Lynda Gurvitz, Ph.D.
Dr. Lynda Gurvitz is a licensed psychologist with over 30 years of experience. Dr. Gurvitz offers a comprehensive and integrated approach to psychotherapy for individuals age 16 and older,as well as couples and families. Dr. Gurvitz can assist you with stress management techniques, cognitive therapy for the treatment of anxiety and depression, and interpersonal therapy to enhance your relationships.
Dr. Gurvitz possesses a number of different areas of specialization:
Older adults and their families. Dr. Gurvitz has specialized training and experience in helping older adults enhance their quality of life and cope with the unique challenges of aging, including lifestyle changes, grief and loss, changes in health and strained family relationships. She also works with families to provide support and assistance to aging family members. Dr. Gurvitz’s services include dementia screening, competency evaluations and mediating family disputes regarding elder care.
Chronic pain and illness. Dr. Gurvitz uses a variety of approaches to help patients and their family members struggling with chronic illnesses and pain achieve a better quality of life. By helping her patients understand how the cycle of pain/illness, anxiety, fatigue and depression contributes to unnecessary suffering, Dr. Gurvitz develops an individualized treatment plan to stop this negative cycle. A treatment plan would include several approaches. For example, relaxation therapies teach you to relax your muscles, calm your mind and lessen tension. By learning activity pacing, you may return to a more active lifestyle. To cope with depression and stress, Dr. Gurvitz employs cognitive behavioral techniques that replace negative thoughts with a more hopeful perspective.
Women’s issues. Dr. Gurvitz has a particular interest in working with women who want to improve their interpersonal relationships, or want to improve their personal effectiveness on the job. She also helps women who are facing life transitions such as widowhood, divorce, empty nest, new parenthood or changes in their employment status.
Dr. Gurvitz’s experience includes two years as a consultant to a chronic pain clinic, over ten years consulting with rehabilitation facilities and she is an approved Worker’s Compensation provider. Dr. Gurvitz received specialized graduate level training at the Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center at the University of Southern California. She has been in practice in Florida since 1972. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Clark University in 1972 and obtained her Doctorate from Arizona State University in 1978.