Dr. Rebecca Hoffenberg, Dr. Kimberly Fishbach, and Dr. Meghan Downey are New York’s experts in using hypnosis, CBT, and integrative methods to treat a wide range of habits. Their comprehensive education and practical experience enable them to successfully address problematic habits such as nail biting, skin picking (dermatillomania) and hair pulling (trichotillomania) by combining hypnosis with evidence-based approaches such as cognitive behavioral, solution-focused, and psychodynamic therapy.
Engaging in a negative, self-inflicted habit can be extremely frustrating. It starts in childhood and while some grow out of it, others are plagued by this difficulty into adulthood. We tell ourselves to stop, and yet we find ourselves triggered by frustration or trying to find comfort.
Dr. Hoffenberg, Dr. Fishbach and Dr. Downey are experts at helping people eliminate unwanted, maladaptive habits. They work by using hypnosis to address the habit while using mindfulness and therapy to address any underlying problems such as anxiety or depression. Unlike intentionally maladaptive behaviors such as engaging in smoking, those who engage in bad habits such as nail biting or hair pulling often don’t realize they’re doing it until minutes into the act. Hypnosis works by increasing awareness about acting on the habit, and consciously learning to not engage so that it becomes a habit not to do it. Also, working in an integrated way to address underlying anxiety can help to prevent falling back into the same unwanted patterns in times of stress.
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