Dr. Rebecca Hoffenberg, Psy.D


Licensed Clinical Psychologist Dr. Rebecca Hoffenberg combines her expertise in psychodynamic therapy and person-centered therapy with her knowledge of EMDR, mindfulness, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to facilitate growth and change. Dr. Hoffenberg works in collaboration with her clients to identify and address problematic patterns in order to boost confidence, strengthen resilience to meet life’s challenges, and improve self-awareness. This combination of evidence-based approaches and EMDR help her clients understand their motivations so they can move forward in their lives.

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Academic Education and Integrative Training

Academic & Professional Training

Dr. Rebecca Hoffenberg is a Clinical Psychologist who is licensed in both New York and California. She has an extensive education that combines her formal education from renown formal institutions with her advanced training in integrative methods such as mindfulness and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She works creatively, combined her evidence-based approaches into her areas of specialization, which include eating disorders, habits, anxiety, depression, trauma, and PTSD. She is an expert in EMDR, engaging in continuous trainings from the top experts in the field in order to fully utilize the skills that keep her patients moving forward. Her background includes her extensive research in how individuals find meaning, and has found that combining this knowledge with EMDR enables her patients to free themselves from the binds of trauma and insecurity so they can learn to live satisfying and fulfilling lives.

Her education includes a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from William James College in Boston, MA, where she worked under renowned Clinical Psychologists in the fields of trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, and psychosis. She received specialized training in CBT in a community mental health center and pursued extensive training in person-centered therapy in a private practice in Boston. She deepened her experience with evidence-based trauma therapy for those struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder at the Manchester VA Medical Center, where she worked under leaders in the field of trauma therapy and research.

This integrative background allows Dr. Hoffenberg to work with a broad range of issues, from mild anxiety to more severe issues, such as eating disorders and advanced trauma. During her rotations at the National Psychology Training Consortium, she received extensive training in trauma, grief, and approaches to treating anxiety and depression, which enhanced her ability to help people improve their symptoms while achieving greater self-awareness. During this time, she developed an interest in relationship difficulties, with a focus on helping people gain insight into their relational patterns and how these patterns impact their lives. On her rotations in the inpatient facility, Dr. Hoffenberg worked with individuals struggling with severe mental illness, including psychosis, mania, and severe depression, and she helped bolster their adaptive coping skills in order to resume their lives.

Dr. Hoffenberg advanced her expertise in habits through her work at Long Beach Reach, Inc., an outpatient facility for chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health difficulties. By incorporating insight-oriented interventions with relapse-prevention techniques, she assisted those seeking help for substance abuse in finding alternative ways to manage emotional distress; this work deepened her passion for helping people understand their complicated relationships with habits.

Clinical Psychology & EMDR Training

Dr. Hoffenberg is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in using  Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and integrative therapy to help her clients make meaningful changes in their lives. By integrating her advanced training in CBT and relational and psychodynamic techniques, she helps her clients identify and develop a deep understanding of their issues, and she incorporates EMDR, mindfulness, and other meditative states to enable her clients to address specific issues they would like to change.

As a specialist in the field of trauma, Dr. Hoffenberg was finding that many of her clients were being held back by their past experiences without a way to move forward. Inspired by the book "The Body Keeps the Score", she found that by integrating EMDR into her therapy, she was able to more rapidly get to the root of the problem in order for patients to free themselves from the damaging thoughts and behaviors that resulted from their traumas. She found that the integration of EMDR was particularly effective for clients who are feeling stuck, such those who struggle with binge eating, habits, trauma, anxiety, depression and shame.

Dr. Hoffenberg is an expert in the use of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which she combines with her training in Complex Trauma/Development Trauma and other supportive modalities to assist clients with resolving distressing and traumatic life experiences. Dr. Hoffenberg has received training from EMDR Professional Training under the guidance of Dr. Curt Rouanzoin and Dr. Michelle Gottlieb. She is a certified provider of EMDR therapy and a member of the EMDR International Association.

While tailoring therapy to each client’s needs, Dr. Hoffenberg combines EMDR with additional techniques in a relational approach to support growth and change, and to give her clients the tools they need to achieve their goals. She also uses mindfulness and dialectical behavioral therapy approaches to provide clients with concrete skills to improve their emotional health.

Dr. Hoffenberg’s commitment to ongoing learning and her skillful integration of EMDR results in improved outcomes for her clients and enhances the quality of their lives. By emphasizing the importance of the therapeutic relationship as a crucial agent of change, she takes care to form warm, collaborative relationships with her clients. When individuals better understand the reasons for their behaviors, they can foster self-compassion and make better choices in alignment with their goals.

Education and Professional Achievements

  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology: Union College
  • Masters of Clinical Psychology: William and James College
  • Doctorate of Clinical Psychology: William and James College
  • APA Accredited Internship: National Psychology Training Consortium
  • Predoctoral Internship: National Psychology Training Consortium
  • Postdoctoral Position: Long Beach Reach
  • Hypnosis Training: American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH)
  • Training: Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure Therapy
  • Training: Cognitive Behavioral Training for Insomnia
  • Training: Complex Trauma/Developmental Trauma
  • Training: Specialized Therapy for Eating Disorders
  • Professional Education Systems Institute: Personality Disorders Certification
  • International Centre for Emotion Focused Therapy: Emotion Focused Individual Therapy Training
  • DeTUR: Urge Reduction Protocol for Dysfunctional Behaviors – The Accelerated Adaptive Information Processing Model Training
  • At War with Food: Trauma-informed Clinical Skills for Treating the Spectrum of Eating Disorders
  • EMDR Professional Training: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) Training
  • EMDR Professional Training: Paradigm shift: Through the EMDR therapeutic framework
  • EMDR Professional Training: A Relational Model for Parts / Ego state work in EMDR therapy
  • EMDR Professional Training: EMDR & Performance: Removing Blocks and Raising the Bar
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