Over the years, I’ve received some wonderful feedback from the individuals and couples I’ve met with and helped as a therapist. Here are some of the comments I’ve received:

 

I will always remember your office as a sanctuary; where my husband and I sat across from each other and from you too (Imago instructions in hand)safely beginning our delicately choreographed explanations of our marriage and ourselves.

You provided me with a critical blend of information based on science and statistics, literary and historical anecdotes as well as carefully nuanced perspectives and personal stories, all the while coaching us with warmth and humor and a developing sense of intimacy.

To have shared these hours with my husband was profound, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. “Boot Camp” was a source of inspiration in bravery, in honesty, and in intimacy.Thank you for every single word.

(Anonymous “Relationship Bootcamp” Participant 2014)

On this one year anniversary of my daughter’s initial visit, I felt it fitting to let you know how very much you and EMDR have helped her. The changes are quite impressive. You are amazing! I am so grateful! I bet there is hardly a week that goes by that I don’t think about the changes that came about in my daughter’s strength, attitude and happiness as a result of EMDR and you. And I thank you immensely.

(Anonymous Parent of Patient)

I am a 17 year old high school student that went through Dr. David Greenfield’s intensive treatment program for teens and young adults with Internet and gaming addiction in Fall 2013. I can say with certainty that going through this program was one of the best decisions of my life. I spend far less time now online than I did before going through the program, and most of the time I do spend online now is for social purposes like social media and texting. I have been with my girlfriend  for 6 weeks now and have a very special bond with her. Had I not gone through Dr. Greenfield’s program, I most likely would not have met her, and would not have the relationship with her that I now cannot imagine myself without.

My Life is changed now….

The girlfriend of one of my closest friends (whom my soon-to-be girlfriend was also friends with) was in a talent show at her school which my girlfriend also attends (they both sing), and she invited my friend and I to go see her and then go to a nearby diner with her and some of her friends afterwards. I met my girlfriend that very night at the diner and we instantly connected. Had I not gone through Dr. Greenfield’s program, I probably would have stayed home that night and played video games instead of going to the talent show and meeting her. I cannot express how grateful I am to Dr. Greenfield for having changed my life in such a positive way. I hope other teens and young adults can have as positive an experience in this program as I did.

~ Anonymous patient

“I had an intensely traumatic childhood and have spent most of my adult life working with a series of different types of psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists and counselors.  In all, I have been treated by a dozen mental health professionals over the course of nearly 25 years.  All of them helped me in some way, but Doctor Greenfield’s EMDR treatment was more effective than all of the other treatments and approaches combined.  The affects of the treatment have been almost immediate and have proven to be long-lasting.

Through EMDR, I have been able to let go of negative parts of me that I thought were fully engrained in who I was and discovered abilities to care, love and be empathetic that I didn’t think I would ever be able to truly experience.  For the first time in my life, I feel like a genuine and caring person with nothing to hide.  The shame, rage and anger are all gone.  They have been replaced by positive emotions and feelings.  The EMDR process is truly amazing.”  ~ Anonymous patient

“Dr. Greenfield’s EMDR treatment has been amazing and life-changing.  I’m astonished at how quickly the pain, defense mechanisms and intense negative associations melted away.  Just as surprising, two years later, the affects of the treatment are just as powerful as when I left his office after the first couple of sessions.  I still don’t fully understand exactly how the process works, but I do know that it works better than I ever dreamed possible.  EMDR has changed my life.  It has made me a better person. ”  ~ Bryan L. Olson, Esq.
“Having achieved such remarkable results with Dr. Greenfield within just five months, I am sharing a brief summary of my experience with the hope that it may resonate and possibly motivate at least one person to schedule an appointment or explore the range of treatment options offered by Dr. Greenfield.

My Situation

I’m a “guy’s guy” in my early 50’s with a very decent and comfortable lifestyle by most measures. However, I have effectively coped with mild to moderate anxiety and depression for most of my adult life. The past year was particularly tough – a perfect storm of concomitant personal, work, marital and family related issues and stress. While unpleasant, I’m certain that my “storm” was probably similar to the everyday challenges that most people face. It was just more than I was capable of effectively handling at the time. I realized that I need to do something different and the first step was to reach out for help. With this realization, my goal was to simply return to my steady state of coping with the “normal” anxiety and depression to which I had been accustomed. Just to get past this rough patch and “back to normal”.

My Experience

Having achieved limited success with more traditional therapy several years ago, I was searching for something different. It had to be medication-free and preferably something that would deliver quick results. Based on these criteria and a fair amount of on-line research, I am blessed to have found Dr. Greenfield. During the course of five short months, I have not only wildly surpassed my modest, (almost laughable) goal of a “return to my normal state of anxiety and depression” but I have truly become a happy, engaged, enthusiastic and present human being. I have also learned a great deal about myself and the root causes of my previous state. With Dr. Greenfield’s guidance, these learnings are now linked with new thought processes, techniques and an outlook which will allow me to sustain and build on a foundation of greater peace, happiness and resilience.

”  ~ Former patient

“When I first heard of EMDR I was very skeptical but after learning how it works and went through the procedure I have changed my mind. EMDR has changed me in many ways. I now have a grip on things that bothered me in the past. Situations I shied away from I now look forward to with excitement and come away having enjoyed myself completely. It is hard to believe a procedure so simple has really made a big difference in my life.”  – Jeane S.
“Thank you for your care. I had been in need of your help for many months prior to finding you. You have an understanding of my condition that I thought I could not find in another. If there exists true treatments of the psyche, their form is exactly of the nature you provide: holistic and individual. You guided my return back to university, showing me the agency in my condition; I am responsible for my actions and my actions determine the life I lead. Your insight has proven true. From your care and with your wisdom, I will create the life I want to live. I can’t thank you enough.

I think I do not have a need for further consultation. My responsibility is to practice the art of good living through right action. I can’t thank you enough for your care and the support you gave to my parents at this important time of my life. I will let you know if the need arises in the future.” – A former patient

“Dr. Dave is very personable and his demeanor makes it easy to talk about personal issues.  His therapy included review of the different physiological make-up of men and women which allowed me to better understand how my actions and issues and my wife’s reaction were influenced by primeval circumstances.  This resulted in allowing me to change my behavior based on positive behavior modification and not a condemnation of my actions which would have resulted in a negative approach to problem resolution.

Dr. Dave’s approach is to strengthen and preserve the marriage as opposed to finding fault in any one party.  At no time did he take sides on any issues, but encouraged us to discuss our differences so we understood each other’s viewpoint even if we didn’t agree. Dr. Dave taught us how to apply Imago to problem resolution and this has become a very powerful tool in discussing our feelings and concerns in a non-confrontational way.”

“Imago is a way for my husband and I to communicate our feelings to each other so we actually hear what the other person is saying and can understand each others point of view. It is our “tool box” to resolve any conflict or
ill feelings one of us might have.  We find that by practicing Imago we are brought closer together in a loving relationship.”
“My husband started seeing Dr. David Greenfield with anxiety issues and when I was asked to join a session I reluctantly agreed. I must say, Dr. Dave has helped us both tremendously. He knows people. He knows men and women.  How they act and why they act the way they do. He knows how to get to the root of your problem and how to help you find an antidote.  He also used EMDR therapy which I found to be a simple procedure yet very effective in a short period of time. We found Dr. Dave to be easy to talk to, kind, caring and sympathetic to our problems yet he was aggressive in his approach when needed. “
“I had heard about Dr. Greenfield online before my parents proposed I meet him, and was skeptical; Internet/Technology addiction wasn’t a thing, and I wasn’t an addict. It took failing out of college for me to admit my addiction, and when I finally met with Dr. Greenfield for the two day intensive for Internet and Technology addiction, I thought I had run out of options. I left feeling more optimistic than I had in years. Internet/Technology addiction is a real problem, and Dr. Greenfield is the person to see. I now have the tools, and more importantly, the clarity to get through this. He listens, and in doing so, forces you to listen to yourself; not as a critic or a judge, but as a mentor.”

Dr. David Greenfield is proof to me that God exists. He helped save my life, my marriage and my job. I called Dr. Dave because I was addicted to pornographic images on the Internet. I called him – and he personally returned my call within an hour – because I had been CAUGHT, because I had been forced to finally do something about my lifelong problem.

I had been tormented EVERY DAY for decades by confusing, illogical feelings about sex and intimacy. I acted on those obsessions in very unhealthy ways. All the time I was doing bad things, I didn’t believe I was a bad person. But I couldn’t stop doing those bad things. I couldn’t stop.

When I was a toddler, my brother, who was nearly 15 years older, sexually abused me. Less than two years later, my mother died. What’s worse: Though nothing was further from the truth, my little boy’s mind decided I must have killed her. Either one of those events would have been enough to screw someone up for a long time – even for a lifetime. My mind was screwed up for 40 years. Clinically, you could say I was suffering from severe post-traumatic stress disorder. (I had a pile of other, related disorders, too.)

Oh, outwardly my life was OK. I had good friends. I had good jobs, was successful at what I did, sometimes exceptionally successful. People thought I had it all together. But on the inside I was a confused little boy who was afraid to feel, afraid to love, afraid to live. With patience and wisdom and love, Dr. Dave helped me unravel my ball of confusing memories. In less than six months of weekly therapy, we had revisited those most painful moments in my life. I realized that it wasn’t my fault my brother used me to gratify his own sick sexual needs. And it wasn’t my fault that my Mommy died.

Through the not-quite-understood miracle of EMDR – eye movement desensitization and reprocessing –  I  reached back into my memory and, with Dr. Dave’s gentle help, re-lived those horrible events that had so traumatized me. Because I did not, could not understand the events when they happened, the memories were not stored correctly. And I spent 40 years trying, mostly subconsciously, to make sense out of the memories.

Dr. Dave and I used EMDR to bring those events to the surface of my consciousness, so that I could look at them in a logical way for the first time, and then put the corrected memories back into my subconscious mind. With my thinking corrected, I am free from 40 years of mental anxiety. Free of daily obsessions. Free of the addiction, which was my mind’s latest bad attempt at a solution to its problem.

In addition to helping me, Dr. Dave helped my wife – the most beautiful, loving, patient person in the world and my best friend and soul’s companion – understand what I was going through. My wife and I often say “there aren’t words to describe” the love we have for one another. Similarly, every single day, we also say “Thank God for Dr. Dave.”

He literally helped me pry open windows in my memory that had been shut for 40 years. This is hard to describe, but I have never been able to see in my memory the corner of the bedroom I shared with my older brother, the corner where his bed was. That corner was as dark as a black hole. I knew it was a very bad place – filled with fear, with horrible memories. For 40 years, no matter how I looked at that dark place, I couldn’t penetrate it.

Today, thanks to Dr. Dave, there is no darkness in my memory of that bedroom of my childhood. The entire room is bathed in light. Dr. Dave helped me to throw back the curtains and open the windows. He helped me fill that room with pure, radiant light.

At the end of one of the most painful, powerful and productive sessions I shared with Dr. Dave, the session in which that darkness was lifted from me and I knew I was at last free from decades of inner torment, I looked Dr. Dave and said, “You are proof that God exists.” I will believe that forever. Dr. Dave changed my life. He helped me to correct the way I thought about the worst events in my life. He has helped me live.

– Eternally grateful,

Michael (not my real name)

I am married to one of the most loving, kind, and thoughtful men in the world.   God truly smiled down on us when He brought us together. When my husband told me that he was addicted to internet pornography and had been caught doing this at work I experienced a plethora of emotions:

Shock because I thought this was totally out of character for the man I loved and married. Anger because I felt that he had betrayed me by doing this and never sharing these problems with me. Doubt because I thought I knew him and now I found out that he had been living a secret life. Would I ever be able to trust him again?? Fear because I thought our wonderful, happy, supportive marriage was at serious risk.  Maybe I really didn’t know him after all.  I didn’t want to lose him yet I didn’t know how I could continue to be married to someone who was not honest with me.

I knew little about disorders such as his.  In the past I stereotyped these kinds of behaviors as weird and perverted without understanding the reasons that caused this type of distraction and confusion. Once I got over the initial shock and came to terms with my emotions, I reminded myself that I loved this man very much and I had made a lifetime commitment him.  I recognized that he needed me now and I would do anything I could to help him resolve these issues. I vowed to help my husband to find the best psychological help to work through these problems.  We found that Dr. David Greenfield was a widely respected authority in this type of addiction.

At this time I was still overcome with fear.  Could my precious husband ever overcome these bizarre addictions??  What did it all mean??  Were his problems so deeply rooted that they could not be resolved??  Would I ever know who he really is??  I experienced resentment because our life had seemed so happy and now it was so complicated, so uncertain, so frightening.

My husband began to meet with Dr. Greenfield weekly.  Several times we met with him together.  He was very honest with us saying that my husband had serious, longstanding issues to resolve.  However, while he acknowledged the seriousness of these issues, he never gave us the feeling that they would be impossible to address.

Through Dr. Greenfield’s guidance and the use of a process called EMDR, my husband was able to resolve issues that were rooted in the first 5 years of his life.  He had been a victim of sexual abuse by his oldest brother at age 3 and experienced the death of his mother at age 5.  These tragic events occurred through no fault of his, yet his life was negatively impacted by the residual effects for over 40 years. Using EMDR, Dr. Greenfield returned my husband to those events and he painfully relived them.  By doing so he is now able to view them from an adult perspective recognizing that these events were not his fault and storing them back in his mind in the proper context, thereby freeing him from the guilt, shame and anxiety that he had experienced for decades.

My husband is like a new person.  His self-esteem has improved dramatically.  He is focused on improving his skills and utilizing his numerous talents.  He is no longer distracted and tormented by thoughts and behaviors that he did not understand.  He is happy.

Throughout this period of time, Dr. Greenfield has been so caring and supportive to both of us as he helped us to resolve the most significant challenge of our marriage.  I thank God every day for guiding us to find Dr. Greenfield and for the visible difference in my husband as a result of his guidance and support.

In addition, I believe I have become a better person because I have come away from this experience with much more tolerance toward people who exhibit problematic behaviors.  I now wonder about the underlying cause of their behavior; I wonder if as a little boy or girl these people were victims of life-altering events such as those my husband experienced.  I pray that they, too, will find a Dr. Dave to give them their life back.

With deepest gratitude,

Allison (not my real name)

From the moment I met with him the first time, he made me feel at ease and comfortable. After our first session, I couldn’t wait to see him again because I knew I was stepping toward healing.
What I admire most about Dr. Dave is that he is real. He showed me his tremendous sadness when his own mother passed away. He admitted that life isn’t always fun, but it’s up to us to enjoy the ride.
The good doctor has changed my life and I will never forget it. Although we don’t socialize outside of sessions, I consider him one of my closest and dearest friends, and I love him.
~ Kevin
There was a time in my life where I would have considered myself to be the doormat of the social universe.  Many events like Christmas parties, family dinners, and nights out with friends so that I could squeeze in a couple more hours on my favorite games.  I had passed up trips to the zoo, dinners at nice restaurants, poker nights with the guys, and even when there were things I wanted to do outside gaming – I would sometimes forget. Upon hours and hours of time I had relinquished to someone else’s created world. I realized that I had completely lost time with everything that was and remains important in my life.  I had to do something.  But that something was not something I could do on my own.  Dr. Greenfield introduced me to the truth behind video gaming, and with his program successfully pushed me out of the competitive, manipulative addictive world I was living in.  I now see that there’s a bigger picture and that’s not simply a metaphor.  The world is in fact much bigger than a 17″ screen. The only world that truly provides us with endless possibilities. – Peter