Dr. Noah Kass, DSW, LCSW and Dr. Sacha Zilkha, Ph.D are New York’s experts in using hypnosis, CBT, and integrative methods to treat habits and addictions. Dr. Kass has worked 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. Zilkha’s background includes her extensive training and education in addiction at some of the country’s most renowned academic institutions. Her experience throughout her education led to her prestigious position at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where she trained NYC mental health providers in evidence-based practices to improve systems of care across the city. Their comprehensive educations and backgrounds enable them to work successfully with habits such as nail biting, skin picking (dermatillomania) and hair pulling (trichotillomania) as well as a variety of addictions such as to drugs and alcohol.
Engaging in a habit that is self-inflicted is extremely frustrating. It starts as a habit in childhood, and while some grow out of it, many are plagued with this difficulty in adulthood. We tell ourselves to stop, and yet, find ourselves doing it out of frustration or trying to find comfort.
Treating this difficulty is done best through the use of 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, where a person has to engage in an action to pursue their addiction, these habits are ‘automatic’, meaning that a person often doesn’t realize that he or she is doing it until minutes into engaging in the act. Hypnosis works by increasing a person’s awareness that they are doing it, and consciously learning to not engage in the habit, so that it becomes a habit not to do it. At the same time, working in an integrated way to address the anxiety can help a person so that they don’t fall into the same pattern when feeling stressed.
There are some habits that are not just frustrating for us, but also interfere with our work, relationships, and daily lives. We may turn to drugs or alcohol for comfort, only to find that it is the addiction that brings us the most discomfort in life. We tell ourselves that if we are anxious, upset about our relationship, or had a bad day at work, that engaging in our addiction is the only way to feel better. The truth is, however, that when we engage in this behavior, we generally feel much worse about ourselves, and thus the cycle continues.
Dr. Kass and Dr. Zilkha provide comprehensive, holistically informed addiction and substance use treatment combined with advanced hypnosis techniques to promote powerful change. They help clients re-examine their relationships with substances while assisting them in managing their emotions and exploring their practiced resistances. Their method helps a person evaluate the impact and severity of their use in order to help them decide whether moderation or abstinence is the best route for them. As people face ongoing life stressors and relapse triggers, Dr. Kass and Dr. Zilkha provide a safe and nurturing environment that supports the goals they would like to achieve.
Issues with drug and alcohol abuse and overuse are ongoing problems and are best suited for combined hypnosis and therapy. The work together strikes a balance between deep analytic work to get to the root of the problem, while using hypnosis as a way to promote change. This is best done by developing an ongoing therapeutic relationship where appointments can be set up weekly or biweekly at the same time or flexibly according to the client's schedule.
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