Survey Response: Arnold Bloch, LCSW
This survey was last updated in February 2013.
Degrees/Licenses Held: Masters Degree in Social Work, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Phone: (805) 796-9540
Number of years in practice: 27 years
Number of years in practice with patients who have TMS: 10 years
Number of patients you have seen who have had TMS: Approx. 200
What is your association to the TMS community?
Studied with Donald Dubin (a student of Dr. Sarno). Close working relationship with Dr. David Schechter, the primary TMS diagnosing/treating MD in Los Angeles
Have you ever suffered from TMS? Yes. Had chronic back pain successfully treated.
Are you able to conduct therapy sessions over the phone? Phone and webcam
What insurance plans do you currently accept? Blue Shield
Do you have a sliding scale of payment for people who are not covered by insurance? Yes, will discuss with patient
What have you done to educate yourself about TMS, and what plans do you have for further education about TMS?
I studied with and was supervised by Donald Dubin, TMS expert. I have attended TMS conferences to share TMS expertise with and learn from other colleagues. I regularly read books and articles on mind-body phenomena and make it a priority to stay current with the latest research and treatment approaches on the subject.
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Having been in practice for 27 years, I have had plenty of experience to see what helps people to make real and lasting change. Eckhart Tolle in his books asks the question: “Are you running your mind or is your mind running you?” I am a great believer in the ability of people to free themselves from the suffering brought about by a negatively conditioned mind. With the proper help people can progressively choose the mind and body states they wish to be in.
Recently an engineer in his late 20’s came to see me. He suffered such bad chest pain that after $10,000’s spent on x-rays, MRI’s, etc., he was largely homebound for fear of having a heart-attack and had no medical explanation for his suffering. Ten TMS sessions later, after facing repression related to his severely neglectful and traumatic childhood, the chest pain was gone, he was able to return to work and he was back regularly bicycling as loved to do. That’s the magic of TMS work!
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