Drawing on her background in attachment theory, relational psychoanalysis and mindfulness based approaches, Dr. Sara Glazer has developed an integrative therapeutic method that utilizes hypnosis techniques within an interpersonal lens for relationship issues, grief, anxiety, issues surrounding pregnancy and those related to attention and hyperactivity. She assists clients in exploring ways that their struggles relate to their self-perception and relationships with others, using hypnosis as a powerful tool for change.
Dr. Glazer has trained with some of the top researchers in the field of Clinical Psychology as well as the country’s most renowned leaders in hypnosis. Her training in psychology began by obtaining a Bachelor of Arts with a Specialty in Psychology from Thomas Edison State University. She then pursued a Master’s of Arts in Psychology from the City University of New York, where she explored the relationship between attachment bonds, spirituality and mental health. During this time, Dr. Glazer worked on a study exploring the traumatic impact of the World Trade Center attacks at Columbia University’s New York Psychiatric Institute.
Upon entering her doctoral program at Kean University, Dr. Glazer continued to develop her interests in attachment theory and the significance of the family system in impacting each individual family member’s mental health. Dr. Glazer’s dissertation study explored the contribution of parental acceptance of child distress to parents’ perceptions of their children’s emotion regulation skills. In addition, the study explored ways in which parents’ proneness to shame might impact their attitude toward their children’s emotions. Dr. Glazer’s research regarding attachment relationships and spirituality, both at Kean and previously at CUNY, led to presentations at the national conferences of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). As a doctoral candidate, Dr. Glazer completed Externships at SCO Family of Services, a psychiatric residential facility and the Brooklyn College Counseling Center, where she received substantial training in psychodynamic conceptualization and treatment approaches.
Dr. Glazer completed her pre-doctoral internship at Pennsylvania Counseling Services where she provided individual and group psychotherapy in a community mental health setting and engaged in postdoctoral training at Pride of Judea Community Services, part of the Jewish Board of Family and Children Services. In this role, she worked with children, adults, and families, gaining diverse experience with a range of psychological treatments and manifestations of distress.
Integrative Hypnosis Training
Dr. Glazer received training in hypnosis through the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, the county’s most esteemed training institute in hypnotherapy. Under renown author Michael Kapko as well as other leaders in the field, Dr. Glazer learned how the clinical use hypnosis can rapidly facilitatie change, strengthen the ego, and reduce impediments to change. She combines her use of hypnosis with her extensive training in mindfulness and acceptance-based interventions, including acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), self-compassion practices, and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), which she received from her APA-accredited doctoral program. Dr. Glazer has also obtained training in therapies derived from other perspectives, including emotionally-focused and psychodynamic approaches that draw upon attachment theory.
Dr. Glazer’s style of therapy emphasizes that relationships, with others and with oneself, impact one’s beliefs about the world, behaviors and struggles. Given this, Dr. Glazer considers the therapeutic relationship to be impactful and significant in contributing to one’s process of therapeutic change, striving to create an atmosphere of mutuality, safety and empathic understanding. Her style of therapy blends mindfulness based approaches, attachment theory, relational psychoanalysis and self psychology, integrating hypnosis techniques within an interpersonal lens for a variety of struggles. Dr. Glazer continues to undergo extensive training in hypnosis and mindfulness, with a commitment to ongoing learning and attention to current research on effective therapeutic techniques.