Dr. Rebecca Hoffenberg, Psy.D

rebecca@nyhealthhypnosis.com

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Rebecca Hoffenberg, Psy.D combines her training in CBT, psychodynamic, and relational therapy with her use of mindfulness and hypnotic techniques. To facilitate growth and change, Dr. Hoffenberg works collaboratively with her clients to identify and alter patterns that are no longer adaptive in order to strengthen their ability to cope with life’s challenges and to improve self-awareness. This combination of evidence-based approaches and deep hypnotic work helps her patients understand their motivations and move forward in their lives.

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Academic Education and Integrative Training

Academic & Professional Training

Dr. Rebecca Hoffenberg, Psy.D is a leader in the field of hypnosis, with specialties in eating disorders, habits, addictions, trauma, grief and insomnia. She has an extensive clinical background that includes her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and direct work under some of the best known Psychologists in the field. She has conducted extensive research in how individual's find meaning in their lives and uses her depth of knowledge to help her patients lead more satisfying and fulfilling lives.

Her esteemed education includes her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from William James College in Boston, MA, where she received advanced training in and 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, extensive training in Person-Centered therapy in an esteemed private practice in Boston, and 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 attended didactics from Dr. Mark Gilbertson as well as Dr. Anita Erazo-Upton, who are leaders in the field of trauma treatment and research.

During her APA-accredited internship, Dr. Hoffenberg worked at a clinic through the National Psychology Training Consortium where she did rotations through their outpatient mental health clinic and their inpatient facility. Through the outpatient clinic, 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. At this time, she developed a special interest in relationship difficulties, helping patients gain insight into their relational patterns and how they impact their lives. While on the inpatient unit, Dr. Hoffenberg treated individuals struggling with severe mental illness including psychosis, mania and severe depression, working with clients to enhance their adaptive coping skills and resume living their lives. 

After completing her education, Dr. Hoffenberg worked at Long Beach Reach, Inc., an esteemed outpatient facility providing therapy for those struggling with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health difficulties. She incorporated insight-oriented interventions with relapse-prevention techniques to assist those seeking treatment for substance abuse find alternative ways to manage emotional distress and developed a passion for working helping people understand their complicated relationship with their habits and addictions. She uses this complex understanding of trauma, addiction, and interpersonal struggles to help her patients understand their struggles and move forward in their lives.

Integrative Hypnosis Training

Dr. Hoffenberg is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in using hypnosis, mindfulness, and integrative therapy to help her patients make meaningful changes in their lives. She has honed her clinical skills in a way that integrates her advanced training in CBT, relational and psychodynamic techniques in order for patients to have a deep understanding of their issues while using hypnosis, mindfulness, other meditative states in order for her patients to address specific issues that they would like to change. This combination of evidence-based approaches and deep hypnotic work helps her patients understand their motivations and move forward in their lives. 

Dr. Hoffenberg delved into studying hypnosis after finding that many of her patients were feeling blocked and stuck using traditional psychotherapy techniques. Inspired by the work of David Yapko and other leaders in the field, Dr. Hoffenberg pursued advanced training in hypnosis through the renowned American Society of Clinical Hypnosis in order to offer her clients an additional way of approaching their goals. There, she learned strategies to better facilitate change by ego strengthening and working through resistance. While attending to each client’s individual treatment needs, Dr. Hoffenberg has learned to successfully integrate hypnosis into her relational approach to better facilitate growth and change. 

Dr. Hoffenberg has found that the integration of hypnosis is particularly affective for times when her patients feel stuck, such with weight loss, habits, addictions and insomnia. She uses a relational underpinning in her approach, strategically selecting additional techniques determined by each individual patient’s needs. In addition to hypnosis, Dr. Hoffenberg has extensive knowledge in integrative therapies and includes techniques such as mindfulness and dialectical behavioral therapy approaches to provide clients with concrete skills to pursue emotional health.

Dr. Hoffenberg believes that a strong dedication to ongoing learning and the skillful integration of hypnosis can enhance the quality of her patients’ lives. In line with research in the field of psychology, Dr. Hoffenberg’s approach emphasizes the importance of the therapeutic relationship as a crucial agent of change. Therefore she is skilled in forming warm, collaborative relationships with her clients. She has found that when individuals enhance their insight into reasons for their behaviors they are able to foster increased self-compassion and are better able to make choices in line with their goals.


Education and Professional Achievements

  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology: Union College
  • Masters of Clinical Psychology: Williams College
  • Doctorate of Clinical Psychology: Williams 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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