Dr. Michael Hamilton, Psy.D.
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Degrees and Licenses

Background in Psychology

Located in Bradenton, Florida, A Accredited Counseling Services Inc. was founded by Dr. Michael W. Hamilton. He was mentored and supervised from 1994 until 1999 receiving clinical and forensic supervision by Richard L. James MD, Board Certified in Adult, Child and Adolescent psychiatry and fellow of the American Board of Forensic Medicine. Dr. Michael W. Hamilton is licensed in the state of Florida as a Mental Health Counselor and highly skilled and certified as a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. He is a member of The National Association of Forensic Counselors (NAFC) and The American College of Certified Forensic Counselors (ACCFC) which is the largest board in the United States, representing the forensic counselor. He was awarded a Doctors degree in Psychology; a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology; a Bachelor of Arts degree in Behavioral Science and an Associates of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice.


A Psychologist:

Is one who has studied the science of the mind. They have observed the various states of the human condition and mental disorders. Psychologists may or may not provide therapy services.

A Psychotherapist:

May also possess the same or various degrees of the same knowledge as a psychologist, but particular training in communicating specific ways to combat mental health disorders and emotional disturbance has been obtained. The role of the psychotherapist is to provide therapy, which is an educational process. Psychotherapists are educators - teachers.

A Psychiatrist:

Is a medical doctor (M.D.). Psychiatrists study the chemical aspects of the brain and focus their studies more intently on such. They may prescribe medications where a psychotherapist or counselor may not. Some may provide therapy services, but most often do not.

A Counselor:

May be trained the same as psychotherapists although the training that a counselor has received may or may not be as intense or as long as that of a psychotherapist. Counseling and psychotherapy are essentially the same thing.

To practice psychotherapy and counseling in Florida, an individual must have a minimum of a Masters degree in Counseling and completed a State of Florida Examination to obtain required licensure.


Holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in the field of psychology.


A Psy.D. holds a Doctorate of Psychology degree. The Psy.D. stands for Doctor of Psychology and is similar to the Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy) and the Ed.D. (Doctor of Education) in academic standing. The Psy.D. was developed in the late 1960s in reaction to what some psychologists saw as the limitations of the scientist-practitioner model of the Clinical Ph.D. The Psy.D. is designed primarily to train mental health professionals to be clinicians able to work in a wide range of clinical settings. Generally the emphasis is on clinical work and focuses less heavily on research than Ph.D. programs.

LMHC (Licensed Mental Health Counselor)

This person holds a minimal degree of a Master’s degree in the mental health field and has also obtained the requisite hours to sit for licensure with the Board of Behavioral Sciences. If they pass the exam, then they are allowed to practice independently with problems relating to mental health issues. If a person with it has passed Boards, then he/she is licensed to practice independently.


Certification is the process which validates, based on predetermined standards, an individual's qualifications and knowledge to practice is a defined knowledge area. the certified practitioner from the NAFC and the ACCFC qualifies as an expert witness under the Federal Rules of Procedure section 702 pertaining to expert witness.

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