Drawing on her background in attachment theory, relational psychoanalysis and mindfulness-based approaches, Dr. Sara Glazer has developed an integrative therapeutic method that uses hypnosis techniques within an interpersonal lens for insomnia, trauma, eating disorders, relationship issues, grief, anxiety, issues surrounding pregnancy and issues related to attention and hyperactivity. Using hypnosis as a powerful tool for change, she assists clients in exploring how their struggles relate to their self-perception and relationships with others.
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Dr. Glazer has trained with some of the top researchers in the field of Clinical Psychology as well as the country’s most renowned leaders in hypnosis. Her training in psychology began with a Bachelor of Arts with a Specialty in Psychology from Thomas Edison State University. She then pursued a Master of Arts in Psychology from the City University of New York, where she explored the relationship between attachment bonds, spirituality and mental health. During this time, Dr. Glazer worked on a study with Columbia University’s New York Psychiatric Institute exploring the traumatic impact of the World Trade Center attacks.
Upon entering her doctoral program at Kean University, Dr. Glazer deepened her interest in attachment theory and the impact of the family system on each family member’s mental health. Dr. Glazer’s dissertation explored the contribution of parental acceptance of child distress to the parents’ perceptions of their children’s emotion regulation skills. In addition, this study explored ways in which parents’ propensity to shame might influence their attitudes toward their children’s emotions. Dr. Glazer’s research on attachment relationships and spirituality, both at Kean and at CUNY, led to presentations at the national conference of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). As a doctoral candidate, Dr. Glazer completed externships at SCO Family of Services, a psychiatric residential facility, and at the Brooklyn College Counseling Center, where she received substantial training in psychodynamic conceptualization and treatment approaches.
Dr. Glazer completed her pre-doctoral internship at Pennsylvania Counseling Services, where she provided individual and group psychotherapy in a community mental health setting; she also engaged in postdoctoral training at Pride of Judea Community Services, part of the Jewish Board of Family and Children Services, where she worked with children, adults, and families, and gained diverse experience with a range of psychological treatments and manifestations of distress.
Dr. Glazer received training in hypnosis through the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, the county’s most esteemed training institute in hypnotherapy. Under renowned author Michael Kapko as well as other leaders in the field, Dr. Glazer learned how the clinical use hypnosis can rapidly facilitate change, strengthen the ego, and reduce impediments to change.
She combines hypnosis with mindfulness and acceptance-based interventions, including acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), self-compassion practices, and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), which she received from her APA-accredited doctoral program. Dr. Glazer has also trained in a myriad of other forms of therapy, including emotionally-focused and psychodynamic approaches that draw upon attachment theory.
Dr. Glazer is an expert in the field of hypnosis, with an emphasis on sleep, insomnia, confidence, motivation, eating disorders, ADHD, anxiety, infertility and trauma. Her emphasis is on relationships, with others and with oneself, and how these relationships impact clients' beliefs about the world, behaviors and struggles. As the therapeutic relationship is a contributing force to a client’s process of change, Dr. Glazer strives to create an atmosphere of mutuality, safety and empathic understanding. Her style of therapy blends mindfulness-based approaches, attachment theory, relational psychoanalysis and self-psychology, and her work integrates hypnosis techniques within an interpersonal lens to address a variety of struggles. Dr. Glazer continues to deepen her training in hypnosis and mindfulness, with a commitment to ongoing learning and attention to current research on effective therapeutic techniques.