Survey Response: Daniel Schidlowsky, LCSW

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This survey was last updated in October 2017.

Degrees/Licenses Held:
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in NY State.

Contact Information:
Daniel Schidlowsky LCSW
I am listed on Psychology Today

Number of years in practice helping people with TMS:
I’ve only recently begun helping people with TMS, but have been a practicing therapist for 5 years.

Number of clients you have seen who have had TMS:
My TMS-specific practice has only recently opened. I have observed various manifestations of TMS in clients I have worked with over the past 5 years, and while not working a TMS-specific treatment, have observed symptoms decrease in my clients as the work has progressed.

What is your association to the TMS community?
I am a former patient of Dr. Sarno, having seen him in 2006 and subsequently worked with one of his therapists. I have followed the online TMS community closely, was involved as a member of the TMShelp community and am familiar with the work of various contributors to TMS treatment, including those directly interested in TMS such as David Schechter and Alan Gordon, and those whose work is highly relevant such as Peter Levine and Gabor Mate.

Have you ever suffered from TMS? If so, how did you recover? (optional)
Yes. As I wrote above, I was a patient of Dr. Sarno’s and worked with one of his therapists for about a year and a half. Since then, I have remained highly active in reading everything I could get my hands on regarding psychosomatic symptoms and their treatment. Please see the above book list for some of my favorites. I have a personal background in mindfulness meditation, having sat 5 different week-long silent meditation retreats in the past 10 years. Along with mindfulness practice, I have found principles of Somatic Experiencing© to be very powerful.

What insurance plans do you currently accept?
I am in the process of contracting with Blue Cross Blue Shield (By the time this is posted, I may already be in their network). I am happy to work with you as an out-of-network provider.

Do you have a sliding scale of payment for people who are not covered by insurance? Yes, please do not let payment issues stop you from reaching out to me.

Are you able to conduct sessions over the phone and/or via internet video services (i.e. Skype or FaceTime)?
I am happy to provide teletherapy via Skype or other platforms.

What have you done to educate yourself about TMS, and what plans do you have for further education about TMS?
Much of my education in TMS comes from my own healing journey. I first read Dr. Sarno’s work at 19 years old, after suffering from chronic pain starting in my early teen years. Since then, I have experienced many different and shifting symptoms. As a result, I have ceaselessly sought out more information, treatment modalities, and theoretical models. As a therapist, I see it as my duty to stay informed of the newest research and treatments being developed. My journey has led me to exploring Somatic Experiencing©, Focusing, mindfulness meditation (I have personally done 5 week-long silent meditation retreats in the past ten years), Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy, along with the power of play and forgiveness.

What mindbody books do you recommend to your patients? In particular do you recommend Dr. Sarno's books?
In an Unspoken Voice by Peter Levine
Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-zinn
Pathways to Pain Relief by Frances Sommer Anderson and Eric Sherman
When the Body Says No by Gabor Mate
Forgive for Good by Fred Luskin
…..And of course, all books written by Dr. Sarno!!!

As we are going to post your answers on the TMS Wiki, feel free to write some text to introduce yourself.
I am a therapist in NYC and a former patient of Dr. Sarno’s. It has been a dream of mine since beginning my own healing journey to help others heal from these symptoms. My own healing journey, along with my work as a therapist, has led me to exploring various treatment modalities including CBT, mindfulness, and Somatic Experiencing. I have a particular interest in how dissociation of varying degrees relates to the development of psychosomatic symptoms.

I am so blessed to be in a position to help others on their journey of healing. I am based in New York City and am happy to work with people outside of NYC through Skype or other online platforms.

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