Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Kimberly Fishbach, is an expert in using integrative psychotherapy methods and hypnotic techniques for addressing chronic pain, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and trauma. She draws from her extensive training in CBT, DBT, mindfulness, hypnosis, and other evidence-based approaches to customize her clients’ therapy and promote the most effective therapeutic outcome. She works collaboratively with her clients to set goals, address roadblocks, and develop feasible solutions and skills to improve their quality of life.
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Dr. Kimberly Fishbach’s interest in psychology began at Bucknell University, where she assisted with research in positive psychology. After completing her undergraduate degree, she taught hip-hop dance to hyperactive children for two years before pursuing her passion for clinical psychology in order to continue providing a constructive and meaningful outlet for others. She obtained her Masters and Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from the APA-accredited Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Washington, DC, where the generalist track provided her with the skills to treat issues such as anxiety, depression, and trauma from all theoretical lenses and cultural perspectives. She also helped develop a curriculum for an Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) program, which inspired her own research into the influence of mindfulness on ADHD symptoms and its clinical implications for treating each subtype.
Dr. Fishbach completed her pre-doctoral internship at Neuropsychology and Complementary Medicine (NaCMeD) in Fredericksburg, VA, where she trained with a multidisciplinary team that specialized in clinical neuropsychology, health psychology, and psychiatry. She became proficient in holistic treatments such as biofeedback, CBT for chronic pain, and mindfulness-based therapies in both outpatient and inpatient settings. She was especially drawn to chronic pain management, leading her to specialize in treating clients with various medical conditions such as fibromyalgia, functional movement disorder, pelvic floor dysfunction, phantom pain, migraines, spinal injuries, and traumatic brain injuries. She also received training in the administration, scoring, and conceptualization of diagnostic and presurgical bariatric and spinal stimulation evaluation.
After completing her doctorate, Dr. Fishbach accepted a postdoctoral fellowship position at NYCBT, where she developed proficiency in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and attended trainings presented by renowned leaders in DBT, such as Adam Payne, PhD; Nicholas Salsman, PhD, ABPP; Melanie Harned, PhD, ABPP; and Emily Cooney, PhD. While providing comprehensive DBT therapy and continuing to hone her skills in CBT, Dr. Fishbach expanded her training with a variety of other treatment modalities including Interoceptive Therapy for panic disorder, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Prolonged Exposure, Habit Reversal, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and mindfulness techniques. She has also served as an advisor for an online advice column that helps children, teens, young adults, and parents solve personal problems for which they seek professional help.
Dr. Fishbach is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in using hypnosis and mindfulness in conjunction with cognitive-behavioral modalities. She began her study of hypnosis after witnessing the added benefits when hypnosis is used alongside traditional therapies. She pursued her initial training in hypnosis through the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) and Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (SCEH), with an additional certification in hypnosis and chronic pain management from the American Hypnosis Association (AHA). She furthered her certified training with the AHA in hypnosis and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for various populations, including first responders and individuals who have witnessed and/or been subjected to acts of violence. This advanced education allows Dr. Fishbach to further empower her clients to reduce avoidance, alleviate hyper-arousal, change their mindset, and reclaim control over their lives.
Throughout her career, Dr. Fishbach has worked in a variety of private practices under esteemed clinical psychologists from cognitive behavioral, solution-focused, and psychodynamic backgrounds. She received extensive and integrative training in the treatment of anxiety disorders (GAD, Trichotillomania, Panic Disorder, OCD, Illness Anxiety Disorder, PTSD), depression, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, trauma, ADHD, pain disorders, and eating disorders, as well as working with clients with adjustment, relationship, and sexual identity struggles. She uses these evidence-based clinical skills as the foundation of her treatment, while incorporating hypnosis and mindfulness to help her clients find new ways of coping, create a deeper sense of relaxation, and promote creative ways to find solutions that work for each individual.
Dr. Fishbach helps clients confidently address the emotional and psychological issues interfering with their personal, relational, and professional goals. In addition to relying on evidence-based techniques to facilitate emotional health, confidence, and self-awareness, Dr. Fishbach tailors therapy to each client’s needs, personality, and learning style. She incorporates creativity, humor, and empathy to create a warm and comfortable environment where clients can safely let their guard down and focus on their growth.