Dr. Rebecca Hoffenberg, Psy.D

rebecca@nyhealthhypnosis.com

Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Rebecca Hoffenberg, combines her expertise in CBT, psychodynamic, and relational therapy with her knowledge of mindfulness and hypnotic techniques to facilitate growth and change. Dr. Hoffenberg works in collaboration with her clients to identify and alter problematic patterns in order to boost confidence, strengthen ability to meet life’s challenges, and to 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 is a leader in the field of hypnosis, with specialties in weight loss, eating disorders, habits, addictions, trauma, and anxiety. Her clinical background includes her esteemed education and direct work under some of the best known Psychologists in the field. Her extensive research into how individuals find meaning informs her work with her clients in helping them lead more satisfying and fulfilling lives.

Her education includes her 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, pursued extensive training in person-centered therapy in a private practice in Boston, and also deepened her experience with evidence-based trauma treatment for those struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder at the Manchester VA Medical Center. During her time at the VA, she worked under Dr. Mark Gilbertson and Dr. Anita Erazo-Upton, who are leaders in the field of trauma treatment and research.

Dr. Hoffenberg’s integrative background allows her to work with a broad range of issues, ranging 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 various 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 patients 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 worked with clients to enhance their adaptive coping skills in order to resume their lives.

Dr. Hoffenberg furthered her understanding of habits and addictions through her work at Long Beach Reach, Inc., an outpatient facility providing therapy for chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health difficulties. By incorporating insight-oriented interventions with relapse-prevention techniques, she was able to assist those seeking treatment for substance abuse to find alternative ways to manage emotional distress, and this work deepened her passion for helping people understand their complicated relationships with habits and addictions. Her thorough understanding of trauma, addiction, and interpersonal struggles allows her to help her clients comprehend their challenges and move forward.

Integrative Hypnosis Training

Dr. Hoffenberg is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in using hypnosis, mindfulness, and integrative therapy to help her clients make meaningful changes in their lives. By integrating her advanced training in CBT, 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 allow 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 David Yapko and other leaders in the field of hypnosis, and she pursued advanced training in hypnosis 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 esteemed Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis where she learned specific, advanced hypnotic techniques to help patients 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, addictions, and anxiety. In addition to hypnosis, Dr. Hoffenberg has extensive experience with integrative therapies, 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 integrates hypnosis and additional techniques into her relational approach to support growth and change and to give her clients the tools they need to achieve their goals.

Dr. Hoffenberg believes that her commitment to ongoing learning and the 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 then 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
  • 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
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