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About Dr. Harry R. Davidson, Ph.D. Dr. Harry R. Davidson, Ph.D. is a nationally known clinical psychologist who has over 30 years of experience in providing psychological and behavior health services. People travel from all over the country, seeking his services. Practice Style: Brief, goal oriented, cognitive behavioral, insight oriented, solution oriented individual, counseling and therapy. Dr. Davidson specializes in working with stressed out individuals, troubled youth and their families. Types of services provided: Dr. Davidson provides Individual Psychotherapy and Counseling; Couples Therapy; Crisis/Grief Therapy; Family Therapy; Group Therapy; Motivation; Wellness; Job Stress; Worker Disability; Social Security Disability; Substance Abuse; Stress Management; Pain Management; Relaxation Therapy; Testing and Assessment; Relationships; and Organizational Consultation. In addition, he provides services for veterans and others suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. He also addresses work-related, occupational, medical leave and long and short-term disabilities. Biographical Information: Dr. Harry R. Davidson was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He earned his Ph.D. at the prestigious California School of Professional Psychology, Anaheim, California. Dr. Davidson has held the distinguished responsibility of being Chief of Psychological Services for the South Kansas City Mental Health Clinic in Kansas City, Missouri. He has had staff privileges at Research Psychiatric Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Dr. Davidson is responsible for providing mental health services to members of Viet Now, meeting the needs of Vietnam veterans suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. In addition, he has provided services for AT&T Technologies and Kansas City, Missouri Area Schools. His honors and awards are varied and numerous. He is a popular guest speaker and seminar conductor and is frequently requested to appear on nationally syndicated talk shows. He has appeared on the “Sally Jessie Raphael Show” and various television and radio networks including: ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX and has also co-hosted radio talk shows. His wealth of experience has served individuals, couples, families and groups in the Midwest, across the country and internationally. Dr. Davidson is a prolific published author and columnist. Inner Peace Video and Audio Relaxation & Pain Management Tapes & DVDs. Dr. Harry R. Davidson, Ph.D. has created and scientifically designed these wonderful video and audio tapes to bring you inner peace, freedom from tension, headaches, aches Posttraumatic Stress, and pain. The program is designed to improve your relationships both at home and at work. This program can teach you, your children and your family how to relax and get the most out of their lives. Take just minutes a day to enjoy the calm, peace, and serenity Dr. Davidson’s marvelous tapes bring to you. The Inner Peace audio and video programs are recommended for disaster survivors and emergency assistance personnel. About Today's Youth Today's children and youth, from all social economic classes, are experiencing increasing stress related problems. The relationship between academic performance, students’ test performance and anxiety, stress and psychosocial problems has been well documented. There has been little commitment on the part of educational administrators and/or school boards to fund programs that address these factors. A substantial number of students can benefit from meditation and relaxation as stress management tools. Objectives: 1. To decrease the behavioral and psychosocial problems of the student. 2. To raise student’s academic performance. 3. To address the needs of parents and grandparents struggling with the problems of today’s youth. Harnessing Mental Power Harnessing Mental Power utilizes professional multimode and holistic approaches to treatment, patients receive treatment plans including: bio-feedback, relaxation therapy, group therapy, desensitization therapy, reorientation therapy and behavior modification, designed to meet their unique clinical needs. In addition, Inner Peace values and recognizes the importance of treating the children and in the context of the family system. With this in mind, participation in family sessions and periodic weekend long intensive family or relationship program is recommended. Mental Power is the harnessed energy, the power of your mind, utilized to help improve your health. Being able to alter your state of mind through relaxation, meditation and the principles of biofeed-back can provide you with a complementary and alternative medicine that has been called mind-body therapy. It is a form of mental healing that is designed to enable you,  in a mind-over-matter fashion, to use your thoughts and physical being to control your body. Biofeedback is a science that is based on the theories and confirmed by scientific studies, that people have the innate potential to influence with their minds many of the functions of their bodies. Mental healing through Biofeedback can be used to help treat many physical and mental health problems by learning to recognize and control physical functions and responses. Uses of the Mental Power Approach Biofeedback can be particularly useful in treating stress-related conditions, and clinical trials are evaluating it in the treatment of many other conditions, including: · Asthma · Headaches · Hot flashes Mental Health Treatment   · Reynard’s disease · Irritable bowel syndrome · Nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy · Irregular heartbeats (cardiac arrhythmias) · Chronic low back pain · Chronic constipation · High blood pressure · Incontinence · Epilepsy 

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I specialize in helping patients, caregivers & providers affected by serious illness (cancer, infertility, lupus, etc). I understand the ways that illness can disrupt your social & emotional health as well as your physical health.

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If you feel like your life is spinning out of control, you aren't alone! So many of us yearn for the ability to enjoy our lives and relationships, but feel stuck in a never-ending cycle of stress, upheaval, and crisis. It feels as though it's always something - maybe you get involved with the wrong partner, or your job presents unreasonable demands, your family expects the world from you, there is never enough time in the day, you just can't relax, and it seems like you're never enough. And the harder you work at feeling happy, the more miserable you become. Typical, right? It doesn't have to be. It is possible to feel better, because you are already wired for health! For so many people, life has felt anxiety-provoking and overwhelming for so long that it feels normal. But anxiety, whether the result of traumatic experiences or chronic life stress, is not something you just have to endure. Contact me today for a free phone consultation to learn more about my approach to anxiety and trauma treatment!

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What is a psychologist?

A psychologist is a professionally trained mental health professional who helps patients navigate challenging life situations or mental health issues. To become a psychologist you must earn a doctoral degree; qualifying degrees include a Ph.D., Psy.D. or Ed.D. To actively practice, a psychologist must be licensed in their state and maintain good standing. Psychologists are trained to administer tests that can evaluate a patient’s cognitive strength and weaknesses, intellectual skills, vocational aptitude and preference, personality characteristics, and neuropsychological functioning, explains the American Psychological Association (APA).

A psychologist meets with patients in an office and may work with a variety of methods, depending on patient need, such as cognitive, behavioral or interpersonal.  According to the APA, common reasons a person may visit a psychologist include:

  • Dealing with depression, anger or anxiety over a long period of time.
  • Help with a chronic condition that is interfering with their lives or physical health.
  • Help with grieving and other abrupt transitions.
  • Overcoming addictions.
  • Managing chronic illness.
  • Breaking old and harmful patterns of thinking or behavior.

What are the types of psychologists?

Psychologists are healthcare professionals who use scientific methods to understand the relationships between the brain, environment and behavior. Psychologists may focus on research — studying how the brain and various environments drive behaviors to better understand the issues that trouble patients and society as a whole — or they may focus on practice — interacting with people using therapeutic methods. The American Psychological Association shares some of the more prevalent types of psychologists:

  • Clinical psychologists assess and treat mental, emotional and behavioral disorders.
  • Cognitive and perceptual psychologists study human perception, thinking and memory.
  • Community psychologists work to strengthen the abilities of communities, settings, organizations and broader social systems to meet people’s needs — such as improving support for victims of natural disasters, or working to improve health policies.
  • Counseling psychologists help people understand and take action on everyday issues, career and work problems, and serious adversity.
  • Developmental psychologists study the psychological development of the human being throughout life.
  • Educational psychologists concentrate on how effective teaching and learning take place.
  • Engineering psychologists conduct research on how people work best with machines.
  • Environmental psychologists study the dynamics of how people interact with their environments.
  • Evolutionary psychologists study how evolutionary principles such as mutation, adaptation and selective fitness influence human thought, feeling and behavior.
  • Experimental psychologists study cognitive processes, comparative psychology (cross-species comparisons), and learning and conditioning.
  • Forensic psychologists apply psychological principles to legal issues.
  • Health psychologists specialize in how biological, psychological and social factors affect health and illness.
  • Industrial/organizational psychologists apply psychological principles and research methods to the workplace to improve productivity, health and the quality of work life.
  • Neuropsychologists and behavioral neuropsychologists explore the relationships between brain systems and behavior.
  • Quantitative and measurement psychologists focus on methods and techniques for designing experiments and analyzing psychological data.
  • Rehabilitation psychologists work with stroke and accident victims, people with mental disabilities, and those with developmental disabilities caused by such conditions as cerebral palsy, epilepsy and autism.
  • School psychologists assess and counsel students, consult with parents and school staff, and conduct behavioral interventions when appropriate.
  • Social psychologists study how a person’s mental life and behavior are shaped by interactions with other people.
  • Sport psychologists help athletes refine their focus on competition goals, become more motivated, and learn to deal with anxiety and fear of failure around competition.

How much do therapists cost?

If you are experiencing a challenging time, have mental health difficulties, or just want professional guidance as you move through life, a therapist can provide relief, tools and structure. The national average cost for a therapist is $80-$100 per hour, although prices may be higher or lower depending on geographic location and the experience and training of the therapist.

Psychiatrists, psychologists and licensed therapists are all health professionals who offer various modalities of therapy. Ask questions about the type of therapy they specialize in (such as cognitive or behavioral, etc.) and their area of expertise (such as grief, anxiety, body image disorders, etc.) to help you find the right fit for your needs. Therapy sessions are typically 50-60 minutes long.  The patient usually meets with the therapist in their office; sessions may also be held remotely (via Skype, etc.) or in a clinical setting. Psychologists, psychiatrists and other therapists who have earned advanced degrees will typically charge higher rates than other licensed therapists. Depending on your diagnosis, your health insurance may cover your therapy costs.

Can a clinical psychologist write prescriptions?

To be able to write a prescription, a clinical psychologist must practice in a state that permits them to do so, and must either have a master’s degree in psychopharmacology or have completed the required advanced training program. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), five states currently permit psychologists to write prescriptions: Idaho, New Mexico, Illinois, Iowa and Louisiana. Many psychologists who are not able to write prescriptions work in partnership with psychiatrists, pediatricians or primary care doctors to help their patients who need medication.

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