Dr.Alyson Nerenberg, Psy.D., CSAT a clinical psychologist
is a compassionate and interactive therapist with over 17 years in practice.
She works with relationship issues, anxiety, depression, divorce , eating
disorders and addictions. Specialty areas include co-dependency, sexual addictions,
food addictions and trauma. Dr. Nerenberg was trained in a variety of therapy
modalities which include: family systems, gestalt, cognitive behavioral, and
psychodynamic. Her approach is individually tailored to offer what each client
needs. She integrates philosophies from the medical, psychological and self-help
communities in order to treat the whole person. Dr. Nerenberg offers individual,
couples and group psychotherapy.
Dr. Nerenberg earned her doctorate degree in clinical
psychology from Widener University in 1997. After completing her doctorate
she received advanced training from Masters and Johnson's Program as well
as Dr. Patrick Carnes. Additionally, Dr. Nerenberg spent five years as the
clinical director of the Keystone Center Extended Care Unit, a residential
treatment program for healing from sexually compulsive behaviors and trauma.
For 5 years she was a board member of IITAP - The International Institute
of Trauma and Addictions Professionals, where she headed the supervision
committee. Dr. Nerenberg has supervised many therapists and has lectured
nationally on various topics including healing from trauma, addictions,
post-traumatic stress and co-dependency. She has trained therapists at various
addictions facilities including The Betty Ford Clinic, The Caron Foundation
and Delamo Hospital in Torrance, California. She has also been featured
on television networks which include: MSNBC News, Fox, CN8, as well as many
newspapers and radio shows.
Additionally, Dr. Nerenberg spent 4 years leading an Emotional Eating Program
at the Women's Center of Chestnut Hill Hospital where she educated patients
about developing a healthy relationship with food and their body images.
She has also been an adjunct faculty member at Widener University's clinical
psychology doctoral program and has lectured at Chestnut Hill College, Villanova
University and the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Sciences.
Her private practice, Dr. Nerenberg and Associates is centrally located
in the charming town of Chestnut Hill, in Philadelphia. Her fee for an initial
evaluation is $180.00 and additional office visits are $175.00. Dr. Nerenberg
generally returns calls personally within 24 hours. License No. and State:
• Fall 2005- Chestnut Hill College-Taught Masters level students about
the conceptualization of sexual addictions
• Fall 1999- Villanova University-Taught masters level students in
counseling program a class on multiple addictions- special focus was on
addictions to food and sex
• Fall 1997 Widener University- Taught bachelors level students a
class on the topic of women and addictions
• Fall 1997- Philadelphia College of Textiles and Sciences- Taught
freshman class on professional issues in the field of psychology
• Spring 1997- La Salle University Taught counseling Skills and Crisis
Intervention techniques to staff of residential advisors
Dr. Alyson Nerenberg also hosts the following groups:
Recovering Sex Addicts
8627 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Every other Tuesday at 6pm - 7:30pm
$66-$75 per session
This is a healing environment where psychoeducation, support and connection
with recovering addicts is encouraged. Two therapists co-facilitate these
Eating Disorder Group
8627 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Every Monday at 8pm - 9:30pm
$66-$75 per session
This group is geared for those individuals recovering from anorexia, bulimia
and compulsive overeating. It is a safe place to examine those issues around
food and intimacy.
Partners of Addicts 8627 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Every other Wednesday at 8pm - 9:30pm
$66-$75 per session
This group is a safe place to look at relationship issues and how to recover
from the trauma of being involved with an addict.
Recently Facilitated Workshops
• Fall 2009 - Johnson and Johnson Pharmaceutical
Company - Provided Critical Incident Debriefing for employees.
• Winter 2007- Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists- Provided
a presentation on Intimacy Disorders
• 2003-20007- Philadelphia- Provided Annual Supervison Workshops for
therapists specializing in the treatment of sexual addiction- Offered 20
hours of supervision/ training for therapists treating sex addicts
• 2003-2006- Chestnut Hill Hospital Women's Center- Philadelphia,
PA- Provided ongoing presentaions on the topic of overeating and emotional
eating for Weight management course "Why Weight?" Cofacilitated workshops
along with an exercise physiologist and a nutritionist.
• 2003 McNeil Pharmaceutical Company- Provided a workshop on emotional
eating "Healing the Hunger Within"
• 2003 Pennsylvania Psychological Association- Provided a presentation
on "Intimacy Disorders :Healing the Sexually/ Compulsive/Addicted Client"
• 2003 Physician's Health Program- Harrisburg, PA Educated physicians
on how to treat sexual misconduct with physicians
• 2003 Police Officers's Training- Trained police officers how to
treat sexual misconduct on the force
"Dr. Nerenberg previously provided workshops at many other locations: including
the Caron Foundation, The Menninger Clinic and The Betty Ford Clinic." They
are listed in more detail on her CV.
• October 2010 - FOX NEWS
Appeared on news segment as professional expert discussing the dangers of celebrity dieting.
• August 2010 - PHILADELPHIA MAGAZINE
Consulted on story about Divorcing trend among couples with young children. Quoted as psychologist treating couples struggling with stressor in marriage.
• February 2010 - CBS NEWS
Consult/psychologist for pilot episode show - Secrets. Provided on-air and off-air therapy evaluations/sessions for women struggling with addictions. Also assisted producers with program development.
• September 2007 - CHESTNUT HILL LOCAL PAPER
Interviewed as expert about treating relationship addictions.
• August 2007 - CN8 Morning Talk Show
Interviewed as Relationship Expert discussing "How to cope if your partner is an addict".
• May 2007 - CN8 Morning Talk Show
Interviewed on "How to know if it is a fling or the real thing". Discussed healthy dating techniques.
• November 2003 - PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER
Interviewed as lead story in the Image Section as the Psychologist treating Internet addictions.
• August 2000 - MSNBC NEWS
National News Television Show
Featured as the Psychologist Expert on MSNBC News Investigates. Informed the public about
the dangers of the "swinging life style". Discussed the difficulties and dangers of having
sexual relationships with multiple partners.
• July 2000 - TALK AMERICA RADIO SHOW
National Syndicated Radio Show
Interviewed as expert on internet addiction.
• May 2000 - LIFETIMETV.COM
National On-Line Magazine
Interviewed as Psychologist Expert on the topic of emotionally abusive relationships.
• November 1999 - FOX CHANNEL
Daytime Television Talk - QUEEN LATIFA SHOW
Interviewed as expert psychologist on the topic of women sex addicts. Answered questions
from host of show and audience members about treating sexually compulsive women.
• October 1999 - JANE MAGAZINE
Interviewed as expert on the topic of treating women sex addicts.
• July 1999 - NBC
Daytime Television Talk - DR. JOY BROWNE SHOW
Answered questions from guests of show and Dr. Joy Browne regarding treatment of sex addicts.
• January 1999 - WWDB RADIO STATION 860AM
Interviewed on the topic of Sexual Addictions. Educated public about the concept of sexual
additions and recovery. Answered listeners questions and provided a conceptualization of sexual
• January 1999 - PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS
Interviewed by Jill Porter as an expert on sexual addictions.
• July 1998 - RECOVERY ROAD TALK RADIO
Interviewed by Stanley Roads on the topic of Sexual Addictions. Spent one hour as expert on
sexual addictions and trauma. Answered listener's questions and provided educational information.
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Dr. Laura Hertz
Laura Hertz, Ph.D. works primarily with adults on a variety of issues, including
depression, loss, relationship problems, trauma, addictions, and career concerns,
under the supervision of Dr. Nerenberg. Dr. Hertz combines the discipline
of her formal training with the flexibility of a warm and caring personality.
In addition to her experience in the field of psychology, she consulted for
many years at JP Morgan Chase in the field of executive and career counseling
of individuals who have been recently displaced from their employment. Dr.
Hertz holds two advanced degrees: a Ph.D. from Temple University and a Masters
of Education degree from Lehigh University.
Cristina Aicher-Roberts M.S
Cristina's field of specialization is in solution-focused and cognitive behavioral
approaches to therapeutic work with individuals, couples and families. She
is experienced working with a variety of issues such as trauma and loss, depression,
anxiety disorders, as well as mood and personality disorders. Tailoring to
each individual's needs and healing pace, Cristina's approach is accepting,
warm and empathic, yet goal and solution-based with a focus on coping. Norwegian
born and raised, Cristina got her degree as a licensed psychologist from The
University of Oslo, Norway. She also spent some time studying in Australia
before settling in Philadelphia, where she has lived and worked as a mental
health professional for 6 years.
Michael V. Smith BA
For the past eleven years Michael has been working
exclusively in the field of sexual addiction. Currently, Michael is a counselor
at a sexual addiction treatment program, where he conducts assessments, provides
clinical services and facilitates groups. Michael has completed CADC training
in Behavioral Health and extensive training in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder,
Love Addiction, Codependency, intimacy, and family-of-origin issues. Michael
is next pursuing his CSAT and is passionate about helping others in recovery.
Leiza Stanley, MSW, LCSW
Leiza Stanley is a licensed clinical social worker with a graduate degree
from Temple University's School of Social Work. Her treatment approach is
holistic and eclectic, designed to meet each person's individual needs. While
trained and certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Leiza also incorporates
psychodynamic, family systems, and contextual family therapy techniques. She
provides individual, couples, family, and group therapy.
Leiza has worked primarily with eating disorders for
the past five years and considers this to be an area of expertise, along with
treating adolescents and families. Other areas of specialization include depression
and anxiety disorders, ADHD, OCD, children of divorce, children of substance
users, relationship and behavioral difficulties. Leiza has over 10 years of
experience in the field in a variety of settings. She is passionate about
her work and in touch with the social and cultural perspectives that shape
growth and recovery.