Dr. Michael Hamilton, Psy.D.
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Whether individual, a couple or a family, if you are considering Psychotherapy or Counseling, your first meeting with Dr. Michael W. Hamilton will be a consultation. This allows you to get acquainted with each other, evaluate your problems and needs, and together decide what you would like to accomplish. Feel free to call his office at 941-795-5712 if you would like a consultation.

Addiction Assessment

If you or a loved one knows or suspects you may have a problem with alcohol, medications or illicit drugs, a consultation will provide a review, evaluation and treatment recommendations. This may lead to treatment with Dr. Michael W. Hamilton or a referral if necessary if another program if required. Dr. Michael W. Hamilton has experience leading a professional staff in a drug rehabilitation program and is currently in agreement with Manatee Community College to provide counseling for those required to receive DUI counseling.

Common Therapeutic Issues Addressed

If you are dealing with Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Guilt or related emotional issues, Dr. Michael W. Hamilton has a cognitive approach to help you process through these emotions and resolve these feelings. With the use and often the combination of Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Reality Therapy and possibly Existential Therapy, Dr. Michael W. Hamilton can help his clients address a number of issues in a timely and healthy manor.

Life Coach

Explore how you would like to present yourself to the world. Whether personally or professionally, do you create the impression you want?

Life Coaching is for anyone who is openly prepared to construct a successful existence for him or herself. A life coach is capable in helping you to make essential improvements in your life. If your life is already doing well, yet you still desire changes or improvements then life coaching is for you!

Dr. Hamilton can provide coaching to address:

  • Dating Skills
  • Relationship and Marital Skills
  • Parenting Skills
  • Career Development
  • Procrastination or Avoidance
  • Decision Making
  • Self-confidence
  • Life Transition
  • Motivation

Forensic or Psychosocial Evaluation

When you choose Dr. Michael W. Hamilton for your Forensic or Psychosocial evaluations and assessments you will receive:

  • State of the art, comprehensive assessments focused on the referral question
  • Evaluations written in plain English that are to the point and easy for judges, attorneys, and other interested parties to understand
  • Rapid completion of evaluations
  • Honest non-biased testimony from an expert with a clear conscience

The following are various mental health and forensic evaluations offered:

  • Forensic Evaluations
  • Psychosocial Evaluations
  • Mental Health States and Treatment Sentencing Recommendations
  • Alcohol and Drug Evaluations
  • Dangerousness and Risk Evaluations
  • Psychosexual Evaluations
  • Pre-Sentence Recommendations
  • Pre-surgical Evaluation
  • Diagnostic Determinations
  • Attention-Deficit Disorder
  • Personality Makeup and Psychopathology Evaluations
  • Depression
  • Bi-Polar Disorder
  • Anxiety Panic Attack
  • Separation Anxiety Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Gender Identity Disorder
  • Asperger's Disorder

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and how does Cognitive Therapy work?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), is where the focus of psychotherapy is on addressing irrational thoughts, behaviors, and beliefs. CBT is exceptionally effective with dealing with emotions such as anger, depression anxiety, guilt and a number of other emotional disorders such as daily stress and worry experienced when at home with family, work with the boss or at school with peers. REBT, a form of CBT is most commonly used in Dr. Michael W. Hamilton’s practice and is found to be one of the most highly effective forms of therapy.

Cognitive-behavioral therapists want to gain a very good understanding of their clients' concerns. That's why they often ask questions. They also encourage their clients to ask questions of themselves, like, "Where is the evidence for what I believe to be true?" "Because I believe it is true does that make it true?" CBT does not typically involve long term treatment but is usually used for short term cases, which makes this form of therapy cost-effective. Dr. Hamilton will often assign homework for those willing to work on problems outside the therapy session.

During the therapy process with Dr. Michael W. Hamilton, the discussion will be directed to address your disturbing beliefs and thoughts regarding your life. Through these discussions you will become aware of how you are psychologically organized, the irrational thoughts you tell yourself about yourself and others, and how these thoughts and beliefs create your emotional issues. All of this can be changed if you want it to be and are taught how to independently do so.

The process will lead to developing healthier thoughts and healthier feelings which can result in a more satisfying fulfilling life.

What is Mental Health Counseling?

The "practice of mental health counseling" is defined as the use of scientific and applied behavioral science theories, methods, and techniques for the purpose of describing, preventing, and treating undesired behavior and enhancing mental health and human development and is based on the person-in-situation perspectives derived from research and theory in personality, family, group, and organizational dynamics and development, career planning, cultural diversity, human growth and development, human sexuality, normal and abnormal behavior, psychopathology, psychotherapy, and rehabilitation.

The practice of mental health counseling includes methods of a psychological nature used to evaluate, assess, diagnose, and treat emotional and mental dysfunctions or disorders (whether cognitive, affective, or behavioral), behavioral disorders, interpersonal relationships, sexual dysfunction, alcoholism, and substance abuse. The practice of mental health counseling includes, but is not limited to, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, and sex therapy. The practice of mental health counseling also includes counseling, behavior modification, consultation, client-centered advocacy, crisis intervention, and the provision of needed information and education to clients, when using methods of a psychological nature to evaluate, assess, diagnose, treat, and prevent emotional and mental disorders and dysfunctions (whether cognitive, affective, or behavioral), behavioral disorders, sexual dysfunction, alcoholism, or substance abuse. The practice of mental health counseling may also include clinical research into more effective psychotherapeutic modalities for the treatment and prevention of such conditions.

Mental health counseling may be rendered to individuals, including individuals affected by the termination of marriage, and to couples, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

The use of specific methods, techniques, or modalities within the practice of mental health counseling is restricted to mental health counselors appropriately trained in the use of such methods, techniques, or modalities.

Why a therapist and not a friend?

There are three things that are guaranteed with your psychotherapist that cannot be with a friend.

  • The first is confidentiality; this is your legal and ethical right with a licensed psychotherapist.
  • The second is the experience and education of the therapist which brings skills and a knowledge base that most friends will not have unless educated in this area.
  • Finally, your therapist will not and should not have an agenda for you where other significant people in your life may. An example would be that a therapist does not care if you move away, get a divorce, change colleges or jobs; they are only interested in what is healthy for you mentally and physically and your happiness. Friends and family may often want you to do something that may sometimes benefit them but may not be in the best for you.

How long will it take?

With Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, the process is usually short term however, this will all depend on some of the following:

  • Your ability and willingness to learn to think more rationally
  • Your history of irrational thought
  • Your own particular irrational thoughts or beliefs you are currently having
  • Your own interpretation of your experiences
  • What you are looking to gain from therapy
  • At what level your experiencing problems

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