Sylvia Hammerman


Sylvia HammermanDr. Sylvia Hammerman has had a private clinical practice in the Boston suburb of Newton, Massachusetts, since 1981. A licensed psychologist, Sylvia works with adults and children in individual, couples, and family therapy. Her clientele is a broadly-based group with a wide variety of goals. Her aim is to help each client find his or her own pathway to growth. Sylvia also provides professional supervision and consultation.

Grounded in psychodynamic and family systems theory, Sylvia utilizes a holistic therapeutic approach that integrates a spiritual perspective. While pragmatically attuned to her client's needs, she pays close attention to the mind/body/spirit connection. Sylvia is certified in hypnotherapy, EMDR, and past life regression therapy, and is also trained in Internal Family Systems therapy.

Sylvia's therapy is also enhanced by sensitivity to feminist and cross-cultural issues, with a particular specialty in Holocaust survivor families. She has researched and worked with descendants of both survivors and perpetrators, participating in a 15-year international project that focused on these issues and developed innovative approaches to peace building. Her experience has given her a special interest in the dynamics of dialogue as a healing experience, as well as in trauma in its many forms and the ways in which trauma is subtly transmitted through generations. Sylvia has trained other mental health professionals in these areas  and was active for many years in Holocaust education in the Boston area. She is currently serving on a task force developing a peace psychology program at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.

Sylvia received her undergraduate degree in French literature from Connecticut  College and her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Boston University.

Professional Affiliations

National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology
American Psychological Association
Massachusetts Psychological Association
American Society of Clinical Hypnosis—Certification in Clinical Hypnosis
EMDR International Association—Certified EMDR practitioner
International Association for Regression Research and Therapies (Professional
     Member since 1993)


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