Dr. Laura Faiwiszewski: Combining EMDR & Hypnotherapy for Meaningful Change

Dr. Laura Faiwiszewski's therapeutic approach uniquely combines EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and hypnosis, supplemented by mindfulness practices, to effectively address emotional eating, anxiety, insomnia, and PTSD. This integrated method harnesses the power of EMDR, using guided eye movements to process and reframe traumatic memories in a way that mirrors the brain's activity during REM sleep. This is effectively complemented by hypnosis, which induces a state of deep relaxation and heightened focus, allowing clients to access and explore their subconscious. This combination proves particularly potent, as the depth of exploration offered by hypnosis enriches the reprocessing and healing facilitated by EMDR, creating a dynamic, synergistic environment that fosters profound personal growth and lasting emotional well-being.
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Formal & Academic Education

Dr. Laura Faiwiszewski, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, has developed a diverse specialization that includes depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, trauma, insomnia, chronic pain, executive stress, and personal development areas such as motivation and self-compassion. Her therapeutic approach is highly individualized, leveraging her expertise in cognitive-behavioral techniques, acceptance and commitment therapy, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness. Dr. Faiwiszewski's holistic approach centers on treating the whole person and guiding clients towards a life aligned with their values. Her journey in psychology began with a year abroad volunteering in a children's home, followed by an undergraduate degree in psychology from Rutgers University. Her interest in the mind-body connection was further fueled by her experience as a personal trainer, deepening her commitment to helping individuals lead fulfilling lives.

Dr. Faiwiszewski's extensive education includes a Masters in Educational Psychology and a Doctorate in Combined Clinical and School Psychology from Kean University. Her training encompassed various methodologies, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and psychoanalytic and psychodynamic theories. She has hands-on experience from her time in middle and high schools conducting assessments and therapy, and at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, where she focused on neuropsychological evaluations and short-term therapy. Her experience also includes working at Mount Sinai’s Eating and Weight Disorder Program. Dr. Faiwiszewski further honed her skills during her pre-doctoral internship at the Northport VA Medical Center and her postdoctoral fellowship with a focus on Health Psychology. Here, she treated a wide range of conditions, from chronic pain to mental health issues, using group and individual therapy. She is certified in Motivational Interviewing and trained in Mindfulness for Stress Reduction. Her unique therapeutic style blends acceptance-based and cognitive-behavioral approaches, marked by humor and authenticity, to treat each client holistically.

Holistic Training & Integrative Approach

Dr. Faiwiszewski's unique therapeutic approach is deeply rooted in her diverse training, notably integrating hypnosis and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) with her expertise in cognitive-behavioral and acceptance-based therapies. Her journey into Eastern philosophies and practices, enriched by studies in Buddhism and meditation at a Tibetan Monastery in Nepal, has significantly influenced her therapeutic style. This integration is especially evident in her work with individuals facing chronic health issues, anxiety, depression, trauma, and OCD, where she employs mindfulness, meditation, and her skills in hypnosis and EMDR to guide clients towards a life driven by their values.

In therapy, Dr. Faiwiszewski's warm and humorous approach complements her directive style, rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She skillfully uses hypnosis to facilitate deep relaxation and heightened focus, allowing clients to explore subconscious patterns and behaviors. This is synergistically combined with EMDR, a method that helps clients process and reframe traumatic memories through guided eye movements. The interplay between hypnosis and EMDR enables a comprehensive treatment of issues, offering clients a path to reprocess trauma and alter ingrained behavioral patterns. Her emphasis on acceptance-based practices like Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) encourages clients to embrace their thoughts and feelings, fostering a life in alignment with their core values. Dr. Faiwiszewski's person-centered philosophy positions her clients as experts in their own lives, empowering them to discover their strengths and resources for daily living.

Academic & Professional Achievements

Formal Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology: Rutgers University
  • Master of Arts in Educational Psychology: Kean University
  • Doctorate in Combined Clinical and School Psychology: Kean University
  • Predoctoral Internship: Northport VA Medical Center
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship: Northport VA Medical Center (Health Psychology Focus)

Other Specialized Trainings

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) Training
  • Florida Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
  • American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH)
  • Certification in Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Chronic Pain
Areas of Expertise
  • Binge Eating & Eating Disorders
  • Sleep & Insomnia
  • Performance & motivation enhancement
  • Anxiety & Panic Attacks 
  • OCD & Intrusive Thoughts
  • Phobia & Fears
  • Depression
  • Trauma & PTSD
  • Complex PTSD
  • Chronic Pain
  • Relationship issues