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Roommate Charged with Murder is Ruled Competent for Trial by Dr. Olander

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Roommate charged with Murder

 

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-bryan-santana-split-personality-20150401-story.html

 

 

In late October, a man by the name of Bryan Santana was accused of murdering his female roommate, Shelby Fazio, 23, and her pit bull, stealing her car and checkbook and attempting to kill a second roommate with a knife.  Due to Santana's actions in his cell right before his trial, Judge Renee Roche ordered a mental examination.  Our very own Jacquelyn Olander, a licensed psychologist here at Psychological Affiliates, was selected by the state to examine Santana's mental state.  Dr. Olander told the judge that he was competent and she believed he was faking a mental illness, multiple personality disorder, to avoid the trial.  Judge Roche found the psychologist's testimony credible, and ordered Santana's trial to begin. 

 

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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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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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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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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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Strategies of Self-Care

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Most people have a limit on how much stress, suffering, and sadness they can tolerate; therefore, pleasant, soothing, and joyful energy is needed on a consistent basis in order to thwart negativity, thereby producing feelings of renewal.  Unfortunately, a one-size-fits-all approach is unavailable. Successful education, integration, sustenance, and adoption of individualized self-caring practices come from knowing yourself, while restricting the common practice of comparing oneself to others. Further, self-care can be identified as a wide variety of preventative and protective factors.  John Duffy, Ph.D, a clinical psychologist, defined self-care as "attending to your own needs such that you are content, focused, motivated, and 'on your game.'"


The energy allotted in giving of oneself to others becomes impaired when ones' own sense of prioritizing their own needs and wants has become jeopardized.  Wondering if you're doing a decent job of taking care of yourself - or how your self-care strategies could be improved?  Review the following, and reflect on your practices:


1. Self-caring is a number of diverse and variable identified activities that have the potential to help the individual feel their best.


2. Self-caring is thoughtfully scheduled and planned out.


3. Self-caring starts and ends at anytime, and can happen anywhere.


4. Genuine self-care consists of acknowledging that your physical, emotional, psychological, and relational well-being are intertwined, interactive, and interdependent.


5. Self-care helps one preserve boundaries and removes the sources that drain one from their full potential.


6. Continuously and realistically indulge in a self-care inventory and consider making adjustments as needed.


7. Surround yourself with people that can teach your something.


8. Take into consideration that 'quality' always supersedes 'quantity' when it comes to self-care.


9. Remember that self-care is a necessity that is non-negotiable in achieving the balance and happiness of fulfilled living.


By Andrea L. Coverman, PsyD, CADAC



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What is Competency Restoration Training?

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Saturday, June 07, 2014

Psychological Affiliates offers an extensive amount of services, with each psychologist specializing in a specific area. The services provided at this location are psychotherapy Orlando, psychological evaluations, collaborative divorce, forensic psychological evaluations, litigation support, parenting plan evaluations, relationship therapy, neuropsychological evaluations, psychosexual evaluations, psychological evaluations for medical purposes, sex therapy Orlando, and sex offender therapy. As one can see, Psychological Affiliates offers a solution to any mental health issue and works hard towards recovery for each and every individual.


Competency Restoration Training is a service that Psychological Affiliates specializes in. Competency Restoration is an intervention that is psychoeducational. It occurs when an individual has been declared unable to continue in a legal trial because of a combination of minimal understanding, inability to conform his/her behaviors to the claim of the court, and communication deficits. It is generally apart of a multi-faceted treatment strategy including coaching by the defendant’s attorney and psychiatric care. The individual must acknowledge the role of the court officers, the responsibilities and limitations of the court, the antagonistic nature of the courtroom, and have faith that his/her attorney has his/her best interest in mind. This process takes about six to eight sessions (one hour each) and involves post-testing to assure everything taught has been maintained.


Psychological Affiliates is an extraordinary practice that offers a variety of services. The psychologists at this practice make sure that every individual is treated with the highest quality of care and that they get the help that is needed to enhance their quality of life.

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We Offer Litigation Support

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Litigation support is provided by Psychological Affiliates through assessment of report consistency, in comparison to the opinions that are provided. If our team feels that a more extensive evaluation is required, we can analyze the data and provide a more thorough review. When deficiencies are identified in the reports, expert testimony and favorable reports can be made available. Additionally, our team of Orlando psychologists are accessible for support, in regards to preparation of questions for cross-examination or direct examinations at trial. When our psychologists work in partnership with legal professionals and the court system, clients feel an increased sense of control, along with an increase in problem-solving approaches, sense of dignity, and personal privacy. At Psychological Affiliates, we understand that each case is unique, and may require more personalized service. Because of this, consultations can be discussed over the phone, or through a convenient form on our website, http://www.psychologicalaffiliates.com

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IDC-10 Has Been Postponed

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Friday, April 11, 2014

Last week, the US Congress postponed the mandatory implementation of the IDC-10 for diagnosis and billing purposes in the medical and psychological community. This move is designed to give all providers more time to implement this new system. It will now be mandatory to use this system beginning October 2015. This gives providers additional time to learn the IDC-10 and the DSM5, the new version of the Diagnostic and Statical Manual. The coding for both IDC-9 and 10 are included in DSM5, streamlining the process for all providers. Along with the change, adjustments are needed for the entire process of reaching a diagnosis. DSM5 no longer uses the multiaxial system; it adopts a dimensional format for ranking severity of disorders based on symptom severity. New diagnostic categories have been added and other diagnosis have new criteria. For example, there is a new category for Neurodevelopmental Disorders in children. This includes diagnosis that are the very mild front-end of the Pervasive Developmental Disorder spectrum, such as the new Social Pragmatic Communication Disorder. This system has done away with the Global Assessment of Functioning score, instead adopting the WHODAS, a less subjective 30 question, self report questionnaire. This face valid instrument has a form that can also be completed by the clinician.


For further information about these very significant and far reaching changes, please go to the website Psychiatry.org/DSM5.

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Why We Cheat

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Thursday, April 03, 2014

In a recent interview with Slate Magazine, Esther Perel, author and therapist, brings fresh perspectives to the age-old issue of infidelity. Surveys consistently show that most marriages/long-term relationships are touched by infidelity at some point. Ms. Perel cites research showing that very often, cheaters are basically happy with their marriages or relationships. This seems to be especially true for men. Most cheaters say they really do not want to leave their relationships, yet they are willing to take risks and seriously hurt their partners and families.

 

Esther Perel makes some excellent points in her interview. Key among them is her observation that what cheaters really are seeking is a different self. Through an affair, a different aspect of one’s personality is brought to life, often in an overwhelmingly intense manner. This intense activation of a perhaps long suppressed or previously unrecognized persona is the real unconscious goal rather than seeking to have a different lover.

 

Ms. Perel also draws a distinction between cheating and non-monogamy. She suggests that “examining monogamy is our next frontier.” Instead of the old roles of cheater and the cheated-upon, new relationship models are needed which can demonstrate how to respectfully handle the shades of grey around the many sexual/intimacy/friendship/digital issues that affect modern relationships.

 

Many couples still agree that sexual monogamy is their ideal. For these couples, a therapist can help impart and sharpen skills such as conflict resolution, caring behaviors, prioritization, and sexual enrichment. A therapist also can offer craving management to help relationships withstand challenges. For couples dealing with the aftermath of infidelity, a specific problem may need to be addressed, such as sexual avoidance or sexual addiction.

 

Other couples may mutually agree to explore more autonomy, self-expression, or personal fulfillment rather than cheating or lying to one another. Even an unconventional arrangement, such as swinging, requires relationship boundaries and expectations for both partners.

 

A qualified sex therapist can work within a couple’s value system to help improve their shared sexual satisfaction. Having the courage to address such delicate topics is a start. A therapist can help couples build upon that beginning by having both partners clarify their priorities and cultivate acceptance of one another.

 

Provided by Alan Grieco, Ph.D.

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