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Welcome to the site of Eric Spiegel, PH.D. Serving the Greater Philadelphia Area.
Welcome to the site of Eric Spiegel, PH.D. Serving the Greater Philadelphia Area.
Welcome to the site of Eric Spiegel, PH.D. Serving the Greater Philadelphia Area.
I am pleased to welcome Jon Krigel, Psy.D. to the growing team at Spiegel Psychological Services. Dr. Krigel, a post-doctoral fellow and graduate of the psychology doctoral program at Widener University, is a talented psychologist with strong clinical experience and a breadth of interests.
Bio for Dr. Krigel:
I am a post-doctoral psychologist in private practice and a therapist in the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) department at Haverford College. While I have extensive experience working with adolescents and young adults, I have worked with children and adults of all ages at a wide array of clinical settings, including inpatient hospitals, therapeutic classrooms and nurseries, and forensic institutions. I specialize primarily in administering psychodynamic psychotherapy; however, my philosophy is that the best therapy is that which is most suited to help the individual, so I encourage all of my clients to play an active part in directing the earliest stages of their treatment. In addition to offering individual psychotherapy, I provide couples counseling, family therapy, and groups. I am an active member of the American Psychological Association (APA), Philadelphia Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology (PSPP), and American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA).
My treatment specialties include depression, loss, addiction, mood and personality disorders, and trauma. I am also interested in the increasingly prevalent and important field of internet and technology addictions. Regardless of your reason for seeking therapy, I believe that cultivating a strong, collaborative relationship with you is integral to your therapeutic success. I use reflective and patient listening to invite every level of emotion into a confidential and trusting environment, in which you should feel supported, accepted, and safe.
While I am not on any insurance panels, I am willing to work with patients to find a manageable fee.
I am pleased to welcome Josh Dodes, LCSW to the growing team at Spiegel Psychological Services. Josh comes to us from New York City, where he is a graduate of the master's degree program in Clinical Social Work at New York University (NYU). He is a seasoned clinician with experience in a variety of settings.
Bio of Josh Dodes, LCSW:
In today's fast-paced world, most people experience anxiety. Whether your anxiety is in a 'normal' range - and 'normal' is always subjective - or extreme enough to be categorized as an anxiety disorder, anxiety is prevalent in our society.
This blog post offers a few practical suggestions for managing your anxiety, based upon my extensive clinical experience working with anxiety disorders, as well as literature influences from colleagues of mine who are also specialists in this field.
1) Recognize the rhythms of your anxiety and take a 'time-out' when you first notice your anxiety starting to build
There are many signals of an anxious over-reaction, ranging from cognitive (typical maladaptive anxious thoughts or worries) to emotional (e.g. fear) to somatic (certain sensations in the body, such as heart racing or stomach clenching). When you first notice your signals, give yourself permission to take a time-out from what you are doing and reset. Now in terms of determining the best reset for you...
2) Know your personality style
Are you someone who is comfortable sitting in a quiet room and closing your eyes? Or are you someone who is high-energy and prefers movement?
Although diaphragmatic breathing is a staple of many traditions (such as meditation and self-hypnosis), for some people this feels too 'passive.' Go with what fits your personality. For active types, I encourage more kinesthetic based anxiety discharging techniques. For example, consider a technique which encourages muscle variation, such as progressive muscle relaxation or a fist clench (and release). These types of techniques involve clenching/tensing and releasing/relaxing - it is the alternation of these two states which can be both empowering and relaxing. Another type of kinesthetic anxiety management technique involves rhythm. For example, consider foot tapping or hand clapping to a musical beat that you enjoy. In fact, calling a song to mind is a helpful way of shifting your focus away from the anxiety. Should you be so inclined, there are also more formal kinesthetic practices, such as yoga, mindful yoga, and active-alert hypnosis.
3) Utilize multiple senses in your anxiety management practice
Why just breathe when you can imagine your stomach as a balloon filling on the in-breath and emptying on the out-breath? Or better yet, imagining a balloon that changes color with alternation of breath? For the fist-clench, imagine a ball of liquid that intensifies as the fist tightens and runs loose with color as the fist releases and fingers unfurl. The creative possibilities are endless. Employing multiple senses heightens your sensory involvement in your own self care and coping.
4) Get grounded
An important staple of any kind of relaxation practice is connecting yourself with an object that is inert, stable, and symbolically secure.... like the floor or ground. I always tell my clients that the floor isn't going anywhere (unless maybe you live in an earthquake zone... in which case there might be other more helpful types of imagery!) I also find that the symbolism of your feet on the floor is incredibly grounding and soothing. It signals "hey, I'm right here, and I'm not going anywhere (unless I want to)." Another applicable image is one of a tree with roots that are anchoring and nourishing. Getting centered often involves concentrating on the comfortable and pleasant sensations in your feet on the floor, such as heaviness and/or warmth.
5) Focus on the undeniable positive truths in your present moment-to-moment experience... and keep it simple
While practicing your anxiety management skills (e.g. coping/relaxing techniques), what positive truths about your experience do you observe? Well, odds are that you are breathing in and out, no? There is a good chance your hands might be by your side, or in your lap, or holding one another, correct? Or you're sitting in a chair or a couch, right (or if you are active, you are moving in some kind of predictable way, such as swaying your arms from side to side or moving your feet/legs one in front of the other)? Allow yourself to concentrate on these positive, pleasant and undeniable moment-to-moment sensory experiences. And if you find it helpful, repeat them to yourself - such as "I'm breathing in and out... my feet are on the floor... my hands are by my side." These kind of statements are very soothing. I initially tend to emphasize these rather than reassurances about the future (e.g. 'everything will be alright') which are more difficult to empirically prove and may be connected to anxious fears.
6) Mindful self-statements
When you become more comfortable with your practice of anxiety management, try adding some mindfulness-based statements, such as: "I am aware of ___" / "I breathe through __" / "I release __" If this language doesn't feel right for you, substitute statements that do. There is no magical formula.
These six basic tips are a great start for managing your anxiety. There are also many great resources out there, from websites to books. In particular, I'd like to recommend a book from a colleague of mine in the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, Dr. Carolyn Daitch. The book is called Anxiety Disorders: The Go-To Guide, and it is published by Norton, and available at most retail outlets and Amazon. Dr. Daitch and another colleague, Dr. Elgan Baker, have been influential in training me and countless other professionals in working with anxiety disorders. I am grateful for their wisdom.
Eric Spiegel, PhD, is a licensed psychologist in private practice with offices in Bryn Mawr, PA and Philadelphia, PA. He specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders, relationship issues, and trauma. He is co-author of the 2013 book Attachment in Group Psychotherapy, published by the American Psychological Association. In 2012, he was recognized by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) with the Early Career Achievement Award. He is certified by ASCH as an Approved Consultant in clinical hypnosis. In addition to clinical hypnosis, he also incorporates mindfulness meditation in his clinical work. Dr. Spiegel has taught undergraduate and graduate psychology courses at Drexel University, James Madison University, Lafayette College, and the University of Maryland. He has also presented locally and nationally on topics such as anxiety disorders, attachment theory, group therapy, and hypnosis. Most recently, he co-authored a chapter on hypnotherapy for anxiety disorders in adolescents in the book Therapeutic Hypnosis with Children and Adolescents.
I am pleased to announce the formation of a new adult psychotherapy group focusing on issues of emerging adulthood, including the themes of communication, commitment, identity, intimacy, and trust. The group will incorporate elements of attachment theory, interpersonal process, and mindfulness. Particular attention will be given to here-and-now process interactions between group members, in an effort to develop higher relational awareness amongst the group members.
Clients ages 25-40 years old, with moderate to high levels of functioning are most appropriate for this group. In particular, this refers to a curiosity and capacity for insight and reflective functioning in a group setting. Exceptions may be made for potential group members slightly younger or older, depending on maturity level and developmental issues.
The group will begin on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, and will be held weekly on Wednesdays from 7:30 - 9:00 PM at my office on 132 South 17th Street (between Walnut & Sansom Streets). The size of the group will be capped at 10 members; membership will remain open as long as there is available space in the group. Please note that the location provides convenient access for both city and suburban residents. The office is a brief 5 minute walk from the SEPTA Suburban Station at 17th & JFK streets. The cost of the group will be $70/session, with a sliding scale available in instances of financial need.
When: Wednesdays, 7:30 – 9 PM (90 minutes)
Where: 132 S. 17th Street, 3rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Cost: $70/session; sliding scale with a base of $50/session. Sliding scale is determined based on financial need. Additionally, a $5/session discount will be applied for group members who pre-pay for the month’s sessions on the first session of each month.
7:30 – 7:40 PM– Agenda-setting; review group members’ material for session. Material could include personal/relational experiences from the week, or reactions from previous group sessions.
7:40 – 8:30 PM– Unstructured, interpersonal process format. Group members respond to each other’s content and process (verbal and non-verbal interactions), with an emphasis on interpersonal feedback, increased reflective functioning, and corrective emotional experiences.
8:30 – 8:45 PM- Mindfulness exercise. Exercises will focus on mindful awareness of breathing, physiological experiencing, thoughts, and feelings. Emphasis will be on non-judgmental observation of moment-to-moment experience. This will serve as an opportunity to help group members identify, label, clarify, and regulate affect that may have been stimulated during the group.
8:45 – 9 PM – Review and discussion of group process during session and/or experiences from mindfulness exercise; wrap-up.
About the Group Leader:
Eric Spiegel, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist with a private practice in Philadelphia and Bryn Mawr, PA. He is the co-author of the 2013 book ‘Attachment in Group Psychotherapy’, published by the American Psychological Association. He has led, taught and written about group therapy for over 10 years, including the past 5 years as a guest seminar leader and supervisor on group therapy for the pre-doctoral interns at the Temple University Tuttleman Counseling Services. In addition to his experience in group psychotherapy, Dr. Spiegel specializes in clinical hypnosis. He is an Approved Consultant in clinical hypnosis from the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH), which is the highest level of certification that ASCH offers. In 2012, Dr. Spiegel was honored with the Early Career Achievement Award by ASCH. Most recently, Dr. Spiegel co-wrote a chapter on hypnosis and anxiety for the book ‘Therapeutic Hypnosis with Children and Adolescents (Volume 2)’, which was published in the Fall of 2013.
On October 2nd, 2013, I had the privilege and pleasure of presenting to the Main Line/Chester County Chapter of Mothers & More on the topic of "No More Losing It: Staying Calm when Your Kids Are Not." This interactive talk wove in concepts of attachment, mentalization, mindfulness, and self-hypnosis in presenting practical explanations and strategies for emotional regulation and insight in parent-child relationships. I had a great back-and-forth with the moms in the group, and the presentation was a lot of fun. Here's what Martha Bullen, Membership Chair, had to say afterwards about the presentation:
"Our Mothers & More chapter really enjoyed your talk on "No More Losing It: Staying Calm When Your Kids Are Not" at our meeting last night. Your presentation attracted 25 members and guests, which is one of the largest turnouts we've had all year, so we had to move to a larger meeting room.
The information you provided on attachment theory was interesting, and your practical mindfulness tips and coping strategies were extremely helpful. Our members were very engaged by your presentation and the advice you shared. We appreciate your making the time to come and speak to us and your staying late to answer our questions."
Below is a description of the program from the Main Line Mothers & More website:
Oct. 2 - No More Losing It: Getting Calm When Your Kids Are Not
No one knows how to push our buttons quite like our loved ones. Staying or becoming calm when your children are upset can be quite a challenge. In this presentation on child-rearing and emotion regulation, Dr. Spiegel will explain the psychology of emotions and relationships, and how emotions are communicated in relationships differently depending on the stage of development and family system. Participants can expect to learn practical strategies on how to calm your emotions quickly, listen and respond to your children more effectively, and set healthy and consistent boundaries for the purpose of containing and soothing strong emotions and the behavioral acting out that can come with them.
Eric Spiegel, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist with a private practice in Bryn Mawr and Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Spiegel is certified as an Approved Consultant in clinical hypnosis, the highest level of certification from the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH). In 2012, he was honored by ASCH with the Early Career Achievement Award, reflecting outstanding professional accomplishments in the first ten years of clinical practice. He is co-author of the new book Attachment in Group Psychotherapy (American Psychological Association), and has published in journals and books on subjects such as anxiety, hypnosis, and relationships.
September 20, 27; October 25
Tuttleman Counseling Services, Temple University
Topic: Group Psychotherapy Training
Main Line Mothers & More
Topic: 'No More Losing It: Getting Calm When Your Kids Are Not'
Charles Gelso Festschrift, Department of Psychology, University of Maryland
Topic: Program panel presenter, 'Attachment in the Therapy Relationship'
College Park, MD
Introduction to Group Psychotherapy Class, Widener University PsyD Program
Topic: Attachment in Group Psychotherapy
International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, 30th Annual Meeting
Topic: ASCH Hypnosis Training - Basic Hypnosis Workshop, Fundamentals of Hypnosis
Hilton Baltimore Hotel
To make arrangements to have Dr. Spiegel present at a future event, please contact him at (215) 222-4825.
Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) can feel overwhelming and debilitating for those struggling with its symptoms. As a result, I’m pleased to announce a repeating series of time-limited group workshops designed to directly address the key dimensions of social anxiety. Each workshop series will last 6 weeks, meeting once weekly for 60 minutes (Thursdays, 5-6 PM). The six workshop sessions will cover the following areas:
The workshops will occur in a supportive group environment where participants can relate with others who have been through similar experiences. Participants will also receive an audio recording and handouts for home practice. At the completion of the six weeks, participants can expect to have learned and practiced a wide range of skills to help them better manage and work through their social anxiety symptoms.
About the Workshop Leader:
Eric Spiegel, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist with a private practice in Philadelphia and Bryn Mawr, PA. He is the co-author of the 2013 book ‘Attachment in Group Psychotherapy’, published by the American Psychological Association. He has led, taught and written about group therapy for over 10 years, including the past 5 years as a guest seminar leader and supervisor on group therapy for the pre-doctoral interns at the Temple University Tuttleman Counseling Services. In addition to his writing and clinical experience in group psychotherapy, Dr. Spiegel specializes in clinical hypnosis. He is an Approved Consultant in clinical hypnosis from the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH), which is the highest level of certification that ASCH offers. In 2012, Dr. Spiegel was honored with the Early Career Achievement Award by ASCH. Most recently, Dr. Spiegel co-wrote a chapter on hypnosis and anxiety for the book ‘Therapeutic Hypnosis with Children and Adolescents (Volume 2)’, which was published in the Fall of 2013.
2012/2013 Workshop Dates (All workshops are six sessions):
There will be a hiatus in workshop offerings over the July-August Months. Workshops will resume in September 2014 with a new series of dates for the 2014/2015 year.
Cost and Payment Information:
Workshops are $65/session, with a sliding scale as low as $50/session in cases of financial need. Participants can pay by session, or in advance. If all workshops are paid for in advance of the first session, participants will receive a $30 discount ($5/session) off the total cost. Payments can be made by cash or check; no credit cards accepted.
Workshops are based at the Philadelphia office of Dr. Spiegel, located at 132 S. 17th Street, 3rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA, 19103. Office is on 17th Street, between Sansom & Walnut Streets, and is accessible to SEPTA and PATCO regional rail lines.
My new co-authored book, Attachment in Group Psychotherapy, written with Cheri Marmarosh and Rayna Markin, and published by the American Psychological Association, is now available for purchase on Amazon! This is a great resource for clinicians, students, and anyone in the general public interested in the role that relationships play in development, emotion processing and regulation, and group dynamics. The book describes the theory, research, and clinical practice on attachment, and presents a model for integrating attachment into group psychotherapy. With plenty of clinical examples, the reader gets a thorough perspective on how group can facilitate secure attachment.
Description from the publisher:
Patients in group therapy often struggle with interpersonal problems and have difficulty regulating emotions. Group therapy is an ideal format for many such patients because it exposes them to feedback from the group and leader in a safe environment. However, the specific needs of each member vary. Attachment theory offers an effective framework for determining how best to intervene with each member and the group as a whole.
This book applies attachment theory to group psychotherapy, explaining how group therapists can effectively work with members with different attachment styles. By understanding how attachment style may be influencing a group member’s needs, the leader can best foster corrective emotional exchanges that challenge members’ maladaptive beliefs about themselves and others. The authors provide clinical guidance and case examples for numerous aspects of group therapy, including screening and preparing potential members, identifying individuals who are not good candidates for group therapy, and fostering here-and-now emotional experiences that help group members move toward positive change.
“This is the first well-informed and scientifically rigorous extension of attachment theory to group psychotherapy. It is a wonderfully constructed and imaginative text that is sure to become a clinically invaluable tool for all those who work with groups and an excellent introduction to students learning the art of psychological treatment.”
— Peter Fonagy, PhD, FBA, Chief Executive of the Anna Freud Centre, and Freud Memorial Professor of Psychoanalysis, University College London, England
“Marmarosh, Markin, and Spiegel have written a marvelous book about group therapy. Using attachment theory as a secure base, they provide insightful reviews of theory and research and offer practical advice for working with attachment issues in groups. The accessible and poignant clinical examples show readers how to translate theory and research into practice.”
— Dennis M. Kivlighan, Jr., PhD, Professor, Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education, College of Education, University of Maryland, College Park
“An excellent book—theoretically sophisticated, well grounded in attachment research, clinically innovative, and educationally effective. It covers every aspect and stage of group psychotherapy, from participant selection to group termination, providing new insights for both researchers and practitioners. Its crystal clear prose and many engaging case examples make it a pleasure to read.”
— Phillip R. Shaver, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of California, Davis
“Thorough in its research, this book is full of specific interventions that come to life in excellent transcripts of actual clinical work. I highly recommend it for practitioners and teachers of group therapy alike, and for all clinicians interested in interventions that aim for healthy attachment based on emotion regulation and a model of the self as worthy and worthwhile and of others as flexible, caring, and potentially helpful.”
—Diana Fosha, PhD, author of The Transforming Power of Affect: A Model for Accelerated Change and coeditor of The Healing Power of Emotion: Affective Neuroscience, Development & Clinical Practice
I sat down with George Glaser, MSW, for an 18 minute educational interview on March 18, 2013, entitled "Psychology and Clinical Hypnosis", about the use of clinical hypnosis in my psychology practice. The video was produced and distributed by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis for use by the general public, and psychological and medical professionals. It was released in August 2013, and is available on YouTube and also featured on the ASCH website.
Among the questions covered were:
How did you become interested in hypnosis?
What are some of the key events that cultivated your interest?
What advice would you give young psychologists asking about hypnosis training?
How do you utilize hypnosis in your practice?
Describe how your clients respond to hypnosis?
How do clients respond when they are not expecting that you will mention hypnosis?
What does training by ASCH offer a psychologist?
I recommend the video for health care professionals considering training in clinical hypnosis, as well as for members of the general public who are interested in understanding more about how hypnosis is integrated into mental health treatment.
The recent national tragedy in Tucson has highlighted individual differences in coping with a tragedy. Oftentimes, media attention is drawn to negative aspects of coping with trauma, such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It is true that being a survivor of a traumatic event - or even potentially vicariously witnessing it through media coverage - can be associated with unpleasant symptoms such as flashbacks, numbness, and emotional flooding.
Yet experiencing a traumatic event - however scary and disorienting it can be - can also serve as an opportunity to grow in unexpected and positive ways. There are different terms for this phenomenon, such as 'resilience' and 'post-traumatic growth', but essentially it involves existential and structural change. What do I mean by this? I am referring to being shaken to your core after a stressful event and having to face challenging questions about your life and its meaning. Questions such as: Who am I? What is my purpose? Why did I live (while others died)? I use the terms "existential" and "structural" because trauma survivors must answer these basic questions of existence; and oftentimes these survivors are not the same person they were before the event. Although the latter often involves loss of some aspect of self-identity, going through a period of struggling can also allow a person to discover strengths he or she didn't realize they had.
If you have more interest in learning about these subjects, I would recommend an online brochure on resilience offered by the American Psychological Association.
I also wrote my dissertation on positive buffers of terrorism-related anxiety , including resilience, social support, and spirituality. This is a good resource for a more detailed empirical focus on this subject.