Habits & Addictions

Dr. Noah Kass is New York’s expert in using hypnosis, CBT, and integrative methods to treat habits and addictions. Dr. Kass has worked as the Clinical Director of The Dunes East Hampton, a private inpatient treatment center on Long Island, and Clinical Director of the Realization Center, New York City’s largest addiction outpatient treatment center. His extensive background enables him to work successfully with habits such as nail biting, skin picking (dermatillomania) and hair pulling (trichotillomania) as well as a variety of addictions such as to drugs and alcohol.

Habits: Skin picking (dermatillomania) & Hair pulling (trichotillomania)
Engaging in a habit that is self-inflicted is extremely frustrating. It starts as a habit in childhood, and while some grow out of it, many are plagued with this difficulty in adulthood. We tell ourselves to stop, and yet, find ourselves doing it out of frustration or trying to find comfort.
    Treating this difficulty is best through short-term hypnosis. Unlike treatment for addictions where a person has to engage in an action to pursue their addiction, these habits are automatic; we often don’t realize that we are doing them until we are minutes into engaging in the act. Hypnosis works by increasing your awareness that you are doing it, and consciously learning to not engage in the habit, so that it becomes a habit not to do it.

Addictions: Drug and Alcohol abuse and overuse
There are some habits that are not just frustrating for us, but also interfere with our work, relationships, and daily lives. We may turn to drugs or alcohol for comfort, only to find that it is the addiction that brings us the most discomfort in life. We tell ourselves that if we are anxious, upset about our relationship, or had a bad day at work, that engaging in our addiction is the only way to feel better. The truth is, however, that when you engage in this behavior, you generally feel much worse about yourself, and thus the cycle continues.
    Dr. Noah Kass provides comprehensive, holistically informed addiction and substance use treatment while also using hypnosis as an additional tool to promote change. He helps clients re-examine their relationships with substances while assisting them in managing their emotions and exploring their practiced resistances. His method helps her person evaluate the impact and severity of their use, to help them evaluate whether moderation or abstinence is the best route for them. As people face ongoing life stressors and relapse triggers, Dr. Kass provides a safe and nurturing environment that supports the goals they would like to achieve.

Issues with drug and alcohol abuse and overuse are ongoing problems and are best suited for combined hypnosis and therapy. The work together strikes a balance between deep analytic work to get to the root of the problem, and using hypnosis as a way to promote change. This is best done by developing an ongoing therapeutic relationship where appointments can be set up weekly or biweekly at the same time or flexibly according to the client's schedule.

Dr. Noah Kass's background in addiction includes:

  • A Doctorate (DSW) from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice with a specialization in Addiction, where he received the prestigious Dr. Ram Cnaan award for meritorious achievement.
  • Extensive research on addiction, including his dissertation examining the philosophies and practices of Alcoholics Anonymous from a psychodynamic perspective.
  • Completion of NYU’s Clinical Approaches to Addiction Treatment Certificate program.
  • The prestigious position of Clinical Director of The Dunes East Hampton, a private inpatient treatment center on Long Island.
  • Three years as Clinical Director of the Realization Center, New York City’s largest addiction outpatient treatment center.

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