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DBT combines elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and eastern philosophical concepts such as mindfulness and acceptance. This “dialectical” approach, meaning that it integrates two seemingly disparate ideas (i.e., acceptance vs. change), was initially developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D. and designed to specifically treat Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). DBT has proven effective in reducing the anger, identity disturbance, abandonment fears, and self-harm behaviors found in this condition. Studies have also shown that DBT is helpful for other populations, including individuals who have experienced trauma or abuse, as well as individuals with substance abuse issues and eating disorders. DBT is based… READ MORE ›
Visit FaceYourFearOf.com If you’re afraid of flying, you are certainly not alone. Recent studies show that around one out of every three adult Americans experiences some kind of discomfort related to air travel. Of this group, somewhere between 2-10 percent has a full-blown flying phobia. Fear has kept more than a few totally grounded throughout their lives- some have never been able to ever attempt their first flight. People can develop fear of flying at any point in their lives. However, the onset of anxiety about flying peaks in childhood or the mid-20s. Although evident in both males and females,… READ MORE ›
Psychology in the Workplace Mission In the clinical applications of psychology to business, the core mission is to work in partnership with an organization or executive to manage change or stabilize a professional/personal derailment. Vision There is need for things to be different and a goal to be reached. Finding that path and helping to get there by a process that achieves a better understanding of who you are and what you want with greater resourcefulness and strength of abilities. Method As an action oriented approach, the conversations focus on how to move ahead and how to succeed. You will… READ MORE ›
Cogmed is an evidence-based, computerized training program that has been shown to improve working memory in children and adults. Working memory is the ability to keep information in mind for a short time, focus on a task, and remember what to do next (e.g. following directions or completing homework). The aim of Cogmed Working Memory Training is to increase the ability to stay focused, ignore distractions, plan and sequence, remember instructions, and start and finish tasks. Those skills are crucial for both school and professional performance as well as for everyday living skills (e.g. cleaning one’s room). Research shows that… READ MORE ›
The psychological assessment services offered at NBI are designed to facilitate understanding of how individuals function and learn by using reliable neuropsychological, educational, and psychodiagnostic tests. An evaluation is most helpful when a learning disability, developmental delay, intellectual disability, or other cognitive problem (e.g., difficulty with memory, attention, or executive functioning skills, such as organization or planning) is suspected. A comprehensive evaluation may also be helpful for individuals struggling with behavioral, social or emotional difficulties (e.g., anxiety, depression, etc.) that seem to be interfering with social, cognitive, or academic functioning. Such evaluations may offer diagnostic clarity and related treatment recommendations.… READ MORE ›
Marital therapy is available for couples having difficulty in their relationship or when the identified patient is their child who is in therapy with another doctor. The preferred approach of treatment with couples is a solution focused, short term and evidence-based therapy that improves communication and solves problems within family. Some of the more prevalent problems that couples face are when there are unrealistic expectations or faulty causal attributions (Blaming the partner as a person rather than focusing on the problem behavior). Both research and our experience suggest that marital problems can often develop when a person may have unrealistic… READ MORE ›
NBI offers several South Florida support groups conveniently located near Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Palm Beach (Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties). Upcoming meetings are posted on our events calendar. To be notified of upcoming support group meetings, please join our mailing list. Current support groups include the following: Child/Adolescent OCD Support Group Located at NeuroBehavioral Institute. For children with OCD (and other related conditions) and their family members. This support group is free and open to the public. We meet the last Thursday of each month. Adult OCD Support Group Located at West Boca Medical Center. For adults with OCD (and… READ MORE ›
The group format is an intervention option for many individuals struggling with a particular condition. All groups, though, are not alike. Two main categories for groups are treatment groups and support groups. Treatment groups are typically led by trained professionals, such as psychologists or psychiatrists, while support groups are not always led by professionals, but rather by peers that volunteer for a leadership role. Support groups generally provide a scheduled time and place in which to share information with peers with a similar issue or condition and talk about recent struggles or successes. Treatment groups are generally more structured and… READ MORE ›
The process of individual psychological treatment, commonly termed psychotherapy, begins with a consultation. The consultation usually is completed within one meeting but under some circumstances may require extended time. During the consultation, legal and ethical boundaries of confidentiality are reviewed. Information regarding the reason for referral, background, general health, and treatment history is obtained. This is followed by a thorough clinical evaluation about psychological, behavioral, and social factors. Treatment goals are specified and agreed upon. There is also an assessment of any risk factors that could compromise care or safety. Based upon these variables, a case formulation including diagnostic specification… READ MORE ›
NeuroBehavioral Institute (NBI) staff offers Psychoeducational Workshops and Seminars on a number of topics for educational, health, or community organizations. Topics covered by NBI staff include Positive Parenting, Tic Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Trichotillomania, Stress Management, Perfectionism, Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, and many others. NBI staff have wide experience, presenting nationally and internationally over the years. Please contact NBI’s office manager to schedule or to answer any questions about this service.
Psychological Consultation and Evaluation at NBI entails initial meeting(s) with a licensed psychologist for the purpose of obtaining a professional opinion and recommendations for you or your child’s presenting issues. The core of the process is a semi-structured clinical interview that reviews the current situation in detail, past or present treatments, medical and psychiatric history of the identified patient and their family, developmental history, psychosocial history, and patient and/or family goals. With your consent, NBI psychologists may also gather information by way of observation and possibly with formal assessments. Based on the findings of this process, you will receive feedback… READ MORE ›
OCD Treatment South Florida Objective: Conveniently located near Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Palm Beach (Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties), NBI’s Intensive Treatment Program for OCD was developed to meet the needs of local, out-of-town and international adults as an alternative to inpatient treatment. The OCD treatment was designed to provide participants with the level of services and education necessary to address their current symptoms and improve their level of functioning. The program assists those individuals who lack access to specialized care where they reside, or whose symptom severity requires intensive care. The Intensive Treatment Program for OCD at NBI is… READ MORE ›
OCD Treatment Fort Lauderdale Objective: Conveniently located near Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Palm Beach (Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties), NBI’s Intensive Treatment Program for OCD was developed to meet the needs of local, out-of-town and international children and adolescents as an alternative to inpatient treatment. It was designed to provide participants with the level of services and education necessary to address their current symptoms and improve their level of functioning. The program was developed to meet the needs of those who lack access to specialized care where they reside, or whose symptom severity requires intensive care. This program was… READ MORE ›
Intensive interventions are sometimes necessary to achieve treatment goals. We provide specialized treatments for the following near Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Palm Beach (Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties): Asperger’s Syndrome Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder (ADHD) Body-focused Repetitive Behavior Disorders Body Dysmorphic Disorder Excessive worrying Generalized Anxiety Disorder Hoarding Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Panic Attacks/Panic Disorder Perfectionism Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) Phobias Separation Anxiety Tourette’s and Tic Disorder Trichotillomania and Compulsive Skin Picking Other specialized treatments: Psychological and Educational Testing Program Preparation for Life transitions (camp, school, college, work, etc.)
CBT is among the most widely used and empirically supported form of psychotherapy. It has roots in both the Stoic philosophy of the ancient Greeks that emphasized the importance of constructive, non-reactive thinking and modern learning theory. CBT is differentiated from many other forms of psychotherapy because of its emphasis on problem solving in the present (rather than past events) and its suitability to be utilized within a scientific framework and verified through research. CBT has been documented to be effective with both children and adults. It has been applied to psychological conditions like Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Mood Disorders,… READ MORE ›