Frequently Asked Questions

Will psychotherapy really help me?

Psychotherapy helps ordinary people, every day, to solve problems and reach goals. If you've been in psychotherapy before you already know firsthand how helpful psychotherapy can be. Psychotherapy uses tried and true, extensively tested strategies to help people. These strategies have been proven to be effective in multiple scientifically sound research studies.

How else can a psychologist help?

A psychologist can give you truly objective, professional, advice. Unlike friends, family, coworkers, and other people in your life, a psychologist has no expectation that you should play a certain role in life. A psychologist is unbiased and will give you unbiased advice.

A psychologist can act as a valuable sounding board for your ideas. A psychologist can give you accurate feedback.

A psychologist is a trusted adviser.

It is often difficult to see ourselves objectively. A psychologist may be able to see things that you do not, because you are too close to a situation.

A psychologist really listens. Psychologists receive a lot of special training on how to just listen. Really! If you've ever been speaking to someone and not felt heard you know that listening is not so easy! A psychologist will listen to you.

A psychologist is supportive. We will collaborate to meet your challenges, achieve your goals, and create the happy life you desire.

Isn't it better for me to solve my problems on my own?

When you use psychotherapy you are still solving your problems on your own. The difference is that you are making use of tools and experts that can help you solve your problems more quickly and efficiently than you could by yourself. Psychotherapy is the tool, and the psychologist is the expert.

What may be a unique situation to you, may be a familiar situation to a psychologist. The psychologist often has already helped many others in the same situation. Psychologists have a lot of experience with problems! People bring them to us all the time. We're experts on problems (and solutions)!

Psychotherapy is a smart choice!

Problems

I think I have a serious psychological problem. Can you help me?

Yes. I have extensive experience in the treatment of a wide range of psychological problems with many different types of clients.

I don't have any serious psychological problems. I want coaching to help me reach my goals and create the life of my dreams. Can you help me?

Yes. My extensive psychological training in the science of human behavior, emotion, and cognition helps me empower you to understand your strengths and weaknesses. This knowledge, combined with my use of a broad variety of powerful coaching techniques will empower you to reach your personal goals.

Life Coaching

What are the advantages of receiving coaching from a counseling psychologist?

Counseling psychologists are uniquely trained to help people deal with the challenges of personal growth, as well as to help people overcome serious psychological problems. 

If I choose to have a video session instead of meeting in person is my communication with you secure?

Video sessions are provided via a HIPAA compliant web service. This healthcare specific level of security provides a level of security even higher than that required of financial institutions on the internet. 

Do you prescribe medication?

If you need medication Dr. Diak will coordinate your psychotherapy with medications prescribed by your physician, psychiatrist, physician's assistant, or nurse practitioner. Dr. Diak is a psychologist. Psychologists focus on creating positive changes in the client's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Multiple research studies have shown that psychotherapy is as effective than medication alone and it has longer lasting results.

Should I see a psychologist, psychiatrist, social worker, or mental health counselor?

There are significant differences between the education and training of mental health professionals. Here's a quick guide to the most common mental health professionals to help you choose.

All mental health professionals who treat clients are required to be licensed by the state. Verify that the professional you are considering is licensed by looking up their license online at the Florida Department of Health (DOH), Division of Medical Quality Assurance (MQA). Licensed mental health professionals are provided with a state license number by the DOH, MQA which is required to be listed on their professional website, documents and business cards. 

Psychologist

Psychologists have a doctoral degree in the science and practice of psychology. They possess the most complete training and education in changing feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. A typical doctoral program in psychology takes approximately eight years to complete and results in a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree. A licensed psychologist is designated by "Licensed Psychologist" after their name, their degree, and a state license number.

Psychiatrist

Psychiatrists are medical doctors. They complete a medical education and then a residency in psychiatry. Psychiatrists generally believe that feelings, thoughts, and behaviors are biologically produced. Therefore, they usually prescribe medications to treat problems. A few psychiatrists also provide psychotherapy. A typical medical school program requires approximately the same or less time to complete than a psychology program and results in the degree of Medical Doctor (M.D.) or Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.). Psychiatrists are designated by their degree and state license number after their name.

Social Worker

Clinical social workers work with clients who have mental health issues. A typical social work program requires one to two years of graduate school and results in a Masters in Social Work degree (M.S.W.) A licensed social worker is designated as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (L.C.S.W.) and by their state license number.

Mental Health Counselor

Mental health counselors provide psychotherapy or counseling. A typical mental health program requires two years of graduate school and results in a masters degree in a mental health area such as an M.Ed., Ed.M., M.A., or M.S. A licensed mental health counselor is designated as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (L.M.H.C.) and by their state license number. 

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