What can I expect in a therapy session?
During our sessions you are expected to talk about the concerns and issues in your life. You will usually meet weekly for one 50 minute session. Some people who are in crisis or extreme distress need more than one session per week, at least until the crisis passes. Between sessions it is beneficial to think about and process what was discussed. For therapy to “work,” you must be an active participant, both in and outside of the therapy sessions.
What benefits can I expect from working with a therapist?
A number of benefits are available from participating in psychotherapy. Often it is helpful just to know that someone is listening and understanding you. You should obtain the tools necessary to help you make better decisions and behaviors to improve your situation and mood. Therapy can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem, point you in the direction of a solution, and help you attain personal growth.
What if I don’t know what my goals are for therapy?
Our first task is to figure that out together. Once we outline your goals we will develop more concrete steps to attain them.
What is a Psy.D. and how does it differ from a Ph.D.?
The Ph.D. indicates that the psychologist has a Doctorate degree in Philosophy, with an emphasis on research. The Psy.D. indicates that the psychologist has a Doctorate degree in Psychology with an emphasis on the practice of what was learned in research on psychotherapy. A Psy.D. degree also indicates that the psychologist’s training in graduate school required more emphasis on the clinical practice of psychology and evaluation and less emphasis on research. Both degrees are eligible for licensure as a Psychologist.
Can you prescribe medication?
Psychologists in the State of Florida, as in many other states, have not been granted prescription privileges. However, we do work with medical professionals to communicate your needs when prescription medications may be beneficial.
Which is better, medication or therapy?
Research has consistently demonstrated that psychotherapy is beneficial in reducing the symptoms of depression and anxiety. Research has also demonstrated that medication in conjunction with ongoing psychotherapy is the most effective treatment for depression and/or anxiety. Medication alone is not as effective as both. During evaluation and treatment Dr. Wolman may determine if medication is needed. At that time, Dr. Wolman can recommend a qualified medical professional or work with your preferred physician.
Is it true that many of my physical ailments are just in my head?
The notion that the body and the mind are two separate entities is false. The body tends to physically manifest psychological stressors in our lives. For example, some migraine headaches often result from changes in barometric pressure, diet, and food additives. However, they can also be aggravated by situational stress from the home or workplace. Therapy helps you understand the mind-body connection and teach you healthy attitudes and behaviors.
Is therapy confidential?
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and a psychotherapist. Information is not disclosed without written permission. There are exceptions to confidentiality that are outlined in the confidentiality and consent forms that you should read and review with your Psychologist.