Dr. Sera Lavelle, Ph.D


Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Sera Lavelle, is an expert in using hypnosis and integrative therapy for weight loss, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, infertility and relationship issues. She has been featured in Elle Magazine and Allure and has helped hundreds of people overcome their difficulties. The difference in Dr. Lavelle’s approach is that she fully understands the psychological reasons that people struggle in their daily lives and therefore can use hypnosis as an effective tool for change.

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Clinical Psychology & Hypnosis Training

Academic Education

Dr. Sera Lavelle is a Clinical Psychologist licensed in both New York and Florida. Dr. Lavelle obtained a dual Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology while working as a neuroscience researcher focusing on the effects of stress on the body. She obtained a Master’s in Psychology from New York University, followed by an additional Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Adelphi University.

Dr. Lavelle continued her education by obtaining her Ph.D in Clinical Psychology from Adelphi University. Her research involved issues of attachment, personality, and relationships. She wrote her dissertation on the complex effects of betrayal and how people decide whether to leave or stay in a relationship. 

Dr. Lavelle completed her Externship at the esteemed Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, where she gained an in-depth understanding of behavior from a psychoanalytic perspective. She completed her Predoctoral Internship at Interfaith Medical Center, where she worked rotations in the inpatient acute care unit, the mentally-ill substance abusers unit, and outpatient care. She has served as adjunct professor at Adelphi University and Brooklyn College teaching courses on Gender & Sexuality, Aging, and Cross Cultural Psychology, and she is particularly interested in how these issues affect people individually as well as societally.

Integrative Hypnosis Training

Early in her education, Dr. Lavelle realized that traditional methods did not address all of the difficulties her clients were facing, and she actively sought alternative methods of therapy in order to work more holistically with her clients. She received her certification in hypnosis from the NLP Center of New York, where she obtained both basic and master's level training in hypnosis. Her dual emphasis in psychology and hypnosis enables her to understand the underlying dynamics that prevent change and help her clients to integrate change into a variety of aspects of their lives.

Dr. Lavelle started NY Health Hypnosis in 2005 and has helped hundreds of people overcome their difficulties. She works with a broad range of issues and is a member of several organizations dealing with psychology, hypnosis and holistic medicine. In order to provide the best therapy available, Dr. Lavelle regularly attends lectures and completes ongoing training in the newest hypnotic techniques and holistic modalities.

Education & Professional Affiliations

  • BS. Psychology/Biology - The Ohio State University
  • MA. Psychology - New York University
  • MA. Clinical Psychology - Adelphi University
  • Ph.D Clinical Psychology - Adelphi University
  • Externship: Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research
  • Internship: Interfaith Medical Center
  • American Psychological Association
  • National Guild of Hypnotist
  • American Council of Hypnotist Examiners
  • Advanced Hypnosis Training - NLP Center
  • Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist (ACHE)