How do I schedule an appointment?
To schedule an appointment, please click here to go to my live online calendar. Otherwise, you may call 786.942.9425. Based on my availability, we will try our best to schedule an appointment that meets your needs. My hours are generally 9am-5pm Monday to Thursday, and Fridays 9am-3pm.
What should I expect for the first appointment?
The first appointment is 60 minutes long, so please plan accordingly. Before you come in for your first appointment, you will need to complete several brief forms. We will go over those forms together in our first appointment.
You might be a little anxious before the first appointment; this is totally normal. Take comfort in the fact that Dr. Shaked will do her best to manage your anxiety, and to help you feel more at ease.
How do I set up follow-up appointments?
Follow-up appointments are typically 45-minute long and are scheduled once a week. However, you may choose to schedule mini-sessions. Please click here to see Dr. Shaked's options for follow-up services.
How long does therapy take?
Therapy does not take a set amount of time. The time that a person/couple/family spends in therapy depends on the nature of the problem, the severity of the symptoms, and the duration of the illness. The length of your treatment and your treatment success will be based upon your particular symptoms, your motivation to improve and your specific goals for therapy.
What if I have to cancel?
I reserve your appointment time especially for you. Should you need to cancel an appointment, kindly notify me by email or by phone with at least 24 hours advance notice. With less than 24 hours, a cancellation will be applied.
Is counseling and psychotherapy confidential?
All communication between psychologists and their patients is confidential and legally protected, aside from certain exceptions. I am not permitted to disclose anything you share with me--without your written consent. Please do address any concerns regarding confidentiality and privacy with me in person.
Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Coach, or LCSW - What's the difference?
That's a good question! A psychologist has a doctorate (PhD or PsyD) in the field of psychology. A psychiatrist holds an M.D. in psychiatry. While the two professions often work hand-in-hand with each other, psychologists are usually better trained at doing talk therapy and psychological testing, whereas psychiatrists are usually more trained in treating mental health issues with medicines. Coaches are neither psychologists nor psychiatrists, and one should carefully consider coaches' minimal training before initiating therapy. Master's level clinicians (i.e., LCSW, LMHC, and LMFT) have less formal educational training than psychologists or psychiatrists, however they are typically more formally trained than coaches.
If I were you and I was deciding who to work with, I would choose a doctor. I would choose a PhD in Psychology. I would choose a psychologist. It's for your mental health.
Why choose a licensed psychologist?
There are many people who claim to be therapists, but in reality, not all have undergone the training that the State of Florida requires for licensure. Someone who is not licensed to provide therapy might actually do more harm than good, and may actually just do harm. Before beginning therapy with any clinician, please verify their credentials by clicking on the following link:
Florida Department of Health
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