Dr. Kalman Khodik, PsyD, BCB

LICENSED CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST

Dr. Kalman Khodik, PsyD, BCB

CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST

About Us

Dr. Khodik, Psy.D., B.C.B. is credentialed as a National Register Health Services Psychologist. He earned his Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology and his Board Certification in Biofeedback from Widener University’s Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology (IGCP). With over ten years of working in the field, Dr. Khodik has experience of working in a variety of clinical and counseling settings, with a broad range of patients and psychological issues. He specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression, psycho-somatic disorders, addiction, and various stress-related issues. In addition to his interest in working with individuals, Dr. Khodik spent many years bringing positive change and organizational optimization at some of the most prominent global corporations, such as the McKinsey & Company, the World Bank, and the Credit Suisse Group. Dr. Khodik completed his APA accredited internships at the Keystone Center for addiction treatment, and the Joseph J. Peters Institute. His dissertation investigated the relationships between self-regulation and addiction, where he proposed an integration of psychophysiological and psychospiritual interventions to maximize treatment adherence and gains. Dr. Khodik completed his undergraduate education majoring in psychology at Rutgers University, and his Masters Degree in organizational development at Columbia University, T.C. Dr. Khodik completed his post-doctoral fellowship at the prestigious Karen Horney Clinic in New York City. In addition to his advanced training in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the American Institute for Psychoanalysis (AIP), he is now pursuing his candidacy in Psychoanalysis. This training is deeply rooted in the tradition of Karen Horney along with other influential and contemporary psychoanalytic theorists. In addition to his interest in working with individuals, Dr. Khodik spent many years bringing positive change and organizational optimization at some of the most prominent global corporations, such as the McKinsey & Company, the World Bank, and the Credit Suisse Group. Dr. Khodik currently serves as the Co-Director of Psychological and Psychophysiological services at Avita Integrative Care, LLC, a boutique group practice dedicated to providing an integrative and comprehensive treatment for various disorders related to anxiety, emotional dysregulation, and poor stress resilience. With formal training in several theoretical orientations including long-term and brief psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral techniques, biofeedback, and evidence-based drug and alcohol counseling, Dr. Khodik is able to integrate and personalize treatment strategies to best fit his patient’s unique needs. Furthermore, Dr. Khodik integrates spirituality into his own personal life and professional work. Although this type of integration remains unusual among traditional psychotherapists, through his own spiritual journey and current practice, Dr. Khodik is uniquely positioned to help patients explore openly their relationships with the sacred, overcome their spiritual struggles, and guide them to reaching an integrated sense of self. The use of biofeedback and other psychophysiological interventions in this regard could help those individuals who find it difficult to regulate their attention and emotion in their own meditative and contemplative practices. Dr. Khodik speaks fluently both English and Russian, and in addition to having international and multicultural exposure, he is especially keen on being open-minded in providing a culturally-sensitive treatment. Dr. Khodik effectively provides a uniquely non-judgmental environment in which patients feel free to express themselves and explore their conflicts, while creating real and sustainable change.

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Services


Biofeedback
Biofeedback
Biofeedback

When it comes to body-focused psychotherapy, we are focusing on body sensation that often hold repressed memories, and gain the ability to regulate their autonomic body functions such as muscle tension, body temperature, heart rate and respiration. The use of biofeedback in therapy offers patients to gain greater awareness of their body’s physiological functions through the use of technological instruments designed to provide immediate information on the activity of those psychophysiological systems. The goal of biofeedback is to train patients to activate or deactivate psychophysiological systems at will, and therefore self-regulate their emotional, cognitive, and behavioral reactions. When combined with mind-focused, language-based approaches, patients can see sustainable relief from headaches, pain, hypertension and other physiological stress-related conditions. Biofeedback can help correct and fine-tune one’s breathing patterns, which has a direct impact on the physiology, mental and emotional states and can improve mental and physical states. Another benefit is linked to enhanced practice in meditation, which are specific techniques used to still and empty the mind allowing the natural homeostasis and healing process to begin. One of the most challenging tasks, the ability to focus and not react to distracting thought and feelings can be strengthened through guided practice using biofeedback technology.

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Psychospirituality
Psychospirituality
Psychospirituality

Equally important in this integration is the role of one’s relationship to their spirituality and envelopment in religious practices. While many traditional psychotherapist historically tend to shy away from this topic, it is important that spirituality is understood and addressed as a legitimate dimension of human experience. The fact is that one’s spirituality develops and evolves over the lifespan and can be a part of the solution or a part of the problem. Despite the fact that many practitioners and patients tend to reduce spirituality and religiousness to psychological explanations, spirituality cannot be separated from psychotherapy. Spiritual issues often arise in patient’s lives and need to be considered as a critical ingredient in their lives, as they may serve as the source of ultimate anxiety or post-traumatic growth. Therefore as a spiritually-integrated psychotherapist, I listen carefully for such hidden communications and encourage patients to give voice to what may be difficult to express, and explore what may have been avoided in the past. Working through spiritual concerns and conflicts has been found to be of interest to most patients, and especially those who find themselves struggling with the underlying spiritual foundation of the 12-step fellowships for recovery from addictions (AA, NA, GA, etc.). Such patients may feel ostracized from these recovery programs if they voice spiritual struggles, be unable to engage in their recovery, or may drop-out prematurely. Therefore, addressing their issues with spirituality in the safety of a psychotherapeutic session will increase their chances towards recovery.

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Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy

My practice involves a multi-theoretical framework, that aims to integrate cognitive, behavioral, psychobiological, psychodynamic, and psychospiritual approaches. In contrast to the more common, unimodal approaches, which may only address either the mind or the physical symptoms, and where all patients receive the same interventions, I actively integrate diverse systems of psychotherapy to match the needs of each person. I tend to base my formulation on the psychoanalytical formulation, which permits a deeper understanding and is appreciative of patient’s unconscious dynamics, characterological development, environmental influences, strengths, and unique adaptive strategies. In the therapeutic sessions, I encourage each person to explore their current and past ways of experiencing themselves (physically, emotionally, and spiritually) and relating to others. This form of exploration brings about a greater self-understanding and resolution to the past traumatic experiences and inner conflicts, and ultimately leads to healing unhealthy relational patterns and producing profound changes in one's life.

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Recent News

Opening in Fort Lee New Jersey

At Avita Integrative Care, we’re working as fast as we can to bring our innovative boutique mental health and wellness practice to North Jersey. We’re a well known New York City Midtown practice, and our patients can visit our NY location when they need to see a specialist. Expanding further in our NYC metro area means it’s even easier for patients to make time for their health – and many will have the convenience and choice of seeing a specialist near their home or work. A major amenity of our Fort Lee office is its proximity to George Washington Bridge and many Bergen county towns, making it easy to visit the doctor as a stop on your commute – a great benefit for our growing roster of enterprise customers. Avita Integrative Care, Fort Lee – New Jersey Area – opens November 17, 2016.

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