Ben Alterman, Ph.D.
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I am a licensed clinical psychologist providing self-regulatory training and psychotherapy to adult clients, and consultative services to other professionals. I earned my Ph.D. from the Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, where, following years of graduate research in human brain electrophysiology, I wrote my doctoral dissertation on the neurophysiology of sustained attention. My clinical training included a pre-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), consisting of externships in neuropsychological assessment at the HUP Department of Neurology, psychodiagnostic assessment at the HUP Outpatient Psychiatry Center, cognitive-behavioral therapy at the Center for Cognitive Therapy, and insight-oriented therapy at the Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital. I served my pre-doctoral clinical internship at Friends Hosptal.

After earning my doctorate, I worked as a staff clinician and eventually as the Director of Neurobehavioral Services at a non-profit agency that served the needs of severely disturbed children, adolescents, and their families. My post-doctoral clinical training included certification in neurofeedback therapy and advanced training in quantitative EEG evaluation (qEEG).

For 20 years prior to becoming a psychologist, I rigorously studied and practiced Buddhist philosophy and meditation. In the early 1970s, I lived and worked at The Library of Tibetan Works and Archives in Dharamsala, India, home of the Dalai Lama. Subsequently, I studied and practiced in New Jersey with the retired Abbot of Sera-Me Monastic University, Geshe Lobsang Tharchin. During that period, I co-translated with him three meditation manuals from the original Tibetan.

Currently, I help clients acquire skill in the self-regulation of their nervous system and mental activity through individualized coaching which employs a variety of psychotherapeutic and attentional training techniques together with biofeedback. These self-regulatory skills allow trainees to effectively address issues of stress management, attention, anxiety, mood disturbance, and the achievement of enhanced performance in a wide range of areas.
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