About

The clients I have worked with say that relating to my personal life experience is what often made the difference in their lives. Some of my experiences are most likely similar to yours providing a basis for authentic empathy.

  • my family history includes many mental illnesses – schizophrenia, depression, ADHD, substance abuse, physical abuse
  • I grew up in the projects and during the 70’s
  • I have ADD, recovered from alcoholism (35+years)
  • I have had many difficulties, as well as some real failures. However, I have learned, from experience, perseverance, and practice – ways of overcoming them.

I also have had life experiences as a professional that my clients report they appreciate:

  • served six years in the Army during the Vietnam war (enlisted, OCS, discharged as a Captain)
  • divorced; single parent with my three sons for five years
  • married; for over three decades, with three grown children from my first marriage
  • experienced the stress and challenges of being a professional. Experience acquired as a VP of product, owner of a software company, principal consultant to fortune 50 firms, finance director and running my own practice
  • obtained doctorate in psychology at age 60 while working as a full time executive
  • I also am hyper competitive and an adventurer. Over the years, I have been a professional race car driver, USCF Category 4 bicycle racer, ran the Boston Marathon, run, bike, sail, kayak and adventure today

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

However, 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.

More importantly, however, 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 striving for more to be 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. Every now and then, I have to catch myself and my proclivity to 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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