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WHY I BECAME A PSYCHOLOGIST

I grew up on a farm in a politically charged environment in Germany. One of my parents was politically active -in a party that was not popular in my hometown- until I turned 19. Two of my uncles were politically active in two different parties. The country re-united when I was 14. During and after World War II, my family had hosted refugees. Following the war, my family was recruited to actively collaborate with the Allied forces in order to rebuild the country and agricultural infrastructure. Other influences from World War II (e.g., a high rate of alcoholism and other addictions, Complex Post Traumatic Stress from unprocessed war stories) still shaped the German culture that I grew up in.

I had started a career in investment banking (mainly to do something productive while I tried to figure out what I truly wanted to do with my life). It puzzled me to see that people (even those owning the private bank I was working at) would not work up to capacity. So I enrolled in a psychology program where I learned hat pervasive stress/trauma from the past can cause the brain to become over- or under aroused and can show up as anxiety, depression, anger, attention deficit and hyperactivity as well as somatic symptoms such as insomnia and physical pain.

Studying and working hard were virtues I grew up with, and those behaviors helped me work through my schooling but also opened my eyes to so called “process addictions”.

That is, the reward center in the brain works overtime when an active addiction is present. The reward center can go in overdrive through a substance (e.g., alcohol, pain killers). Also, a process such as working too much or too little, online activities (from gaming to social media), sexuality, eating can be addictive. Additionally, relationship qualities can be addictive (e.g., rescuing people, having friends with drama, looking good to the world). Last but not least, I learned that even intense emotions (e.g., stirred up from psychological and political drama) can be addictive and thereby undermine true intimacy in relationships.

Since we studied a lot of psychological research that was conducted in the United States, I became curious and ended up doing my required internships in the United States (in an Investment Bank and at the United Nations in New York City). I dealt with the influences of my past by studying them in school and in and doing my own individual therapy. My psychology classes, continuing education and my personal therapy helped me to work through my issues.

MY CURRENT PRACTICE

As a psychologist, I work with individuals and couples on their emotional and relationship problems, helping them resolve issues from the past that are affecting their present. Please know that I would like to help you find answers to your questions. In turn, those answers will allow you to resolve the impact of the influences that shaped you. As a result, you will no longer be defined by what shaped you.

For trauma and emotional issues, I help clients explore and resolve their old hurts. I use EMDR therapy protocols, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and strategies of dialectical behavioral therapy in my work. Many clients find a customized combination of these protocols effective in resolving their issues. In particular, I help clients re-train their brains using guided imagery, bilateral stimulation, and other ways of feedback to calm their brains’ arousal, thereby alleviating their mood, behavior, and somatic symptoms.

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  • Call Dr. Sibylle at (917) 620-0481, email her at toolsforvitality@pm.me or complete the PsychologyToday contact form to schedule a brief complimentary call for your questions or to set up your visit.
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My partner and I saw you for a few couples sessions after the most recent discovery of his sex addiction. I wanted to share with you the good news, that through much hard work, we are happily engaged to be married next October. We wanted to thank you for being there for us in the very early “triage” stage, and for giving us the tools and recommendations for our next steps. We greatly appreciate your work with us in our time of immediate need!

Thank you, Dr. G.!

Years ago I was an active, healthy, and successful mother of two that experienced a traumatic physical injury with detrimental results after a surgery. 

My pelvic floor was included in this injury. After unsuccessful medical support I knew that I was not right and experiencing symptoms of PTSD as well as the horrible physical pain and dehibilitation. With Sibylle’s help I was able to develop the tools necessary to continue a lifestyle to be successful and continue to seek options for my physical health. 

EMDR therapy allowed my body and mind to process my situations in the past and future as well as handle difficult or triggering events. The treatment also helped me get out of pain and connect with my body in ways I never thought possible. It honestly changed my life and I feel I have reached a higher part of myself despite the circumstances surround me. 

I highly recommend working with Sibylle, not just because of her expertise and trainings, but because of her heart. She is relatable, caring, honest, and I could be completely open and honest without judgment. This work is life changing and well worth the investment. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

RG