What follows is a summary of my personal and professional background, the evolution of my clinical psychology and hypnosis practice, and some of my accomplishments in developing better psychotherapy and assessment techniques.

I became licensed as a professional psychologist in Pennsylvania in 1986.  At that time, I began my part-time practice of clinical psychology while holding various full-time salaried positions through 1989.  From 1986 through 1987, I worked as a Staff and Supervising Psychologist with troubled children at Eastern State School and Hospital in Trevose, Pennsylvania.  I pioneered the use of clinical hypnosis and biofeedback therapy with children and adolescents. 

In 1988 and 1989, I held the position of Director of Psychology, Biofeedback & Behavioral Medicine within the Department of Psychiatry at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.  While there, I ran a Biofeedback and Hypnosis Therapy program for outpatients referred for medical and psychological problems.

From 1987 through 1989, I was the Director of Psychology in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Abington Memorial Hospital in Abington, Pennsylvania.  This provided opportunities to work with physicians in rendering psychological care to patients with medical and psychosomatic problems.

At that time, I also began consulting in a number of different physical rehabilitation centers, nursing homes and medical and psychiatric hospitals.  I also began working with a large HMO (US Healthcare, now part of AETNA) in developing a Medical Psychology program for chronic pain and brain injured patients.  I directed the psychological evaluations of these patients and helped in developing treatment plans and in facilitating their medical triage.  I received referrals from a variety of physicians, and maintained a professional office near Abington Memorial Hospital. 

During this period of time (1987 through 1990), I developed expertise in clinical hypnosis as an effective tool to help patients get better more rapidly in psychotherapy.  I had been trained in the 1980’s in Cognitive Therapy and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy by Dr. Arnold Lazarus of Rutgers University and Dr. Arthur Freeman at the Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania.  In the mid-1980’s, I had the opportunity to conduct Cognitive-Behavior Therapy with chronic pain patients at several clinics in Philadelphia and to write about this work in several book chapters I authored. 

Given my work as a Rehabilitation Psychologist in the latter half of the 1980’s, I took continuing education training and supervision in Clinical Neuropsychology.  I performed hundreds of neuropsychological evaluations of medical patients and medico-legal patients as part of my private practice between 1988 and 2000.  In addition, I provided psychological consultation services to Geriatric and Nursing Care facilities where I performed and supervised thousands of neuropsychological and behavioral consultations between 1988 and 1996.

By 1989, my private practice, The Behavior Therapy Center, P.C., had evolved into a full-time, general clinical psychology private practice with a specialization in Medical Psychology, Clinical Hypnosis, and Neuropsychology.  In the office psychotherapy component of my practice, I saw patients referred for the treatment of anxiety, depression, phobias, pain, trauma, obsessions and compulsions, impulse control disorders, eating disorders, dysfunctional habits, addictions, family and relationship problems, and personality disorders.

I continued to run my office and consultation-liaison practice though 1996.  I saw outpatients in my offices in Abington, Jenkintown, Northeast Philadelphia, and Center City Philadelphia.  Also, I serviced inpatients at several community medical hospitals and psychiatric hospitals.

In 1994, I was injured in a severe motor vehicle accident and my neck and back injuries left me with chronic pain.  I had to have back surgery in 1996 after which I developed Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  I learned first hand what so many of my chronic pain patients had gone through.  Having to learn how to cope with pain on a daily basis made me a stronger person.  It helped me develop greater empathy for my patients.  It also instilled my desire to write a book about the treatment of chronic pain.  In 1998, I published my first textbook, Pain Management Psychotherapy: A Practical Guide with John Wiley and Sons Publishers.

As a result of my physical injuries and the unrelenting chronic pain, I had to cut down my patient hours.  However, despite the adversity of persistent pain, I remained determined to continue to be as productive as possible.  During the 1990’s, I took further continuing education training in Clinical Hypnosis through the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) and other professional organizations.  Using self hypnosis helped me to cope more comfortably.  I began practicing my own self hypnosis in 1997 and continue to practice it everyday twice daily. 

Around the same time, I began to incorporate clinical hypnosis into my psychotherapy practice a great deal more.  My practice evolved into a General Hypnotherapy and Brief Psychotherapy practice.  I became Board Certified in Cognitive-Behavioral Psychology with the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) in 1996, and I also became an Approved Consultant with the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH).  In 2004, I became a Fellow of ASCH.

I continued to write and publish, and my collaboration with master psychotherapist, Jordan Zarren, M.S.W., who is a former President of ASCH, resulted in the publication in 2002 with Springer Publishing Company of our book, Brief Cognitive Hypnosis: Facilitating the Change of Dysfunctional Behavior.  As a psychotherapist, I have been actively involved in integrating Cognitive-Behavior Therapy and Clinical Hypnosis and much of this work is explained in this book.  Also, see the review I wrote on the book Cognitive Hypnotherapy.

The methods I learned and practice myself and with my patients are described in the above book and also in my self help book, Hypnotize Yourself Out Of Pain Now! which was published in 2002 by New Harbinger Publications.  In the same year (2002), I also co-authored with Moshe Torem, M.D. the self help book, Coping With Uncertainty: 10 Simple Solutions which was also published by New Harbinger.  A second edition of Hypnotize Yourself Out Of Pain Now! with an accompanying audio CD is being published by Crown House Publishing Company.  It will be released in the Spring of 2008.

In 2000, Alternative Behavior Associates moved from its offices in Northeast Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to its present comfortable location in Huntingdon Valley in Abington, Pennsylvania.  Since 2000, I have continued to maintain an active Brief Psychotherapy and Clinical Hypnosis practice.  I remain actively involved in writing, seeing patients, and maintaining my active membership in several important professional organizations (e.g., Life Member of the American Psychological Association and Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis). 

In 2002, I launched my practice’s first website: www.HypnosisGroup.com.  In 2005, I launched a more sophisticated practice website, www.HypnosisHelpCenter.net which is a complete informational source about Clinical Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy and their applications.  HypnosisHelpCenter.net is actively maintained and updated.

In 2006, Dabney Ewin, M.D. and I published our latest book, Ideomotor Signals for Rapid Hypnoanalysis: A How-To Manual with Charles Thomas Publishers. 

In my current practice, I utilize Brief Cognitive Psychotherapy and Hypnosis to treat patients for smoking cessation, weight loss, self defeating habits, addictions, phobias, anxiety disorders, depression, chronic pain, trauma, personality disorders, parent-child issues, and other conditions.  I see all age groups.  I also do inner child work, ego state therapy, hypnotic regression work, analytical hypnotherapy, as well as cognitive-behavior therapy, cognitive hypnotherapy, and suggestive therapeutics with clinical hypnosis.

Given the success of my One-Session Stop Smoking Program, Rapid Weight Loss Hypnosis Program, and Pain Management Hypnotherapy Program, I have begun to make a series of audio CD programs to address these issues just as I do in my practice.  The goal is to make these programs available at an affordable cost to people nationally and globally.  The Hypnotize Yourself Out Of Pain Now CD program is currently available for sale on my website.  The Best Stop Smoking With Hypnosis Program and Best Weight Loss With Hypnosis Program CDs are currently in preparation and planned for release in 2008.  Additional audio CD hypnosis programs are also planned for release in 2008 for Depression, Anxiety, and Test Anxiety and Study Skills.

Since I began practicing as a licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania in 1986, I have been actively involved in developing and refining psychological treatment and assessment techniques.  For example, as a result of my years of working with chronic pain patients, I developed and authored a number of pain assessment tests including the Pain Assessment Battery, Pain Coping Inventory, Stress Symptoms Checklist, and Philadelphia Pain Questionnaire.  From my early research on children’s moral judgment, I developed a number of cognitive-developmental assessment techniques.

I developed and integrated a number of psychotherapy and hypnosis techniques in conceptualizing and formulating the sub-specialty called “Pain Management Psychotherapy”.

My goal has always been to develop and refine techniques to make psychotherapy briefer and more effective.  Jordan Zarren and I have succeeded in doing this in our refinement of Brief Cognitive Hypnosis and in the development of our One Session Smoking Cessation Program and our Rapid Weight Loss Hypnosis Program. 

In the book I co-authored with Dabney Ewin, M.D., we summarized and presented a host of analytical hypnotherapy techniques for unlocking the Subconscious Mind so as to be able to conduct deeper therapy for psychosomatic problems in a brief time frame.  Also, my book, Hypnotize Yourself Out Of Pain Now! is the first self help book devoted entirely to using self hypnosis for pain management.

This pretty much brings us up to date at Alternative Behavior Associates. 

To interview Dr. Eimer, please call 215.947.7867, or e-mail info@hypnosishelpcenter.net.

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About Dr. Eimer and Alternative Behavior Associates: Dr. Bruce N. Eimer, Ph.D., A.B.P.P., is a board certified licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in hypnotherapy treatments for smoking cessation, weight loss, and more.  Helping thousands of people for over 20 years, Dr. Eimer’s breakthrough hypnotherapy techniques have led to his authoring six published books and numerous professional articles.   Dr. Eimer is  a Fellow with both the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and the American Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology.  For more information, please visit www.hypnosishelpcenter.net, or call 215.947.7867, or e-mail info@hypnosishelpcenter.net.

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