I believe I can help you with your question
Due to the rules on this website, the administrators do not allow us to give out our names, phone numbers, and email addresses, is that going to be an issue with your assignment?
yes...My instructor made that clear to show we actually were speaking to a real person
can you email me that info
I am sorry, the experts on this website do not know your email address and it gets blocked out by the administrators. These were the rules instilled upon on us from the administration of this website unfortunately
okay....? well, are you a clinical psychologist?
Yes I have a clinical psychology degree (Psy.D.) and post-doctoral and pre-doctoral focus on Forensic Psychology
But my degree is in Clinical Psychology, so yes
okay...Well i dont know how i will go about doing this since i have no way of getting your info
I understand, I am sorry for the confusion from this website. I can request from customer service that you get a refund though since you were misinformed what this website can do for you
can you answer my questions though? I am sure other clinical psychologists would have pretty similiar answers...Everyone is too busy to answer my questions, which is why I am paying for it LOL
Of course I can answer your questions they are pretty simple to answer
okay thank you!
So I will just go down the list and answer them one by one for you
1. I have my own private practice where I do court ordered evaluations and provide therapy to mentally ill offenders and victims
2. I have been practicing as a Master level Psychologist since 2007 and I have been practicing as a Clinical Psychologist in 2012 when I got my license.
3. My specific areas of focus are in Forensic Psychology, Assessments (Intelligence, Personality, Malingering, Risk-assessment, Neuro-psychological, etc...), and providing therapy for a wide range of mental illnesses (PTSD, Schizophrenia, personality disorders, depression, anxiety, etc...).
4. I typically approach treatment using CBT and DBT techniques as these are the most evidence based therapy modalities to date. For my assessments though I approach it as a puzzle and I always have to use the objective evidence to back up my findings. Since my assessments are usually in the forensic population, I usually will not take what the patient says at face value and will look at the objective evidence more than the subjective evidence stated by the patient.
5. The biggest ethical issues for me are usually a duty to warn, which I have had to do more so than the average psychologist because some of my patients will make clear and convincing statements that they want to hurt someone they know. Other ethical and legal issues is because I work in the court system, I have to back up my finding and results with objective measurements that pass the rules of evidence, for instance the Rorshach Ink Blot test is losing favor in the courts for its subjectivity and has actually been ruled by a number of judges that it does not meet the criteria for admissibility. So I have to make sure that my assessments are up to date and the norms are valid to the population I am testing on.
6. I think the field of psychology is growing more and more. I feel in the next 20-30 years many psychologists will be getting prescribing rights for psychotropic medications, which can be a good or bad thing, as the role of psychiatry has been shrinking as most medical students are choosing not to go into that profession. The bad thing I see in the role of psychology for the future is the rise of master's level psychologists trying to do similar tasks as Clinical Psychologists in the role of diagnoses, assessments, and treatment where they are not qualified and actually cause more harm to patients. In the last 5 years there have been more malpractice lawsuits (77 percent) against master's level psychologists then compared to Clinical Psychologists with a doctorate.
7. I enjoy my work because I see a wide variety of different people and mental illnesses, so everyday really is new for me. I enjoy the analytical part of doing assessments and also the human/caring part of providing therapy to people who usually do not seek therapy due to stigma and financial reasons as well.
8. The best advice I can give is to pick your specialty with care and to make sure it is something you would enjoy doing and are passionate about. And then always keep up to date with the research because it is always changing and you want to be as up to date as possible to give the best treatment possible for your patient. And lastly when you really do not know the answer or you can no longer benefit your patient, then refer out. It never hurts to refer and admit that you are not qualified in a certain area to help a patient. We all get there at one point and I do supervise students in my practice and a lot of them are stubborn or do not want to admit that they cannot do it, which is normal, and they choose not to refer out and delay the inevitable at the cost of the patient's well being, so ask for help when you think you need it.
9. So I am actually a Forensic Psychologist, but my practice is different in the fact that I work with Victim's Services for the county and state and provide low cost therapy to victims of abuse, rape, assault, forced prostitution, etc...and most Clinical Forensic Psychologists do not do that. I also provide low cost therapy to couples where abuse was evident by both partners (happens more often than you think in domestic violence situation) to help them in their relationship and prevent the abuse from happening in the future. But I do the assessments, court-ordered reports, testifying in court, and also provide therapy to those mentally ill offenders as well like a typical Clinical Forensic Psychologist.
10. I think many clinicians act unethically out of pure ignorance. I think they do something very small that borders on unethical behavior, but may not be unethical and they keep pushing without realizing it and then next thing you know that feel stuck in this unethical position. Another reason I feel that clinicians act unethically is because of greed. I think a lot of them want to make as much money as they can, so they state that they specialize in a wide variety of areas where they are actually not qualified to get more patients/clients and hence make more money.
I think I answered all the questions, or are there any more?
no thats it! No i just have to figure out the name and or email part. :) You seem to be veryhappy with your career! Thanks so much for answering all of my questions...it was soooo hard to reach any clinical psychologists in my area on a Mon.
I am sorry I wish I could give you the name and email part, and I would readily, but they are pretty strict here about not giving out personal identifiable information
can you give me the name of your practice?
or city and state of your practice LOL anything?
Yeah that is personal identifiable information, and they wont let me do that either. I actually emailed them about that a couple months ago and they told me no
I can tell you I practice in Santa Clara, CA
are you male or female?
I am male
what letter does your name start with
im googling. So technically you arent telling me
Haha, wow you are really trying to get my name aren't you. Well I can tell you I do not advertise online for my practice, since I work for the county and state and get referrals from them.
haha a girl can try cant she? :)
My practice is too busy that I do not accept public referrals.
I know and you are very good to try
And you cant accept my info to give me your info either right? no way around this...Kinda odd not to be aloud to give out the info that makes this all credible
Well if you type in your email address or phone number it will be blocked out and I will not be able to see it. There really is no way around the rules on this website, it was designed to protect your personal information and the experts as well
do you have a face book or anything?
and i get it, its nice in a way
I actually do not have a facebook page because of the whole forensic thing, it was something they recommended us not to have when I was working in the prison system, but even if I did I still would not be able to give you the link to it as per the rules. But the website verifies everyones education and license as well through a third party service.
i just dont want my instructor looking into who i interviewed. I highly doubt she will take the time and effort to do so considering your answers are very thorough. But, im trying to be safe about it. Well, thanks for your time.
I understand, hopefully this website will allow me to share my personal information with you at one point. And I think this should be enough for you and your assignment, if you have any questions or concerns at all please feel free to contact me at anytime.
and how would i do that LOL
Well you can always come back to this website and contact me through it. Any follow-up questions you have can be asked free of charge.
ahhhh, gotcha. Alright, well thanks again. Is it Dr.Z?
Yes it is Dr. Z. Most patients could not pronounce my last name, so I always go by that
And you are most welcome, I hope you get a good grade on your assignment.
alrighty. Have a great day! Thank you again :)
My instructor just wrote to my entire class and said:
"Keep in mind that interviewing a clinical psychologist means interviewing a CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST. If you interview a different type of psychologist or another type of mental health professional, you will NOT get credit for the assignment".
I am a little worried that I may not get credit because your main focus is a forensic psychologist?
Okay. I will try and add in some of the info you just gave me. Thank you Doc!
Hahaha! You can MAIL me a piece of paper with your name and email and practice name ;) Found my way around it! Thanks again :)
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SoOoO I am a bit nervous because on the syllabus she stated, "In what ways is your interviewee's job different from that of a forensic psychologist." Therefore she wanted me to interview a clinical psychologist that does not practice forensic psychology? Ugh...
Well I find it interesting that you swing both ways pretty much...I tried calling my instructor to find out if interviewing you was correct and she has failed to get back to me, so I will submit it and see what happens!
Got it! Thank you! Glad youre online throughout the day today!
Do you mind being a little more thorough and explaining what CBT & DBT techniques are and a little more thorough with how you approach treatment both clinical psychologist stand point and forensic? This is the main part of the paper I am writing. The rest of the interview is to be turned in but my entire 300-700 word paper is on your approach of treatment...If you dont mind expanding some?
Am I working with someonelse now? It says my last question is open to all experts?
Got 99% on my paper. Thank you!
I have a new question for you. :)
Its actually a couple of questions. Do i need to pay again to ask them first?
Okay :) Well, you let me know if you can help or not, k?
I have a scenario for you Dr. Z! : A teenage girl is suffering from depression. She sees a therapist who uses cognitive-behavioral techniques and strategies to help her overcome her depression. Explain how you will solve the psychological issue presented according to the theory. I thought I would ask you, because you use CBT and DBT techniques :)
If you cant answer it I can ask someone else. Its about my sister in law...It isnt homework.