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 mindfulness, EMDR, , and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and hypnotic techniques 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 deep hypnotic work helps 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 works creatively with her patients to incorporate hypnosis and EMDR into her areas of specialization, which includes her work with eating disorders, habits,  trauma, PTSD, anxiety and depression. Her extensive research into how individuals find meaning informs her work in helping her clients lead more 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 treatment for those struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder at the Manchester VA Medical Center, where she worked under leaders in the field of trauma treatment 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 treatment 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.

Integrative Hypnosis & EMDR Training

Dr. Hoffenberg is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in using hypnosis, 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 hypnosis, mindfulness, and other meditative states to enable her clients to address specific issues they would like to change.

After finding that many of her clients were feeling blocked and stuck using traditional psychotherapy techniques, Dr. Hoffenberg was inspired by the work of Michael Yapko and other leaders in the field of hypnosis. She pursued advanced training through the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, including strategies to facilitate change via ego-strengthening and working through resistance. She furthered her training in hypnosis through the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis where she learned advanced hypnotic techniques to help clients move past anxiety, depression, and traumatic stress. The integration of hypnosis is particularly effective for clients who are feeling stuck, such as with binge eating, weight loss, habits, trauma, and anxiety.

In addition to hypnosis, Dr. Hoffenberg integrates  her expertise in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy with her training in Complex Trauma/Development Trauma and other supportive modalities to assist clients with resolving distressing life experiences, and she uses techniques such as mindfulness and dialectical behavioral therapy approaches to provide clients with concrete skills to improve their emotional health.

While tailoring therapy to each client’s needs, Dr. Hoffenberg combines hypnosis 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.

Dr. Hoffenberg’s commitment to ongoing learning and her skillful integration of hypnosis 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 Treatment for Eating Disorders
  • Professional Education Systems Institute: Personality Disorders Certification
  • EMDR Professional Training: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) Training
  • 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
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