I am a social worker and clinical hypnotherapist with over 35 years experience working with Through the years I have refined my work by studying with four great teachers who brought new perspectives and new energy to the old world of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. All of these masters were originals and I have incorporated their work into my own way of communicating with people. I hope that when you work with me you benefit by my integration of these pioneers. I think I am one of the few clinicians who has worked so closely with these four.
I believe that Milton Erickson demystified hypnosis and revolutionized psychological and psychoanalytical assumptions of working with the unconscious. He changed the direction of psychotherapy and created possibilities for people to experience new levels of achievement and joy.
My experience as a student with Milton Erickson, M.D. a psychiatrist said to be the greatest medical hypnotist in the world was powerful because he was so comfortable with his own unconscious. So I felt safe enough to be comfortable with my inner experiences. I was free to think and feel whatever I needed to and he was right there with me. I am committed to creating that deep level of safety with whomever I work. It is my way of honoring his artistry.
Virginia Satir’s work with family trance states is described by the anthropologist and consultant to the U.N., Jean Houston, PhD, as the most powerful model of family therapy there is. Each of us carries with us our own family unconscious whether or not we are aware of how it effects our lives.
Moshe Feldenkrais’ evolutionary work with body-mind organization has given us hypnotic tools that create shortcuts to many-leveled changes in range of movement and feeling. He said, “The best way to learn is in pleasure” and always talked of “The aesthetic appreciation of self.”
Kay Thompson, DDS, was brilliant in her use of what I call “circular hypnotic language.” She said, “The dreamer is the true realist.”
Although they may overlap, here are some of the areas that I work with:
- In the medical area I work with: pain control, pre and post-surgery, child birth, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), sleep disorders, phobias, habit problems, weight loss, accidents – post traumatic stress, neurological complaints, urinary problems, and cancer.
- In the mind-body area I work with: anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, low self-esteem, sexual problems, sexual abuse, performance anxiety, and procrastination.
- In the relationship area I work with: couple/marital therapy, family therapy, individual, personality problems, depression, anhedonia, dissociation, social phobia, stage fright, and performance anxiety.
You are welcome to call me at 212-873-4557 for an initial confidential phone conversation. We can talk about what you would like to achieve in therapy and I can tell you how I work. There is no charge and no obligation on your part. All ethnic and sexual identities are welcome.