Specialties

Dr. Sera Lavelle, Ph.D, Dr. Noah Kass, DSW, LCSW and Dr. Samantha Gaies, Ph.D are experts in using hypnosis and integrative therapy techniques to help a person move forward. Their specialties focus not solely on delving into the past, but also helping a person to incorporate changes to keep them from falling back into the same patterns.

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Weight Loss, Binge Eating & Bulimia
Dr. Sera Lavelle, Ph.D and Dr. Samantha Gaies, Ph.D are Clinical Psychologists who specialize in using hypnosis and therapy based in clinical research to help people overcome their battles with food, specializing in binge eating and bulimia. Their goal is not just to end the addiction, but to stop viewing food in terms of good and bad so that a person gets out of the cycle of overindulgence and self-blame. They have been written about in Elle Magazine and Allure and helped hundreds of people end their struggle with food. Read more...

Habits & Addictions
Dr. Noah Kass, DSW, LCSW is New York’s expert in using hypnosis, CBT, and integrative methods to help a person moderate or refrain from their 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. Read more...

Insomnia
Dr. Samantha Gaies, Ph.D is NYC’s expert in combining hypnosis, mindfulness, interpersonal techniques and CBT to help people suffering from insomnia. Her approach focuses onhelping clients understand their relationship with sleep and uses a variety of techniques to alter sleep habits in order to help people sleep more soundly and for longer periods of time. All of these approaches offer individuals an understanding about the relationship between sleeplessness and negative emotions, which, in turn, helps to alleviate feelings of depression, anxiety, and irritability, and greatly enhance day-to-day functioning. Read more...

Confidence and Motivation
Dr. Noah Kass, DSW, LCSW specializes in using hypnosis to boost a person’s self confidence and motivation. Through the power of positive suggestion, Dr. Kass promotes an innate curiosity of the mind to build a stronger sense of self. He has an extensive background helping artists, performers, athletes and business executives move past emotional blocks and change their self-image by accessing and amplifying inner strengths that have lain dormant. Read more...

Anxiety, Stress, Fear & Phobia
Dr. Sera Lavelle, Ph.D, Dr. Noah Kass, DSW, LCSW and Dr. Samantha Gaies have created a specialized method to treat anxiety, stress, obsessive thinking, and phobia. Their method combines hypnosis, mindfulness and analytic therapy techniques to approach anxiety from several directions. This combined approach help a person understand their anxiety and learn techniques to quiet their thoughts, while also using hypnosis to learn how to calm the mind and body. Read more...

Depression
Treating depression requires a bidirectional approach, as depression is a bidirectional struggle. When people are depressed, they find it difficult to incorporate changes in their lives. Feeling stuck, on the other hand, is also what perpetuates feelings of hopeless and depression. Our approach breaks this pattern by focusing on tangible goals through hypnosis while also working to resolve underlying feelings of depression through integrative therapy. Read more...

Pain Management
Dr. Samantha Gaies uses a combination of hypnosis, mindfulness, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help people suffering from chronic pain reclaim their sense of self-worth and quality of life. Her approach focuses on helping people reduce their experience of chronic pain through hypnosis and mindfulness, while also using interpersonal exploration and ACT techniques to help people learn to live their lives to the fullest. These approaches help a person understand the relationship between chronic pain and anxiety and/or depression, which in turn, helps to break the vicious cycle between chronic pain and negative emotions. Read more...

Smoking Cessation
Quitting smoking will be one of the hardest, and most rewarding, things you will ever do. Trying to quit and not succeeding makes us feel like a failure, and the fear that we can’t quit is often what holds us back. Instead of methods that promote fear of the consequences of smoking, Dr. Kass uses hypnosis to tap into a person’s own desire and motivation to quit while helping to remove any blocks to achieving this goal. Read more...

Pregnancy & Infertility
Dr. Sera Lavelle, Ph.D uses a variety of techniques and expertise in the field to provide an integrative and healing approach to infertility and issues that arise in response to pregnancy. She is well versed in the area, using hypnosis for positive visualization, promoting relaxation, and addressing stress and fears, while using her knowledge of infertility and pregnancy to educate patients, connect patients to NYC’s top resources and navigate difficult medical decisions. Read more...

Trauma
Dr. Samantha Gaies, Ph.D uses a combination of hypnosis, mindfulness, and exposure therapy techniques to help people who are suffering from psychological trauma caused by an emotionally distressing or life-threatening event. Her practice incorporates techniques that help clients gently confront and work through difficult memories and experiences, while also learning to live more fully in the present moment in order to regain control over their lives. Through this, clients learn to understand the relationship between their past trauma and current psychological distress, which ultimately allows them to free themselves from these painful memories and once again feel like the person they were prior to the trauma. Read more...