The Center for Personal Growth








Director - Dr. Neal Blackstein

472 Kings Highway, Valley Cottage, Rockland County, NY  10989

(845) 268-2802


 Dr. Neal M. Blackstein has been the Director of The Center For Personal Growth in Valley Cottage, N.Y. for over 20 years. He is a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a Nationally Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Connecticut. In addition, Dr. Blackstein is a Certified Diplomate of the National Board of Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists, a Certified member of the National Guild of Hypnotists, and a Senior Fellow of the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America. Dr. Blackstein is also Certified in New York as a Guidance Counselor K-12, Teacher K-6, and is a Nationally Certified Sports Counselor and Sports Hypnotherapist.


    Along with directing The Center for Personal Growth, Dr. Blacktein taught 5th and 6th grade for the New York City Public Schools and was the Assistant Director of the Clarkstown Counseling Center in New City. He has been a Guidance Counselor for Southern Westchester BOCES, the Motivational Counselor for the Edgemont School System in Scarsdale, and has recently retired, after 20 years, as a Special Education Guidance Counselor for Hawthorne Cedar Knolls School in Westchester, working with emotionally disturbed adolescents. He was the staff Hypnotherapist for The Rockland Institute for Psychotherapy in New City, N.Y. and has been the Sport Hypnotherapist for the Sports Performance Centers Of America, formerly based in Ridgefield, Connecticut.


    Dr. Blackstein received a B.A. in Psychology from Adelphi University, a Masters Degree and Professional Diploma in Counselor Education from St. John’s University, was A.B.D. in Counselor Education from New York University and received a Doctorate in Clinical Hypnotherapy from the American Institute of Hypnotherapy.