Life is hard and although pain is inevitable, suffering is optional. At FMHP, we work with you to help you find the best in you. Finding a professional you can trust to help you through some of your most difficult times, may prove to be the best investment of your life. You will be surprised at how far learning a coping skill can take you. Learning how to cope with daily life stressors can make you feel in control of yourself, and can help you regain that confidence you once had. Seeking therapy is for everyone, as I personally feel that a therapist is as equivalent to an “emotional garbage can”. You come to see us, dump your problems or difficulties, and then leave. One of our goals is to ease the process of facilitating therapeutic services. For this reason, we either go to you, or you can come to us.
You can also request a “walk and talk” session, where you and your therapist meet at a local park or walk around a neighborhood while receiving therapeutic services. In fact, “walk and talk” is highly recommended for those suffering from symptoms resembling that of depression. Studies have shown that walking may improve your mood, and facilitates positive affect.
Although our specialties lie in Perinatal and Postnatal Mood Disorders, Psychoeducational Testing, and Grief Counseling, we also treat a variety of other issues. Our clinicians are warm, friendly and transparent. Establishing rapport with your therapist is key to therapeutic success. Should you not feel a therapeutic connection with one of our therapists, we will help you find one that will, even if it’s somewhere else. Our interest is in ensuring that you receive services whether it’s with us or someone else. While we can't change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your life.
All current and future clinicians at Florida Mental Health Practitioners, LLC utilize effective treatments for psychological diagnosis. Each individual diagnoses is heavily researched and only evidence based practices (treatments supported by research) as those highlighted in Division 12, of the American Psychological Association, are used. If the clinician is not heavily trained on that evidence based practice, trainings are scheduled to ensure best practice and quality of care.
Confidentiality is a respected part of psychology's code of ethics. Clinicians at FMHP understand that for people to feel comfortable talking about private and revealing information, they need a safe place to talk about anything they'd like, without fear of that information leaving the room. We take your privacy very seriously.
With that said, all of our meetings are confidential and information is protected. Unless you authorize us to disclose your information (through a release of information form), we are ethically and legally obligated to keep your information confidential. However, there are certain exceptions to this rule, such as if you pose as a threat to yourself or someone else, are suspected of being abused or abusing a child or elder, or if you use your insurance to cover therapeutic services, we will have to disclose certain information that may be confidential to you. Specifics about limits of confidentiality are explained in detail prior to commencement of therapeutic or testing services.
Many of our clients choose to self-pay for therapeutic services so as to not disclose or “keep a record” of any mental health diagnosis, if any. If you would like to self-pay, but are financially limited, please call us and ask us about our sliding scale fee.
At FMHP we strive to maintain a high standard of professionalism. For this and confidentiality reasons, we do not engage in any exchanges in social media. We do not use ( or allow our clinicians) to use SMS (mobile phone text messaging) or messaging on Social Networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook, or Linked In to contact our clients. These sites are not secure and we may not read these messages in a timely fashion. Engaging through the use of social media could compromise your confidentiality. It may also create the possibility that these exchanges become a part of your legal medical record and will need to be documented and archived in your chart. If you need to contact us between sessions, the best way to do so is by phone, or direct email.