Approach: Trained in Existential Psychotherapy at USC, I have adapted my work to include CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy). I have developed my own unique blend of these therapies, along with incorporating creative arts, humor, and storytelling. I have seen hundreds of child, teen, and adult patients struggling with misophonia, and receive calls from across the country and even abroad. I work collaboratively with audiologists nationwide to provide the best treatment possible. I have been involved with all of the Misophonia Association conventions for patients and families and have done presentations for other professionals to inform and educate them about misophonia.
Credentials: California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, with a doctoral degree and more than 40 years helping people deal with the medical and other challenges of their lives.
APPROACH: Counseling with patient and family members. Provide options for sound therapy. I will also connect them with a psychologist if they do not already have one.
I see patients aged 5 years and older. I work with individuals who experience hearing loss, tinnitus, hyperacusis, misophonia and auditory processing disorders.
CREDENTIALS: Board Certified in Audiology (ABA)
Approach: Neurophysiological model of hearing loss and misophonia; modified behavioral therapy.
We offer many acoustic therapy systems practice such as Desyncra, Levo system, The Listening Program (TLP), as well as behavioral modification therapies. We offer teleaudiology to address tinnitus, hyperacusis, and misophonia.
Credentials: TRT, CH-TM
APPROACH: Relaxation training and counterconditioning therapy
I usually provide this treatment by video-chat. I teach the patient about misophonia and exercises that allow them to develop the skill of relaxing on demand. With this skill, I then teach them what to do around misophonia triggers that will change their fundamental reflex responses of misophonia. This causes their misophonia severity to gradually decrease. In some cases, very positive activities are planned so that the response to the trigger can be "counterconditioned" and fade away. We regularly measure misoponia severity and plot the data so we can adjust the treatment as needed. For examples, see https://youtu.be/z_jaLCvZHYU
CREDENTIALS: BCBA, Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Recent data shows the treatment is beneficial for 70-80% of people and those that respond well to the treatment have an average of over 70% reduction in misophonia severity.
Here is a recent, unsolicited testimonial: "Tom has been a tremendously positive force for our family. One of my children suffered tremendously from misophonia. She found Tom online and from his writings immediately self-diagnosed with misophonia. We contacted Tom, who ran his own analysis and agreed that she did indeed suffer from misophonia. We embarked on treatment with Tom, and within weeks, she substantially improved. We looked forward to our sessions, as he is kind, gentle, encouraging, positive, and data-driven, which creates a perfect combination. I can't recommend Tom more highly. His work is truly life-changing." (mother of a 12-year-old daughter with misophonia)
Approach: Private practice audiologist since 1978, specializing in sound sensitivity and tinnitus since 2002. Utilizes evidence-based audiological evaluation and sound-based educational counseling to facilitate better advisement & self-care. Utilizing Jastreboff Tinnitus Retraining Therapy model, evidence-based evaluation approach, and multidisciplinary care based using step-by-step single-session/single-event services.
Certified TRT practitioner. Telephone/Telehealth available for certain services. No emergency, psychiatric, disability evaluation, or psychotherapy services. No device or Ap sales- referrals available for interdisciplinary care.
Appointments in Pasadena, Simi Valley, Westlake & other locations. Internet/Telehealth for certain services