I’m Dr. Shielagh Shusta Hochberg, known also as Sonnische. This blog supports my psychotherapy, mentoring and life guidance practice. You can learn more about this practice at http://www.DrSHochberg.com. I’m a clinical psychologist and life guidance specialist working with individuals motivated to set and achieve life goals, realize projects, goals and dreams, and clear roadblocks from becoming the most they can be in this life. Know what you want to do and think you need a push or a sounding board in order to get it done? Let me know and I’ll do my best to help you.
Although I treat adolescents and adults with a wide variety of issues, my professional work has for many years focused significantly on treating the trauma-based disorders including PTSD and DID, and the anxiety disorders including Panic Disorder and OCD. It has been my honor to work with women and men devastated by the after-effects of abusive childhoods and other early life trauma, as well as first responders, veterans and others traumatized as adults. Intensive treatment really works, but it takes time and commitment from all involved. The anxiety disorders, and especially OCD, can be crippling, and when the symptoms ease, usually by a combination of talk therapy and the right medication (prescribed by colleagues of mine; I do not prescribe), the relief can be miraculous. As a Buddhist, one of my goals is to work to alleviate suffering, and in my clinical practice it is rewarding to see suffering ease for my clients quite frequently.
This blog also speaks to my Buddhist practice and life choices that reflect it, as well as those that do not, as one struggling on the path to learn and grow, one day at a time. I am an imperfect vegan, more accurately a vegetarian. Giving up meat and other animal foods as best I have been able to do, led me, through ahimsa or the principle of non-harming, to Buddhism. Although I do not intend to preach the virtues of these life choices in my professional life, I offer my own experience when asked, and sometimes tentatively when or if it seems apt. My daily meditation practice informs my life view and helps me to remain fully present, mindful and attentive as I listen to the painful narratives of those tormented by their traumas or intense anxiety, so necessary for them to express for resolution and healing to occur,
This blog covers a wide variety of topics, most fitting into the categories of nature, meditation, Buddhism, guidance, personal growth, psychological health, meditation and vegan living. I hope you’ll enjoy reading, and I invite you to take the time to leave a comment. In fact, I’d love it if you’d follow the blog.