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1000 5th Street, Miami Beach, Florida 33139, United States

(786) 942-9425 | $97 ONLINE SESSIONS | FREE PARKING

Psychologist in Miami Beach

FAQ | MIAMI BEACH THERAPIST DR. SHAKED | SOUTH BEACH PSYCHOLOGIST®

FAQ | SOUTH BEACH PSYCHOLOGIST®

How do I schedule an appointment? 

To schedule an appointment, please click here to go to

my 24/7 online calendar. Otherwise, you may call 786.942.9425. Based on our availability, we will try our best to schedule an appointment that meets your needs. Dr. Shaked's hours are generally 9am-5pm Monday to Thursday, and Fridays 9am-3pm, with some evenings and weekends.


What should I expect for the first appointment? 

The first appointment is 60 minutes long, so please plan accordingly. 


Before you come in for your first appointment, you will need to complete several brief forms please see here. We will go over those forms together in our first appointment. 


You might be a little anxious before the first appointment; this is totally normal. Take comfort in the fact that Dr. Shaked will do her best to manage your anxiety, and to help you feel more at ease.


How do I set up follow-up appointments?

Follow-up appointments are typically 45-minute long and are scheduled once a week. However, you may choose to schedule mini-sessions. Please click here to see Dr. Shaked's options for follow-up services. 


I really don't like waiting in a crowded waiting room. Will I have to?

Not at this psychologist's office! You won't wait in a crowded waiting room, as you will be quickly escorted to a private consultation room. In fact, you'll hardly wait at all! Punctuality is key to our Doctor, and most sessions start exactly on time.  We strive to provide a private, upscale setting for you privacy.  We also offer online sessions, with even more privacy and convenience to you. 


What's an online session? How does it work?

 Online therapy (also called "teletherapy") is when we do sessions via video chat. It is done on an app like Facetime/Skype, except the app is more secure and totally private. This is an especially helpful way to get therapy if you wan to avoid the commute, live far away from my office, cannot take time away from work, are a new parent, or just have a busy schedule. Try it! The Doctor comes to you, and you don't have to leave your couch. 


I don't want to tell my story twice. Will I have to speak to an assistant first? 

Nope! At our psychology practice, all patient contact, from beginning to end, is with the Doctor only. No need to speak to an assistant or leave messages with a receptionist. You, as a patient, have direct access to your Doctor by cell phone and by email, even on weekends and evenings. 


How long do I have to wait until the appointment? I need to be seen ASAP!

As our patient, you will have access to the Doctor always, no waits, same-day or next-day appointments, super fast response time from the doctor, online 24/7 appointment scheduling, and in-person, phone or video sessions.

 

What if I have to cancel?

Dr. Shaked reserves your appointment time especially for you. Should you need to cancel an appointment, kindly email at least 24 hours advance notice, or just reschedule on the online calendar. With less than 24 hours, a cancellation fee will be applied.


How long does therapy take?

Therapy does not take a set amount of time. The time that a person/couple/family spends in therapy depends on the nature of the problem, the severity of the symptoms, and the duration of the illness. The length of your treatment and your treatment success will be based upon your particular symptoms, your motivation to improve and your specific goals for therapy.


Is counseling and psychotherapy confidential?

All communication between psychologists and their patients is confidential and legally protected, aside from certain exceptions. Dr. Shaked is not permitted to disclose anything you share -- without your written consent. Please do address any concerns regarding confidentiality and privacy with Dr. Shaked in person.


Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Coach, or LCSW - What's the difference?

That's a good question! 


A psychologist has a doctorate (PhD or PsyD) in the field of psychology and has devoted 5 to 7+ years of graduate school studies to the field of psychology. Psychologists receive highly specialized training in  therapy, diagnosis of mental illness, and psychological testing, 


A psychiatrist holds an M.D. in psychiatry. Psychiatrists usually treat mental health issues with medications, although some also do talk therapy too. 


Coaches are neither psychologists nor psychiatrists, and one should carefully consider coaches' minimal training before initiating therapy. 


LCSW, LMHC, and LMFTs have less formal educational training than psychologists or psychiatrists, however they are typically more formally trained than coaches. 


If I were you and I was deciding who to work with, I would choose a doctor. I would choose a PhD in Psychology. I would choose a psychologist. It's for your mental health.


Why choose a Licensed Psychologist?

There are many people who claim to be therapists, but in reality, not all have undergone the training that the State of Florida requires for licensure. Someone who is not licensed to provide therapy might actually do more harm than good, and may actually just do harm. Before beginning therapy with any clinician, please verify their credentials by clicking on the following link:
Florida Department of Health


Is Dr. Shaked the right fit for me?

A good fit between the therapist and the patient is the key to success.  Dr. Shaked  is easy to relate to, and warm and compassionate. To learn more about her specialties click here.


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