NY Health Hypnosis & Integrative Therapy

NY Health Hypnosis & Integrative Therapy


Instead of starting your day by immediately reaching for your phone, what if you spent the first few minutes of your morning mindfully engaged in something that brings you joy?

Check out this great article by , where they discuss how to create a low-commitment, mindful morning ritual from the moment you wake up: https://www.mindful.org/how-to-create-your-own-morning-ritual/
In the article, "How Hypnosis Works, According to Science," Dr. David Spiegel of explains how a hypnotic state can be achieved, as well as the effects that hypnosis has on the brain.

Read it here: https://time.com/6171844/how-hypnosis-works/

To learn more about how we use hypnosis in our work, please visit: www.nyhealthhypnosis.com/faq
Meet Clinical Therapist/Doctoral Candidate, Micah Zylstra!

Micah specializes in using hypnotherapy for relationship issues, as well as trauma, anxiety, depression, adjustment issues, and difficulties involving low self-esteem and confidence. By integrating psychodynamic, mindfulness, cognitive, and behavior-based therapies along with clinical hypnosis, he provides therapy attuned to the unique needs of each individual patient.

Learn more about Micah: www.nyhealthhypnosis.com/micah-zylstra
Forgiveness always leads to more happiness than judgment.

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This Talk by Dr. Richard Davidson is a great watch for those wanting to learn how mindfulness can nourish and rewire our minds.

His journey into researching how mindfulness changes the emotional life of our brains was inspired by a question, “Why is it that some people are more vulnerable to life’s slings and arrows and others more resilient?”

👉 Watch this TED Talk here: https://youtu.be/7CBfCW67xT8

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Try not to underestimate the importance of the way you speak to yourself🤍

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Check out Dr. Meghan Downey's new blog post, "Hypnobirthing & Psychotherapy: Why You Need Both."

Read it here: https://www.nyhealthhypnosis.com/post/hypnobirthing-psychotherapy-why-you-need-both
Meet Dr. Meghan Downey!

Dr. Meghan Downey is an expert in using hypnosis and integrative therapy to support women through the pregnancy and birthing process. As both a clinical psychologist and a certified HypnoBirthing Educator, she combines her knowledge as a perinatal psychologist with her training in women’s anatomy, birth-planning, hypnosis, birth, and bonding to provide mothers with holistic care and treatment during the perinatal period.

She uses her knowledge of psychotherapy in order to support expectant mothers in navigating the distress, fears, grief, excitement and reflections that accompany the perinatal period, while also teaching hypnobirthing throughout so that her patients learn to utilize relaxation techniques during the birthing process and combat stress and fear related to labor.

Learn more about Dr. Downey at:

Learn more about her approach to helping expectant mothers and hypnobirthing at: www.nyhealthhypnosis.com/specialties/pregnancy-support-hypnobirthing
Don't let your fears decide your fate🤍

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Dr. Karolina Pekala was recently featured in a article: "How Parents Can Cope With Anxiety After the Latest School Shooting." She discusses ways to manage your feelings after traumatic events.

To read the article, please visit: www.parents.com/health/mental/how-parents-can-cope-with-anxiety-after-school-shooting/

To learn more about Dr. Pekala, please visit:
Our own Dr. Karolina Pekala was recently featured on the Know & Do Better podcast hosted by Inspira Physical Therapy & Wellness . Tune in to listen to Dr. Melanie Carminati and Dr. Karolina Pekala discuss anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, and how individuals' perspective on their environment influence their behavior.

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Our therapist of the week is Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Sera Lavelle!

Dr. Lavelle is an expert in using hypnosis and integrative therapy for weight loss, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, infertility and relationship issues. She has been featured in Elle Magazine and Allure and has helped countless people overcome their difficulties. The difference in Dr. Lavelle’s approach is that she wholly understands the psychological reasons that people struggle in their daily lives, and she is able to use hypnosis as an effective tool for change.

Read more about Dr. Lavelle at https://www.nyhealthhypnosis.com/dr-sera-lavelle
This week's affirmation is a way to try to let go of any feelings of shame that you've been experiencing recently. And this is also a reminder that it does not serve you. Save this post for later 🤍
Hypnotherapy has proven to be incredibly valuable in the management and treatment of a wide variety of behaviors and ailments. These are just a few of the science-backed reasons to try hypnotherapy.

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Have you ever tried this 5-4-3-2-1 grounding technique? This exercise is a great way to practice mindfulness and is particularly effective if you're struggling with anxiety or stress.

The next time you're feeling overwhelmed, panicked, or stressed, pause for a moment and try this mindfulness exercise. Save this post so you can reference it later!
Meet Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Kimberly Fishbach!

Dr. Fishbach is a specialist in helping adults struggling with ADHD. Her research and extensive training informs her unique approach to treating ADHD, which combines DBT, CBT, and mindfulness-based modalities to assist clients with strengthening their attentional networks and emotional control. While ADHD has neurological underpinnings, Dr. Fishbach treats her clients from a strength-based approach that helps them see their condition as a difference, rather than a deficit; she also helps to reinforce the idea that those struggling with ADHD can be equally (if not more) successful than their neurotypical counterparts.

Read more about Dr. Fishbach's approach to treating ADHD in adults at https://www.nyhealthhypnosis.com/specialties/adhd-concentration

Improving the quality of our patients' lives through holistic therapy techniques aimed at tapping in

The techniques employed at NY Health Hypnosis can be thought of as hypnosis for the "non-suggestible". The idea is that very few people can be "put under" with direct suggestion. Most of us reject a specific order, because we simply will not acquiesce to another person's command. Because of this, the hypnosis techniques utilized at NY Health Hypnosis focus on helping a person become so aware of th

Operating as usual


Hypnosis can be beneficial for some things on its own (like public speaking or relaxation), but can only be done effectively for anything mental health-related when combined with other therapy modalities, like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), or psychodynamic therapy. This is why our practice utilizes an integrative approach.

Learn more about why an integrative approach to hypnosis is important at https://www.nyhealthhypnosis.com/about-hypnosis


In our world of constant movement and distraction, Pico Iyer provides strategies we all can use to take back a few minutes out of every day, or a few days out of every season. This is the perfect TED Talk for anyone who feels overwhelmed by the demands of our world.

Watch it today at https://youtu.be/aUBawr1hUwo and let us know what you think in the comments!


Dr. Kimberly Fishbach specializes in helping people eliminate unwanted, maladaptive habits, including skin picking, hair pulling, and nail-biting. She works by using hypnosis to address the habit while using mindfulness and therapy to address any underlying problems such as anxiety or depression.

Learn more about her approach at https://www.nyhealthhypnosis.com/specialties/habits


💡 One 2017 meta-analysis found that hypnosis has a significant, immediate, and prolonged effect on anxiety in people with cancer. It was especially beneficial for those with procedure-related anxiety.

Read more about these findings at https://bit.ly/3Pyi032


Mindfulness isn't just for adults! Studies show that the benefits of mindfulness for kids may include:

1. Increased focus, attention, self-control, classroom participation, and compassion.
2. Improved academic performance, ability to resolve conflict, and overall well-being.
3. Decreased levels of stress, depression, anxiety, and disruptive behavior.

Learn how you can start introducing mindfulness and meditation to your kids in this Mindful.org article: https://www.mindful.org/mindfulness-for-kids/


Infertility is a more prevalent issue than one might think: In the United States, among heterosexual women aged 15 to 49 years with no prior births, about 1 in 5 (19%) are unable to get pregnant after one year of trying (infertility). Also, about 1 in 4 (26%) women in this group have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term (impaired fecundity).

Learn more about these findings at https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/infertility/

👉 NY Health Hypnosis is a strong advocate for those struggling with infertility. Learn how we can help support you during this difficult time at https://www.nyhealthhypnosis.com/specialties/infertility-pregnancy-parenting



The hypnosis process has two main stages: induction and suggestion.

1. To induce a hypnotic state, the hypnotherapist will ask you to imagine sensory experiences — like the crisp air of a mountain lake, or a quiet, pine-scented forest — to help you move deeper into a relaxing and pleasant visualization.

2. Once you’ve reached this calm, hypnotic state, your hypnotherapist uses suggestion to guide you away from painful rumination and toward solutions to your problems. This immersed concentration can open the mind to new experiences, suggestibility, and positive transformation.

Learn more about how hypnosis works at https://www.nyhealthhypnosis.com/post/does-hypnosis-really-work

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New York Health Hypnosis & Integrative Therapy

Dr. Meghan Downey is our expert in helping clients with concerns around panic attacks and panic disorder. She takes a holistic and integrated approach to facilitate awareness, growth, and positive change. By combining hypnosis along with relational psychodynamic therapy, mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Eastern philosophy, and positive psychology, Dr. Downey helps alleviate her clients’ suffering and improve the quality of their lives.

Learn more about Dr. Downey's approach at https://www.nyhealthhypnosis.com/specialties/anxiety-stress-fear-phobia

New York Health Hypnosis & Integrative Therapy Esteemed NY Psychologists specializing in hypnotherapy & mindfulness for eating disorders, sleep, insomnia, anxiety & habits. Soho Office or Online Therapy NYC.


💡 A study published in the Open Journal of Social Sciences found that subjects suffering from chronic insomnia benefitted from the relaxation and positive self-suggestion of hypnosis.

The study described hypnosis as “a significant means for enhancing a sense of personal empowerment.” Subjects were better able to control the intrusive thoughts disrupting their sleep, and researchers observed improvements around anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns as well.

Read more about this study's findings at https://bit.ly/3hsiVp0 and learn more about hypnosis for insomnia at https://www.nyhealthhypnosis.com/specialties/sleep-insomnia


The shower is a great place to get a daily dose of mindfulness. 🚿

Here's how to practice mindfulness in the shower according to an article by Headspace :

As you step into the shower, be aware of how the water feels as it hits your head, your back, your arms. Is it hot enough? Too hot? Notice which part of the body you wash first, then switch it up. Habits like showering usually put us on autopilot: we go through the motions while the mind skips off. If your thoughts have wandered, gently bring your attention back to the present. You can apply this mindfulness exercise to just about any daily habit.

You can find more meditation and mindfulness exercises at https://www.headspace.com/meditation/exercises


💡 Affiliated Partner Spotlight: Generation Next Fertility

We are proud to work hand-in-hand with a practice we admire and respect, who truly supports those struggling with issues surrounding infertility.

From fertility testing to egg-freezing and IVF treatments, their compassionate doctors and award-winning medical team are there to provide you with the best service and greatest chance of success. We know there is not one cookie-cutter treatment that works within fertility, which is why we chose a partner practice that will take the time to truly listen to and understand our patients’ needs. They focus on people, rather than protocols.

Learn more at https://www.nyhealthhypnosis.com/affiliated-providers


Happy New Year from all of us at NY Health Hypnosis & Integrative Therapy!🎉 Thank you to everyone who made 2022 such a fantastic year, and we can't wait to see what 2023 holds!


Dr. Karolina Pekala is an expert in combining hypnosis and therapy to help people struggling with eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia. Her approach not only addresses the eating behaviors themselves, but also the thought preoccupation, body image issues, obsessive thinking, and compulsive behaviors that accompany and are inherently part of eating disorders.

Learn more about Dr. Pekala's approach at https://www.nyhealthhypnosis.com/specialties/weight-loss-binge-eating-bulimia


Among women who know they are pregnant, about 10-25% of those pregnancies will end in a miscarriage, according to the National Library of Medicine.

Health experts say the total number of miscarriages is probably actually much higher, as many miscarriages occur so early in the pregnancy that the woman doesn't yet know she's pregnant. The risk for miscarriage is significantly higher in women who are over the age of 30 and in women who have already had a miscarriage.

You can read more on this topic at https://bit.ly/3PyVhDR

👉 Remember: If you are struggling with pregnancy loss, you are not alone. Learn how we can help support you during this difficult time at https://www.nyhealthhypnosis.com/specialties/infertility-pregnancy-parenting


💡 The results of the first scientific study that directly compared the treatment of anxiety with mindfulness versus medication were just published in JAMA Psychiatry

The study found the two different methods work equally well in terms of reducing symptoms: participants in both groups reported a 30% decline in their anxiety levels as measured using a standardized assessment instrument.

We absolutely do not suggest that people stop their medications based on this, but instead, promote this research as a way to demonstrate the power of mindfulness!

Read more about these new findings at https://bit.ly/3Pt0c9b or in this Psychology Today article at https://bit.ly/3BDJM8n


We love this excerpt from "Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation" by Sharon Salzberg 🤍


Dr. Rebecca Hoffenberg's area of expertise is in binge eating and emotional eating. She takes a relational, person-centered approach that incorporates mindfulness, ego state therapy, and EMDR. She finds that the implementation of relational EMDR is particularly helpful in overcoming these battles, and she combines her training in EMDR for food issues with her relational EMDR training. As such, she is able to identify early beliefs that lead to these behaviors and stop those beliefs from affecting the present.

Read more about Dr. Hoffenberg's approach at https://www.nyhealthhypnosis.com/specialties/weight-loss-binge-eating-bulimia


Today is the first day of winter! ❄️ To welcome the new season, we thought we'd revisit this Forbes article by Keith Ferrazzi featuring our own Dr. Sera Lavelle: "Winter Blues: Seven Tools To Foster Mental Wellness In The Workplace." Read it at http://bit.ly/3AngABU


Hypnotherapy can be an effective way to treat and manage anxiety. According to a meta-analysis published in 2018, people who received hypnosis reduced their anxiety levels by more than 79% on average compared to participants who didn’t receive hypnosis. The study also found that hypnosis was more effective in reducing anxiety when combined with other psychological interventions than when used as a stand-alone treatment.

Read more about these findings here: http://bit.ly/3AnuXGw

To learn more about how we incorporate hypnosis into our practice, please visit: https://www.nyhealthhypnosis.com/getting-started


The 4-7-8 breath is a wonderful mindfulness exercise, particularly for grounding and calming yourself in times of stress. Here's how to practice it:

1. Breath quietly in through your nose for a count of 4
2. Hold your breath for a count of 7
3. Breath forcefully out of your mouth for a count of 8 while making a “whooshing” sound
4. Repeat several times

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Learning to let go is the ultimate freedom🤍 Save this post to remind you later!


Mindful eating involves maintaining a present-moment awareness about the food and drinks that individuals put into their bodies by intentionally using all five of senses: sight, sound, smell, touch, and of course, taste! We find that the more present people are when eating, the more they enjoy their food and the more they become aware of what goes into their bodies. Dr. Sera Lavelle specializes in using hypnotherapy to help people overcome their battles with food by learning to eat more mindfully.

Learn more about how hypnosis can help individuals who struggle with emotional eating, weight concerns, and eating disorders by visiting https://www.nyhealthhypnosis.com/specialties/weight-loss-binge-eating-bulimia


💡Did you know? Research demonstrates that hypnotherapy can increase confidence and motivation in a variety of contexts, such as sports performance (Straub & Bowman, 2016), public speaking (Shoenberger et al, 1997) and the promotion of creativity (Bowers, 1979).

At NY Health Hypnosis & Integrative Therapy we help individuals overcome struggles with confidence and motivation using our unique blend of hypnosis and other evidence-based therapy techniques. To learn more about how we incorporate hypnosis into our work, please visit:


To learn more about the above studies, visit the links below:



Studies (linked below) show that hypnotherapy can be a highly effective modality for treating PTSD.

One meta-analysis found that hypnosis had both short and long-term success in alleviating PTSD symptoms.

Another study looked at the effectiveness of hypnosis on children affected by PTSD after the terrorist attacks in Bali in 2002. They found that the children who received hypnosis reported a 77% improvement rate of PTSD symptoms after one year. The study demonstrated that hypnosis is an effective treatment for PTSD and other traumatic experiences.

Studies referenced:

Study one: http://bit.ly/3UDF0iJ
Study two: http://bit.ly/3USu0yg

To learn more about how NY Health Hypnosis & Integrative Therapy uses hypnosis and EMDR to help with symptoms of trauma and PTSD, please visit: https://www.nyhealthhypnosis.com/specialties/trauma-emdr


Hoping to avoid the flu this season? Try meditating!

One study (linked below) shows that meditators who went through an eight-week mindfulness training program had significantly more flu antibodies than their non-meditating peers after they received a flu vaccine. After measuring the brain activity of both the meditators and non-meditators, they also found increases in both positive feelings and antibody responses to immune system challenges.



When is the last time you did absolutely nothing for ten whole minutes? No texting, talking, or intentional thinking? In his Talk, mindfulness expert (founder of ) describes the transformative power of doing just that: refreshing your mind for ten minutes a day simply by staying mindful and experiencing the present moment.

Watch his TED Talk at https://youtu.be/qzR62JJCMBQ


Walking daily is one of the best things we can do for both our physical and mental health! As you walk, try taking it as an opportunity to practice mindfulness.

Mindful walking is the practice of becoming aware of your surroundings and how your body and mind feel while moving. Choose a route, preferably in nature, where you can walk uninterrupted. As you begin to walk, bring your full attention to the movements and sensations in your feet, body, and breath, and then start noticing the sights around you. If you start becoming distracted, simply return your focus to your breath.

Read more about the benefits of mindful walking and how to practice it in this article by : https://positivepsychology.com/mindful-walking


In the spirit of the holiday season, we thought we'd re-share this The New York Times article by , You Are Not Getting Hungry … Using Hypnosis to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain. Our very own Dr. Sera Lavelle was quoted throughout the article and explains how we use hypnotherapy to help people struggling with their weight.

To read the article, please visit: http://bit.ly/3Ao0FDm

To learn more about how we incorporate hypnosis into therapy for weight management and emotional eating, please visit: https://www.nyhealthhypnosis.com/specialties/weight-loss-binge-eating-bulimia




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