and Positive Psychology programs in various organizations and educational institutes.

Ms. Galit Lotan, MA, Group Trainer

 A decade long experienced in organizational consulting and group facilitation training, Galit is a Haifa University’s BA graduate in Psychology and a Ben Gurion University’s Master Degree graduate in Organizational Sociology. Galit is a group facilitation trainer and a Gestalt method trainer. For the last 8 years, Galit consulted to IDF Leadership School on leadership matters. Today Galit is a group facilitator specializing in management and leadership development, team establishment and high level managers’ consulting.
Ms. Sivan Bergman Maor, MA, Group Trainer

Sivan has a bachelor's degree (BA) in Psychology and Management from Ben Gurion University and a master's degree (MA) in Organizational Psychology from Ben Gurion University. She also holds a diploma in group facilitation. Sivan has a diverse experience in occupational assessment, group facilitation and training. Sivan is currently doing her internship in occupational and organizational psychology. In addition, she facilitates groups on the subject of violence prevention in the field of security services, and on positive psychology in educational institutions.

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Mr. Barak Ben Dayan, MA, Group Trainer

Barak has a masters degree  in  clinician Psychology, and expertise.
His former work  was in Rambam hospital In Haifa.
Barak  uses  Dynamic approach along with CBT technics.
His Ideas  for anger management group therapy conducted  in Rambam hospital , was presented in a world  CBT conference held in Jerusalem.
Believing that children are the future and the present  of the  society 
Barak main  focus  today  is  with working with children's , parents, and groups conclusion .
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​Ms. Shany Cohen Shechter, MA, Group Trainer

Shany Cohen Shechter obtained her bachelor’s degree in Social Work (BA) from Ben Gurion University in the Negev and Master’s of Social Work (MSW) from Tel Aviv University, specializing in Adolescent Clinical Treatment. Shany’s past experience involves many aspects of education and treatment. She specializes in work with out of home holistic services. In her work, she provides emotional therapy and leads therapeutic sessions and support groups. Further, she guides  parents and educational professionals and leads  interns in the field of social work.    ​

​Ms. Keren Deleon, MA, Group Trainer

​Keren is a Psychologist and positive psychology group trainer. She holds a BA in Psychology and a MA in Clinical Child Psychology from IDC Herzliya. Keren wrote her thesis in the spirit of positive psychology about gratitude and prosocial behavior amongst preschoolers.
Her experience in therapeutic work with children, Adolescents and their parents, includes work at the clinic of the school of psychology in IDC herzliya, and Ramat Hen mental health clinic.