I am a licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania, with over 15 years of clinical experience. Since 2007, I’ve maintained an independent private practice in Philadelphia. In 2011, I expanded my practice to the Main Line, setting up a second office in Bryn Mawr. In 2014, this practice expanded to a group practice under the name Spiegel Psychological Services. 2018 marked a new phase in our practice, as we reorganized under the name Attune Philadelphia Therapy Group. Attune has offices in Philadelphia, PA (Rittenhouse Square & Center City) and Bryn Mawr, PA, serving the Main Line and Greater Philadelphia region.
This year, I am serving as President of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH), the premier professional and training society for health and mental health practitioners in North America, with over 2,000 members. Additionally, I am an Approved Consultant (AC) for ASCH, which is the highest level of certification in clinical hypnosis that the society offers. As an AC, I have served on faculty at numerous hypnosis training workshops in the United States and internationally. I also provide personalized individual consultation in hypnosis to mental health practitioners. Additionally, I have received numerous awards from ASCH over my years in the society, including being awarded the Early Career Achievement Award in 2013, and named a Fellow in 2017. Given all of this, it is not surprising that I view clinical hypnosis as an effective tool of treatment, as applicable.
However, clinical hypnosis is by no means my only interest or modality. I also have specialization in attachment theory, and have published on attachment-based therapeutic interventions. Attachment theory deals with human development, and how our early relationship templates influence our affective, biological, cognitive, and interpersonal experiences in close relationships. Ultimately it’s an area that deals with both relationships and internal experiencing. Relatedly, I enjoy therapeutic interventions that involve interpersonal interactions and process. For this reason, I find group therapy to be fascinating and enriching, and have co-authored a book, Attachment in Group Psychotherapy (published by American Psychological Association), on an attachment-based approach to group therapy.
I also love to write and teach. In addition to my book, I’ve also published a chapter on the hypnotic treatment of anxiety in teens; and journal articles on attachment-focused hypnosis and psychotherapy of complex relational trauma and narcissistic wounds.
Presenting and training other professionals is a passion of mine. I’ve had the honor of travelling abroad (France) and to multiple destinations across the United States to teach 1 and 2 day workshops on attachment and developmental models of hypnotic and psychotherapeutic treatment. I regularly serve as a faculty member at regional and annual workshops of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. I’ve also presented extensively locally to groups and programs on group therapy. Additionally, I have taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Drexel University, James Madison University, Lafayette College, and the University of Maryland. Finally, I lead annual training seminars for interns, externs, and fellows at the Temple University Tuttleman Counseling Center.