Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy
Clinical hypnosis is a procedure during which a qualified health professional or professional hypnotherapist gives a patient or client carefully worded instructions to help the client enter a state of attentive concentration and believed-in imagination. In this hypnotic “trance” state, the “hypnotized” client is aware of everything that’s going on, often but not always in a relaxed or calm state, and at the same time, absorbed in using his or her imagination as directed by the hypnotist. This procedure is a tool that trained health professionals and professional hypnotherapists employ to make the particular treatment they are conducting more rapid and effective. Hypnotherapy is the use of clinical hypnosis in combination with psychotherapy or talk therapy for a variety of psychological, emotional, behavioral adjustment, and physical problems (e.g., chronic pain). I have been practicing hypnosis and hypnotherapy for over 28 years to help people feel better, get better, make the changes they desire, and keep the change. Contact me to find out how I can help you with your problem.
Psychotherapy or “talk therapy” is a structured professional helping relationship based on mutual trust. The therapist carefully listens to the client, and as he/she works towards understanding the client, gently challenges the client’s established belief systems so that the possibility of change can occur. All clients enter into the therapeutic relationship with a number of established beliefs that tend to be expressed as absolutes. Often, the events they describe are verbalized as ALWAYS happening, and their conclusions are expressed as being ABSOLUTE truth. As a result, clients become trapped in particular negative behaviors because of their limiting beliefs. The beliefs are often not true and are invalid. That is why the client is in trouble. It is the therapist’s job to help the client change his/her invalid beliefs and dysfunctional behaviors so that the client can get better outcomes. Contact me to find out more about how I can do this with you.
I specialize in the use of hypnosis, hypnotherapy and psychotherapy to help people stop smoking, lose weight, defeat chronic pain, recover from PTSD, addictions, and depression, manage anxiety, eliminate panic attacks, conquer phobias, improve a relationship, and solve other emotional or behavioral problems.
A psychological evaluation is a formal consultation in which a licensed psychologist conducts a clinical interview and history and administers a variety of psychological tests (e.g., the MMPI-2, the Personality Assessment Inventory) to assess a client’s mental stability, mental and emotional health, ability to tolerate stress, coping strategies, and personality with the goal of answering the specific questions which constitute the reason the client is being evaluated in the first place.
Forensic Psychological Evaluations
A forensic psychological evaluation is a psychological evaluation conducted in a legal context. I specialize in conducting forensic psychological evaluations needed by current or aspiring security officers applying for PA Act 235 Lethal Weapons Certification, applicants for PA Act 120 certification, NJ Police or Correctional Officer Academy applicants, security and law enforcement officers needing a psychological fitness for duty evaluation, applicants for PA and NJ gun permits needing proof of good mental health, and people seeking restoration of gun rights after a 302 or involuntary commitment to a psychiatric hospital.
I also conduct psychological evaluations with civil litigants who are referred to determine to what extent they are suffering psychological damages associated with conditions such as PTSD and chronic pain. Additionally, I conduct psychological examinations with criminal defendants who are referred to determine if there are significant mitigating factors associated with the crimes for which they have been charged. I have served as an expert witness in hundreds of cases and have testified as a psychology expert in court in over 50 cases.
Clinical Psychological Evaluations
I specialize in conducting clinical psychological evaluations required for pain patients being considered for opiate pain medication treatment, or spinal cord stimulators, and patients needing a psychological evaluation before spine surgery or bariatric surgery. I have conducted thousands of psychological evaluations over the years in a variety of areas in addition to those mentioned above. They have included the neuropsychological assessment of brain damage, and the assessment of personality disorders, attention deficit disorder, learning problems, mental retardation, and giftedness.
My background is in public speaking and in professional writing. I have given hundreds of invited talks, lectures and commencement addresses on various topics over the years. I currently am available for speaking engagements in a variety of venues to speak about a variety of topics of current interest such as: “the opiate “pain killer” problem in America”, “mental health, gun rights, and gun laws”, “firearms education versus gun legislation for public safety”, “the law of self-defense”, “managing chronic pain”, “how to stop smoking for good”, “the Eimer Hypnosis Weight Loss Diet”, “how to develop healthy self-acceptance”, “managing anxiety and stress”, and “overcoming depression”.
I am also available to consult with broadcast, print and online news media on the above psychological and public health topics and others.