About

My Story

  • In 1955 I was born to a strong Irish Catholic mother, the only white family in a violent neighborhood.
  • My childhood experience was filled with family members with schizophrenia, anxiety, depression, alcoholism, abuse and depression.
  • I was an overachiever, finishing high school and community college at 18.  Getting married, having a child and joining the army.
  • By 2000, I was a successful ex military officer, entrepreneur, pro race car driver and executive living on my yacht in Baltimore
  • In 2000 I was critically injured in a boat explosion incurring 33% burns, and an explosion head injury (TBI), and PTSD.
  • I spent the next 8 years getting help and learning how to deal with stress, anxiety, depression, PTSD, attention, memory and processing speed issues.  I progressed,  ultimately getting a doctorate in clinical psychology – majoring in neuropsychology (2013), studying eastern methods, finding out I had the gift of healing, refining methods and teaching thousands how to deal with similar issues.

HOW THIS EXPERIENCE  BENEFITS YOU!

  • I truly understand and empathize with the feeling.  I can relate, without enabling.
  • Using this experience, I have developed a straight forward program to get you to wholeness. regardless of your past life experiences or failed attempts with other programs.
  • My program supports continued personal growth, going beyond solving for issues and survival to learning skills to prosper and live life.

For those who want the details…

Headline from the BALTIMORE SUN, May 24,2000
“Man critically hurt in boat explosion”

Most clients tell me my most inspiring story is my recovery from life threatening injuries from a boat explosion in May, 2000. Injuries that included TBI, 36% burn injuries to skin, nerves and lungs, as well as, psychological injuries – anxiety, depression, PTSD.  I lost my company and life’ savings. This event was the start of a twenty year journey to develop the new me. It was my transformation from a person:

  • who had to be retrained to walk and how to grasp and use his hands from nerve damage
  • with many cognitive issues, I could not make change for a $20 bill at a convenience store
  • had attention with memory deficits so significant that I lost 17 pairs of prescription glasses and had 5 car accidents in my first year after the incident
  • anxiety so severe that I could not sleep well and depression so deep than my psychiatrist labeled my desire to have the pain stop as “a passive death wish”

to a person who gradually, over the years, functionally evolved from:

    • a low of being so dysfunctional that I was on Social Security Disability Insurance
    • next step was driving a truck
    • took the Kaplan GRE course 8 times as cognitive rehab to train my mind to focus, attend, improve memory, and obtain 8th grade skills
    • then going back and starting college over to obtain a second bachelor’s degree to get my base skills back
    • eventually getting a low level analyst job, progressing through 12 years to manager, consultant, and VP of product
    • Lastly, earning a doctorate in clinical psychology at the top of my class and becoming a clinician.

PERSONAL GROWTH PHILOSOPHY

More importantly, however, I learned not to look back and try to become the person I was, but to look forward and grow into the person I could be.  I changed from a person who was overly egotistical, confident, competitive, a risk taker, capable of being rude and inconsiderate when in a hurry, who was always overcompensating, striving for more, to a person that is grateful for what he has, slowed down enough to let others go first and to show compassion to all he meets.

I learned that true recovery is always physical, psychological and spiritual; a profound change in psyche is what leads to peace, contentment, compassion and love.

I believe the power of therapy comes from connection of the client and the therapist and often to even a greater power. I draw from existential – Catholic – Jewish – Buddhist philosophy, taking what is universal and practicing meditation and prayer every day.

Insight is the advantage gained from reflecting on experience. I dont talk about myself.  I do use personal stories to make a point. I have one for almost every situation. You will find that I love to share life and adventure, and am genuinely happy.

I specialize in trauma, loss and cognitive deficits. My remedies amplify the very best aspects of systems theory, modern neuroscience, evidenced based psychological techniques, cognitive mind body practices and spirituality in healing deep and often complex psychological afflictions.

In summary, I am well prepared by life to sit with you, help guide you and stay with you as you go through the storms of life on your journey, on your own transformation.

Yours in the universe,

“Doc”

Roger LaVine, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist PY10647

Education:

  • Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology 2014, Carlos Albizu University, Miami, FL;GPA 4.0, Graduated with honor of Ultimate Distinction, Dissertation Topic: Burnout
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology 2006, Widener University, Chester, PA; GPA 3.95, Summa Cum Laude
  • Bachelor of Business Administration 1986, Western New England College, Springfield, MA


222 Commercial Blvd #200
Lauderdale by the Sea, FL 33308

roger@doctorlavine.com
(954) 716-6702

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