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Psychological Affiliates Inc delivers Orlando patients state of the art Psychologists services. Our experts specialize in Family Counseling, Psychology and Collaborative Divorce Psychology.

Do You and Your Spouse Have Mismatched Sex Drives? There Is Help.

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Monday, May 15, 2017

Like most things in life, it is good practice to find a match; someone that is on the same wave length as you are, and has the same goals. After all, if you are not heading in the same direction, how are things going to work out? That goes across the board with any relationship you have, whether a professional relationship, or a personal one. Every relationship you have, it needs to be a good match where both parties are benefiting from the relationship; needs are being met. That said, we have no real control over who the heart falls in love with, and having mismatched sex drives with your partner, can propose a list of challenges that put strain on your relationship. The key to happiness, is learning to overcome those challenges. At Psychological Affiliates in Orlando, Sex Therapy plays a major role in striving for a harmonious relationship. As much as some wouldn’t like to admit it, your sex life with your spouse, is important. What happens, or doesn’t happen in the bedroom can trickle over and carry through the other aspects of your life and your relationship. Balance is key, and understanding is key. Psychology in Orlando is the foundation at Psychological Affiliates, and therapy treatment that is interactive and engaging deems better, more effective results.

 

What is Sex Therapy?

 

There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to Sex Therapy; be it from crazy practices you may have heard of from a scandal in the past, the movies and sensationalism, or just your own opinion. There are many reasons to seek sex therapy, of them, here are some, but are not limited to:

  • -Sexual Trauma
  • -Premature Ejaculation
  • -Mismatched Sexual Drives
  • -Sexual Dysfunction
  • -Painful Intercourse
  • -Lack Ability to Achieve an Orgasm
  • -Addiction or Compulsion
  • -Trust Issues/Infidelity
  • -Orientation/Gender Issues
  • -Conflict Issues
  • -Childhood Upbringing
  • -Abuse
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There is a long list of psychological effects that are imprinted when people suffer. While the act of sex is a physical action, sexuality is prominently psychological. People that have experienced issues with any of the above-mentioned challenges, may have adverse psychological residuals. Not all situations can work out on their own. Not every challenge can simply run its course and work out without the assistance of external factors. External factors like Sex Therapy can bring a level of understanding that identifies triggers, and underlying factors that play a role in one’s current state. Sex therapy, traditionally is about 8 to 12 sessions. The first session is for assessment and evaluation; identifying the issues at hand, the situation. It works like most other therapies, it seeks to identify and define the challenges, develop a customizable plan to address the resolution of emotions linked to the dysfunction or abnormality in the relationship or the individual, and to resolve the issue so that the participants may live a normal, healthy sex life.

 

Is There a Resolution to Mismatched Sex Drives?

 

There absolutely is a resolution for mismatched sex drives for couples, regardless of what the underlying reason for the mismatch is. Women and men are very different when it comes to anything sexual. Generally, men view sex differently than women, our attitudes and perception is already different. Our behavior, attitudes, fantasies and desires are very different from one sex to the other. Then, once you take into account a person’s personal preferences, their upbringing, values, and experiences, you add even more complexity to our sexuality. Relationships can be challenging, but there is always a solution for harmony. Simply altering the way you look at something, can change the way that something makes you feel. At Psychological Affiliates in Orlando, Florida, we take every case seriously, with a goal of resolution and harmonious happiness in the end. We seek to empower patients to live a full quality life.

 

If you are experiencing sexual challenges in your relationship, look at the other areas of your relationship and your life, may it be personal or professional, and recognize how things could be better. With our help, sex therapy could bring you a better-balanced life, providing a stronger and loving relationship for both you and your spouse.


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Orlando Supervised Visitation and Monitored Exchange Program

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Saturday, April 29, 2017

 

Divorce, separations, and co-parenting can be very distressing. Two people decide, for whatever reason, to separate, or choose to not be together for the greater good. When you are a parent and children become involved, it gets even stickier. There are a number of reasons for separation, and the best reason of all, is that many people are simply not a good combination. Sometimes it is easier to be a better-quality parent when you are not with the co-parent in a relationship. Through Divorce and separations, emotions come into play, and people find it very challenging to try and keep emotions out of the child custody and visitation process. However, more often than not, visitation, custody, and exchange becomes heightened with emotions; especially when one parent has to see the other parent. It takes a long time to heal from emotional wounds, even when two people no longer love one another. Most divorces take place when the two parties still love one another, or at least one of the parties is still in love. That said, it is not a surprise that seeing that person, your ex-spouse, can become very emotional. Sadly, the children tend to get caught in the middle of all those emotions. At Psychological Affiliates, a practice of psychology in Orlando, FL., they specialize in making this entire process much smoother, and healthier for everyone involved. From separation and divorce, to visitation, the partners and associates seek to educate through divorce education programs they offer, in addition, they offer services like Orlando Supervised Visitation and a Monitored Exchange Program. In some cases, a court will order these modifications in the court decree. On the other hand, many people do not think that their personal situation will need this kind of extra attention at the time of divorce. In cases such as those, parents will seek modifications after the original court decree is ruled.

 

Why Might There be a Need for a Monitored Exchange Program?

 

 

There is no shame in desiring a smooth process when exchanging children from one parent to the next. Monitored exchange programs are not always about rectifying a bad situation. Monitored exchange programs are there to ensure that the children remain stress-free, and the environment is conducive to a positive demonstration of behavior for all parties. If there is fear expressed by one or both parents in a court of law, a judge may enforce a monitored exchange program to take extra precaution. However, each case may have similarities, but a judge can modify the requirements per a situation. Not all cases are open and shut.

 

Why Would There be a Need for Supervised Visitation?

 

 

There are a number of reasons a parent may request supervised visitation. If a judge rules that supervised visitation is deemed a necessity, the judge has a strong reason of precaution to do so.

Drugs or Alcohol- When one parent is presumed the use drugs or use alcohol excessively, or around the children in which they would put the children at risk for unsafe situations, a judge may rule in favor of a court ordered supervised visitation order.

Violence or Abuse- Violence or Abuse of any nature, can stimulate an investigation into a parent. This can also occur for both parents. In cases such as these, a judge may rule for supervised visitation. This may be enforced whether there is concern for the child’s safety, as well as if there is previous documentation of abuse toward the opposing parent. A monitored exchange program may also be put into place as a requirement by the court in order to have visitation schedules met. Documentation may include, but is not limited to; restraining orders, police reports, court documents, Attorney General case documentations, and any type of previous documentation of violence or abuse. This may also include psychological evaluations, and rehabilitation evaluation documents.

 

Rest Assure

 

The main point of all of the programs and court orders of this nature, are to ensure safety for all parties involved, and to make sure that the proper behavior is demonstrated. Children often times get caught in the crossfire and are even used as leverage by some parents in attempt to hurt the other parent. Reading an article of this nature and hearing actual case history with topics such as this, in the light of day, can be a real eye opener; as they should be. When people allow emotions to rule their behavior, they do not always think clearly. Sometimes just seeking outside help, a third party to come in and counsel through the divorce process, can really help parents understand the most important part of the process is that their children remain safe and emotionally healthy.


 

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Cognitive Behavior is Key in Relationship Therapy

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Monday, March 13, 2017

Why is Cognitive Behavior key in Relationship Therapy?

 

 

Well, let’s break it down so it is easy to understand. First of all, let’s define what exactly cognitive behavioral therapy is. CBT, or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is about shifting the way you feel about things, in this case, it would be the difficulties in your relationship. This therapy practice approaches short term goals, and is very interactive. People tend to form patterns in their way of thinking, and it is in those patterns that we shape how we feel about something, or a specific subject matter (Psych Central, 2017).

 

What are some of the most common topics with relationship therapy?

 

Probably one of the most popular heard complaints among couples, is the desire for the other person to change. The desire for the other person to change a certain behavior, perhaps a certain form of communicating, and commonly voiced, change in one’s attitude. For example, a person may seek for their partner to change their eating habits. Maybe one person is leading a healthier lifestyle, and for compatibility reasons, they would like to see their partner change their lifestyle. Maybe the conflict is one partner’s spending habits. The common perception, is traditionally that a person wants to see their partner’s behavior change without them making any changes themselves (Psych Central, 2017).

 

Secrets is a huge topic in relationship therapy. Couples that keep secrets from one another and try to participate only partially in therapy will not see any positive changes. Secrets build up blockage in a relationship, and create strong barriers that hinder any real chance of interpersonal intimacy (Psych Central, 2017).

 

A common problem in relationships is that many couples will wait too long before starting therapy. It’s like therapy is their last resort before divorce or break up. When couples wait too long to start relationship therapy, they are already at the end of their fraying rope, and sadly, it is too difficult of a return to come back from. Words cannot be unsaid, and forgiveness is one of the hardest tasks in growth.

 

So, why is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy important to Orlando relationship therapy? Simply put, CBT is a hands-on type of therapy in which the goal is to change one’s perception. The therapist seeks to change the partners’ feelings about one another and their behaviors. For example, cognitive behavioral therapy is about building skills and using those skills within the relationship. It is common that the love for one another is strong, while one or neither partner possesses the skills needed for a successful relationship (American Psychological Association, 2017).

 

Dr. Arthur Freeman, author, educator, licensed clinical psychologist, he is also a fellow of the American Psychological Association (Society of Clinical Psychology as well as Psychotherapy and Family Psychology divisions), the American Psychological Society, the Academy of Clinical Psychology, and the Pennsylvania Psychological Association. Dr. Freeman’s approach to CBT can be broken down into seemingly five simple steps:

 

 

Positives- Identifying the positive things in the relationship is essential to moving forward. If one or both parties only recognize the negative aspects of the relationship, the desire to repair the relationship and grow are slim.

 

Negatives- Calmly and unemotionally identify the difficulties in the relationship. Clarify what areas that each partner needs to work on, and/or what areas bother the other person. Doing this in an unemotional state in a structured setting, allows people to hear each other more clearly without becoming defensive.

 

Confidentiality- It is important for the therapist to have one on one time with each party of the relationship. This allows the person to feel at ease being honest about how they feel. This also gives the opportunity for truth to surface if either party is keeping secrets.

 

Steering- Clearly identify the direction of the therapy. At what stage are the people in the relationship at? Are they willing to make changes? Are they willing to work toward growing together versus apart?

 

The Plan- Here, the therapist will identify their plan, moving forward for the couple. The therapist will recommend the skill-building plan and how to implement those newly developed skills toward building a stronger bond together.

 

 

At Psychological Affiliates, psychology in Orlando, FL is a comprehensive and complex process. Like an onion, in therapy you have to peel back the layers to uncover what is truly there. An interactive practice such as Cognitive Behavior is essential to the success in relationship therapy (American Psychological Association, 2017).

 

References:

American Psychological Association. (2017). American Psychological Association. Retrieved from http://apa.org

Psych Central. (2017). Psych Central. Retrieved from http://psychcentral.com


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A Psychologists Role in Litigation Support

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Tuesday, February 28, 2017

There are a number of reasons a psychologist may be called to get involved in giving litigation support. In Orlando, litigation support is a common service provided at Psychological Affiliates.

While an attorney is preparing for trial, and in many cases, in the midst of a trial, an attorney may need the assistance of a psychologist to translate a psychological evaluation presented by opposing counsel. The psychologist may even offer the attorney an alternative perspective of the case for the court. Many psychologists work with attorneys so that they can have a better understanding of a legal situation from the perspective of everyone’s mental and emotional standing currently, and interpretation of the past, concerning behavioral patterns, in addition, what the possible emotional implications could be, given a certain ruling in the court of law. These are generally considered consulting services offered by the firm or individual psychologists ("Psychological Center for Expert Evaluations, Inc.", N.D.).

 

Expert Testimony is very common in a courtroom when the stakes are high, or just when the testimonial support of a psychologist could help a jury or judge better understand a person or situation on topic in the courtroom. Expert testimony has mixed reviews, and sometimes a psychologist may be brought in for expert testimony just to translate a previously given psychological evaluation by another doctor. It is common that the results need expert testimony to be broken down into laymen terms for a courtroom to avoid any convolution. There are two different expert testimonies, a psychologist that has a general psychological practice may not be as highly respected in a court of law as a clinical forensic psychologist. Clinical psychologists tend to be well received in a courtroom by officials (Blackman, Cascio, Ceci, & et al, 1994,).

 

Psychologists that are expert witnesses may be brought onto the stand to identify deficiencies in reports. This would occur after an attorney has already sought the expertise of this doctor for consulting services beforehand. Many times, a psychologist has been brought in for support in articulating a favorable report for the case.

 

Social Investigations often require the assistance of a psychologist, in addition, to many other legally binding mediations. When there are custody hearings, a parenting plan may need to be put into place, and a judge may require the expert opinion of a psychologist.

Relocation Evaluations for Interstate Divorces commonly seek the help from a clinical psychologist for deliberations ("Psychological Center for Expert Evaluations, Inc.", N.D.).

Court ordered Counseling and Psychological Assessments are commonly ordered by a judge following proceedings to expedite a court decision, and in many cases, these assessments may determine alternate rulings if the parties are not in compliance with the judge’s ruling ("Psychological Center for Expert Evaluations, Inc.", N.D.).

 

When there is a case with a prominent client involved, or high stakes and sometimes even media coverage, attorneys can enlist the consulting services of a psychologist to prepare a witness for testimony. An attorney must know every angle and button the opposing counsel will push. And the attorney is going to want to know if the witness can handle it, and what the breaking points are for that person ("Psychological Center for Expert Evaluations, Inc.", N.D.).

At Psychological Affiliates, they provide a wide variety of services, including consulting services, in addition to psychology in Orlando, FL. With combined efforts, Psychological Affiliates offer expertise on a professional level bringing vast experience to the table for in and out of the courtroom. Life is delicate, and whether it is criminal or civil cases, our doctors know how to handle even the most delicate cases and witnesses with kid gloves. Witnesses with disabilities need extra gentle attention from a skilled professional, and need to be guided in order to be able to appear in a courtroom and remain stable. Psychological Affiliates have countless cases where they assisted in the development of direct or cross examination questions before and during trials. Psychologists play a vital role in litigation support from behind the scenes, to the forefront in battle (Blackman, Cascio, Ceci, & et al, 1994).

 

References:

Blackman, J., Cascio, W., Ceci, S., Melton, G., & Miller, M., (1994). Psychology in Litigation and Legislation. Retrieved from apa.org.

Psychological Center for Expert Evaluations, Inc. (N.D.). Retrieved from http://forensicpsychologicalcenter.com


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What Does a Psychologist Do?

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Sunday, January 08, 2017

What is the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist? It’s an age old common question, so if you don’t know, don’t feel bad. Psychologists in Winter Park, FL at Psychological Affiliates want you to understand the differences between psychologists and psychiatrists so you can be better informed on who you may need help from. In many cases, people are unaware of which one they could use help from, but do not worry, even after reading this article, if you are still a little foggy on who would best suit you, scheduling a visit with a doctor can help you sort out that question. Psychology in Orlando, FL at Psychological Affiliates is balanced, as the doctors here work together for your sound mental health. When you have doctors collaborating with significant issues, you gain an entire support team that works behind the scenes to ensure the stability in your mental health.

 

It is important to recognize the similarities between a psychologist and a psychiatrist so that you can truly understand the differences. Sometimes psychology, sociology, anthropology, and psychiatry can all seem to blend together as they all involve the study of human behaviors. Each sector, focuses on a different spectrum of behavior however.

 

Psychologists and psychiatrists are both trained and educated to help people with their mental health challenges. Some people think that psychiatrists are only for the “crazy” people, but that simply isn’t so. Although, you do tend to find more psychiatrists in facilities for those that cannot function in normal society, but that is because those people generally need medication for balance. Do not view medication as a negative. It in no way a negative; many people can function at high levels professionally and in society with the aid of medications. Life is challenging, and sometimes it is necessary to speak to someone on the outside of your circle, even to just share and talk your thoughts through (WebMD, LLC, 2017).

 

Psychiatrists are medical doctors that undergo a longer internship and residency after graduating from medical school versus a psychologist. Psychiatrists, being a medical doctor, can prescribe medications, whereas a psychologist cannot. They are both there however, to talk you through any problems or issues you may be facing. There are a small number of states that will allow limited prescribing by a licensed psychologist if they study and complete a course in psychopharmacology. Psychologists are also specifically trained in giving psychological tests such as I.Q. tests and personality tests (WebMD, LLC, 2017).

 

When a psychiatrist is examining a patient, they focus more on the patient’s neurochemistry and biology to explain the patient’s current state of position. Whereas a psychologist will focus on studying the patient’s behavior. They recognize that patterns lead to answers as to why a patient is unhappy. Behavior such as sleep patterns and eating patterns all contribute to a person’s current state of mind. They also give insight into a patient that may not realize they are even depressed. It is all interconnected (WebMD, LLC, 2017).

 

With a doctoral in psychology, psychologists simply take a different approach than that of a psychiatrist, however, they both seek to achieve the same results; helping you cope with your problems. They both address mental health problems, and traditionally are both trained in psychotherapy. The difference in their education focus gives a broader spectrum to approaching mental health problems and unveiling the solutions (WebMD, LLC, 2017).

In many cases, patients do not have severe mental health issues and merely need a sounding board for their thoughts to be sorted out. Advice from a professional can give a person the confidence they need in moving forward in life, both personally and professionally. Many professions are high stress vocations. Statistically, there are professions that have higher suicide rates than others, and that is simply due to the pressures that come with that particular vocation.

It isn’t unusual to feel down, distressed, and even overwhelmed. A psychologist seeks to relieve those feelings no matter where they stem from. They also seek to uncover where they stem from in efforts to finding a healthy solution to those feelings. There is a reason why psychologists are in such high demand; nothing can replace the confidence in feeling grounded and balanced; ultimately at peace. Dr. Day is a psychologist in Winter Park, FL, and would love to help you. Feel free to call for an appointment today. Take the first step in securing a happier future.

(WebMD, LLC, 2017).

 

 

References:

WebMD, LLC. (2017). Psychologist or Psychiatrist: Which Is Right for You?. Retrieved from http://webbed.com


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Coping with Depression During the Holidays

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Wednesday, December 07, 2016

 

  • Everywhere you look, this time of the year the world around you is wrapped in holiday cheer and festive colors; family traditions at Thanksgiving, and Christmas songs ringing in your ears…
    Most people are pepped up with cheer during the holidays, but for many, this can be the most difficult time of year to survive.
    For some, it starts around Halloween time and carries through into the new year. Whether it’s because of losing someone you love, or any number of other reasons, know this…you are Not alone.
    With society in overdrive commercializing the holidays, it isn’t any wonder that psychologically, it is common for depression to set in during this time. The holidays can be overwhelming for people who seemingly would not have an obvious trigger for depression. This time of year, is infused with sentiment and emotion.

    Possible Triggers:
    • * Death/ Loss of a friend, family member, or loved one
    • * Child birth
    • * Divorce
    • * Retirement/ Change in Careers
    • * Traumatic Events- Injury, Combat, Witnessing Life Traumatic Life Experiences, etcetera
    • * Financial Problems
    • * Alcohol or Drug Use/ Addictions
    • * Childhood Memories/Experiences

    Note, these are just a few things that can trigger depression. There are many factors that can play a role in depressive behavior including but not limited to depressive disorders, and other disorders that are linked to depression (US Department of Veteran Affairs, 2016).


    Symptoms of Depression:
    • * Change in Appetite
    • * Increased Lethargy / Fatigue
    • * Guilt, Unworthiness Feelings
    • * Weight Fluctuations- Gain or Loss
    • * Low Self-Esteem- Feeling down often
    • * Restlessness
    • * Worried
    • * Anxious
    • * Nervous
    • * Alcohol, Tobacco, Drug Use- use of any of these things cater to depression as well are symptoms of depression. If you or someone you know has a problem with these vices, please contact outside help immediately. The severity of issues are not always obvious and acting now is essential in saving someone’s life.
    The above-mentioned are just a short list of symptoms of depression. IF you or someone you know has experienced any of the possible triggers for depression, or you question possible signs of depression, it is important to seek help sooner rather than later. Even if the candidate is yourself, seeking help outside of yourself can help shed light on new possibilities for life, and for coping (US Department of Veteran Affairs, 2016).


    Tips for Coping:

    Seeking Help- Be advised that following these tips are merely a start to finding happiness and a sense building a foundation for strong emotional and mental health. It is important to seek help from others, especially professionals in these fields. Psychological Affiliates have experienced professionals practicing psychology in Orlando and employ the highest levels of integrity principles and discretion. The doctors at Psychological Affiliates have assimilated programs and treatments while the doctors work together to meet each patient’s needs. Providing solutions to real life current situations, therapy is tailor-made for your individual case.


    Connecting- Connecting to others is essential to overcoming depressing. The more we connect to others and feel a sense of belonging, the closer we are to happiness. When we connect with others, we open the door for outside spheres of influence. Sometimes our own thoughts are our worst enemy. Connecting with others interrupts the consistent thoughts of our own minds (HelpGuide.org, n.d.).

    Getting Up and Out of the House- Sometimes simply changing your scenery can change your thought process and your mood. By entering the World around us whether it is going to the corner store, the library, or the super market, when we engage in these activities, we are forced to interact with others; therefore, giving us more opportunity to connect with those around us (HelpGuide.org, n.d.).


    Exercise- Exercise changes the chemicals in your body and mind. Stimulating your body has a side effect of stimulating your mind. When this occurs, your thought process takes a shift (HelpGuide.org, n.d.).

    Sunlight- Exposure to sunlight (note this does not constitute full-on sunbathing. Use discretion with sunblock lotion, etcetera) can increase serotonin levels which promotes a healthy mood. Taking a stroll outside on your lunch break versus sitting in a cafeteria with florescent lighting can boost your mood, refresh your mind, and stimulate new thought. Nature nurtures (HelpGuide.org, n.d.).
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  • There are important factors to remember:
  • Firstly, know that you are not alone in how you feel. Though your case is unique, feeling overwhelmed or just low is not uncommon. There are professionals that seek to help you understand your situation, and that can help improve your quality of life. Daily practices in behavior are merely a start and maintenance in emotional and mental health. Every year many people find the help that they need to live a fuller, happier life. Won't you be one of them this year? Do not put off feeling better, give us a call for a consultation today.
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  • Psychological Affiliates Inc, 2737 West Fairbanks Avenue, Winter Park, FL. 32789 Phone: 407-674-5663



    References:

    US Department of Veteran Affairs. (2016). Make the Connection. Retrieved from http://maketheconnection.net

    HelpGuide.org. (n.d.). Coping with Depression. Retrieved from http://helpguide.org

 

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Premature Ejaculation: We Offer Treatment to Help

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Friday, November 11, 2016

Psychology in Orlando, FL at Psychological Affiliates offers treatments for a variety of issues. Our minds and bodies and emotions are all interconnected. Your body is a responsive living organism. It is responsive to what you think and how you feel. When you have healthy emotional health, you are self-aware. You are aware of how you feel about things, your thought process, have healthy relationships, and are generally a happy and mentally healthy person. However, the slightest stressors can throw you off kilter. Even positive stressors like a job promotion can throw you off balance in the emotional health department (American Academy of Family Physicians, 2017).

 

Premature Ejaculation can be caused by both psychological and biological factors. Though this tends to be a sensitive subject matter, it is far more common than most would think. What is wonderful about the fact that both biological and psychological factors play roles in this issue, is that Premature Ejaculation is completely treatable (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (MFMER), 2017).

 

A majority of the time, physical ailments are caused because of our state of mind and state of emotion. Think about it, people with high anxiety are prone to develop stomach ulcers, acid reflux, and high blood pressure. The best way to resolve those issues, is to address the underlying problem, the stressor, causing anxiety. You would also need to address with how you react to and deal with anxiety. Our go-to coping mechanisms may not be the healthiest choices. People tend to self-medicate with tobacco, drugs, and alcohol (American Academy of Family Physicians, 2017). Many use food as a crutch. These are all symptoms of a much bigger problem; however, they lead to even greater problems when not addressed properly. When you are distressed mentally and emotionally, your body reacts with symptoms of this imbalance. Many common symptoms of this imbalance are:

 

  • Weight gain or loss
  • Sexual problems
  • Change in appetite
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Extreme tiredness
  • General aches and pains
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Lightheadedness
  • Back pain
  • Palpitations
  • High blood pressure
  • Neck Stiffness and Pain
  • Upset stomach

(American Academy of Family Physicians, 2017).

 

At Psychological Affiliates, we seek to treat the underlying problem, not just the symptoms. Treating these issues holistically, gives you the power to living a balanced life. Medications and sexual techniques can help treat P.E., however, it is important to include some sort of counseling, either with the combination of these things, or just counseling alone. It is suggested that you seek the guidance of a skilled professional like doctors at Psychological Affiliates before tackling P.E. with medications outside of the office. Some medications, while they advertise to correct the situation, may only cause further harm, and cause possible other side effects that further complicate things. It is best to address the underlying issues that are leading to P.E., as it is a symptom of something else (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (MFMER), 2017).

 

Premature Ejaculation is classified as one of the two following classifications:

 

  • 1.Life-Long P.E. is primary, and has always been present since the first sexual encounters. It is where the man ejaculates either before the sexual encounter, or right after the sexual encounter initiates (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (MFMER), 2017).
  • 2.Acquired P.E. is secondary, and has developed as an issue where the man’s previous sexual encounters did not have the issue, and in many cases, the man does not have P.E. every encounter even if he has had the issue before (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (MFMER), 2017).
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Possible Causes that could be Psychologically Related would be:

 

Sexual Abuse

Early Sexual Experiences

Depression

Relationship Problems

Anxiety

Worrying about P.E.

Poor Body Image

Guilt

Erectile Dysfunction

 

Each of these things can play a role in Premature Ejaculation. A psychologist can help you with any of these topics. The time to seek out the help of a doctor is the moment you are ready to make a change and move on to live a healthier life, emotionally, physically, and sexually. Call for a consult today, full discretion is a staple at Psychological Affiliates.

 

References:

American Academy of Family Physicians. (2017). FamilyDoctor.org. Retrieved from http://familydoctor.org

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (MFMER). (2017). Mayo Clinic. Retrieved from http://mayoclinic.org


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Florida Enacts Collaborative Law Process Act

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Wednesday, October 12, 2016

We know that when you decide to get a divorce, it’s not an easy or quick decision. When things got tough, you thought long and hard about taking this next big step. Sure, it was hard to think about separating from your partner, but the thought of bringing your kids into a messy situation deterred you the most. So when you make that final decision—we know you haven’t taken it lightly. The worst part? Court. You think you’re going to tie up the loose ends when you hire a divorce lawyer, but then the problems start to unravel and things get messy. Tensions rise, and suddenly you’ve acted like you never dreamed you would around your kids. What will they think? Will your divorce divide the rest of your family along with it?

 

Well, say goodbye to the consequences of litigation and hello to peaceful resolution. As of March 9, 2016, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into effect the Collaborative Law Process Act. This makes Florida the 15th State in the US to do this. Why go to court when you can resolve your problems without involving legal jargon? Now, this act isn’t just for divorce—it can also be applied to paternity cases and other disputes like probate, employment, and even business disputes.  

So what does this mean? The Collaborative Law Process Act is an alternative method to litigation. It’s Florida’s way of giving you another option besides going to court with your problems. Each party hires an attorney and tries to peacefully work out terms of their settlement sans-court processes. It’s an opportunity to talk through vital issues, learn how to communicate to the best of your ability, and work things out without resorting to ugly court battles. When dealing with financial issues, a financial expert will be present to calmly deal with any discrepancies. The expert or planner will take stock of each party’s assets and liabilities and offer advice and guidance on how to divide these up fairly. Additionally, mental health professions, like psychologists in Orlando, FL, work with each party to communicate productively.

 

In essence, the Collaborative Process Act rounds up a team of professionals to help you focus on what really matters—your happiness. There is no “winning” or “losing” during this collaborative process—the only way to “win” is to come to a complete consensus i.e. an agreement that both parties are both content with the compromises they’ve made. This method allows both parties to walk away with mutual respect and understanding—maybe even more than they did before they began the process. Not only does this process come with less drama, but it also comes with less financial cost. Around 80% of those who have settled disputes with this process have reported success.

 

Don’t you want a peaceful end to all of the pain you’ve already experienced? Thanks to Orlando Collaborative Law for Divorce, we can look to a future of supporting our children peacefully and maturely.

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Psychological Affiliates has a Supervised Visitation & Monitored Exchange Program

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Friday, September 30, 2016

At Psychological Affiliates, we are a group of mental health professionals founded by psychologist Dr. Deborah O. Day in 1988. We provide extensive, comprehensive, collaborative outpatient services for people with a variety mental health issues, lifestyles, and Orlando, FL psychology needs. From individual to group therapy, and even family therapy or evaluations, our experienced, qualified team can do it all. For over twenty-five years, we’ve specialized in areas like child abuse, divorce, play therapy, criminal or forensic psychology, parenting plan evaluation, and more. We work collaboratively with legal professionals, physicians, state agencies, inpatient facilities, and non-profit organizations to provide the most comprehensive service possible for our clients. Our team is specially qualified to work with martial and family issues, from separation to divorce, and even issues of custody and paternity. Two of the most popular services we offer are called supervised visitation and monitored exchange.

 

Supervised Visitation and Monitored Exchange: The Basics


If you’ve been through a divorce or separation, you already know how painful it can be when a child or multiple children are involved. Marital problems are already stressful and time consuming, without the added worry about the health, safety, and comfort of your child. If you aren’t familiar with supervised visitation, this refers to the contact between non-residential visiting parents and children while in the presence of a neutral third party, whose priorities are only focused on the safety and comfort of the children. This is also referred to as monitored visitation, supervised access, and supervised contact. Monitored exchange, also known as supervised exchange, refers to the supervision by a third party of the transferring of a child or children from one parent to another, allowing the two parents to not come into contact with each other. This does not include supervision during the remainder of the contact between children and parents. The purpose of supervised visitation and monitored exchange are to ensure that a child or children have safe contact with their non-residential parent, without being placed into the conflict that their parents may be embroiled in. It allows a child to have the healthy parental contact they need, without stress, anxiety, or fear, so they can maintain the relationship in a healthy way. As well as benefitting the children, a monitored exchange can benefit parents, too. For parents, monitored exchange can ensure that you don’t have to have contact with a person that causes you distress, anger, fear, or intimidation, while knowing that the safety and comfort of your child is being made a priority by an objective person. In the case of parental separation or divorce, supervised visitation and monitored exchange can be court ordered or arranged by the parents with the help of a mediator.

 

How Psychological Affiliates Can Help:

 

By undergoing specialized training, our marriage and family team provide superior mental health services for those needing help with marital therapy, divorce-related services, sex, and even children and adolescents. We know that every family is unique, so we take the time to understand the specific interactions, needs, complaints, goals, and desires of each person in a family. Our marital and family therapists have the experience and knowledge to help you, your children, and your family through any problem you may have. Through Partners with Families, we offer a court-ordered Orlando supervised visitation and monitored exchange program, available seven days a week, as well as evening. Our qualified, experienced supervisors are trained fully consistent with the standards of the Supervised Visitation Network, to provide the best, most up-to-date service possible. Before supervised participation and monitored exchange, all family members must have an interview with Sherry White, our director of services, and sign a Conditions of Participation and Policies Agreement. Additionally, a copy of the court order will be required.

 

At Psychological affiliates, we offer a wide range of services for marital issues, from collaborative divorce and mediation, to divorce education classes, and our Kids Place education program. Dr. Day received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Florida Institute of Technology, as has been practicing as a licensed mental health counselor, licensed psychologist, and certified family mediator for decades. Her practice specialties include areas such as forensic psychology, divorce, collaborative law, and more. We offer services that can be personalized for each and every individual that steps through the door; no matter what you need, we can help. If you are experiencing separation or divorce, or are interested in supervised visitation and monitored exchange, call our office today to schedule a consultation today.

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Is it Possible to Save a Relationship After an Affair?

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Saturday, August 06, 2016

For many people, a romantic relationship is a precious bond. Your partner is your teammate in life, your main source of support, your lover, your companion, and your best friend. But after an affair, it can seem as if nothing will be the same. When an affair occurs, the crucial feelings of trust and safety disappear, and the foundations of the relationship start to crumble. You may wonder if there’s anything you can do to save the relationship; at Psychological Affiliates, we can help. Although each couple and they challenges they face are unique, our expert psychological team can give you the best chance at working towards peace and happiness once again.

 

Generally, infidelity appears in marriages or relationships lasting over 10 years, with cheating occurring most frequently in the first two years. The influence of therapy will depend greatly on the depth of the connection that was present before the affair, the type of affair, the personal emotional meaning of the betrayal to the partner, the level of resilience of the partner, and the mutual motivation to stay together. When making the decision to divorce or break up, or stay together, you will need to balance both your emotions and logic, in order to determine what is best for you and your family. At times like this, it can be extremely helpful to clarify your feelings, options, and perceptions with a licensed psychologist. This is crucial if you, your partner, or other members of your family are struggling with grief, depression, or other painful emotions.

 

 

If both you and your partner want the relationship to succeed and become healthy again, or are open to exploring the possibility, healing can occur after an affair. By interviewing and evaluating each partner, along with interviewing the couple together, our team can pinpoint the root cause of the affair, and come up with a treatment plan tailored to your unique situation. When creating a treatment plan, there are many variables to consider, from current lifestyle to desired end goal. As a part of the treatment plan, partners will likely need to participate in acknowledging their wrongs, and accepting responsibility for their actions, cultivating forgiveness, re-establishing trust through personal accountability and full honesty and transparency, fostering deeper intimacy by sharing vulnerabilities, and spending time to think about how to have more fun together, and starting to enjoy each others company again. If a relationship has a history of repeated offenses and subsequent pleas for forgiveness or promises of change, and then recurrent relapses, couples may need a more detailed evaluation, more demanding therapy, or even a completely different approach. As a team with qualified relationship therapists, at Psychological Affiliates we can apply empirically-proven psychological principles to help you and your partner identify, execute, and achieve your goals for the relationship. We will work within you and your partner’s value systems, while maintaining full confidentiality.

 

Orlando psychologist Dr. Day has been facilitating expectation-exceeding, comprehensive psychological healing in since 1988. She knows that relationship therapy is one of the most important ways to aid to couples who are struggling through any number of issues, from intimacy to play. With regularly-scheduled sessions, similar to any other form of one-on-one or group therapy, we can help you bring peace and romance back to your relationship. The first few sessions will be dedicated to the collection of information about you and your partner’s personal histories, along with your shared history as a couple. This can be completed individually in a private setting, or together as a couple, depending on your comfort and preference. During relationship therapy, we will usually cover areas such as communication, sexual adjustment, emotional intimacy, acceptance, commitment, and play. Each one of these areas are vital for making progress in functioning, expression, comfort, trust, satisfaction, giving, receiving, healing, having fun together, and everything else that goes in to a successful relationship. Communication, especially, is important throughout the entire process, encompassing both anger management and conflict resolution. By improving all of these areas, the goal is for partners to be able to express their feelings calmly and considerately, and analyze the deeper causes of their negative emotions. Eventually, couples will be able to come up with lasting solutions that result in happiness and satisfaction. As a general guideline, six to ten sessions may be needed to address all issues and promote healing. For relationship and sex therapy in Orlando that exceeds expectations, schedule a consultation at Psychological Affiliates today.

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