Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Sacha Zilkha, Ph.D combines her extensive psychological training with her use of hypnotic techniques. Dr. Zilkha has trained at some of the country’s most esteemed academic institutions, such as John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York State Psychiatric Institute at Columbia University, and the Aaron T. Beck Center for Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy Research as well as obtained her Ph.D in Clinical Psychology at City University of New York. 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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Dr. Zilkha works with children, adults, and families. Her extensive clinical background includes her Ph.D in Clinical Psychology, internship at one of the country’s most competitive sites, and direct work under some of the best known Psychologists in the field. She began her education by earning a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the State University of New York at New Paltz and went on to complete a Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Memphis. Dr. Zilkha received advanced training in CBT and motivational interviewing from some of the top experts in the field and provided therapy to patients with serious mental illnesses in day treatment in New York City, working on issues such as substance use, smoking cessation, healthy living and coping skills for life stress. Her work with these individuals received wide recognition, which positioned her to take on a high level position for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where she spent seven years training NYC mental health providers in evidence-based practices to improve systems of care across the city.
Dr. Zilkha advanced her knowledge and skill base by obtaining a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology at the City University of New York, which is among the best known doctoral programs for its focus on psychodynamic theory. During her doctoral training, Dr. Zilkha studied directly under trauma and substance use expert Dr. Denise Hien and learned psychodynamic theory from acclaimed researchers and psychologists in the field. During this time, she also received extensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and CBT for trauma and substance from leaders at Dartmouth University.
After completing her Ph.D, Dr. Zilkha obtained a prestigious internship at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, which is one of the most competitive internship training sites in the country. She obtained additional postdoctoral training at the New York State Psychiatric Institute at Columbia University, where she provided assessments and therapy to adolescents and adults with a vast array of mental health issues. She uses her intricate understanding of the depths of the mind to quickly identify maladaptive ways of thinking and provide deep insights to help a person move forward.
Dr. Zilkha is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in using hypnosis and integrative therapy for adolescents and adults struggling with weight loss, eating disorders, habits, addictions, postpartum depression and trauma. She is particularly connected to issues that predominantly impact women, such as sexual assault, eating disorders, struggling with body image and the transition into parenthood. She has honed her clinical skills in a way that integrates her advanced training in CBT, DBT and psychodynamic techniques in order for patients to have a deep understanding of their issues while using hypnosis, mindfulness, other meditative states and in order for her patients to address specific issues that they would like to change.
Dr. Zilkha first became interested in hypnosis while working on her Master’s thesis entitled “Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and Personal Construct Psychology: An IntegrativeComparison”. Through this, she examined the relationship between Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and George Kelly’s Personal Construct Psychology (PCP) and suggested that the field of psychotherapy could be strengthened if research were conducted to integrate PCP and hypnotherapy.
Dr. Zilkha continued her interest in hypnosis throughout her Ph.D, while also developing her other skills such as CBT, DBT, mindfulness, and learning psychodynamic therapy. She was particularly interested in the interplay between trauma and substance abuse, completing her doctoral dissertation that focused on Trauma Training Outcomes for Assertive Community Treatment Teams. She went on to receive Ericksonian Hypnosis training through Dr. Rachel Hott and Steven Leeds, where she furthered her understanding of the unconscious mind and developed her particular method of blending psychotherapy and hypnosis.
Dr. Zilkha utilizes mindfulness based techniques in her practice and works to understand the whole person through her training in psychodynamic theory. She has been a Visiting Fellow at the Aaron T. Beck Center for Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy Research and Practice at The University of Pennsylvania where she received advanced clinical training and supervision under the direction of Dr. Aaron Beck and his clinical team, and continues advanced trainings in alternative methods in order to offer integrative and evidence-based therapy to her patients.