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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.

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 Programs We Offer at Psychological Affiliates

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Thursday, June 12, 2014

Collaborative Divorce Program

This program offers an innovative way to resolve disputes amicably without going to court by using a mental health counselor.  If minor children are involved, parents tend to gravitate towards this program due to the focus it has on doing what is best for the kids.  Additionally, due to Collaborative Divorce being based on the pace of the clients and not the judicial calendar, it results in a speeder finalization, which translates into financial savings as well.

 


Orlando Supervised Visitation/Monitored Exchange Program

The Partners with Families program is available 7 days a week, including evenings, and allows children to maintain safe contact with both parents post divorce.  The purpose of this program is to create a safe environment for children by having a third person monitor those involved, as well as supervise the transfer of children from one parent to the other.  It creates less conflict and stress for the parents due to them not having to communicate with their former spouse.

 


Parenting Coordination Program

This program is led by licensed psychologists who are highly trained in high conflict situations, mediation and child development.  It focuses on the parents communication among each other and educates them on the importance of shielding their children from parental conflict and creating any unnecessary stress for them.  Through your attorney, you may request a parenting coordinator if you have concerns about your co-parent.

 

 

Divorce Education Program

This program presents information about divorce procedures that promote effective coping and communication by parents and their children. A goal of the program is to lower the amount of contested custodies and visitation conflicts.


 

 The Kids Place Program

This program is for children between the ages of 8 and 12 who are dealing with their parent's divorce. Once a week (six week program), children are brought together to participate in activities with other children alike to help them cope and comfortably communicate about the topic.

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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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The Parenting Coordination Program

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Friday, June 06, 2014

For the sake of the children, divorcing parents must continue to communicate with their former spouses in matters of child rearing.  Yet, approximately 20-30% of divorcing parents exhibit high conflict behaviors, creating stress for both adult and child.  Research indicates that unrelenting parental conflict is the single most common cause of poor adjustment in children following a divorce.


Parent Coordination offers divorcing parents a unique service that may be used during the divorce process or years after.  Parents with serious concerns regarding their co-parent may request, through their attorney, the monitoring services of a Parenting Coordinator.  A Parenting Coordinator is a neutral individual working to ensure parental access and protect children from unnecessary stress.


Parenting Coordinators at Psychological Affiliates are licensed psychologists who are trained in child development, mediation, and high conflict.  All Coordinators are trained through the Cooperative Parenting Institute.

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Orlando Attorneys look to Psychological Affiliates for Aid in Psychological Evaluations and Parenting Plan Assessments

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

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.

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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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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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How Family and Relationship Therapy can Improve Your Life

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Thursday, February 20, 2014

We’re all aware of the stereotype of psychologists, and others who practice psychology. However, this stereotype no longer reflects the reality of modern family relationship therapy, and how it really works.  In fact, this negative stereotype does a disservice to psychology in general and the public in particular, as it glosses over the fact that tens of millions of people have been helped through both family and relationship therapy over the years.  Let’s take a look at some of the benefits both therapies have to offer:


  • Family Therapy

Family therapy assists patients in understanding how family issues impact them personally and from a greater family system perspective.  This can include problems related to parenting, parent-child relationships, a death or loss and more.


Orlando therapists guide families through an open communication process that helps them learn how to effectively express themselves and their feelings.  No matter what dysfunction your family may suffer from, family therapy can provide you with the tools and education you will need to work through the issues.


  • Relationship Therapy

Relationship therapy focuses more on interpersonal relationships; usually a romantic partnership, such as a husband and wife.  An experienced therapist will ensure that both parties have the opportunity to share and discuss their feelings and issues with their partner.


Your Orlando therapist will use the principles of psychology to help you acknowledge your own issues, understand the perspective of your partner and learn new ways to relate to one another that are more productive.


You will find that much has changed in the field of psychology in recent years, and therapy has the potential to make a positive difference in your life, and the lives of those around you.

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Orlando Psychology

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Thursday, January 09, 2014

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.

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What to Expect in Relationship Therapy

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Thursday, November 07, 2013

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.

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