Habits & Addictions

An Integrative Approach to Treating Habits and Addictions

Dr. Noah Kass, Dr. Rebecca Hoffenberg, and Dr. Kimberly Fishbach are New York’s experts in using hypnosis, CBT, and integrative methods to treat habits and addictions.Their comprehensive education and practical experience enable them to successfully address problematic habits such as nail biting, skin picking (dermatillomania) and hair pulling (trichotillomania) as well as addictions by combining hypnosis with evidence-based approaches such as cognitive behavioral, solution-focused, and psychodynamic therapy.

While Dr. Fishbach mainly specializes in working with habits, Dr. Kass and Dr. Hoffenberg also treat chemical dependencies and addictions. Dr. Kass's experience includes work as the Clinical Director of The Dunes East Hampton, a private inpatient treatment center on Long Island, and Clinical Director of the Realization Center, New York City’s largest addiction outpatient treatment center. Dr. Hoffenberg's experience includes her prestigious position at Long Beach Reach, Inc., an OASAS approved facility providing individual therapy for those struggling with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health difficulties.

Habits:
Skin Picking (Dermatillomania), Hair Pulling (Trichotillomania)
and Nail Biting

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. Kass, Dr. Hoffenberg, and Dr. Fishbach 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 addictions such as smoking, in which a person engages in a specific action to pursue their addiction, these habits are “automatic,” — people 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.

Addictions: Drug and Alcohol Abuse and Overuse

Some habits are not just frustrating but also interfere with work, relationships, and daily lives. We may turn to drugs or alcohol for comfort, only to find that the addiction itself causes the most discomfort. When we’re anxious, upset about a relationship, or had a bad day at work, we tell ourselves the only way to feel better is to engage in this behavior. But the truth is, we instead end up feeling much worse about ourselves, and thus the cycle continues.

Dr. Kass and Dr. Hoffenberg provide holistic and comprehensive addiction and substance use treatment, combined with advanced hypnosis techniques to promote powerful change. They help their clients re-examine their relationships with substances while assisting them in managing their emotions and exploring areas of resistance. Clients are able to evaluate the impact and severity of their substance use and can decide whether moderation or abstinence is the best route for them. In the face of ongoing life stressors and relapse triggers, our therapists provide a safe and nurturing environment that supports client goals.

Issues with drug and alcohol abuse and overuse are ongoing problems and are best suited for combined hypnosis and therapy. Dr. Kass and Dr. Hoffenberg's work strikes a balance between deep analytic work to get to the root of the problem and using hypnosis to promote change. To develop this ongoing therapeutic relationship, weekly or biweekly appointments can be set up according to the client's schedule, with flexibility as needed.

Dr. Noah Kass's background in addiction:

  • A Doctorate (DSW) from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice with a specialization in Addiction, where he received the prestigious Dr. Ram Cnaan award for meritorious achievement.
  • Extensive research on addiction, including his dissertation examining the philosophies and practices of Alcoholics Anonymous from a psychodynamic perspective.
  • Completion of NYU’s Clinical Approaches to Addiction Treatment Certificate program.
  • The prestigious position of Clinical Director of The Dunes East Hampton, a private inpatient treatment center on Long Island.
  • Three years as Clinical Director of the Realization Center, New York City’s largest addiction outpatient treatment center.


Dr. Rebecca Hoffenberg's background in addiction:

  • A Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from William James College in Boston.
  • An Internship from the National Psychology Training Consortium.
  • The prestigious position at an OASAS approved facility providing individual therapy for those struggling with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health difficulties
  • Training in mindfulness and dialectical behavioral therapy approaches from the VA Medical Center in Manchester.
  • Advanced hypnosis training from the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH)

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