Psychological Affiliates Inc delivers Orlando patients state of the art Psychologists services. Our experts specialize in Family Counseling, Psychology and Collaborative Divorce Psychology.
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.
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).
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
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.
Frequently, our group of psychologists are asked to help legal professionals and attorneys with the review of psychological evaluations and parenting plan assessments. When a couple decides to divorce, or have a paternity dispute without amicable resolution, our Orlando psychologists can evaluate parenting plans, as appointed by a court, to aid the judge with recognizing each spouse’s strengths and weaknesses, while considering their interaction with their child. The psychologist who is evaluating the plan can then make recommendations that are in the best interest of the child. With experience in issues of child abuse, relocation disputes, partner violence, psychological illness, or substance abuse and addiction, our psychologists have a depth of knowledge and experience to aid attorneys and families. In the case of psychological evaluation reviews, we base our knowledge on evidence-based therapy models that stand the test of time, such as sex therapy, family psychotherapy, co-parenting therapy, and relationship therapy. We can evaluate assessments of both children and adults, as well as provide these therapeutic psychological services to anyone in need. Because professionals outside the field of psychology primarily oversee these circumstances, our team can help aid in comprehension by creating clarity and providing expertise.
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.
For many individuals, making the decision to seek psychological counseling is a fairly difficult step to take. Requiring not only honesty in admitting that one is in need of help and guidance, there is a tremendous amount of bravery needed in order to follow through with seeking this guidance out. While it is difficult for some of us to internally come to these terms, sharing them with others can be far more unsettling. When seeking out psychological counseling services, the experienced hesitation and unease are very natural, human emotions; especially when dealing with matters involving family and loved ones.
Whether you are looking for a family counselor, collaborative divorce counselor, child psychologist, marriage counselor, sex therapist, or any other kind of psychotherapist, the process of picking one that is right for you can be tricky. However, if you live in, or near Central Florida, you may consider your search to be over. The licensed psychologists at Psychological Affiliates, Inc., located in Winter Park, offer all of these services and more under a single roof. Exceeding 25 years of combined experience in counseling, these Orlando therapists are more than equipped to help you and your family piece your puzzle-in-question back together.
From couples to divorces, sexual partners to sexual offenders, individuals to families, the counselors at Psychological Affiliates have the understanding, empathy, compassion and professional know-how to assist you and your family in a manner that is not only effective, but is nurturing and knowledgeable.
The doctors at Psychological Affiliates specialize in certain areas, and the nature of your sessions will determine which therapist you shall see.
Hypnotherapyhas almost always been considered “alternative” medicine, but recent developments in the art of hypnosis have shown how hypnotherapy can help someone access repressed thoughts and memories, as well as develop relaxation and anti-anxiety techniques. Hypnosis is used most often to treat phobias, anxiety, sleep disorders, PTSD, and to augment grief counseling.
Whether specific scientists believe in its power to access buried memories, they cannot die the healing and stress-relieving properties of the procedure. Those who undergo hypnosis to help with their smoking or overeating habits have seen considerable success, suggesting that this procedure is effective in behavior modification. For this reason, some parents may elect for their child to undergo hypnotherapy as part of a psychological evaluation, in order to fully understand why, in times of stress, like that of a divorce, the child is acting out, and also to help the child develop appropriate ways to deal with his stress and anxiety.
These days, before many couples decide to call it quits, they undergo couple’s therapy or marriage counseling. In general, no one is excited about the prospect of sitting on a psychologist’s couch and detailing all the problems within a marriage, however, plenty of couples have found relief from their relationship woes by seeking the help of a professional. It is always useful, before jumping into any kind of therapy, to have some idea of what is going to happen.
Most psychologists will ask questions, listening to responses of both spouses, in order to get at the heart of the couple’s problems. For example, a couple may come in saying that they no longer feel the other loves them. Through some pointed questions, a psychologist may determine that they are actually having a problem with communication, not with love.
Even for couples that have already decided to get a divorce, relationship therapy may be advantageous. A therapist will be able to help them navigate their new dynamic, so that they can at least be on friendly terms, especially in cases where the couple shares a child.
In either case, the psychologist will ask questions about the relationship and will suggest topics for discussion and activities that can better the couple’s relationship, whether that couple is still married or is newly divorced.