Board and Faculty Bios

Robert Kupferman, LCSW

Robert Kupferman is uniquely equipped to guide and motivate as you face personal and professional challenges. Whether the issue is simple or complex, new or long term, he is qualified to assist in your success as he has been for over a thousand others.

Mr. Kupferman has pursued a dynamic career as an architect, city planner and community activist.
Mr. Kupferman received his Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University, trained at the Hypnosis Institute and NYSEPH:
Mr. Kupferman is a clinical therapist with Project Liberty, a program dedicated to treating those affected by the tragedies of 9/11/01.

Education and Training
Columbia University: Master of Science in Social Work
New York Hypnosis Institute: Basic hypnosis training
New York Milton H. Erickson Society for Psychotherapy and Hypnosis (NYSEPH): advanced hypnotherapy
EMDR Institute: Basic Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
Albert Ellis Institute: Rational-Emotive & Cognitive-Behavioral Theory and techniques
The Reiki Institute: Reiki I, II and Master Attunement
St. Vincent’s Hospital Manhattan: Auricular acupuncture

Professional Work
New York State: Licensed clinical social worker (LCSW)
St. Vincent’s Hospital Manhattan, Trauma and Wellness Center: full time staff psychotherapist and hypnotherapist
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDHMH), Medical Reserve Corps (MRC): on call provider during times of mass emergency
NYSEPH: President; Faculty Member
ASCH: Certified in Clinical Hypnosis

Areas of Specialization
Specializes in trauma, depression, anxiety, grief, phobias, suicide prevention and addictions
Trains professionals in suicide prevention, disaster preparedness
Utilizes Ericksonian hypnotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), psychological first aid, and auricular acupuncture
Deployed as part of a select team of trauma experts working with evacuees of Hurricane Katrina, wounded soldiers returning from Iraq
Maintains insurance reimbursable private practice in hypnotherapy
Works with clients traumatized by the September 11 terrorist attack.

A. Jordan Wright, Ph.D., ABAP

Director of Hypnosis Training at NYSEPH

A. Jordan Wright, Ph.D., ABAP is a New York State licensed psychologist who received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University, along with a Masters in Psychology in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a diplomate in assessment psychology and a fellow of the American Academy of Assessment Psychology, and he is the author of Conducting Psychological Assessment: A Guide for Practitioners. He has spent years consulting to educational agencies and developing curricula for the training of clinical service providers.

Dr. Wright is currently a full-time faculty member in Human Development at Empire State College, SUNY and a Visiting Scholar at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he trains Ph.D. students in psychological testing and assessment. His practice focuses on psychological testing and assessment, psychotherapy, and hypnotherapy. With experience in providing treatment to individuals throughout the life span, as well as along the spectrum of severity of psychopathology, Dr. Wright also provides supervision on adult and child cases, as well as group, couple, and family therapy. He currently provides psychological services to a diverse population of adults, children, and families.

In addition to clinical work, Dr. Wright also provides supervision and consultation work to clinicians and companies (the latter focusing on organizational structure, marketing, and creativity). His major areas of interest are working with artists on performance anxiety, blocked creativity, and personality development; couples and family work; and the management of stress and anxiety.

Dr. Wright can be reached at 347-391-5104 or at

Judith Grosz, LCSW, BCD

Judith Grosz is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in New York City.

She was Co-Director of Training as well as Faculty Member and Librarian of NYSEPH

Graduated from the NYSEPH training Institute

Trained in Level 1, 2 and 3 – Advanced Clinical Workshop of EMDR

Disaster Mental Health Volunteer with the American Red Cross

Worked with rescue workers and the victims of 9/11 through the spring of 2002

Member of NYC Office of Mental Health Disaster and Response Unit

Areas of Specialization:

weight loss and weight management

performance enhancement

PTSD and trauma

relationship issues

stress reduction

couples counseling

depression and anxiety

Judith Grosz utilizes a holistic approach in her treatment which includes hypnotherapy, EMDR as well as psychodynamic and cognitive therapy. Her approach is tailored to the specific needs of the individual client. For example, she employs hypnosis to help people recover emotionally from devastating illness, to conquer a fear of flying and to diminish performance anxiety. She is a perceptive listener who focuses on helping her clients find new possibilities within themselves.

Ennio Ammendola, M.A.

Ennio Ammendola has a Masters Degree in Clinical and Community Psychology from “La Sapienza” University in Rome, Italy. He also took several graduate courses in counseling at Fordham University in New York. Over the years, he has completed several professional trainings in:

- Kundalini Yoga (at the Kundalini Yoga East in NY)

- Structural Family Therapy (at the Minuchin Center for Family Therapy in NY)

- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy in Bala ..Cynwyd, PA),

- Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) (at the Albert Ellis Institute in NY)

- Hypnosis (at the New York Milton H. Erickson Society for Psychotherapy and Hypnosis in NY)

“I have been blessed with all my teachers, but a special thanks goes to Dr. Raymond DiGiuseppe at the Albert Ellis Institute for being such a wonderful mentor. At NYSEPH, I am also blessed with being surrounded by extraordinary clinicians who are shaping my expertise as a hypnotherapist. My clinical interests are focusing on the study of grief, grief after suicide, coping with surgery and suicide. My interest in the topic of suicide has mostly to do with assessment and treatment. I am interested in the implicit dimension of suicide as opposed to the explicit dimension. Finally I live in NY with my lovely wife Alex (an amazing cook) and I am the drummer of the rock band ‘ Bering Strait.’ ”

Jonathan Kanegson, Psy.D.


Jonathan L. Kanegson, Psy.D is a New York State licensed psychologist who received a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Wright Institute, along with a Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He currently works for the Veteran’s Hospital conducting compensation and pension exams as well as police officer examinations for veterans.

In addition, he has a private practice where he utilizes psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and hypnotherapy. He specializes in helping people cope with anxiety and depression, as well as managing anger.

He is certified by NYSEPH as a hypnotherapist and is a board member. Dr. Kanegson can be reached at 646-630-0312.

Brooke Donatone, LCSW, Ph.D.

Co-Director of Training





Brooke received her Ph.D. in Social Work from NYU, and an MSW from SUNY Stony Brook. She has been in private practice for over a decade and specializes in hypnotherapy for chronic pain and illnesses, in addition to working with depression, anxiety, specific phobias, and trauma. She developed the Focused Suggestion with Somatic Anchoring Technique and published this as an article in the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, which won the William S. Kroger Award for Best Paper.


Rita M. Sherr, L.C.S.W., B.C. D.

440 West End Avenue

New York, New York 10024

(212) 873-3385

Rita Sherr is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and The Columbia University School of Social Work. She has over 40 years of extensive clinical experience, and is in private practice as a psychotherapist and Ericksonian hypnotherapist. She studied with Dr. Milton H. Erickson. She has been teaching courses, conducting workshops, and supervising students in hypnotherapy for many years. She has led workshops on hypnosis in the corporate world, and has presented both nationally and internationally at conferences.

Rita is the Founding Director of Education for NYSEPH, and is Faculty Emeritus. She is on the faculty of the Integrative Medicine Department at Beth Israel Hospital.

Rita is certified by The American Society for Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH). She is an Approved Clinical Consultant for The American Society for Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) and is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Areas of Specialization


Stress Management

Pain Management

Smoking Cessation

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder


Habit Control

Self-Hypnosis Training

Medical Problems

Pre-and Post-Surgery

Gastrointestinal Disorders

Labor and Delivery

Hypnosis Consultation

Relationship Problems

Sidney Rosen, M.D.

Dr. Rosen, a board-certified psychiatrist and certified psychoanalyst, is the Founding President of NYSEPH. For over twenty years, he was the Psychiatrist-in-Charge of Psychiatric Services at the Rusk Institute, New York University Medical Center. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine, is on the faculty of the American Institute of Psychoanalysis (Karen Horney), and is in full-time practice of psychiatry in New York City.

He is the author of “My Voice Will Go With You: The Teaching Tales of Milton H. Erickson.” (W.W. Norton 1982; paperback 1991), and he wrote the forward to “Hypnotherapy: an Exploratory Casebook.” by Milton H. Erickson and Ernest Rossi (Irvington 1979).

Dr. Rosen, an invited speaker at the Phoenix International Congresses on Ericksonian Approaches, has presented worshops in the U.S., Canada, France, and Germany.