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Misophonia Cognitive Retraining Therapy


Misophonia Cognitive Retraining Therapy, as featured on the MTV True Life episode: “I Have Misophonia” premiering Friday, December 16th, 7:00 PM EST. See Clip >

Are you Suffering from any of these symptoms as a result of Misophonia? Call today for a Consultation.

  • Mild to severe anxiety
  • Rage or Anger
  • Triggered fight or flight
  • Depression
  • Negative thinking
  • Crying spells
  • Hopelessness
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Avoidance of people or places
Moderate to severe anxiety triggered by chewing sounds, including:
  • Nail clipping 
  • Brushing teeth
  • Eating sounds
  • Lip smacking
  • Breathing
  • Certain voices
  • Sniffing
  • Talking
  • Sneezing
  • Yawning
  • Walking
  • Coughing
  • Chewing gum
  • Laughing
  • Snoring
  • Typing on a keyboard
  • Whistling
  • Certain consonants

You may also be affected by visual stimuli, such as repetitive foot or body movements, fidgeting or movement you observe out of the corners of their eyes. 
Intense anxiety, rage and avoidant behavior may develop as a result of misophonia.

woman-misophonia* Do you feel your family and friends don’t understand how much you suffer?

* Do you often feel you can just suffer through a social event where there is eating present only to find that you must “escape” before you have a panic attack?

* Do you find that some people are at first understanding and make some efforts not to make the triggering sounds in front of you, but soon forget and constantly have to be reminded, causing you to feel angry, anxious and depressed?

* Are you avoiding social activities that you enjoy because of the misophonia?

* Are you fearful of losing your job and/or is the misophonia effecting your job performance?

If you answered yes to 3 or more of these questions or symptoms, then we can help.

You may be a candidate for Misophonia Cognitive Retraining Therapy, or MCRT.

Stephen Geller Katz, LCSW-R, with over 20 years of clinical experience, a New York University graduate, developed Misophonia Cognitive Retraining Therapy and founded Misophonia Cognitive Center™ in response to the growing number of people with Misophonia coming to his private practice from audiologists and ENTs. He discovered that by helping people to retrain and reinterpret the thoughts around their Misophonia, anxiety and depression symptoms began to improve. But even more important so did the Misophonic trigger response.

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Category Archives: Coping Strategies

General Coping Strategies for Misophonia


Dealing with noises triggering Misophonia is painful. Since the illness is tricky to understand, it gets difficult for people to decipher that the noise they are creating is uncontrollably disgusting. Most of the time these noises are common and a part of your daily life such as chewing. A Misophonia sufferer finds it utterly irritating when a person sitting next to him chewing loudly.

The condition is serious and you expected to discuss it with your family and friends. By allowing people to know about this psychological illness, you will not only find support, but they may also try not to make noises that irritate you beyond measure. Moreover, concerning the severity of the illness, here are some coping strategies you can incorporate to manage this health complication.


Manage Your Stress Levels

misophoniaOnce the order has been diagnosed, focus on staying positive and calm. Refrain from stressing yourself out psychologically. You can manage Misophonia but cannot eliminate the problem entirely. With a relaxed mind, you will be able to control the illness and the effect it has on you.

For this, you will need to maintain your sleep pattern and get 7-8 hours of sleep regularly. You should focus more on physical activity – experts suggest going on long walks. This way you will get plenty of fresh air and your mind will remain relaxed during a Misophode. Moreover, if you’re busy routine won’t allow for these activities then you should try meditation every day to maintain a peaceful mind.

Avoid Argumentsmisophonia

You can’t help it but during a Misophode it becomes unable for you to tolerate ambient noises and the urge to physically stop the noise gets stronger. This is a distinctive illness that you can’t expect everyone to understand. Also stopping someone from performing a particular task such as chewing while they are having a meal can land you in an argument. This condition might adversely affect your wellbeing. This is why experts recommend having a serious conversation rather than an argument. You can always discuss your disorder with your colleagues or with family members to avoid embracing confrontations.

Understand Your Illness

Before expecting people to understand your health problem, you need to understand it first. Once you find out what kind of noises trigger Misophonia in you, try to tolerate them with all your energy. You must understand that it is the Misophonia that causes the disharmony inside of you, not the person. For instances, try to take deep breaths when a certain noise triggers your Misophonia. It may sound impossible to follow, but it can do wonders for your illness. Seeking help and support in this regard is acceptable but you need to understand your disorder as well.

Bottom Line

With the help of coping strategies, you can ease your utterly irritating disorder. It is even better if you let people know which noises trigger your Misophonia. You should not ignore your illness and take precautions in this regard before it gets worse. So, don’t wait and book an appointment right now to get effective Misophonia treatment in New York.


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How to Tell Friends and Family about Your Misophonia

misophoniaIf you have decided to tell family and friends you have misophonia, chances are it’s a decision that took a long time to make. Many people with the condition have already struggled for an age to have medical personnel take them seriously, so are naturally reluctant to face the same battles all over again – and with people they care about to boot.

Where to Start?

This largely depends on your circumstances. If you were diagnosed (or showing major symptoms) from 9 or 10, which is common, chances are what you tell them won’t be a huge surprise. You may even already have parents and siblings who are fully aware, and be just looking at telling more distant relatives.

Facing the Fears

If your symptoms appeared and a diagnosis was given later in life, but you haven’t actually told anyone yet it is worth thinking about the fears and worries which surround taking this step. While you cannot make people react the way you’d like, (supportive, understanding, positive), or totally understand your situation, the fear of rejection or ridicule can be punishing.

Bear in mind that while you are concerned about people not believing you or offering the care you need, those being told may worry about letting you down, or be unable to comprehend the science behind it.

misophoniaPrepare Well

Considering that responses may be based on fears equal to, albeit different from, your own means it is well worth investing some time in preparing properly for the big reveal. Decide who to tell first, obviously avoiding those who you recognize as being triggers if at all possible

You can explain through talking, or if you feel more comfortable write a letter. It’s okay to ask some people to explain your condition to others, especially if they are talking to those on the periphery of your life.

Be Honest

misophoniaIt’s best to say upfront what you want to get across and how you want people to deal with you. If you’d prefer it wasn’t mentioned in group situations then say that, but if your door is open for questions and discussions then that is fine too.

It isn’t easy to share news of a lifelong condition of any kind with those closest to you, especially when it is not well known, so plan to do it in the way you find most comfortable.

Why not contact us today and make an appointment to find out about NYC’s best misophonia treatment option.

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