Dr. Rebecca Hoffenberg, Psy.D


Licensed Clinical Psychologist Dr. Rebecca Hoffenberg, Psy.D combines her training in CBT and 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 clients understand their motivations and 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 eating disorders, habits, addictions, trauma, grief and insomnia. Her clinical background includes her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and direct work under some of the best known Psychologists in the field. She has conducted extensive research into how individuals find meaning in their lives, and she uses her depth of knowledge to help her clients 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, extensive training in person-centered therapy in a private practice in Boston, and training in 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 received extensive training from Dr. Mark Gilbertson and 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 in 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. She also developed a special interest in relationship difficulties, helping patients gain insight into their relational patterns and how these patterns impact their lives. On the inpatient unit, Dr. Hoffenberg treated individuals struggling with severe mental illness including psychosis, mania and severe depression, and she worked with clients to enhance their adaptive coping skills and resume their lives.

After completing her education, Dr. Hoffenberg worked at Long Beach Reach, Inc., an 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 to find alternative ways to manage emotional distress, and she developed a passion for helping people understand their complicated relationships with habits and addictions. She uses her complex understanding of trauma, addiction, and interpersonal struggles to help her clients understand their struggles 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 help her clients 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.

Dr. Hoffenberg began her study of hypnosis after finding that many of her clients 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 tool for approaching their goals. She learned strategies to facilitate change via ego-strengthening and working through resistance. While attending to each client’s individual needs, Dr. Hoffenberg has learned to successfully integrate hypnosis into her relational approach to support growth and change.

The integration of hypnosis is particularly effective for clients who are feeling stuck, such with weight loss, habits, addictions and insomnia. Dr. Hoffenberg uses a relational underpinning in her approach and selects additional techniques to best meet each client’s needs. In addition to hypnosis, Dr. Hoffenberg has extensive experience with integrative therapies, and she 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 commitment to ongoing learning and the skillful integration of hypnosis can enhance the quality of her clients’ lives. Her approach emphasizes the importance of the therapeutic relationship as a crucial agent of change, and she is skilled in forming warm, collaborative relationships with her clients. When individuals enhance their insight into the reasons for their behaviors, they are able to foster self-compassion and are capable of making better choices in line 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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