Dr. Sera Lavelle, Dr. Rebecca Hoffenberg, Dr. Karolina Pekala and Dr. Meghan Downey are Clinical Psychologists who specialize in using hypnosis and therapy based in clinical research to help people overcome their battles with food. They specialize in treating a variety of issues with eating, ranging from general weight loss to more severe struggles such as binge eating and bulimia. The goal is not just to help clients end the behavior, but also to stop viewing food in terms of good and bad in order to end the cycle of overindulging and self-blame.
The difference in our approach is that we fully understand the psychological reasons that people struggle with eating. Our experts hold doctorates in Clinical Psychology and have specialized training with dysfunctional eating. We use advanced hypnosis techniques to help clients crave balance and gain more willpower, along with a combination of CBT, mindfulness, and analytic therapy techniques to help resolve internal conflicts.
For this January 2009 article in ELLE Magazine, the journalist enlists the help of NY Health Hypnosis & Integrative Therapy to help her with her diet and fitness goals.
NY Times interviews our therapists as experts in the field on weight loss and hypnotizability in real life versus popular media portrayal in December 2016.
"Hold Up: Can Hypnosis Help You Lose Weight? Here's What Experts Say."
In this January 2020 article in Prevention, NYHH therapists explain how hypnosis helps with weight loss.
Most people struggle with food not because they don’t know what to eat, but because they alternate between being too restrictive and then overindulging in a way that leaves them feeling bad both physically and emotionally. For some, this overindulgence is self-punishment; for others, it’s a failed attempt at self-soothing. Either way, they are left feeling less happy because they overindulged, which often perpetuates the cycle.
Struggling with weight is one of the most difficult challenges people can face today. It is not the weight or the food itself; instead, the problem often lies with the constant psychological battle between feeling like they need to starve themselves to look good, and overindulging when they’re feeling overwhelmed. Restoring balance with food and weight can have greater impact than anything else in life because food is a vital part of everyday living and because overcoming this struggle frees up emotional space. Once clients take control of their eating, they start to regain control over their lives in a variety of contexts. This change promotes a new confidence that they may have never experienced before.
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