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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.

Sex Therapy-Masturbation

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Thursday, February 05, 2015

Just like any type of psychotherapy, Orlando sex therapy is a form of talk therapy. The sessions are conducted fully within the bounds of your personal value system, and is extremely effective. Sex therapy can benefit an individual, as well as a couple, and is effective for people of all ages, religions, races and sexualities. Sexual dysfunctions, such as erectile dysfunction, lack of orgasm, low or mismatched sex drives, premature ejaculation, painful intercourse, gender issues, surviving sexual trauma, sexual addiction/compulsion, orientation confusion and trust issues or marital affairs are just some of the issues that sex therapy can help. 

 

Masturbation is another issue that sex therapy can help an individual or a couple come to terms with. The private issue of a person’s masturbation habits can be problematic or cause confusion for their spouse, and even themselves. Consulting an expert, such as an impartial sex therapist from Psychological Affiliates, can provide a couple or individual with the safety to express their thoughts openly, without fear of judgement or contempt.

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A Psychologist’s Role in Implementing Parenting Plan Evaluations

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Wednesday, January 14, 2015

In 2008, the Florida Statute was changed to require all divorcing parents with minors, or children under the age of eighteen, to develop parenting plans. This requirement was implemented with the best interest for the child(ren) kept in mind. The parenting plan truly makes the parents plan out every part of the child(ren)’s custody, from their daily tasks to who will be responsible for their healthcare. A key component of the parenting plan is the time-sharing schedule—how much time is allowed for each parent. These factors, plus many more, can be difficult to negotiate and finally agree on. When negotiations are not being handled politely or reasonably, our office can provide your Orlando parenting plan evaluations.

 

Parents who are divorcing and are unable to reach an agreement upon the parenting plan often turn to the courts to provide assistance with resolution. The courts can appoint a parenting plan evaluator who assesses the whole situation to provide the judge with a better understanding of each parent. The evaluator aims to understand the strengths and weaknesses of each parent, the relationships they have with their child(ren), and if other issues, such as child abuse, substance abuse, or mental illness are present. These issues, however difficult they may be, can be addressed during this process. After all of this data is collected, the Orlando psychologist will create a plan with the appropriate recommendations for the situation that are in the best interest of the child(ren).

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Role of a Psychologist in Collaborative Law

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Friday, December 19, 2014

The founders of the Orlando Collaborative Law for Divorce practice, Stu Webb and Ron Ousky, recognize that approximately eighty percent of what a person deals with in a divorce is emotional, while the remaining twenty percent is legal. They believed that having divorce “coaches on the team allows the lawyers to stay centered on…reaching mutually satisfactory settlements.”

 

In order to assist the couple with the emotions, the Orlando psychologists, often referred to as the “divorce coaches,” meet individually with each client for at least one session. These sessions are private, and the information is not discussed during the negotiation meetings. Once the individual sessions are over, it is common for the couple and both divorce coaches to meet. During these sessions, all of the emotions involved in the divorce can safely come out in the open. The divorce coaches are there to help assist the couple with the emotions and work through them in order to provide a less emotional atmosphere during negotiations. These sessions are also vital for parents with children to learn how to discuss the divorce with them.

 

When the clients are ready, they meet with their divorce coaches and their lawyers to begin negotiations of their settlement. It is hopeful that by this stage in the divorce, the couple will be able to handle the negotiation in a business-like fashion. When the couple is able to put their emotions aside, they can effectively solve problems, make decisions, and co-parent children.

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The Benefits to Settling Your Conflict through Mediation rather than the Courtroom

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Tuesday, November 11, 2014

There are times when conflicts cannot be settled without a third party, but it is hard to come to the decision to settle a conflict in court. Fortunately, there is the alternative option of Orlando Family Mediation. Mediation helps resolve disputes between two or more parties without going to court. In the case of mediation, the neutral third party, which is Psychological Affiliates, facilitates the process of the two parties coming to an agreement. Family mediation may include prenuptial agreements, separation, divorce, alimony, child custody, estates, and family businesses.


There are many benefits to settling your conflict through mediation rather than court, namely time and money. While settling a conflict in court may take a minimum of months to even years, mediation could potentially take a minimum of a few hours. Due to this, the cost is also traditionally less expensive than settling a conflict in court. Another benefit to settling a conflict through mediation is control. If a conflict is settled in court, a jury or judge has the final say. If it is settled through mediation, both parties have more input on the outcome. Due to this, it is more likely that both parties will be content with the outcome rather than just one side. 


Robert Bush and Joseph Folger, two pioneers of one of the approaches to mediation, wrote “Across the mediation field, mediation is generally understood as an informal process in which a neutral third party with no power to impose a resolution helps the disputing parties try to reach a mutually acceptable settlement” in their novel The Promise of Mediation (2005). They emphasized how important it is for mediators to remain unbiased through the process. Like a jury, mediators see both sides of the situation. It is unethical for them to choose one side over the other. This unbiased opinion truly helps settle the conflicts clients may be facing with the best outcome possible for both sides.

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There are Many Benefits to Neuropsychological Evaluations

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Orlando Neuropsychological Evaluations are important because they can determine whether thinking skills, mood, or personality have been changed or affected by a neurological abnormality. The evaluation includes the establishment of a baseline by which changes in skills and personality can be compared over time, for purposes of monitoring the condition and deciding on appropriate treatments or courses of action. Neuropsychological evaluations also help the patient and their family make important decisions pertaining to personal responsibilities, work, and their lifestyle. Family members can be educated on how the disorder or abnormality affects the patient’s functioning, allowing them to understand and aid the patient more effectively. These evaluations also allow the patient’s supervising doctor access to information that can help them decide on medication or treatment methods. This may prevent unwanted side effects, and improved cognition. Neuropsychological evaluations are required for any person who is contemplating deep brain stimulation as a method of treatment, in order to identify whether such a treatment would be appropriate. These valuations can also allow doctors to make more specific diagnoses, especially when the neural dysfunction does not outwardly seem to have one specific, categorical cause. The brain does not tend to have clear-cut, distinct boundaries for functioning and cognition; if an injury or abnormality occurs within the brain, a plethora of disorders can result. With neuropsychological evaluations, neuropsychologists are given a much clearer picture of how the damaged areas are affecting the patient. 

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What Makes Psychological Affiliates Different from Other Orlando Psychology Offices?

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Psychological Affiliates is a team of mental health professionals, practicing in the Orlando area since 1988. Established by Dr. Deborah O. Day, Psychological Affiliates provides a wide range of outpatient services for a plethora of issues regarding mental health. With a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Florida Institute of Technology, a full licensure as both an Orlando psychologist and mental health counselor, and a certificate in family mediation, Dr. Day founded Psychological Affiliates to be a personalized and client-centered private practice. We offer full service evaluations, along with individual, family, or group psychotherapy. For 25 years, we’ve specialized in family counseling Orlando.  We focus on child abuse, divorce issues, criminal and forensic psychology, and evaluations of parenting plans. We are experienced with physician, legal, non-profit, state, and inpatient collaborations. Our office is fully handicap-equipped and an easy-to-access office.  Psychological Affiliates is ready to cater to any and all clients who need our assistance for psychological services and litigation support alike.

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Sex Offender Therapy can Reduce the Risk of Future Offenses

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Programs for sex offender therapy are offered across the country, helping patients make changes and live safer, healthier lives. There is recent evidence that suggests treatment can definitely reduce the risk of future offenses. Sex offender therapy-based interventions for young people, too, can reduce or even eliminate further offenses. A person who has been charged with a sex offense should pursue therapy for many reasons. The most important reason to pursue Orlando sex offender therapy is because it has the ability to remove the burden of secrecy and shame. A qualified sex offender therapist will provide their patient with a safe environment to express their emotions. A sex offender therapist can also help the patient break their cycle of abuse, stop their behavior, and provide support for turning their life around. Additionally, peers within the treatment group can provide a solid foundation of mutual support. Therapy provides a level of emotional protection for a sex offender, so that they can begin to recover from their past offenses.

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Orlando Family Mediation

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The process of Orlando Mediation is a very simple one. It is recommended that all parties involved meet with an Orlando family mediator together for the initial meeting. This allows the mediator to inform everyone involved of the process and to gather information on the issue(s) at hand. As the mediation process continues, depending on the situation, the mediator may request individual meetings. These individual meetings truly allow each party to express what they want and expect from the settlement. If a settlement is reached, it is expressed in writing and signed by all parties involved. Once the settlement is in writing and signed, it is final and enforceable. Orlando Mediators try their best to direct clients in the best way possible to reach a settlement. 


Whatever the case may be, the mediators at Psychological Affiliates are able to help resolve the case prior to or instead of legal action. The mediators at Psychological Affiliates, Dr. Amanda Janner, Dr. Robert Janner, and Dr. Deborah Day, are all certified mediators who have their post-graduate degrees in Psychology Orlando, FL. Our mediators have 40 hours of specialized training, which makes them qualified to handle your Orlando family mediation with an unbiased approach. 

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The Importance of Sex Offender Therapy

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A sex offender is a child or adult who has committed a sex crime. While the nature and categorization of sex crimes can differ by location, a sex offender does not have to have been involved in actual molestation. Therapy for sex offenders is quite different than other types of therapies; it is a comprehensive process with a focus on strategy acquisition that emphasizes preventative measures, personal accountability, and accepting responsibility for harm that occurred. Although sex offenders may never be considered completely cured, Orlando sex offender therapy can greatly reduce the risk of continued offenses.  It will not offer patients any type of amnesty or pardon for the acts they have committed, and it is not meant as a punishment or form of humiliation. The purpose of sex offender therapy is to help patients develop their personal strengths, manage their risks, and make a better life for themselves. The Orlando therapists who perform sex offender therapy usually specialize in adults and young people with sexual behavioral problems. This treatment is extremely effective for most patients. It is possible for a person to change their behavior through specialized methods of treatment. Without such treatment, the behavior will most likely continue indefinitely, as patterns of abuse are very hard to break without the aid of an experienced professional. 

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Neuropsychological Evaluations

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Monday, August 18, 2014

Neuropsychology is a field of study that looks at the relationship between your brain and your behavior. Specialists in neuropsychology assess and treat patients with brain injuries or diseases, and have a deeper understanding of neuroanatomy. A neuropsychological evaluation is an official evaluation of a person’s mood, personality and cognitive ability. These evaluations are officiated by an Orlando neuropsychologist, and will test aspects of cognition such as memory, concentration, and problem solving. Neuropsychological evaluations typically involve a preliminary interview with the patients, and then a few standardized tests. The administered tests can be based on self-reported responses, or completed by a psychometrist. The test scores, when determined, are compared to the scores of a healthy person from the same demographic. Age, education, gender, and ethnicity are all important factors that need to be identified. Through this method, the neuropsychologist can analyze a patient’s results and become aware of the patient’s specific strengths and weaknesses. Specialists look at a comprehensive set of data in order to identify patterns and understand brain function. Complete evaluations usually take between two and five hours, although some can occur for up to eight hours if the issues are very complex, or if the patient is overly fatigued and not compliant. If this is the case, the neuropsychologist may delay the tests in order to allow the patient to have their optimal performance level evaluated. When someone suffers from a brain injury or a disorder involving psychiatric or movement abnormalities, they may experience changes in mood, thinking skill, or personality that can be either dramatic or subtle. Although these changes may be indicative of the underlying neural injury or abnormality, they can also be indicative of side effects from different treatments. 

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