Medical Psychology

Safe & effective treatment strategies for healing physically & emotionally

Dr. Sheldon’s Qualifications

Dr. Sheldon is a recognized expert in medical psychology, hypnosis, behavioral medicine & the treatment of stress disorders, since 1985.

He is a licensed Medical & Clinical Psychologist, as well as licensed Hypnotherapist

Lists of & Links to Some of Dr. Sheldon’s Articles about Stress Disorders
Help for Cancer Patients
  • Create positive mind-body states
  • Reduce stress & anxiety
  • Reduce/eliminate pain
  • Reduce side-effects
  • Positively manage emotions
  • Increase self-esteem
  • Reduce need for medications
  • Improve sleep & relaxation
  • Increase motivation for healing
  • Increase energy
  • Sex therapy & intimacy
  • Pre-surgical preparation
  • Reduce pain of treatments
  • Reduce/cope with symptoms
  • Aid in rehabilitation
  • Individual psychotherapy
  • Couple counseling
Introduction to Medical Psychology

Health, dis-ease and healing are complex processes.
They include many variables – psychology, physiology, nutrition, sociology, endocrinology, immunology,  religion, mind-body integration, and more.

There are two main areas in which I work as a medical psychologist:
First, I help patients by treating their medical, psychological, emotional, behavioral and social symptoms using psychological and behavioral tools and interventions.

Second, a person who is experiencing disease or illness is often faced with psychological and emotional difficulties that are specifically related to or caused by the illness. I help these patients to healthfully cope and resolve these difficulties

There are a variety of behavioral tools which I use in treatment.

Although my main specialty for more than 35 years is hypnosis, I am trained and experienced in other behavioral techniques including bio-feedback, psychotherapy, C.B.T., guided imagery, meditation, self-hypnosis, N.L.P., behavior therapy and desensitization, as well as expressive arts therapy (music, art, movement).

Behavioral Medicine techniques and tools can be effectively used to help people in many situations, including: medical issues, psychological, emotional, and learning difficulties, personal growth, and preventive medicine.

Benefits include:
  • Short term, effective, efficient & integrative treatment
  • Treatment is an interactive and proactive partnership which empowers the patient/client
  • Treatment is goal oriented & defined
  • The patient can easily assess progress
  • There are no dangerous side effects (as with many medications and medical procedures )
  • Patients enjoy natural positive side effects (increased relaxation, etc.)
  • Patients keep & use new self-help tools – for the rest of their lives

I usually begin the treatment and healing process during the first session.

I prefer to work in a way which is intensive, goal oriented, focused on the real and relevant issues. I am also able to work more slowly and gradually. I do my best to meet the preferences and styles of each of my patients.

I help my clients overcome physiological medical & health difficulties – click on button to see list of diagnoses .
I help my clients overcome psychological & emotional difficulties related to illness
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Crisis
  • Trauma
  • P.T.S.D.
  • Phobias & fears
  • Low self esteem
  • Low motivation
  • Sleep disorders & nightmares
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Sexual difficulties
  • Eating disorders
  • Social dysfunction
  • O.C.D. (obsessive compulsive)
  • Fear of dis-ability
  • Financial worry
  • Loss & fear of more loss
  • Pre-surgery anxiety   
  • Post-surgery depression   
  • Procrastination with compliance
  • Side-effects of medications
  • Side effects of medical procedures
  • Existential crisis
  • Fear of death
I help my clients acquire and strengthen coping skills
  • Strengthen Confidence
  • Increase Motivation
  • Improve memory
  • Increase concentration
  • Communicate Effectively
  • Increase Awareness
  • Reinforce positive attitudes
  • Increase Creativity
  • Improve coping skills
  • Increase stamina
  • Reduce Stress
  • Relax deeply
  • Sleep well
  • Enhance health & healing
  • Overcome fears
  • Eat healthfully
Additional Resources

When you engage in good Behavioral Medicine treatment
You are not only solving an immediate problem
You are preventing future ones

Behavioral & Holistic Treatments
  • Hypnosis
  • Self-hypnosis
  • Bio-feedback
  • Psychotherapy
  • C.B.T. (cognitive behavioral therapy)
  • Guided imagery
  • Meditation
  • N.L.P. (neurolinguistic programming)
  • Behavior therapy
  • Desensitization
  • Lifestyle coaching

A few of Dr. Sheldon’s Videos.

Behavioral Medicine & Stress Disorders. Dr. Sheldon discusses his work on a television health show. (1988 – 28 minutes)

Dr. Sheldon demonstrates biofeedback on television health show. (1988) (length 12 minutes)

היפנוזה וניהול לחץ –  מצגת עבור הפלגות פרינסס – 65 דקות. (English) 1996

Stress & Pain Reduction – Dr. Sheldon presents useful insights regarding the psychological, social & behavioral dynamics of stress & pain & related medical disorders. (1996) (length 57 minutes)

Dr. Sheldon demonstrates biofeedback on television health show. (1988) (length 12 minutes)

Dr. Sheldon discusses his work in Behavioral Medicine and the treatment of Stress Disorders on television health show. (1988) (length 28 minutes)

Hypnosis & Stress Management Dr. Sheldon presents on Princess Cruises  (1996) (length 65 minutes)

Stress & Pain Reduction – Dr. Sheldon presents useful insights regarding the psychological, social & behavioral dynamics of stress & pain & related medical disorders. (1996) (length 57 minutes)

Medical Psychotherapy provides patients with relief from Physiological & Medical conditions, including:
Medical Conditions

Gastro-intestinal disorders

Irritable bowel syndrome

Headaches – tension & migraine

Reflux

TMJ & bruxism 

Chronic pain

Obesity

Hypertension

Cancer

Asthma

Speech & voice disorders

Muscle spasm 

Hyperventilation

Tinnitus & vertigo

Allergic responses

Tachycardia & arrhythmias

Angina 

Conversion reaction paralysis

Paresis/paresthesia

Raynaud’s syndrome

Enuresis

Encopresis  

Sexual Issues

Premature ejaculation

Erectile dysfunction

Inorgasmia

Embarrassment

Trauma

Herpes

Painful intercourse

Vaginismus

And other conditions

Dental Difficulties

T.M.J. (Joint Pain)

Bruxism

Myofacial pain

Needle phobia

Dental phobia

Allergic to analgesia

Surgery –  recovery

Discomfort from braces.

Orthodontic appliances

Eliminate night guards

Orthodontic appliances

Gagging

Eliminate tobacco use

Gynecological/OB

P.M.S.

Pelvic pain

Dyspareunia (painful intercourse)

Dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation)

Vaginismus

Repeated fetal loss

Herpes

Menopausal symptoms

Premature labor

Delayed labor

Prolonged labor

Post-partum depression

Difficult lactation

Psychogenic infertility

Hyperemesis gravidarum (nausea & vomiting during pregnancy)

Oncology

Create positive mind-body states

Reduce stress & anxiety

Reduce/eliminate pain

Reduce side-effects

Positively manage emotions

Increase self-esteem

Reduce need for medications

Improve sleep & relaxation

Increase motivation for healing

Increase energy

Sex therapy & intimacy

Pre-surgical preparation

Reduce pain of treatments

Reduce/cope with symptoms

Aid in rehabilitation

Individual psychotherapy

Couple counseling

Family counseling

Counseling for friends

Feel welcome to discuss with me any questions that you may have regarding
how I can help you

DISCLAIMER:

Of course specific results cannot be guaranteed, and vary from client/patient to client/patient. Motivation and positive participation, as well as suggested homework are required of the patient. The work is a partnership between therapist and client/patient.

I want to give my patients the best treatment I can, and create the best treatment strategy for each patient. To do this, it is important for me to have the necessary information regarding their condition, medical history, and past and concurrent treatment, with other health professionals. I, therefore, request consultation with my patients’ medical doctors, when I treat them for medical or psychiatric diagnoses, or at least a copy of their medical report, so that I can offer the best services possible.              

At times hypnosis or another modality of therapy is not recommended or appropriate for a particular client/patient. Whether hypnosis or another modality is utilized in the treatment of my client/patient is determined after consultation and evaluation of the client/patient, the specific issues presented the preference of the client/patient, and the client/patient’s medical history.

Regarding hypnotherapy: Hypnotherapy and hypnosis are usually very good treatment interventions. However, hypnosis is contraindicated under certain circumstances. For example, hypnosis is usually contraindicated for individuals who suffer from severe psychiatric disorders, such as psychoses and schizophrenia.

A proper diagnosis and evaluation of each client/patient must be made before hypnosis is utilized. It is only at the request of the client/patient and at the evaluation and discretion of Dr. Sheldon that hypnosis will be utilized.

Often Dr. Sheldon consults with other physicians treating his client/patient as part of the evaluation and the creation of the proper treatment strategies, as well as to ensure that there is safety, harmony, coordination and consistency among the health professionals treating the client/patient and the treatment modalities utilized. Dr. Sheldon will also ask the client/patient to provide information regarding any medications or other drugs taken.

Regarding Testimonials and Endorsements: Of course
what is written in testimonials and endorsements and professional recommendations represents the author’s experiences and opinions.

All of the above is for the well-being of the client/patient,
and to make sure that all work is done with high ethical and professional standards, legally, effectively. I want to give excellent service and wants each of his clients/patients to be as successful as possible.

If you have any questions, please feel welcome to contact me.