If you are interested in working with me but do not live in Florida, please email me prior to setting up an appointment. States have different regulations about "across state" services.
The "about me" section is an opportunity to share something meaningful about ourselves. I decided to share something that matters to me - my beliefs about how to approach life.
Ours is such a short life. Find what you love, pursue those things with vigor, and minimize those things that impinge on living well.
For me, this means getting clear about personal values, and living as closely to them as possible. It means noticing those things that "fill your cup" and being intentional about scheduling time to do them. (YES! Schedule them!) It means thinking about goals and tangible ways to mark that you are moving towards them. And then move. It means noticing the people in your life and your patterns with them, so that you can pour energy into those relationships that are positive, adjust or move from those that are not.
We spend much of our lives moving AWAY from suffering. We try to avoid things that make us anxious, missing out on much that life has to offer. We recoil from "unpleasant" feelings, deadening ourselves to the range (positive and negative) of our emotional experience. We make micro choices every single day that are about a movement "away" from something unpleasant or uncomfortable, often without considering the long term ramifications of those choices. Worse, we spend almost NO time moving "towards" those things that bring us joy or fulfillment.
We easily identify what we don't want in our lives. Let's also define what we want. What do you wish to move Toward?
I am a Florida native with a love for the ocean. I've lived elsewhere and likely will again, but coastal Florida will always be home for me.
I was lucky to have discovered my passion very early in life. I love to help others "get to where they are going". I started working in Mental Health Care when I was only 17 years old and have been doing so for the last twenty years.
When I'm not providing therapy, I'm working on my upcoming self help books, enjoying time with friends and family, or doing something active outside.
B.S. University of Florida M.S. Nova Southeastern University Psy.D. Nova Southeastern University (Doctorate of Psychology)
I've worked in settings ranging from Intensive In-Patient Treatment facilities to University Counseling Centers. I've been licensed to practice psychology in both North Carolina and Florida.
Specialties & Issues
Anxiety, depression, relationship problems, single incident trauma, chronic or complex trauma, sleep problems, phase of life issues, grief, etc.
Not sure if one of the issues above fits for you? Ask yourself some of the questions below to see if therapy might be useful to you.
Do you find yourself struggling to have long term fulfilling relationships? Perhaps you keep experiencing the same problems in relationships over and over again? Recurring problems with your intimate partners, bosses, colleagues, close friends, or family are important to address in therapy. Relationships can be a source of fulfillment for us, or they can be depleting. We can talk together to better understand your relationship patterns and how we can improve them.
Do you have trouble finding joy, even when things seem to be going "okay" in your life?
Do you have trouble telling people how you really feel, even though you would really like to be closer to people?
Do you find yourself shutting down your feelings to avoid being overcome by them? Or perhaps being so overwhelmed by the intensity of your feelings that you don't know how to effectively cope with them? Do you find that coping skills that once worked are no longer effective enough for you?
Do you just want to experience a higher quality of life? To stop worrying? To stop feeling sad and lethargic? Stop staying in a relationship you know you should leave? Stop holding back in a relationship you know has potential? Let's talk. We can assess what obstacles are holding you back from reaching your true potential.
Read my latest online Q&A on PTSD here: https://www.reddit.com/r/ptsd/comments/5i4l6j/im_dr_amber_lyda_ama/
- Alzheimer's & Dementia
- Anger Management
- Balance in Life & Work
- Caregiver Support
- Cutting/Self Harm
- Eating Disorders
- Family Life
- Grief & Loss
- Health & Wellness
- Mental Health
- Mood Disorders
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Panic Disorders/Attacks
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Relationship Issues
- Self Esteem
- Stress Management
- Time Management
- Women's Health
- Work/Life Balance
People seek therapy to reduce their suffering or to increase their fulfillment. In our work together, we will accomplish both.
Most of us want to have happy and healthy relationships; a feeling of fulfillment, joy and calm; motivation and effectiveness in our endeavors; and trust that we have the tools to handle what life might throw at us even after therapy is over.
There are many obstacles to these goals such as: anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship problems, transitional stress, grief and loss, and phase of life issues. Together, we can overcome these obstacles.
I have been a licensed psychologist since 2007. For the past ten years I have been working as full-time in universities providing cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, and mindfulness based therapies.
Our work will start with a thorough biopsychosocial assessment. We’ll develop a clear understanding of your struggles and strengths, their underlying causes, and a treatment plan to create deep and lasting change. As there are often many paths to meeting your treatment goals, we will collaborate together on which are most comfortable for you and are most likely to be effective.
It’s okay to ask for help! In any other part of our lives, we understand the need to be trained or mentored to learn a new skill. Yet, most people seem to expect to manage the complexity of relationships, emotional distress, mental health, and grief without any aid or training in these specialized skills. Congratulations! YOU are seeking support and taking steps to feel better!
Services & Rates
If you are interested in online psychotherapy, please contact me with your availability for a 15 - 20 free phone consultation to talk about your needs. We can talk through options for treatment together.
$200 per Session
$300 for Intake Assessment
Sliding scale is available on a limited basis
The intake assessment will involve a thorough biopsychosocial assessment so that we can get a clear sense of your issues and what factors may be contributing to them. Typically by the end of this or the next session, we will have a clear set of treatment goals established and a treatment plan about how to best meet them. You may choose to pay for sessions as you use them or you may find it easier to buy sessions in a package.
I am not currently accepting insurance.
Dr. Amber Lyda's Blogs
- Jul.6.2017 - Trauma Symptom Management: Assessing and Building on your Coping Skills (Video)
- May.26.2017 - Five Sense Grounding – Trauma Symptom Management Series (video)
- May.25.2017 - Introduction to Trauma Symptom Management Series (video)
- Mar.28.2017 - Want more time? Learn to be a satisficer. (video)
- Mar.16.2017 - Understanding Guilt (video)
- Mar.16.2017 - Tips to Better Mornings (video)
- Mar.16.2017 - Get Better Sleep (video)
- Mar.16.2017 - Diaphragmatic Breathing for Calm (video)
- Mar.16.2017 - Introduction to Diaphragmatic Breathing (video)
- Mar.16.2017 - Is Online Therapy Right For You? (video)
- Mar.16.2017 - Values Driven Decisions: Guiding Posts (video)
- Feb.14.2017 - The Benefits of Online Therapy (Video)
- Jan.24.2017 - Anxiety is really awful. Feel Better. (Video)
- Dec.13.2016 - Sitting with the Pain and Joy of Being a Human Being While Refusing to Run for Any Exits (Video)
- Dec.13.2016 - Success, Failure and the Drive to Keep Creating by Elizabeth Gilbert (Video)
- Dec.13.2016 - Healing Through Meditation (Video)
Dec.13.2016 - Why You Won’t Wake Up Early to Work Out, and Other Battles of Willpower and Inertia
- Dec.13.2016 - Ten Finger Gratitude Exercise (Video)
- Nov.26.2016 - Gratitude and Your Mental Health
- Nov.24.2016 - Online Psychotherapy