Dr. Bernstein Helps People Realize Their Potential – Editor’s Note: We spoke with Dr. Lynn Bernstein to learn more about her practice on Placida Road. You can reach her office at 941-474-7170.
Dr. Bernstein, what’s the scope of your practice?
I have 30 years of experience treating people with various conditions. We all feel stuck sometimes and objective feedback can help, although the person must be engaged to help solve a problem or learn new coping skills. We do individual, family and group therapies, psychological tests for PTSD, personality, Dementia, Depression, Anxiety, Substance Abuse, ADHD, LD, malingering, Social Security Disability, VA Disability, and pain management.
Where are you originally from and what brought you to the Englewood area?
I moved here from NY originally to slow down my teaching and private practice due to my husband’s illness. However, I started a new practice and soon realized there’s no slowing down when it comes to supporting, teaching and helping people to realize their potential beyond their dysfunctional symptoms. I enjoy living and practicing in Englewood.
Where did you go to school for your training as a behavioral psychologist?
I attended schools in NY and Florida. I also attended the Florida Institute of Technology specializing in Clinical Psychology with a Psychodynamic focus. I also practice Cognitive Behavioral and Behavioral Psychology. I remain current from continuing education seminars.
What are the options for substance abuse treatment?
We offer substance office detox, medication, individual and group counseling. In our office, the person with addiction potential or use, abuse or dependence needs to volunteer to learn to change their behavior. Often, the substance is a cover for other underlying stresses and can be addressed safely in a therapy situation.
What are some of the support groups available at your center and how do they help people?
Feedback from other people dealing with similar issues can help balance dysfunctional thoughts. Some adults are uncomfortable with groups, and may need to work with a therapist individually first. Our therapy groups include PTSD groups for Veterans, wives or partners of Veterans, substance abuse, and self-esteem for women. One of our PTSD groups has been meeting for 10 years! Every group is confidential.
Dr. Bernstein, what do you enjoy most about your work?
I enjoy helping people believe in themselves and learn how to change their behaviors on a permanent basis, so they can feel more self-control. Sometimes, the difference between a person coming in very upset and their modified perspective based on their conscious efforts to change and grow is very dramatic. It’s deeply rewarding to be part of their growth.