I am a Fellow and Approved
Consultant with the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and a life
member of the American Psychological Association. I also hold Board
Certifications in Pain Management, Medical Psychotherapy, and Vocational
I am a life member of the
American Psychological Association which I joined in 1981. I am also a
Member, Fellow, and Approved Consultant of the American Society of
Clinical Hypnosis which I joined in 1990.
My 30 years worth of
professional credentials are too numerous to list here, but you are
encouraged to look at my curriculum vitae (resume) through my
I am in the private practice
of Clinical Psychology, Clinical Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy. I specialize
in helping people stop smoking, lose weight, manage chronic pain and
difficult medical problems, cope with chronic illnesses, eliminate
phobias, conquer crippling anxiety disorders, overcome depression,
eliminate dysfunctional habits, and change unwanted behaviors. I have been
in private practice since 1986.
I also perform forensic and
expert witness consultation in the areas of brain injury evaluations, pain
and personal injury, posttraumatic stress, disability issues, malpractice
litigation, and criminal cases (gun crimes). I also do forensic hypnosis
in criminal cases.
I earned my Bachelors Degree in Psychology in 1975 at the State University
of New York College at Oneonta, and my Masters Degrees in School
Psychology and Educational Psychology in 1977 at the State University of
New York at Albany. I earned my Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and
Statistics in 1981 at the State University of New York at Albany.
I subsequently interned in
Child Psychiatry at the University of Louisville Medical School from 1981
to 1982, and then completed a Research Fellowship in Developmental
Psychology at Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey in
1983. I then proceeded to Philadelphia to re-specialize in Clinical
Psychology at Hahnemann University Medical School where I studied from
1983 through 1986. I earned a Postdoctoral Certificate of
Re-specialization in Clinical Psychology from Hahnemannís Professional
Psychology Psy.D. Program in 1986 approved by the American Psychological
Association. I became licensed by the Pennsylvania Board of Psychologist
Examiners to practice Psychology as a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in
Pennsylvania in 1986.
I have participated in
Continuing Education in Clinical Hypnosis, Psychotherapy, and other topics
in Professional Psychology since 1986. Much of my continuing education has
been through the annual advanced workshops offered by the American Society
of Clinical Hypnosis.
I am the author of the self-help book,
Hypnotize Yourself Out Of Pain
Now! (Published in 2002 by New Harbinger Publications) and the
co-author with Moshe S. Torem, M.D. of the self-help book,
Uncertainty: 10 Simple Solutions (2002. New Harbinger).
I am also the senior author of the textbook,
Psychotherapy: A Practical Guide (Published in 1998 by John Wiley, 517
pages) and the co-author of the textbook,
Brief Cognitive Hypnosis:
Facilitating the Change of Dysfunctional Behavior with Jordan I.
Zarren, M.S.W. (Published in 2001 by Springer Publishing Company). Most
recently I co-authored the textbook,
Ideomotor Signals for Rapid
Hypnoanalysis: A How-To Manual with Dabney Ewin, M.D. (2006.
Springfield, IL: Charles Thomas.)
I served as a Supervising Psychologist in the Department of Psychology at
Eastern State School and Hospital in Trevose, PA, a state childrenís
psychiatric treatment facility, from 1986 through 1987. I then served as
the Chief Psychologist in the Department of Physical Rehabilitation
Medicine at Abington Memorial Hospital, in Abington, PA from 1987 through
1989. I was the Chief Psychologist and Director of Biofeedback and
Behavioral Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry at the Philadelphia
College of Osteopathic Medicine from 1987 to 1989.
I began my private practice
part-time in 1986. I went into full time private practice in 1989. I have
been practicing clinical psychology, clinical hypnosis and hypnotherapy in
Abington, Pennsylvania since 1987.
I have served on the
attending staffs as an Allied Health Professional in Clinical Psychology
at Frankford Hospital in Northeast Philadelphia and at Elkins Park
Hospital in Elkins Park, PA, and as an Adjunct Faculty Member with the
Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University in
Chester, PA. In addition, I have held teaching positions in the
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine's Psy.D. Clinical Psychology
Program, and at the University of the Art's Professional Institute for
I have taught numerous
workshops, by invitation, to Physicians, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, and
other licensed Health Care Professionals.
I remain available for:
- media interviews
- talks, lectures, seminars
- personal consultations
- hypnosis sessions (live,
in-person and by phone)
- brief psychotherapy and
- clinical supervision of
- consultation as an expert
witness in civil and criminal cases
- psychological testing
(neuropsychological testing, fitness for duty, lethal weapons, pain
assessments, personal injuries)
As I previously mentioned, my
30 years worth of professional credentials are too numerous to list here,
but you are encouraged to look at my curriculum vitae (resume) through my