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We specialize in the treatment of medical and emotional trauma's for 
individuals, families and groups including, but not limited to:

Mood Disorders:  
Anxiety Disorders
  |   Stress Reduction  |   Depression  |  Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Obsessive/Compulsive Behavior  |   Panic Disorders  |   Social Anxiety  |   Early Life Trauma  

Adjustment Disorders:  
Grief And Loss Therapy  |     Weight Reduction  |   Self Image Issues  |   Addictive Behavior;
Habit Control With EMDR.    

Personal Coaching And Performance Enhancement

ANXIETY We all experience anxiety as a normal part of living but, for millions of Americans, anxiety becomes overwhelming and limits the ability to lead a happy and fulfilling life.  The bad news is anxiety disorders can be serious, and even debilitating; the good news is that, fortunately, these disorders are very treatable with therapeutic interventions.  We use a combination of psychotherapy, behavioral modification and clinical hypnosis to treat anxiety disorders with very good results.

STRESS REDUCTION:  Stress is a necessary survival mechanism in a world filled with dangerous situations.  The increase of blood sugar, heart rate, adrenaline and cartisol all contribute to the fight or flight mode necessary to remove us from danger.  

The stress response is adapted for short-term responses to danger.  When you are in a fight or flight mode for a long period of time such as weeks, months or even years, stress ceases to be a helpful response.  It is detrimental to your physical health and mental well-being.  Evidence shows that extended exposure to cartisol weakens bones, causes nerve cells in the brain to degenerate, weakens the immune system, and is a contributing cause of hypertension, heart disease, stroke, depression and digestive disorders.

Stress reduction is essential to good health and absolutely responds well to therapeutic interventions.

DEPRESSION:  Clinical depression is not the normal temporary feelings of loss, sadness or loneliness that we all experience from time to time.  Clinical depression can produce intense feelings of despair, hopelessness and diminished interest in most activities.  A person with clinical depression feels deep despair every day, and people and activities which used to bring pleasure no longer do so.  Irritability is also a significant sign of depression.  

Regardless of age, depression causes difficulties with thinking, poor concentration, guilt and helplessness to name just a few affects.  If left untreated, clinical depression can last from several months to several years.

POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD):  PTSD can follow any exposure to a traumatic event such as physical or sexual assault, witnessing a death, natural disasters, war experiences, physical violence and any event in which a person perceives that they are in eminent danger of serious injury or death.

Some of the symptoms of PTSD are reliving the event (flashbacks or nightmares), avoidance of places or situations relating to the trauma, emotional detachment, difficulty sleeping, irritability, hyper-vigilance, exaggerated startle responses, and in many instances leads to addictive behaviors.

People with OCD have frequent, repeated thoughts leading to odd persistent behavior.  They know these thoughts and behaviors are irrational, but are unable to control them.  They are plagued with repetitive thoughts such as "Did I lock the door, turn off the coffee pot", etc.  The constant barrage of nagging thoughts is exhausting to say the least, and many times consumes so much time and energy that other areas of their lives are diminished.  Some get to the point where they cannot work, families are neglected and socialization stops.

As with other Anxiety Disorders, OCD responds well to therapy.

PANIC DISORDERSPanic Disorders produce repeated episodes of intense fear.  Those episodes occur without warning when there is no outward threat or danger.  Because panic disorders occur frequently, people who suffer with this disorder not only experience the initial attack, they also live in fear of when or where the next one will occur.

SOCIAL ANXIETYSocial Anxiety Disorder is a continuous and limiting fear of social situations.  In its most severe form it disrupts daily life and relationships.  People with social anxiety have an intense fear of being watched and judged by others, and doing things that bring about ridicule and humiliation.  Physical symptoms of social anxiety are rapid heartbeat, sweating, light headedness and blushing.

Most people with social anxiety are aware their feelings are irrational.  If they do manage to confront these fears they generally suffer anxiety prior to, during and after the social encounter.

EARLY LIFE TRAUMA:  Everything that resembles an unresolved issue, i.e., self defeating behavior, relationship difficulties, unrealistic fears, moodiness, depression and anxiety are regressed states relating to early life or, at least, prior trauma.  The defense mechanisms in early childhood are only appropriate in childhood, not as adults because of the dependent nature of the relationship a child has with everyone.  They have to accommodate and sometimes resist authority at the same time.

Without intervention childhood trauma responses continue into adulthood.  The defense mechanisms needed for survival as a child become liabilities that hinder growth in adulthood.  Decision making is distorted and self image is lost.  Therapeutic intervention using clinical hypnosis and EMDR are highly effective in reversing the regressed state brought on by early life trauma.  Remember, it is never too late to become what you were meant to be...a happy, free, well adjusted individual.

GRIEF AND LOSS THERAPY:  Whether it is a divorce, death, loss of a pet, loss of a job; any loss will initiate the grieving process.  Usually grief is a self-limiting process.  For some that may be a matter of a few months, while for others the grieving process may go on for years.

People deal with grief in various ways.  Some are surrounded by deep sadness, some cry, some isolate themselves while others want to talk; most experience anxiety, anger, guilt and loneliness.  Physical manifestations of grief include chest pain, tightness in the throat area, heart palpitations, dizziness and nausea to name a few.  Changes in appetite and sleeping patterns also are present, as well as withdrawal from family, friends and normal activities.

Working through the grief period with a caring therapist can diminish the anxiety that accompanies grief.  

SELF ESTEEM: Good self esteem is essential to living a full, productive and satisfying life.  People who see themselves as worthless, helpless, stupid and inferior to others do not expect success and, thus, rarely experience it.

For many people, childhood experiences have diminished, or even destroyed, their self esteem.  These issues are best addressed in a therapeutic setting. Through her licensed counseling practice, Lisa specializes in self esteem issues.  Her acclaimed CD, INSTILLING CONFIDENCE FOR SUCCESS can be ordered by clicking here.

WEIGHT REDUCTION It has been said of America that the whole country is either on a diet or considering going on one.  Almost 100 million Americans are considered obese i.e., twenty percent above their ideal body weight.  The mixed messages sent by the food and fashion industries have complicated the weight issue even more.  

Bad diet habits can produce serious health issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer.  Billions of dollars are spent on diet programs each year with little success.

In dealing with weight reduction issues, Lisa addresses the underlying causes of obesity and focuses on behavior modification techniques to OBTAIN and MAINTAIN proper weight.  'Lighten Up' is a totally different weight loss program in that it is designed to meet the individual needs of each person wishing to lose weight.  It is definitely not a 'one size fits all' program.  Each program is individually created by Lisa Levy, a renown behavioral modification therapist.  If you are one of the millions of people who have tried, and failed, every diet program that came on the market then we have the last program you are likely ever to need.


Our program can be used as a supplement to dieting programs you might already be using or on it's own.


Our program is designed to specifically resolve the CORE issues of overeating.


In designing your individualized weight loss program Lisa employs sound, scientifically proven self-hypnosis and EMDR techniques to resolve difficult issues that are the underlying cause of unhealthy eating habits.

In order for our 'Lighten Up' program to work, or any other weight loss program, you must take into consideration the relationship that you have with food such as:


Craving or longing for food and feeling total disgust after eating.


Love the eating process but hating the consequences.


Becoming angry or disgusted with yourself when you slip up with 'forbidden' food.

Because this is an individualized weight loss program these issues will be quickly and effectively dealt with.  The first step is to answer the question on the Form by clicking here.

ADDICTIVE BEHAVIORS: Behaviors such as smoking, overeating, gambling, substance abuse,  excessive computer use and other behaviors that feel out of control, can interfere with your health, relationships, finances, and employment responsibilities. Addictive behaviors are programmed in the subconscious part of the mind; therefore, the best way to change these behaviors is to reach that part of your mind that has the power to make changes.  

Addictive Behaviors respond well to therapeutic techniques such as clinical hypnosis and EMDR in making changes in the most time efficient way possible. Hypnosis is the normal state between awake and asleep that everyone experiences.  It has been successfully used to change the pattern of thinking and behaving that counteracts productivity and a sense of well-being.  Once your conscious mind becomes aware of the root causes of your behavior, you will be able to use this awareness to maintain a wonderful new feeling and to change your responses to positive activities.  You will be able to gain control over your life and maintain a high level of confidence.  Our licensed counseling practice has had many years of experience with treating additive behaviors. 

HABIT CONTROL WITH EMDR – OTHER APPLICATIONS: This technique is audio biolateral stimulation, the basis for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).  The visual biolateral stimulation is related to REM sleep where eye movement activates the ability to dream to help resolve problems.  It has been further noted in developing eye movement to encourage resolution of problems, that any alternating body experiences also produces the stimulus to resolve issues.  The technique presented here is alternate ear listening while envisioning issues desired to be resolved.

 For some people blocking images, feelings, and finding difficulty in remaining focused indicates you are dealing with a problem that would need an EMDR therapist’s intervention.  It really means that you have come into an area of problems that have been too painful to deal with and so they are blocked out so that you can function.

Also, I would like to add that like anything new, really getting the feel for it and getting good at using this technique requires some practice and familiarity.  If you listen to the CD over a period of time it will relax you enough to become more creative in resolving issues.  You will also become better at identifying issues for resolve.  So be creative, practice, call if you need help, and get to that positive place! The CD HABIT CONTROL WITH EMDR  can be ordered by clicking here.

PERSONAL COACHING AND PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT:  Personal coaching, mentoring, motivational coaching, or a life coach is descriptive of a person who offers an individualized, structured program for motivation and direction.  The process is to identify desired and achievable goals and work progressively to obtain these goals.  It imparts a sense of adequacy, competence, and confidence in the ability to ultimately achieve other goals and enhance the quality of life.  The program is a way of organization around pursuing specific goals with materials provided.  The amount of time for the program to be effective is individualized but generally starts to be effective within approximately 12 weeks.  For new habits to establish themselves it might take approximately 6-12 months although contacts with the coach may be less frequent after the initial program.  This program is not therapy in that it focuses on goals and the future while therapy focuses on the past.

There may be very specific areas of a person's life that would benefit from this type of self improvement; i.e., career goals, realizing a life-long dream to change jobs, careers, social life, geographical moves, dieting, getting out of a rut, finishing a project, starting one, becoming proficient at something you already do, starting something you only dreamed about, etc.  As you can see, the areas in your life which would benefit from a personal coach are endless.

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