Education and Training

Dr. Hersh is a licensed clinical psychologist and holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a diplomate of Comprehensive Energy Psychology, certified through the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology. Dr. Hersh is also a certified mindfulness meditation teacher through the Mindfulness Institute for Emerging Adults and has been a consultant teacher with the Center for Wellness and Health Promotion at Harvard University since 2012. In keeping with his mind-body integrative approach, Dr. Hersh is also certified as a YogaBody® breathwork coach.

Prior to opening his private practice in 2012, Dr. Hersh completed two specialized post-doctoral training experiences through Children’s Hospital Boston/Harvard Medical School and Boston University’s Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders. He completed his clinical internship in Psychology at Children’s Hospital Boston/Harvard Medical School.

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Areas of Expertise & Approach to Therapy

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Dr. Hersh maintains several areas of expertise and approaches to therapy to suit the needs of the individual seeking services. Dr. Hersh has been trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based therapies, Energy Psychology, hypnotherapy, and Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART, a trauma processing approach). He has special interests in integrating positive psychology and self-compassion oriented approaches into his work with clients.

Dr. Hersh trained with many different populations within graduate school and then further specialized in helping those with anxiety-based challenges. This includes individuals suffering from diagnosed disorders such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder and/or Agoraphobia,  and Social Phobia. However, as life is more complex than single diagnoses or disorders, Dr. Hersh flexibly works with clients as they may need help for a variety of difficulties and may have many different goals to work toward.

As Dr. Hersh has witnessed many common themes and patterns in his work with his clients over the years, using a mind-body integrative approach to stress and anxiety made more and more sense. Our bodies cannot be ignored in the experience of stress, anxiety, and even worry. Our bodies are intimately connected to the way our brain processes information, the way our mind interprets and expresses this information, and the way our awareness observes it all happening inside and outside of ourselves.

In fact, there are more internal highways of communication from body to brain-mind than the other way around. We must therefore “mind the body” as we observe the embodied mind. One great question we can ask ourselves is “What am I experiencing right now?”, as we add color and dimension to how we are sensing any given moment.

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Mindfulness & Meditation Training and Experience

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Dr. Hersh has trained for 25 years in a personal practice of mindfulness meditation (in the Vipassana, or “insight meditation” tradition). Dr. Hersh has participated in mindfulness-based education through the Duke Center for Integrative Medicine as well as the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center, attending classes and retreats, participating in workshops, and engaging in ongoing dialogue with mindfulness practitioners and researchers alike.

This training helps to inform Dr. Hersh’s experiential and research-based knowledge about how to assist others in incorporating such mindfulness- and acceptance-based practices into their own lives. Dr. Hersh has been facilitating mindfulness and meditation groups to local universities to help enhance participants’ self-care, stress management, and mindful leadership, to name a few.

Research, Writing, & Talks

Dr. Hersh has been involved in a number of research endeavors that revolve around themes of how emotions are socialized in children, adolescents’ tendency to use substances to cope with difficult emotion, and therapeutic interventions that integrate cognitive-behavioral with mindfulness- and acceptance-based approaches for youth and adults. While at Children’s Hospital Boston, Dr. Hersh helped to develop a mindfulness-based parenting skills intervention for parents of children with behavior problems.

He was also a past contributor to Phase2Parenting, an online resource for parents of children approaching and moving through their teen years. More recently, Dr. Hersh has co-authored articles on ethics, self-care, and well-being for psychologists, an area of interest that is now supported by his online resource and book, The Thriving Therapist. Dr. Hersh now gives webinars, workshops, and in-services on the topics of burnout prevention, sustainable self-care, and well-being for fellow mental health practitioners.

Awards

Dr. Hersh was the 2023 recipient of the Mid-Career Practitioner Award from the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy, a division of the American Psychological Association.

Credentials

Dr. Hersh is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP), and the International Society of Accelerated Resolution Therapy (IS-ART).

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Psychotherapy

We’ll address your challenges using a thoughtful integration of evidence-based approaches including mindfulness, Polyvagal theory, Energy Psychology, Accelerated Resolution Therapy, and values-based Cognitive-Behavioral techniques.

Mindfulness and Meditation

Mindfulness Training

As a certified mindfulness teacher, I bring two decades of experience helping individuals and small groups learn the foundations of how to meditate and integrate mindfulness into everyday life.

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Breathwork

I am a certified breathwork coach and can help you  transform your breathing for optimal emotional, mental, and physical well-being.

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For Mental Health Professionals

Reduce your burnout risk and enhance your well-being with The Thriving Therapist, a comprehensive resource for sustainable self-care.

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Psychotherapy

Your stress, anxiety, and worry challenges will be addressed using a thoughtful integration of  evidence-based  approaches including mindfulness, Polyvagal theory, Positive Psychology, hypnotherapy, Energy Psychology, and Cognitive-Behavioral techniques.

Mindfulness and Meditation

Mindfulness Training

As a certified mindfulness teacher, I bring two decades of experience helping individuals and small groups learn the foundations of how to meditate and integrate mindfulness into everyday life.

Vector image of lungs representing breahtwork

Breathwork

I am a certified breathwork coach and can help you  transform your breathing for optimal emotional, mental, and physical well-being.

Hands holding people up; Support for therapists and professionals

For Mental Health Professionals

Reduce your burnout risk and enhance your well-being with The Thriving Therapist, a comprehensive resource for sustainable self-care.

*I also specialize in working with highly sensitive individuals who think deeply, feel strongly, sense the nuances in their environment, and are prone to overwhelm from everyday sensory input. You’re in good company – up to 20% of the population has a brain and biology just like this, including me. I can be your guide in helping you understand that there’s nothing wrong with you, you’re just wired a bit differently. You’re allowed to take care of yourself differently as well as realize how your brain and body offer many gifts. In my experience working with folks like you, there are many positive changes that can be made from the mind-body integrative tools we can learn together.