About Me

Could it be possible for emotion to cause illness? After all, the fact that painful emotions and physical symptoms are directly connected, is well documented. Twenty years ago, I began my quest to learn the answer to this question, by delving into the healing arts.

My name is Irena Ginsburg. I am a licensed acupuncturist, licensed massage therapist, and a licensed psychoanalyst. I have successfully treated psychosomatic disorders for almost 20 years in my private practice in New York City.

I graduated from Swedish Institute of Massage Therapy Program and opened my private practice in New York City. Treating chronic, physical pain and tension, I began to realize that often, physical symptoms are the only way for people to feel and express emotional discomfort. My clients were looking for deeper healing than massage alone could provide.

To master this “missing link”, I went on to earn my Masters in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine from the Swedish Institute of Oriental Studies. As fate would have it, in my private acupuncture practice, I treated clients suffering from chronic pain and autoimmune disorders. Even though physical symptoms and energetic blockages were often relieved with acupuncture treatments, the symptoms would appear again since the state of the patient’s soul was still untransformed.

Energy, which in Chinese Medicine we call Qi, does not behave in rational ways. Psyche aka Soul of the human beings is irrational by definition. To understand the ways of Psyche, I had undergone additional 6 years of training at National Psychological Association For Psychoanalysis, earning a license to practice Psychoanalysis.

Psyche has her own ways. From her story, we know that human soul comes into this world to find healing. Psyche’s healing is initiated by love and loss. Possibly by loss of love. Healing is about connecting previously disconnected parts, therefore she must first descend into the darkness of primitive feelings and learn how to navigate her way in the world. This type of journey to the underworld calls for special kind of assistance; a practitioner who treats both, body and soul. If we treat physical symptoms alone, not only we neglect the needs of Psyche, but we actively prevent her from healing. Whether we are aware of it or not, as alternative practitioners, we are already engaged in this sensitive therapeutic work of taking care of Psyche.

The Acupuncturist as Shaman series offer practitioners the tools to tend to the psycho-emotional aspects of illness. Each module is pre approved for 16 NCCAOM Acupuncture CEUs / PDAs in the required CW-PE Professional Enhancement category.