PFPA’s professionals offer a number of specialized services including Child & Adolescent Health Psychology, Parent Training, Academic Coaching, Pre-Marital Counseling and therapy in Spanish.
La Dra. Santiago ofrece terapias y evaluaciones a menores, adolescentes y adultos. La Dra. Santiago describe su acercamiento basado en Terapia Cognitiva-Conductual y Teoria Enfocada en Soluciones. La meta de su trabajo terapéutico es ayudar al cliente en una constante y saludable búsqueda de mejorar su calidad de vida. Las áreas de interés de la Dra. Santiago incluyen Depresión, Ansiedad, procesos de Duelo y Pérdidas, Destrezas de Crianza Positiva, y asuntos de Aculturación de Latino-Americanos. Ella entiende que el hecho de que la población Hispana/ Latina está en aumento en este país, es de suma importancia mantener un interés en asuntos multiculturales, especialmente en la población de habla hispana. La Dra. Santiago es Psicóloga Clínica y recibió su grado doctoral de la Escuela de Medicina de Ponce, en Puerto Rico. La Dra. Santiago posee licencia de psicóloga en Puerto Rico, completó su experiencia postdoctoral en Powers Ferry Psychological Associates, LLC., y está en el proceso de obtener la licencia de Psicólogos del estado de Georgia. Ella atiende clientes en la oficina de Marietta los Martes, Miércoles, y Jueves; y su trabajo es supervisado por un Psicólogo Licenciado.
We all bring our personal “baggage” into our intimate relationships. Identifying and learning the skills to work through issues early on (i.e. dating, pre-marital, engaged) can help a couple develop an understanding of their strengths as well as their challenges. PFPA therapists can provide pre-marital counseling to help you and your partner enhance your relationship through improved communication, problem solving, and conflict reduction skills, preparing you to navigate the inevitable ups and downs of a long-term relationship.
PFPA therapists provide Parent Skills training for parents of children dealing with oppositional, disruptive, and defiant behavior, ADD/ADHD, Autism spectrum disorders and other challenges. If your child is struggling with social/emotional issues such as Anxiety, Depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder or Oppositional Defiant Disorder, you can probably use some support and professional advice. Our interventions can help not only increase compliance but improve the parent-child relationship. Contact the therapists listed above; they can help you help your child.
An eating disorders is a psychological illness with physical consequences that is caused by a combination of genetic, behavioral, psychological, and social influences. Given that we live in a “Food Toxic” culture with easy access to inexpensive, delicious (and unhealthy) food, it’s no wonder so many people are struggling with their weight. Many people embark on diets in attempt to lose weight, or to feel more “in control” of their eating. Unfortunately, not only are diets typically unsuccessful in the long run, they can lead to eating disorders in certain vulnerable individuals.
Some people become addicted to the “high” ~ the feeling of power and control~ that comes with resisting food and not giving in to physical hunger cues. As anxiety increases about losing control of eating and potentially gaining weight, these people may develop Anorexia Nervosa . Anorexia nervosa is a severe, life-threatening disorder in which the individual refuses to maintain a minimally normal body weight, is intensely afraid of gaining weight, and exhibits a significant distortion in the perception of the shape or size of her body, as well as dissatisfaction with her body shape and size.
Some people are unable to control their urges to eat, and end up binge eating on large amounts of food. Binge Eating Disorder or Compulsive Overeating is an eating disorder characterized by recurrent binge eating without the regular use of compensatory measures to counter the binge eating. Binge Eating Disorder typically develops after long periods of dieting and food restriction.
Bulimia Nervosa is a serious, potentially life-threatening eating disorder characterized by a cycle of bingeing and compensatory behaviors such as self-induced vomiting, laxative abuse, the abuse of diuretics, excessive exercise or fasting designed to undo or compensate for the effects of binge eating.
If you or someone you love is struggling with one of these eating problems, there are therapists at PFPA who can help.
Concussion is an injury that is not easily defined even today. National and world organizations define concussion differently. People with concussions may have a loss of consciousness lasting only 1 minute, or can be unconscious for up to ½ hour. The person who was “knocked out” may show evidence of the injury at the time of the incident – or they may seem okay initially and experience some type of neurological or cognitive issues in the time following their injury.
Regardless of the specifics surrounding the actual incident, it is well known that the effects of concussion can cause both immediate and longer-lasting cognitive and emotional problems that can disrupt daily, academic, occupational, and/or interpersonal functioning. Symptoms of concussion may or may not include:
Following a concussion, a person may experience all or few of the above symptoms. Post-concussive symptoms are often temporary and usually resolve on their own. However, a person may also develop post-concussive syndrome (PCS), where concussive symptoms can continue to be experienced for months, possibly a year.
As a licensed neuropsychologist Dr. Warshowsky has worked with patients who have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) at all ranges of severity, from mild to severe, including concussion, and have extensive experience with both assessment and treatment. A comprehensive assessment for symptoms following concussion involves detailed review of current symptoms, observations from the patient and possibly other close individuals (i.e. family members), behavioral assessment and emotional processing, and a comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation. Neuropsychological evaluation consists of the administration of a number of paper-and-pencil based, question-and-answer type tests that tap all areas of cognitive ability, such as memory, attention, executive functioning, processing speed, visual-perceptual functioning, visual-motor ability, verbal ability, and language processing.
Each comprehensive evaluation yields a report of findings, complete with review of personal and injury history and recommendations for further treatment if necessary, presented at a formal feedback session. Dr. Warshowsky’s common approach is to treat each case on an individual basis, addressing the unique needs of his patients. Time is taken to be sure that the patient understands the test findings and recommendations. Dr. Warshowsky’s treatment often includes the family as well, as concussion and TBI commonly impacts the family system in addition to the individual with TBI, sometimes for many years following the actual injury.
There are a host of emotional, behavioral, and psychological issues that can come up for a child who is dealing with a medical condition. Several PFPA psychologists have experience in working with kids and teens coping with an acute or chronic medical illness, injury, or developmental delay. Some medical conditions that can present with psychological complications include spina bifida, cerebral palsy, spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries, pediatric HIV, asthma, sickle-cell disease, leukemia and other cancers, infant prematurity, and other health conditions. Psychologists can help you and your child adjust to a new medical diagnosis, cope with an acute or chronic health condition, and adhere to a medication regimen or rehabilitation therapy. They can help your child with the socio-emotional effects of prolonged hospitalization or help your child cope with medical procedures, pain management, school reintegration, and other developmental transitions. The goal is to improve the overall quality of life for the child and the entire family in the face of an illness or injury.
Students often face a variety of challenges, changes and important decisions. Students from K-12 may struggle with time management, poor study skills and difficulties getting organized. College and graduate students may need help with studying more effectively or preparing for exams. Time management, test-taking techniques and speed reading are all useful skills for academic success.
A PFPA Academic Coach will help students use proven strategies to succeed in school. They can help an elementary school student with ADHD become more organized or help a graduate student successfully complete and defend his dissertation. Coaching can provide a student with a structure that will help them make consistent progress towards their goals, including learning how to make effective timelines and weekly actions lists. Coaching sessions will include looking at the student's overall quality of life to achieve more balance, manage stress and anxiety, and maintain good relationships with the student's family, peers and faculty.