Dr. Rebecca Hoffenberg: Healing Trauma & Enhancing Self-Esteem through Integrative EMDR

Dr. Rebecca Hoffenberg, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, specializes in addressing childhood traumas and boosting self-esteem and self-worth. Her approach integrates psychodynamic and person-centered therapies, supplemented by her expertise in EMDR, mindfulness, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Dr. Hoffenberg focuses on healing deep-seated emotional wounds and building a strong foundation of self-confidence and resilience. In her practice, she collaborates closely with clients, using her skills to help them recognize and change detrimental patterns. This process not only fosters self-awareness but also empowers individuals to overcome their past and build a positive self-image. By combining evidence-based methods and the therapeutic power of EMDR, Dr. Hoffenberg guides her clients toward discovering their intrinsic motivations and navigating their unique paths to emotional well-being and personal growth.
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Formal & Academic Education

Dr. Rebecca Hoffenberg, meticulously educated and licensed as a Clinical Psychologist, intertwines a wealth of practical and academic experience in her approach to holistic healing. Her educational journey commenced with earning a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Union College, and further flourishing with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from William James College, Boston, MA. Here, she honed her skills under esteemed psychologists, specializing in trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, and psychosis. Moreover, she embraced specialized training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) within a community mental health center and delved into person-centered therapy during her tenure in a private practice in Boston. Her experiences at the Manchester VA Medical Center further refined her capabilities, as she engaged in evidence-based trauma therapy for individuals grappling with PTSD, under the mentorship of leaders in trauma therapy and research.

This multi-faceted background empowers Dr. Hoffenberg to navigate through a broad array of psychological and emotional issues, ranging from mild anxiety to more complex cases involving eating disorders and advanced trauma. Her rotations at the National Psychology Training Consortium provided her with profound insights and training in managing trauma, grief, and implementing varied approaches to treat anxiety and depression. Notably, during her rotations in the inpatient facility, Dr. Hoffenberg provided therapeutic support to individuals facing severe mental illnesses, fortifying their adaptive coping skills to enhance their life quality. With a subtle focus on relational difficulties, she assists people in understanding their relational patterns and their pervasive impact, thereby guiding them through a journey from introspection to holistic well-being.

EMDR Training & Integrative Approach

Dr. Rebecca Hoffenberg, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, profoundly impacts lives through her expertise in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and integrative therapy, employing a holistic approach towards client transformation. Intertwining advanced training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with relational and psychodynamic techniques, she guides her clients toward developing a robust understanding of their concerns and utilizes EMDR alongside mindfulness and meditative practices to address specific issues they seek to alter. Specializing in trauma, Dr. Hoffenberg found inspiration in "The Body Keeps the Score" and discovered that embedding EMDR into her therapy paradigm enabled a more rapid identification and addressing of root problems, liberating patients from the detrimental thoughts and behaviors stemming from their traumas. This EMDR integration proves particularly efficacious for clients feeling ensnared in challenges such as binge eating, habits, trauma, anxiety, depression, and shame.

With her specialized training under Dr. Curt Rouanzoin and Dr. Michelle Gottlieb from EMDR Professional Training, Dr. Hoffenberg, a certified EMDR therapy provider and a member of the EMDR International Association, intricately blends EMDR with other supportive modalities like Complex Trauma/Development Trauma. Her therapeutic approach, while individualized to each client's needs, melds EMDR with additional methodologies in a relational manner to fortify growth and transformation, arming her clients with the instrumental tools needed to realize their objectives. Furthermore, by integrating mindfulness and dialectical behavioral therapy approaches, she endows clients with tangible skills to uplift their emotional well-being. Dr. Hoffenberg’s steadfast dedication to perpetual learning and adept application of EMDR optimizes client outcomes and enriches the quality of their lives, firmly believing in the pivotal role of the therapeutic relationship as an essential catalyst for change, fostering warm, cooperative relationships with clients to enhance self-understanding, self-compassion, and aligned decision-making.

Academic & Professional Achievements

Formal Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology: Union College
  • Masters of Clinical Psychology: William and James College
  • Doctorate of Clinical Psychology: William and James College
  • APA Accredited Internship: National Psychology Training Consortium
  • Postdoctoral Position: Long Beach Reach

Trauma & EMDR Trainings

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) Training
  • Paradigm shift: Through the EMDR therapeutic framework
  • A Relational Model for Parts / Ego state work in EMDR therapy
  • EMDR & Performance: Removing Blocks and Raising the Bar
  • Trauma-informed Clinical Skills for Treating the Spectrum of Eating Disorders
  • Complex Trauma / Developmental Trauma Training

Other Specialized Trainings

  • American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH)
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Training for Insomnia
  • Specialized Therapy for Eating Disorders
  • Professional Education Systems Institute: Personality Disorders Certification
  • Emotion Focused Individual Therapy Training
  • DeTUR: Urge Reduction Protocol for Dysfunctional Behaviors – The Accelerated Adaptive Information Processing Model Training
Areas of Expertise
  • Binge Eating & Emotional Eating
  • Relationship issues
  • Motivation & Procrastination
  • Self-Esteem & Confidence
  • Anxiety Disorders & Social Phobia
  • Shame & Guilt
  • Depression
  • Postpartum & parental adjustment
  • Trauma & PTSD
  • Complex PTSD