Dr. Lynn Williams

My After Image - Age 63 - No Post-Op cosmetic surgery - people always inquire
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As a Clinical Health Psychologist AND a Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner I am able to partner with my clients in a collaborative relationship to help them achieve maximum physical, emotional, and spiritual health. My therapy approach is eclectic and depends on client needs. Mindfulness Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is often incorporated with other treatment modalities into the therapy mileau. As a Board-Certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner I am able to prescribe psychotropic medications for my clients in the following States where I am licensed: Florida, California, Arizona, and Washington State. A Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner is able to prescribe psychiatric medications for persons of all ages from children up to the elderly. My dual licensure affords me a broader scope of practice which allows me to work my clients to achieve the optimum quality of life and emotional stabilization for my clients.

SPECIALTY AREAS:

ADHD/ADD: I am licensed in CA, AZ, and WA to prescribe controlled substances for ADHD and ADD to both children and adults. ARNP's in FL are not allowed to prescribe any controlled substances to FL residents at this time.

Depression, Anxiety and Bipolar Disorders: These disorders are often under -diagnosed or mis-diagnosed. They are also often under-treated. Research continually shows that the best outcomes occur with both medication management and counseling rather than medications alone or counseling alone.

Compulsive Overeating and/or Emotional Eating is one of my specialty areas. I am a bariatric Surgery patient who has maintained a 135 pound weight loss. I work extensively with obese patients who are not interested in surgical options for weight loss, as well as patients who have made a decision to undergo bariatric surgery. I offer education and support around ongoing emotional eating and learning how to escape from self-sabatoging eating behaviors. I often work collaboratively with a board-certified bariatrician (a bariatrician is someone who specializes in obesity and is different from a bariatric surgeon). I also collaborate with several different bariatric surgeons and bariatric psychologists at many bariatric surgery centers throughout the state of Florida. Bariatric surgery can be a life-changing and useful tool. Too often bariatric surgery patients discover that despite their surgery, their underlying thoughts and behaviors still exist.

FOOD is NOT the issue. A person who suffers from the disease of morbid obesity benefits most from understanding the dynamics behind their food choices and eating behaviors. Changing the way you think, react, and behave often requires support and guidance from someone who is familiar with food and weight issues. Food addiction is an addictive behavior which can be overcome! Yes, you must eat and confront food several times a day, but you can be the one in control and not the food. Discovering other ways to nurture yourself is deeply life-changing and life-enhancing. In addition, I have extensive experience working with patients who suffer from eating disorders of all kinds (anorexia, bulimia, compulsive overeating) and with all age groups.

Substance Abuse and Dependence is another strong specialty area. I completed my Internship and Fellowship years at the world renowned drug and alcohol Hazelden Treatment Center in Center City, MN. I offer a long history of working within the addiction field. One of my subspecialities within the addiction field is working with impaired professionals (doctors, nurses, attorneys, etc.) and their families, as well as coordinating care and support for patients after primary addiction treatment with their physician/physicians, the treatment center, and any extended care needs or facilities. Trauma and PTSD are often component to a person's addictive behaviors. A patient's psychological experience can prevent them from staying "clean and sober" if not adequately processed in a manner that is healing and NOT re-traumatizing. People who suffer with addictions have a strong tendency to cross-addict to other areas such as gambling, exercise, internet use, sex, food, shopping, etc.

My MSN in Nursing enables me to be well-suited with clients and their families who have emotional issues as well as physical health issues - such as cancer, stroke, heart disease, MS, pain management, GI issues, sleep deprivation, Alzheimer's, menopause, and kidney disease. I specialize in developing skills to manage stress, anxiety and depression in order to achieve a balanced and fulfilling life as well as a state of optimal wellness utilizing an integrative approach. I am a clinical health psychologist and psychistric nurse practitioner who works with clients whose health issues are affecting their emotions (manifested as depression &/or anxiety) or someone whose life stressors are impacting their physical health (for example, addiction, obesity, heart disease/stroke, etc). I am a credentialed member of the medical staff at the Indian River Medical Center, the Sebastian River Medical Center and Palm Bay Hospital..

As a master's degree nurse, I developed  a strong background in cardiac care and working with heart and stroke patients. Depression is a common experience in patients who have had a heart attack, heart surgery, a stroke or another cerebral event. Depression is impacting the elder population with increasing frequency and is often correlated with underlying sleep and health issues as well as a lack of familial and social support. Anxiety and depression are often experienced by a patient diagnosed with cancer or any other life-threatening disease and with any chronic disease process. Stress management has been proven to play a key role in keeping our mind and body healthy by relieving all forms of anxiety and enabling one to get a good night's sleep that feels restorative! 

Lastly, Peri-Menopause and Menopausal issues present their own specific challenges for women. The hormonal roller coaster coupled with stress and lack of sleep often exacerbate feelings of fatigue, mood swings, alterations in sexual feelings and desire, and food cravings. Today's middle-aged women is often a card carrying member of the "sandwich generation" where she is looking after the welfare of aging parent/parents, children (often teenagers) and sometimes even grandchildren, in addition to trying to look after herself and her partner.  

I prefer, whenever possible, to coordinate a patient's care with their entire health care team encompassing their primary care physician, and any applicable specialists such as psychiatrists, cardiologists, nutritionists, surgeons, board certified bariatricians (obesity experts),  neurologists, urologists, oncologists, gastroenterologists,etc.  I ONLY employ TECHNIQUES and THERAPY APPROACHES which are thoroughly grounded and supported by medical and psychological empirical research and published in respected journals!! I also respect the FDA guidelines when prescribing psychotropic medications for clients adjusting for age level.


Dr. Lynn Williams offers a free initial 10 minute phone consultation - to arrange brief consultation please send email to drlynnwilliams50@yahoo.com.

GENERAL

  • Gender: Female
  • Years in Practice in Florida: 8 Years
  • Avg Cost (per session): $190 - $250 for initial 60 minute session, and $140 - $200 for follow-up sessions - depending on length of time agreed upon with patient.
  • Sliding Scale: No
  • Accepts Credit Cards: Not at this time
  • Accepted Insurance Plans:
      • Medicare
      • TRICARE
      • Beechstreet - no EAP
      • Cigna - No EAP 
      • BCBS
  • Aetna, AVMed, and United Health Care - as an out-of-network provider but in the  application process with them
  • Bariatric Surgical Evaluations are not filed by me unless a patient has insurance with Medicare, Tricare, Cigna,  BCBS, or Beechstreet.

Please ask about your health insurance coverage when you speak with me about your first visit.

CLIENT FOCUS

  • Ethnicity: Any
  • Gender: All
  • Religious Orientation: Any
  • Age: Adolescents, Adults, Children, Elders

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Please refer to my Curriculum Vitae for Qualifications and Licenses

SPECIALTIES:

  • Medication Management for Psychiatric Disorders 
  • Depression
  • Anxiety and Fears/Phobias
  • Bipolar Disoders
  • Child and Adolescent Disorders
  • Geriatric Issues with Dementia
  • Pre-Surgical Evaluations and Testing
  • Obesity (without bariatric surgery)
  • Bariatric Surgery: pre- and post-surgery support
  • Addictions - Shopping, Internet use, Gambling, Sex, Food, Exercise, and Substance Abuse
  • Chronic Ilness and/or Pain
  • Cancer
  • Heart Disease and Stroke
  • Dialysis and Kidney Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Eating Disorders- anorexia and bulimia
  • Self-Harm Behaviors such as cutting or picking
  • Elderly and/or Caretaking Issues
  • Psychological Testing
  • Life Coaching and Motivational Interviewing
  • Loss or Grief
  • Parenting Skills and Communication Skills 
  • Stress Management
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Peri-Menopause and Menopause
  • Andropause (male menopause)

 

TREATMENT PREFERENCES

Orientation: I ONLY utilize TECHNIQUES and THERAPY APPROACHES which are thoroughly grounded and supported by medical and psychological empirical research and published in respected journals!!

  • Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (MBCBT)
  • Brief Psychodynamic
  • Coaching and Solution-Focused Therapy
  • EMDR, EFT, Guided Imagery
  • Eclectic and Integrative Approaches
  • Modality:
    • Individuals
    • Groups

EASY ACCESS

  • Nearby Towns: Sebastian, FL, Vero Beach, FLNearby Zips: 32958, 32960, 32963

Dr. Lynn Williams also hosts the following group:

Bariatric Surgery Support Group
1000 36th Street, Treasure Coast Bariatrics, Vero Beach, Florida
Third Tuesday at 6pm - 7pm
Support group for people who have undergone or are contemplating bariatric surgery for morbid obesity.

POST-BARIATRIC SURGERY INDIVIDUALIZED COOKING CLASS:

Some bariatric surgery clients find that they benefit from cooking classes when they are ready to eat 'regular food'. One of the biggest obstacles that a bariatric surgery patient faces is boredom with their food choices. It is during the 1-3 year post-operative period that clients begin to gain weight back and fall into their "old" eating habits. Learning how to prepare and fix nutritious and delicious meals that are balanced to get rid of food cravings (especially carbohydrate cravings) without sacrificing any of the foods you love is something that is best taught and demonstrated. I eat 5-6 times a day and I easily prepare meals and snacks that taste fabulous and are of gourmet quality (including a high carb treat) and I have maintained my 135 pound weight loss for over two years! Recipes are included and classes are geared to your personal preferences.



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