Dr. Heather Violante, Psy.D.

 "Discover Your Inner Strengths, Self-Worth,
& Emotional Wellness." 
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Everyone experiences difficult situations at some point in their lives, and we often face many challenges at once. Even if you may have successfully resolved difficulties you faced in the past, there is nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you find yourself in times of need.

Whether you are looking for additional encouragement, motivation, or assistance, therapy is designed to establish long-lasting benefits by providing you with the tools necessary to cope with stressful situations, improve relationships, eliminate negative habits, strive towards your goals, and overcome common challenges that come with being human. Are you ready to make a commitment to improving your life and yourself?

 

I am Dr. Heather R. Violante, Psy.D., Founder and President of Serenity Lane Psychological Services, an independent entity located within Bayview Therapy. I specialize in working with adults struggling with a variety of life’s challenges.

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My Counseling Services in Fort Lauderdale, FL 

Therapy for Anxiety, Stress, & Phobias:

 

Everyone deals with stress and anxiety from time to time. At low and moderate levels, stress and anxiety aren’t always harmful, in fact, can be beneficial. They keep us aware, motivate us, and give us the desire to perform well. But when they start to worsen and become constant, it can take on an unhealthy form and jeopardize your mental and physical health.

 

If you, like so many others, are experiencing unhealthy levels of stress and anxiety that are interfering with your daily functioning, relationships, and life in general, therapy can help you learn how to manage stress and anxiety to prevent them from taking over.


 

Therapy for Depression:

 

Have you lost interest in things you once found fun and enjoyable? Do you often feel worthless or hopeless? Depression is one of the most common mental health issues and can affect almost all aspects of our lives if left untreated.

 

Depression can interfere with our appetites, ability to sleep, relationships, and everyday responsibilities. It can become a chore just to get out of bed in the morning. In therapy we’ll work together to get you on the right track so you can achieve your goals and find inner happiness and peace.


 

Therapy for Bipolar Disorder:

 

Do you experience extended periods of intense emotional instability? Is it difficult to regulate or manage your emotions in a way that’s productive? These are signs that you may have a mood disorder, which might include bipolar disorder.

 

Therapy for bipolar and mood disorders focuses on relapse prevention and mood stability. Since bipolar disorder is a chronic condition, we’ll work on reducing the severity of the manic and depressive episodes to help you find balance and gain a sense of empowerment back into your life.

 

In therapy, you’ll learn how to recognize the early warning signs of depression and mania so you can intervene before either interferes with your daily life. Together we’ll work on setting better boundaries for yourself and others, being mindful of how your decisions affect others, and creating ongoing, stable support systems so you’re not alone in the process. You deserve to live a fulfilling and healthy life.


 

Therapy for Drug & Alcohol Addiction/Abuse:

 

Is your drinking or drug use interfering with your relationships, affecting your job, or preventing you from achieving your goals? Have you noticed your physical and emotional health declining? Don’t let addiction take you away from the things you enjoy and people you love.

 

Whether you’ve been sober and in recovery for years or you are just starting out on your journey towards sobriety, being sober offers many positive rewards. Therapy can help you get on the road to recovery so you can stay clean, achieve your goals, and live a healthy, rewarding, empowered, and sober life.


 

Coping with a Loved One’s Addiction, Codependency, & Enabling:

 

Have you tried everything to get your loved one to stop drinking or using drugs? If you have a spouse, family member, adult child, or friend who is struggling with addiction, trying to get them to stop can feel overwhelming, hopeless, and like you’re hitting a brick wall.

 

It’s common for loved ones to lose their own sense of self and not practice self-care because they are so focused on the well-being of the person struggling with the addiction. Therapy teaches you how to be a better support for your loved one without enabling, set boundaries to preserve your relationship with yourself and others, and prevent losing your own identity or sense of self.

 

In therapy, we’ll work on helping you set healthy boundaries, improve communication, and regain self-confidence and self-respect. You deserve care and support just as much as your loved one.

 

Counseling for Anger Management & Communication Skills:

 

Anger is unique from other emotions in that we often focus our anger and its energy outwards. We blame or get mad at other people, external situations, or things we’re unable to control. But this gives us a false sense of power and self-protection. Underlying our anger is a collection of unresolved issues and emotions - sadness, shame, fear, anxiety, guilt, disappointment, etc. When these feelings are left unresolved, they can build up and eventually turn into anger.

 

Anger is a valid emotion and can be a source for positive change. But not being able to regulate our behaviors associated with anger often leads to destructive or aggressive actions. In therapy, we’ll get to the root of your emotional pain so you can redefine your relationship with anger, create healthy outlets, effectively regulate your behaviors, and improve your communication. 


 

Counseling for Coping with Life Transitions: 

 

Our lives and the world are in constant flux. Sometimes we plan for change, other times it happens to us whether we want it to or not. However your life has changed, whether it’s a relationship change like a break-up, divorce, or getting married, becoming a caregiver for a loved one, losing your job or starting a new one, becoming a parent, or losing a loved one, it can be difficult to adjust to this new phase of life.

 

If you are unable to change the situation you’re in, therapy teaches you how to change your mindset so you can understand and accept your new role. Life changes, whether planned or unexpected, can be difficult to manage, but that doesn’t mean this new phase of life can’t be a period of growth and self-discovery. 

I welcome anyone in need of therapy for other emotional and psychological issues to foster overall wellness, personal empowerment, self-confidence, and inner serenity.

The Client-Therapist Relationship

When you come into therapy, I find it’s important to get to know you, build rapport, and develop a genuine relationship. I like to use humor, when appropriate, to ease tension and create a comfortable environment where we can be ourselves. Your healing, growth, and empowerment depends on compassion, empathy, and trust.

 

During our therapy sessions, I give you the freedom to explore yourself, your relationships, and your challenges. During the first few sessions, I like to learn more about you and what’s going on in your life so I can effectively treat you and provide relief. I incorporate some early therapeutic interventions during those first sessions, so progress and healing can begin right away.

 

I never set goals or an agenda for you, but rather help you create your own goals and let you determine where we are headed. I’ll guide you down a path of your choosing, in a nonjudgmental, unbiased way. What do you want therapy to provide you? What do you hope to get out of it? My goal isn’t to dictate what you should or shouldn’t do, but to empower you and promote your own sense of authority over your life.

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About Fort Lauderdale Licensed Psychologist 
Dr. Heather R. Violante, Psy.D.

Choosing the right mental health professional is important in determining how therapy can benefit you. Various factors are involved in choosing the right therapist, including your personal rapport with the therapist, and the therapist’s experience, credentials, and interest in working with your particular issue or diagnosis. If at any time you feel uncomfortable or that you are not working with the right therapist, you have the right to find a new mental health care provider. After all, you are entrusting your therapist to provide you with the highest level of care and expertise necessary to help you improve your quality of life.

 

I am a licensed psychologist in the state of Florida (#PY8616) and in the state of New York (#021289). I received both my Doctoral and Master of Science degrees in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University (Center for Psychological Studies) in Fort Lauderdale, FL with a concentration in Long Term Mental Illness.

 

Psychologists are highly trained as doctoral-level mental health clinicians in the areas of human behavior, mental illness, psychological assessment, clinical diagnosis, and treatment. After having earned a Bachelor’s degree from a four year undergraduate program, psychologists complete an average of 5-7 years of graduate level training in Clinical Psychology and can pursue either a Psy.D. (Doctor of Psychology) or Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy).

 

A psychologist’s training further includes multiple supervised clinical rotations and an internship during their graduate program, plus at least one year of a post-doctoral residency before they are eligible to take the national licensure exam and practice independently. In the state of Florida, psychologists are additionally required to pass the state’s licensure exam. Psychologists utilize empirically validated interventions to help clients modify their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors to enhance their quality of life and promote emotional wellness.

 

I am conversationally proficient in Polish and offer limited counseling services to Polish clients who may prefer to express themselves in this language.

Be Empowered to Control Your Own Life & Destiny

I believe you have the power and ability to take control of your own destiny and life. We often find ourselves in a cycle of harmful decisions, habits, or addictions that can cause us to feel helpless. It can be difficult to tackle life’s challenges, such as relationship problems, loss of a loved one, job loss, medical/mental health conditions, or psychological trauma, especially if you don’t have a support system.

 

Through therapy, I will provide you with the skills, coping techniques, and emotional strength so you are better equipped to handle future challenges that may come your way. I’ll guide you through your own personal journey towards emotional wellness where you’ll develop inner resiliency and serenity, create healthy lifestyle adjustments, improve self-confidence, and promote your overall sense of well-being.

My therapeutic approach and treatment methods incorporate a cognitive-behavioral and solution-focused orientation. In addition to traditional treatment modalities, I may also offer the option to incorporate therapeutic yoga techniques for emotional healing into traditional psychotherapy sessions if I believe this may be helpful in your recovery from anxiety, stress, depression, or addiction. To learn more about how I incorporate yoga into my clinical practice for addiction treatment, please check out my blog: How Yoga Can Help You Beat Addiction.

Take the Next Step on Your Pathway to New Beginnings

Contact Dr. Heather Violante at Serenity Lane Psychological Services today at 954-391-5305 for a free 10-minute phone consultation and embark on your journey towards emotional wellness and recovery.

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"Rave Reviews"

"Dr. Violante is a caring, compassionate, and highly skilled psychologist and I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with her over the past year. I love referring clients to Dr. Violante, especially substance addiction and severe mental illness cases. I know that they will be in good hands." ~ Dr. Kelli Malkasian, PsyD

"Dr. Heather Violante is an exceptional psychologist who I have collaborated with and referred to over the past few years. She is compassionate, understanding, and a thorough professional. Dr. Heather is especially effective with adults who are facing challenges with substance abuse and chronic mental illnesses. I highly recommend Dr. Heather Violante." ~ Simone Finnis, LMFT

 

"I am a colleague of Dr. Violante's. I cannot recommend her highly enough, particularly in the areas of mental health issues and substance use concerns. She has a wealth of experience in these areas. She is very passionate, understanding, and she is a very effective therapist." ~ Dr. Toni Richardi, PsyD

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