Survey Response: Dan Ratner, PsyD
This survey was last updated in August 2013.
Degrees/Licenses Held: Psy.D. Clinical Psychology Widener University 2004
50 Lexington Ave., LL2
New York, NY 10010
Number of years in practice: 10 years
Number of years in practice with patients who have TMS: 5
Number of patients you have seen who have had TMS: 12
What is your association to the TMS community? I am a supervisee of Eric Sherman, an avid Dr. Sarno reader, and a recovering TMS sufferer myself.
Have you ever suffered from TMS? Yes. I had two years of debilitating back pain, getting no real answers until someone suggested Dr. Sarno. I have a history with other symptoms that I now recognize to be TMS related, at the very least.
Are you able to conduct therapy sessions over the phone? Yes, I do this frequently, though I require initial consultations in person.
What insurance plans do you currently accept? I'm not in network for any insurance companies, but help people submit out of network claims and have found that they reimburse fairly well.
Do you have a sliding scale of payment for people who are not covered by insurance? I do, though only in a few limited timeslots at this point.
What have you done to educate yourself about TMS, and what plans do you have for further education about TMS?
I have long had an interest in psychosomatic issues, but have now read several books by Dr. Sarno. I am currently reading Eric Sherman and Fran Anderson's book, Pathways to Pain Relief. I have plans to read the full range of literature in this regard, including Dave Clarke, Howard Schubiner, etc.. I also am currently in supervision with Eric Sherman, which has been of immense help. I have found, to my pleasure, that my way of thinking about these issues fits with Eric's quite well and adds to my confidence in my work. I am also in the process of building an active relationship with Dr. Ira Rashbaum and have referred several patients to him already for proper TMS diagnosis.
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My name is Dan Ratner and I am an experienced therapist in numerous issues, but have developed a specialty in working with TMS patients. I am psychodynamic in orientation and considering analytic training, after seeing the benefits of this type of work personally. I work to help patients gain flexibility in their emotional worlds and self-concept and have found that this is a good fit with thinking about TMS as well. I work collaboratively with patients, often in a more relaxed manner, using humor, warmth, and openness to build strong connections.
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