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All too often, there are reports in the news of children being abused or neglected. My heart breaks as I try to fathom what could possess an adult to physically or sexually harm or to fail to provide even most basic care to a child. As a psychotherapist, I am a mandated reporter of abuse or neglect and have made numerous reports to the Department of Children and Families (DCF) over the years. Those calls are never easy to make, but I take comfort in knowing that I may be the only person in a vulnerable person’s life to try to protect them.
Sadly, we tend to hear about reports incidents of abuse where DCF -Click below to read more....

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Here's an article Dana wrote about coping with fear of cancer recurrence.

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I've always been a fan of this home-town funny man, Wayne Brady! He graduated from Dr. Phillips High School here in Orlando. How can someone who always looks so upbeat and can make people laugh with his comedy on "Whose Line Is It Anyway" be so depressed? Read his story and you'll find out. How we look on the outside doesn't necessarily reflect how we feel on the inside.

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Thought I'd share an article I wrote for an organization I do some consulting with...Sex need not be a taboo topic for those battling cancer!…/29/effects-of-mesothelioma-on-sex/

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Parenting To Prevent Suicide
Published September 15, 2014 | By Dana Nolan, LMHC

As a licensed mental health professional, I’ve worked in a variety of hospital settings where I have worked with adults and teens who have tried unsuccessfully to commit suicide. The vast majority of those who survived their suicide attempt were so grateful to have survived their attempt. Almost all of them want to learn how to better cope with life so that they never reach a point that they feel so hopeless, desperate and impulsive again. In working with family members after a loved one’s suicide attempt, it has been challenging to explain how their loved one could reach such a hopeless state of mind that suicide was the only or best option.

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By Dana Nolan, LMHC  #depression #Survivorguilt  

Survivor guilt (sometimes incorrectly termed as, survivor’s guilt) is a term often heard in the aftermath of wars, natural disasters, or some type of traumatic event. Unfortunately, this type of guilt occurs frequently and in a variety of situations. Victims of rape or assaults can believe that they are at fault or that they could have prevented the attack. Emergency workers who are unsuccessful in trying to save a life can feel guilt that they should have done things differently or acted more quickly. When a person commits suicide, the surviving loved ones usually believe that they should have done something differently to avert the suicide. The guilt that goes along with these traumatic events can lead to depression. Survivor guilt is also common in people who develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of a trauma.

Orlando - Altamonte Counseling--- Marriage Counseling

"Do you like pina coladas?" I heard this song this morning and really listened to the lyrics with a different set of ears-my marriage counselor ones! A man grows bored with the routine and lack of excitement in his marriage. He posts a personal ad looking for someone to have some fun with and (what do you know) his wife is the one who shows up after she reads his ad. They didn't know that they both liked "pina coladas and getting caught in the rain..." Hearing this song made me remember that many couples become disenchanted with their relationship as routine sets in. This is a factor that leads some couples to become unhappy in their relationships and seek counseling. In the comfort and safety of our relationship, it is too easy to forget to talk to each other about our hopes and dreams. We assume that our partner already know what makes us happy and how we like to have fun.. But, don't we change as we get older? Our dreams may change or fade and are replaced by new ones. It is a mistake to assume that our partner will always know what makes us happy. So, this weekend why don't we all take some time and really talk to our partners (if we have a special someone in our lives.) Make sure we do really know what our partner likes to do for fun and that we share our own hopes and dreams with our partner. Note to my hubby: I don't like pina coladas, but DO like getting caught in the rain! Have a great weekend everybody!

Dana Nolan
Licensed Mental Health Counselor

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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month–Child Abuse Awareness....From the desk of Dana Nolan, Licensed Mental Health Counselor…
April is Child Abuse Prevention month.  In my practice, I have way too many clients who suffered childhood abuse and/or neglect and now have ongoing emotional or psychological issues related to trust, self-esteem, depression, anxiety/PTSD and unhealthy relationships. My job as a therapist is to help survivors of childhood abuse work through the abuse to become happy, well-adjusted adults. Ideally, it is always better to prevent a problem than to try and fix it later on....

What is Psychotherapy and who can do it?

The terms “counseling” and “psychotherapy” are usually used to refer to a variety of methods of talk therapy which involve helping people understand and solve their life problems, cope with overwhelming emotions and repair unhealthy or unhappy relationships.

Psychotherapists use strategies and interventions that are proven to help patients gain insight into their problems and develop cognitive strengths and ways of behaving. For example, a person with a history being passive in their personal relationships can learn through psychotherapy how to recognize their passive behavior when it occurs and learn alternative ways of communicating so that they become more assertive.

Each state has different licensing criteria for mental health professionals who can practice psychotherapy. In Florida, those professions are Licensed Clinical Psychologists, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists and Psychiatrists.

Licensed mental health professionals in Florida are required to have either a Master’s Degree or PhD in clinical psychology, counseling psychology or be an MD with a specialty in psychiatry. Graduate study in psychology or counseling includes extensive study of mental disorders and instruction in individual, family, and group psychotherapy. Each discipline further requires a minimum of a two year internship practicing psychotherapy under a fully licensed therapist. Most mental health professional disciplines require passing a comprehensive licensure exam as well as ongoing continuing profession education.

The titles “counselor” and “life coach” have no professional regulation in Florida which mean that anyone can use those titles without any formal training and without meeting the criteria of state licensure. However, it is a commonly searched term for licensed mental health professionals, as well as, non-licensed persons using the same title. This distinction is important. It is strongly recommended that those seeking counseling be aware of the credentialing of their counselor and investigate their educational and licensure background.
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