left hand column of this page shows direct links to all information
my website, including advice about finding counseling or psychotherapy for various
symptoms or problems and how to evaluate the qualifications of a therapist. Below is a brief description of the information
found on each of those pages.
You can also hear my comments about these subjects by clicking
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For information about
my practice go to: Marvin S. Beitner,
For information about choosing between a psychologist, marriage
psychiatrist, psychotherapist, hypnotist, hypnotherapist, or clinical social worker,
Also see Orange County Psych Assn
for helpful information about choosing a psychotherapist and about the different
training and expertise psychologists, marriage counselors and psychiatrists.
This link provides
information about the difference
between a psychologist and a
as well as how to check on the license of a psychologist, and the differences between a
Ph.D. and an M.D. degree.
This link provides information about marriage counseling, couples therapy, about getting help with relationship problems and how to
enhance and improve communication, empathy and emotional satisfaction in
This link provides
information about the difference between hypnosis and hypnotherapy and the uses
of these procedures. It answers common questions about how hypnosis works and
addresses misconceptions and fears about hypnotherapy. An experienced and
well qualified psychologist may be able to use hypnotherapy to help you control
symptoms of panic attacks, fears or phobias. Hypnosis may also be useful to help
a person to stop smoking, to lose weight or to control chronic pain. "Test
anxiety," fears of flying or driving, improved motivation for academic,
sports and work performance are other possible applications of hypnosis.
These are exciting new possibilities as
methods of providing psychotherapy, marriage counseling, family counseling and
relationship counseling. Is it safe? Is it effective? Is
protected? Who is the counselor or psychologist?
How do I know if the online counselor is competent, ethical, well
trained or a licensed professional? Here you will find some answers to these
Here you will get information about how to
identify various symptoms of emotional distress,
including panic attacks, anxiety, fears, phobias, depression, and obsessive compulsive
disorders (OCD). You will also find information about tranquilizers,
medications for anxiety, for ADHD and other problems here.
This link provides more specific information about common symptoms of
anxiety and panic attacks, including shortness of breath, heart palpitations,
agoraphobia, feelings of faintness, other physical symptoms, and fears of flying or
driving and feeling as if you are about to die.
This link provides
information about anorexia and bulimia. Anorexia is the opposite of compulsive
over-eating. It occurs most commonly in teenaged girls, but can affect other age
groups and males as well. Anorexics "look fat" to themselves no matter
how much weight they lose. They go on perpetual starvation diets and sometimes
exercise excessively. Bulimics overeat and then secretly vomit or use laxatives
in attempt to lose weight. Both of these conditions represent serious health
threats and can be life-threatening.
This link provides information about dealing with problems of childhood and adolescence. Excessive
fears in social situations, low self-esteem, depression, problems with authority
figures, rebelliousness, poor academic performance, school phobias, alcohol and
drug abuse problems are issues that may be involved.
This link will give you information about enhancement of healthy psychological function, improving self esteem and strengthening
confidence. Improving work performance, social skills, academic performance
and competitive sports performance are issues that psychologists can address.
This link will give you information about educational reading material that may help you with various psychological
issues and problems.
This link provides addresses misconceptions about
bi-polar disorder and
schizophrenia. Included is information about the recovery of repressed memories of
information about reduced sexual desire, impotence, premature ejaculation,
sexual compulsions, addictions to pornography, confusion in sexual identification, childhood sexual abuse
and other types of sexual dysfunctions.
This link provides information about designing a hypnotic procedure the use of hypnosis, a
stop smoking procedure using two office visits and a recording of a personalized hypnotic
procedure that you can use at home to stop smoking.
Here you find out about how I provide a structured, four office visit form
of psychological intervention using hypnosis and behavior modification to help
you lose weight. I make a recording of a hypnotic procedure designed to fit your
motivation and personality. The hypnosis is done during an office visit and
recorded for your continued use at home. It provides information about the
"yo-yo" effect that causes people to typically regain all the weight
that they have lost on a seemingly successful diet program.
This link gives you information about the use of hypnotherapy and cognitive behavioral
therapy (CBT) for relief of chronic pain.
This link provides information about how you can find out
about your intelligence quotient, (IQ or I.Q.) This page also provides
information about testing for memory impairment, age related memory loss, short
term and long term memory loss and concerns about Alzheimer's disease. It also
provides information about Learning disabilities. Tests discussed include the
Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale IV (WAIS IV), the Wechsler Intelligence Scale
for Children IV, (WISC IV), the Wechsler Memory Scale III (WMS III) and the
Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Achievement (WJIII).
provides information about maximizing your level of functioning, achieving your full
potential and making positive changes in professional, career, or work related
areas or in personal and life-style areas. Executive coaching, career
coaching and life coaching involve a process related to, but not the same
as mentoring. It is a method of enhancing optimal functioning in an
achievement oriented, well functioning person, not a method of treatment of
This provides information about
Gay, Lesbian and Transgender, Transvestite and Transsexual issues. It clarifies
the distinctions between these terms and discusses some general and special
issues involved in psychotherapeutic treatment and counseling encountered
because of social and family pressures.
Do you have questions about selecting a
psychologist? This page gives information about how to check the qualifications of a
psychologist, psychiatrist, marriage counselor or psychotherapist:
Here you can find some information about events that have been in the news and publications in psychology. Is
the HBO series In Treatment a good representation of how psychotherapy
really works? What about the issue of attraction to a patient and how it is
handled in this series? See Psychology News
about this. There is also information there about how the old Dr. Phil - Britney Spears
controversy relates to "long distance analysis" of people in the news.
See this page for
information about maximizing access to psychotherapeutic treatment under managed