Individual therapy is a one-on-one meeting between a client and a therapist. At times, it may include others such as family members but the focus is on the client. The purpose of individual therapy is to assist the client in identifying thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that are self-defeating or overwhelming. Through didactic discussion and the learning of new skills, the client acquires problem solving skills and enhanced coping skills. It can be described as a process of becoming conscious of how one functions which leads to enhanced self-growth. Through therapy, people can better understand themselves in order to cope with the demands of their daily lives.
A multifaceted approach to the treatment of mental health issues is necessary for full recovery. This could mean any combination of psychotherapies, behavioral changes, exercise, diet, and appropriate medication management. The psychiatric services provided at KimmelPsychology focuses on this very practice. Patients who come for psychiatric services will be seen by Dr. Akiva Daum, a Board-Certified Psychiatrist, who believes in providing comprehensive treatment. They will be first given a full psychiatric evaluation to ensure careful diagnosis. A treatment plan will then be developed and discussed with the patient. The plan will include recommendations for appropriate medication management of the diagnosed mental health conditions.
Substance Abuse Services
Substance use disorders are becoming ever more present in today’s society. They are potentially lethal conditions requiring a multidimensional approach to treatment. Treatment often entails psychotherapy and the appropriate use of medications to treat any underlying mental health conditions that may be made worse or masked by substance use. Outpatient approaches to treating substance use disorders can be effective and it is not always necessary to go the traditional route of inpatient treatment. Dr Daum specializes in the use of medication assisted treatment including Buprenorphine/Naloxone and Naltrexone for opioid use disorders as well as Naltrexone, Acamprosate, and Disulfiram for alcohol use disorders.
Group therapy includes a small group of carefully selected clients that meet with a therapist for about 60 to 90 minutes on a regular basis. The goals of group therapy are to support each client in their emotional growth and problem solving. Hearing from others about their problems and how they have tried to solve them causes the client to think about their own problems in different ways. It also allows for the client to feel a sense of achievement when they are able to help others in their group. The support from a close group allows clients to believe that they are not alone and that others care about them. Group therapy also allows for clients to belong, feel accepted, and feel approved of. The power of the group can empower the client.
Family therapy includes all members of a family and sometimes, an extended family. The family meets with the therapist to identify and resolve problems that interfere with the functioning of the family and are disruptive to the home environment. In family therapy, the family is the identified patient and problems are resolved by changing the way the family system functions not by changing a specific family member. The goals of family therapy include improving communication, learning family problem solving skills, developing and maintaining respect for all family members, and creating a supportive home environment.
Couples counseling is often referred to as marriage counseling or marital therapy. It includes both members of a couple meeting together with a therapist once a week to identify and learn how to resolve problems that effects the couple’s functioning. The identified patient is the couple’s relationship. The goals of couples counseling are to improve communication and learn how to solve conflicts together. Couples often seek counseling because of frequent arguing, feelings of distance or emptiness in the relationship, resentment from a lack of interest and affection in their partner, and not feeling listened to or able to speak up in a discussion.
Psychological testing is a complex process of evaluating an individual in order to obtain an understanding of how they uniquely function. Using interviews and a comprehensive battery of tests, information is obtained and integrated. The psychological testing will determine whether a person has any specific diagnosis that may manifest in learning, emotional, personality or relationship problems. Based on the results of the testing, recommendations can be made to determine a treatment plan, seek accommodations at school and work, assist in medication planning, and identify the best placement at school or work.
- Intelligence to determine intellectual ability and gifted placement in school
- Learning disabilities to identify any specific learning problems
- AD/HD to identify whether a person has Attention Deficit Disorder
- Accommodations testings to identify whether an individual meets the criteria for modifications in school and on standardized tests
- Memory functioning to determine whether there are any memory impairments
- Personality assessment to identify emotional and personality patterns of an individual and to provide/validate a mental health diagnosis
- Corporate personality assessments to determine whether a person is the best fit for a specific job function and if they are fit for duty
- Corporate assessments to determine employee selection, performance evaluations, and team building in the business environment
The Daum Difference
Evidence Based Addiction Psychiatry – The Way It Should Be
Dr. Akiva M. Daum, MD, FAPA, is a Florida licensed psychiatrist who received his M.D. from the University of South Florida, College of Medicine. His residency in general psychiatry and addiction fellowship was completed through the Boston University School of Medicine. He has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings for general adult and substance use disorders.
Dr. Daum is currently a psychiatrist for KimmelPsychology where he sees patients from a variety of backgrounds and mental health conditions using innovative and evidence-based techniques. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both General and Addiction Psychiatry and a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.
What is Coaching?
Coaching is a field that encompasses a variety of niches including but not limited to executive, business, career, relationship, wellness, health, transformational, and life coaching. Coaching is not therapy, consulting, or giving advice. There are no treatment plans. Instead, coaching provides for a partnership between the coach and the client so that the client can identify goals, make forward progress toward achieving those goals, and create shifts in perspective to achieve a more satisfying and enjoyable life. The coach is there to be supportive and collaborative with the client.
The International Coaching Federation, which is the world’s leading global organization of professionally trained coaches, defines coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.” Coaching works because answers are already within the client. The coach’s responsibility is to create a safe, comfortable, and non-judgmental space for the client, so that the client can think, explore, and access the answers. The coach and the client must be able to trust each other.
Another responsibility of the coach is to ask thought-provoking and challenging questions of the client to get the client thinking. The coach shows no attachment to the client’s outcome. The client’s responsibility is to come up with goals and be committed to doing the hard work that brought them to coaching. The client may experience discomfort, emotions, and vulnerability during the coaching process and the coach is there to support and provide an environment where the client can feel comfortable creating new self-awareness and making shifts and changes in behavior.
The coach and client work in partnership with each other to advance the client’s agenda. There is no hierarchy. The true goal of coaching is for the client to tap into and achieve their unlimited potential.
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