Of course, nothing is as good as getting to know someone in person, but ideally I’d like you to feel comfortable even before you get here. I hope this web site will give you some sense of how we work. You’re also welcome to email or call 212-877-6923 with questions or so that we can spend a few minutes getting to know each other over the phone. Meanwhile, here are some basic facts.
Before I encountered NeurOptimal® I had been working as a psychotherapist for many years. Although the results my clients and I obtained by working together in psychotherapy were very good, when I was introduced to neurofeedback several years ago I could see right away that it could be beneficial to many of my clients.
I had always felt that people could change themselves, given the right tools. NeurOptimal® is training – not treatment. Your brain does it. That fit right in with how I already thought about my clients. I loved the model that your brain knows how to change itself, given the right information. NeurOptimal® holds up a mirror so that the brain can see what it’s doing. The brain decides what to do with that information. This fit in perfectly with my overall philosophy that people have inherent ability to grow and change.
For some time now, I’ve been a full time NeurOptimal® trainer, and I love it.
I have two Masters Degrees in the field of psychology. One is in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from William Lyon University and the other is a Masters in Social Work from Fordham University . I’m also trained in Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB, a three year course).
In addition, I am a Zengar Institute certified Advanced and Master Trainer. NeurOptimal® was developed by Zengar Institute.
Like me, Emily is an experienced psychotherapist who developed an interest in neurofeedback. Emily is a trusted colleague rather than an employee of New York Neurofeedback – but if she is your trainer it will be here at our office on the Upper West Side.
Years ago I attended a workshop on neurofeedback. I was taught that it was a way to train the brain to be more present. With NeurOptimal® neurofeedback, the more advanced system I use now, the brain is given a moment to moment opportunity to see what it’s doing. It uses that information to re-organize itself in ways that are more resilient and flexible. Shifts into less than desirable states can just… drop away. People do tend to live more in the present moment, but the results go far beyond that.
For example, I have found that when clients are working with a psychotherapist, after a few neurofeedback sessions they become much more able to incorporate the changes that they have been discussing. Intellectually, they knew what they needed to do in order to change but not until neurofeedback were they are able to fully implement those changes.
I would be happy to answer any questions you have for me, Please feel free to contact me at 917-817-8575. I want to help you thrive!
I have a Masters degree in Clinical Social Work from Fordham University. I am also a Certified Zengar NeurOptimal® Trainer.