Survey Response: Wendy Newman, LCSW

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This survey was last updated in June 2014.

Degrees/Licenses Held:
LCSW State of NJ

Contact Information:
103 Park St., Building B
Montclair, NJ 07042
(973) 567-1668

Number of years in practice helping people with TMS: 3 1/2

Number of clients you have seen who have had TMS: 25

What is your association to the TMS community? I receive referrals from Dr. Paul Gwozdz, Somerset, NJ and Dr. Arlene Feinblatt

Have you ever suffered from TMS? If so, how did you recover? (optional)
My husband was a patient of Dr. Sarno's in 2005 and he was successfully treated by a TMS trained psychotherapist. I had a brief bout of “classic” TMS in the form of sciatic pain. I recovered quickly when I realized it was TMS and recognized how it related to a stressor in my life at the time. I have had other forms of TMS that manifested as GI distress and other pains related to worry about not being able to physically do something that I wanted to do.

What insurance plans do you currently accept? Medicare

Do you have a sliding scale of payment for people who are not covered by insurance? Yes

Are you able to conduct sessions over the phone and/or via internet video services (i.e. Skype or FaceTime)? Skype sessions available to New Jersey residents only.

What have you done to educate yourself about TMS, and what plans do you have for further education about TMS?
I have attended the 2012 PPD conference in NYC and the two “Master Classes” conducted this fall in NY. I receive regular supervision with Dr. Feinblatt, consult with Dr. Paul Gwozdz on cases we are co-treating, and read just about everything I can get my hands on. I am also in the process of forming a peer supervision group to discuss our TMS cases.

What mindbody books do you recommend to your patients? In particular do you recommend Dr. Sarno's books?
The Divided Mind is probably the book I recommend most but I also regularly recommend Back In Control, by David Hanscom MD, and The Healing Power of the Breath, by Richard Brown and Patricia Gerbarg, Unlearn Your Pain, by Howard Schubiner,MD and Think Away Your Pain by David Schechter, MD.

As we are going to post your answers on the TMS Wiki, feel free to write some text to introduce yourself.
Having treated clients with eating disorders for over 20 years, helping people heal from TMS/PPD was a natural progression. Both eating disorders and somatic pain syndromes are symptoms that manifest from underlying emotional turmoil and conflict. After witnessing a family member’s dramatic recovery from debilitating TMS and recognizing my own TMS symptoms, I began to spread the word about Dr. Sarno’s groundbreaking work and sought training to treat clients whose healing would come about through psychotherapy. With warmth and compassion, I utilize techniques drawn from short-term dynamic, psychoanalytic and mindfulness-based approaches, and EMDR in order to help my clients make sense of their symptoms and discover more adaptive ways to express their authentic selves.

Questions Specific to Therapists

What is your general psychotherapeutic treatment approach?
Psychoanalytically-informed psychotherapy combined with mind/body techniques

How does your approach to treating TMS differ from your general psychotherapeutic treatment approach?
I make it very clear from the start that I “get” TMS in a way that gives clients hope for recovery. My office is a place for clients to talk about their physical pain and where we become curious together. By exploring how and when symptoms change in intensity, where they move, under what circumstances, etc, clients can begin to hone their awareness of how and why their symptoms may be manifesting the way they are. We look for triggers and search for inner conflict that often keeps people “stuck” in their symptom until either the conflict is resolved or they can accept living within the “shades of gray”.

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