Dr. Lynn Williams

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I prefer 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.

Compulsive Overeating and/or Emotional Eating is one of my specialty areas. I am a bariatric Surgery patient who has maintained a 110 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 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!!


Dr. Lynn Williams offers a free initial 20 minute phone consultation - to arrange brief consultation please send email to drlynnwilliams50@yahoo.com.

GENERAL

  • Gender: Female
  • Years in Practice in Florida: 5 Years
  • Avg Cost (per session): $190 - $250 for initial 60 minute session, and $130 - $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 and United Health Care - as an out-of-network provider
  • I do file insurance with all insurance plans except Mental Health Net (MHNET).
  • Bariatric Surgical Evaluations are not filed by me unless a patient has insurance with Medicare, Tricare, Cigna,  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

  • Graduate School: Florida Institute of Technology
  • Year Graduated: 2005
  • License No. and State: PY7808 Florida
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing -  University of Kentucky in 1973
  • Master's Degree in Nursing- Medical College of Georgia in 1976
  • Registered Nurse in Florida: RN 71456-2

SPECIALTIES:

  • 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
  • Depression
  • Anxiety or Fears
  • Child or Adolescent Issues
  • 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)
  • Spiritual Issues

 

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
    • Couples
    • Group

EASY ACCESS

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

Dr. Lynn Williams also hosts the following groups:

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.

Bariatric Surgery Support Group
13695 US Hwy. 1
Sebastian River Medical Center Dining/Conference Room
Fourth Tuesday at 6pm-7pm
Support group for people who have undergone or are contemplating the bariatric lap-band or the gastric sleeve surgery for morbid obesity

 



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