We are a team of Clinical Psychologists who are not only committed to the highest level of education and care - we are also committed to thinking ‘outside of the box'.
We pride ourselves as being different not only because we incorporate alternative modalities like hypnosis and EMDR, but because we are passionate about using any tools available to us to help each patient move forward.
Each one of us felt this way, and we knew our patients felt the same. This is why each one of us joined this practice. We knew we wanted to learn something more that would help our patients in a meaningful way. This does not mean that our clients won’t get stuck sometimes, or that hypnosis will be a quick fix, but it does mean that we are open and creative in trying anything that will help our patient move forward, and that we will commit our lives to ongoing education and ‘outside of the box’ thinking that will enable us to keep pushing our clients forward.
When performed by a mental health professional, hypnosis is an extremely effective complement to more traditional therapies. It can help clients let go of unwanted habits, encourage positive thinking, and provide relief from a variety of mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and eating disorders.
“Hypnosis, when combined with other therapy approaches, is evidence-based and has its own supporting statistics. Time and again, hypnosis has provided better client outcomes in combination with traditional therapy than can be found with traditional therapy techniques alone.”
A 1995 analysis by the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology consisted of eighteen studies that compared therapy used with and without the complement of hypnosis. It was demonstrated that “the addition of hypnosis substantially enhanced treatment outcome” — to the extent that the average hypnosis client showed improvement greater than at least 70% of non-hypnosis clients.
Another study published by the same journal examined the effectiveness of combining hypnosis with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for addressing acute stress disorder, and researchers concluded that hypnosis produced a greater reduction in symptoms than when CBT was used alone.
And a 2017 study published in the Open Journal of Social Sciences found that subjects suffering from chronic insomnia benefitted from the relaxation and positive self-suggestion of hypnosis. The study described hypnosis as “a significant means for enhancing a sense of personal empowerment.” Subjects were better able to control the intrusive thoughts disrupting their sleep, and researchers observed improvements around anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns as well. The study also pointed to hypnotic suggestion boosting self-confidence and strengthening the mind-body connection.
While we find the integration of hypnosis to be extremely useful in the therapy process, hypnosis is just one of the many forms of therapy that we use in our sessions. It’s important to note that all of the studies above support the use of hypnosis as an additional tool to be used in therapy - and not instead of therapy. Thus, aligned with the research and our standards as Psychologists, this is also how we practice.
“This is not just hypnosis. This is an integrated approach to therapy, where we generally work as your primary therapist using a variety of techniques - utilizing hypnosis as needed to move the therapy forward.”
In fact, for us, hypnosis is just one of the many pieces of the puzzle. In our sessions we use a variety of therapy techniques, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Psychodynamic Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), and Eye Movement Desensitization Therapy (EMDR). Each therapist has a unique way of incorporating their underlying form of therapy into the session and tailoring the therapy in a way that will best address the issue or issues that you are hoping to address.
This does not mean that you cannot have another therapist, however, it will be important to work together to determine how each therapist plays a role in your treatment.
We understand that people have variable schedules and needs, and as such, we balance our professional opinion of what we believe would be the best care with a person's availability and the cadence at which therapy feels comfortable. Once the therapist gets a full understanding of the issues a patient would like to address, the client and therapist determine the best way to work together to ensure optimal client progress.
Just as you would with other therapists, we develop an ongoing therapeutic relationship in which weekly or biweekly appointments are generally recommended, though the frequency can be modified according to the client's schedule and needs. For many struggles, it can be helpful to meet for at least a few months, at which point you and your therapist can explore the ways in which your goals have been met and how you want your therapy to continue. We make scheduling easy, with a HIPAA-compliant patient portal that allows you to schedule virtual or in-person appointments online, as well as view patient and billing information at your convenience.
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