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Catherine Boyer, MA, LCSW

Catherine Boyer - New York Neurofeedback NeurOptimal®

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 me or call me at 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.


NeurOptimal Certified Master Trainer

Certified 2005

I’ve been a psychotherapist working with adults (18 and older) in a private practice setting for more than 30 years. (If you’re not familiar with the term “private practice,” it usually means a therapist or sometimes a group of therapists who have formed their own business, as opposed to working for an organization such as a clinic.) Prior to opening a private practice, I worked in organizational settings.

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 saw that neurofeedback could help with anxiety, problems with sleep, focus and distractibility, depression, obsessive thinking, etc. NeurOptimal® is training – not treatment. It works by giving the brain information about 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.

I introduced it first to some of my therapy clients and then made it available to people who wanted to come just for neurofeedback. I’m happy to tell you that my guess about the difference it could make proved to be correct.

NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback

I also feel fortunate — for myself and my clients — that the system I encountered (by doing an Internet search by geography) is NeurOptimal® neurofeedback. The NeurOptimal® neurofeedback system, as you can read about on the What is Neurofeedback page of this website, is a big leap beyond traditionally defined neurofeedback.


New York NeurofeedbackI 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 (essentially, this means a Masters in psychotherapy.) I’m also trained in Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB, a three year course).

In addition, I am a Zengar Institute certified Master Trainer. NeurOptimal® was developed by Zengar Institute..

The way I worked as a psychotherapist was always grounded in that firm belief and trust in each person’s ability to heal and grow. The Zengar NeurOptimal® system is based on a similar principle — that the CNS (the central nervous system, your brain and spinal cord) has a powerful ability to renormalize itself, if it is just given the right information. That made it the perfect choice of system.

About Emily S. Rosen, LCSW

Like me, Emily is an experienced psychotherapist who developed an interest in neurofeedback. In addition to her work as a counselor specializing in adoption, she is a certified Zengar NeurOptimal® neurofeedback trainer. Emily has her own private practice practice – she 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.

Emily in her own words…

New York Neurofeedback - Emily Rosen NeurOptimal®



New York Neurofeedback

Years ago I attended a workshop on neurofeedback. I learned 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 moment to moment information about how it is functioning. 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.Emily S. Rose, LCSW

In addition to neurofeedback, I am also an expert in adoption. I work with individuals and couples who are interested in learning whether or not adoption is a way for them to expand their families. I can help you if you are in the beginning phases of the process, in the middle of the paperwork, and all the way through the adoption finalization. I help people understand the complexities, challenges and joys of adoption, and I also work with adopted individuals of all ages, from children to adults.

Along with neurofeedback and adoption consultation, I do talk therapy with individuals and couples. My clients range from children to seniors. I have an eclectic background and use many different tools in order to meet you where you are and assist you on a journey to become your best self.

I would be happy to answer any questions you have for me. Take a look at my website, EmilySRosenLCSW, and feel free to contact me. I want to help you thrive!

EducationNeurofeedback for children

I have a Masters degree in Clinical Social Work from Fordham University. I am also a Certified Zengar NeurOptimal® Trainer. My post-graduate training is quite varied and includes play and art therapy for children, psychoanalytic counseling for adults, family and couples counseling, group work and Loving-kindness Meditation. I incorporate everything that I’ve learned in order to help my clients access what they need to achieve their goals.

For more information about NeurOptimal® neurofeedback services in New York City please contact us.