Shrink Rap: Dr. Paul & New Urban Recovery Center

Dr. Paul Hokemeyer

Shrink Rap: Dr. Paul & New Urban Recovery Center

A Telluride local, Dr. Paul Hokemeyer is an internationally recognized expert on treating clinical issues at the nexus of relationships and behavioral health. His upcoming book, “Fragile Power,” coming out soon with Hazelden Publishing, is all about the psychological challenges of celebrity. It turns out mental health matters at every point along the socioeconomic spectrum. You can preorder the book on Amazon.

Recently Telluride local Dr. Paul became Senior Clinical Fellow at the first private, residential treatment facility in Brooklyn, New York. Writing for the Star Revue, a Red Hook Brooklyn local newspaper, Erin DeGregorio details that story (below).

Dr. Paul Hokemeyer

Urban Recovery (UR), which opened at 411 Van Brunt St. in January, is the only private residential treatment facility in New York City. The five-level building houses 36 inpatient beds (including six detox-specific), and provides private inpatient and residential treatment for a variety of conditions, with a primary emphasis on substance use disorders.

We walked down the block to find out what exactly is going on in their brand-new building.

“In a world that’s become defined by division, we’ve created a community here in Brooklyn that’s based on the healing power of human connection,” said Dr. Paul Hokemeyer, Senior Clinical Fellow at UR, in a statement. “Yes, we have effective clinical tools, but the system in which these tools are delivered to the human beings and families who trust us with their challenges are different from the systems found in other, larger, more remotely located facilities. Our delivery system is intimate and nimble. It provides a physical and emotional frame within which our clients can tap into their power to engage in not only reparative and curative outcomes, but to optimize their functioning in the world.”

Chief Clinical Officer Bruce Singer, Psy.D., has extensive training and work experience in many areas of mental health, including chronic pain, chemical dependence and addiction. He said he was asked by Denise Bertin-Epp, UR’s CEO, about a year ago to join her in helping to create the facility. The two had previously worked together at Crossroads Centre in Antigua, a substance-abuse rehab center for drug and alcohol addiction that was founded by musician Eric Clapton 21 years ago.

“[UR] was built and designed to be a five-story treatment center with the idea that … we could move away from this concept of the bubble of treatment where people go to the beaches of California, to islands like Antigua or to the desert – that we can work with people in their backyard,” Singer told us…

Continue reading here.

Dr. Paul is frequently quoted in a host of media outlets including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. He serves on the panel of experts for the “Dr. Oz Show” and is a Fox News analyst. Dr. Paul served on the board of directors for the New York Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and received his certification as a clinical trauma professional. He also holds a law degree.

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