I approach my work as a psychologist pragmatically.
People ask to work with me for reasons such as being burdened by depression or anxiety, or having painful obsessive thoughts and compulsions.
Others wish to work out troubling relationships or issues of sexuality. Those with alcohol and drug problems may want to stop or reduce the harm that substance use has on their lives. Still others wish to deal with the complicated and lingering effects of past traumatic events.
Some of my clients are dissatisfied with aspects of their work and career. To solve these problems they want to be coached by a seasoned professional who has deep knowledge of how individuals and organizations change.
The way I work with a client depends on who he or she is. From the beginning, I am interested in your goals, relationships, cultural background and values. I take the time required to develop a genuine rapport so that trust and understanding develops.
As an inquiring person, who has been in private practice for over 20 years, I have studied the major schools of psychotherapy: I work collaborativly to develop an individualized approach, which is the basis for successful change.
I have treated couples for over 25 years and trained in couples and family therapy with Dr. Jaime Inclan. At New York Medical College I taught family therapy and supervised interns and trainees in family therapy. In my private practice I see couples to help with marital and relationship issues.
I work with some patients to realize total abstinence, whereas others aim to reduce the harm that substances have had on their life. With twenty-five years of clinical experience, I draw on diverse methods including mindfulness based cognitive therapy, couples therapy and psychodynamic psychotherapy to help individuals increase their motivation, define, and realize their goals.
These are the most common problems which people come to treatment for. I draw on my experience in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and contemplative methods as needed.
Psychoanalysis is an in depth treatment whose aim is to enrich one's life while easing psychological conflicts. This treatment is very effective for complex problems that do not easily fall into any one category. Utilizing the therapeutic relationship, the patient and analyst work together to understand the unconscious sources of neurotic suffering. In doing so, the patient is helped to transform self-defeating personal and interpersonal patterns.
Although mindfulness practices have attracted a great deal of public attention in recent years, the meaning of the term is not always clear. Mindfulness has been defined as deliberate attention to an object of experience in the present moment. Mindful attention also involves an attitude which is non-judgmental, curious and open. Contemporary psychological and neuroscience research has repeatedly shown that there is a moderate to strong beneficial effect of mindfulness on emotional well-being (see Grossman, Nieman, Schmidt and Wallach, 2004). This positive effect has been found in diverse groups of people who have mental health problems
as well as non-clinical populations who experience high levels of stress. Mindfulness is often included in psychotherapy because it alleviates anxiety, depression and intense negative emotions. It is vital that a meditation teacher has a strong practice of his own in order to convey the quality and subtlety of mindfulness practices. As a meditation instructor and teacher at the Contemplative Studies Project of New York University Department of Psychology and the Shambhala Meditation Center of New York, I incorporate mindfulness and awareness practices into psychotherapy based on my patients' interests and needs.
I received my doctorate in Clinical Psychology at New York University in 1988. The focus of my doctorate was an in-depth study of psychotherapy and mental health troubles.
I studied cognitive behavioral therapy as a graduate student and intern. This allowed me to effectively treat problems such as panic, phobias and obsessive compulsive disorder.
When I began my psychotherapy practice, I quickly learned that the range of my patient's emotional troubles was wide and to be effective I had to continually expand my knowledge.
I began my post-doctoral training by studying couples and family therapy with Dr. Jaime Inclan.
At New York Medical College I taught couples and family therapy to mental health professionals in training.
In 2012, I completed a post-doctoral fellowship at New York University's Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.
To further expand my tools as a therapist, I have studied contemplative psychology and teach meditation. I have practiced meditation for over 15 years. Meditation is very helpful in treating people with addictions, trauma, volatile moods and emotions, and traumatic events. By stabilizing attention, one’s emotional well-being is enhanced and thinking becomes more adaptive and effective.
Assistant Clinical Professor (adjunct) New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis Contemplative Studies Project of New York, Instructor
Shambhala Meditation Center of New York, Teacher and Organizational Consultant
Auerbach, W. (2014) Time and Timelessness in the Psychoanalysis of an Adult with Severe Childhood Trauma. Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 15, 199-213
Auerbach, W. (2015) Times at War: Commentary on Gentile’s "Troubling Temporalities", Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 16, 44-48.
Contemplative Buddhist Psychology, Meditation in Everyday Life, and Shambhala Training, Buddhism and Psychoanalysis
Mind Without Walls A study group taught with Sara Weber, Ph.D. that teaches mental health professionals about Buddhism, contemplative psychology and psychotherapy
Dr. William Auerbach
425 West 23rd Street, Suite 1B
New York, New York 10011
office phone: 212-675-4118
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