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December 28, 2010 @ 1:00 pm

Overhwhelmed With Your Situation?


Psychologist Dr. Lawrence J. Levy joined the show to discuss the difference between a psychologist, psychiatrists and other mental health care practitioners as well the typical patient who he might help and more...

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Dr. Lawrence J. Levy is a Licensed Psychologist in Boca Raton, Florida. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Psychologists Association. He is also a member of the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis, the Florida Society for Clinical Hypnosis and the South East Florida Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his master's and doctorate degrees from Nova Southeastern University. He holds a certification in NLP/Neuro Linguistic Programming. He has also completed an ICF / International Coaching Federation approved program to train to become an Executive Coach. And, he treats depression, anxiety, couples, relationship and dating issues, and personal growth issues. You can visit his website at


Partial Transcript of Interview with Dr. Levy Lawrence

Eric Michaels: There seem to be many sorts of mental health practitioners out there, social workers, mental health counselors, hypnotists, practitioners of NLP, psychiatrists. You are a licensed psychologist in the state of Florida. What exactly is a psychologist and how are they different from psychiatrists and other mental health care practitioners?

Dr. Levy: I am glad you asked that question. First a psychiatrist is a medical doctor who goes through medical training and then after medical school receives initial training in psychiatry and perhaps neurology. The main tool that psychiatrists use today is medication. There was a time when the psychiatrist provided therapy but because of the health care situation, and because frankly, people want instant cure, they use medication primarily. Psychologist come from an academic tradition of research and they receive five years of schooling plus, post doctorate work to get licensed and they primarily study research methods, therapy and different types of therapy and their training involves therapy without these meds. The other sort of practitioners often are lesser trained or some of them like hypnotist...

Eric Michaels: If you do not use medications, how does psychotherapy work?

Dr. Levy: At one time, psychotherapy was called the talking cure but really it is the listening cure. Therapy works in several ways. Most people do not experience a time where they are listened to deeply where someone is listening and asking questions that may help them find insight - so good therapy can either help somebody gain insight on their feelings and emotions or help them change their behavior or help the unconscious conscious and makes them aware of what...through talking clearly in a safe environment with a legal psychologist they get an opportunity to explore their emotions and find new ways of thinking, feeling, acting and being so that is actually changes the way they think, act and behave...

Eric Michaels: Who is the typical patient who might come to see you?

Dr. Levy: Actually, it's anybody. People come to see me because they have reached a point in their life where the stress and pain they are feeling is so overwhelming they don't know what to do with it. They may come to see me because they have had a break up and they are overwhelmed with their feelings. Or someone comes to see me because their husband or wife is telling them they are tired of what they are doing - go see somebody. They could come to see me because they are just depressed. Typically it's when symptoms, sadness, anxiety, lack of sleep, stuck in their life, exhausted in reading self help books....basically anyone and everybody.


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Dr. Levy discusses & answers:

  • How do you help someone who is depressed?
  • Do you ever use hypnosis?
  • Conclusion Tip...

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