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Dr. Lata Sonpal, PH. D.,FCHT

Psychologist

Dr. Lata Sonpal PH. D.,FCHT is a top Psychologist in Miami, . With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to their specialty, Dr. Lata Sonpal PH. D.,FCHT is an expert in changing the lives of their patients for the better. Through their designated cause and expertise in the field, Dr. Lata Sonpal PH. D.,FCHT is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As a leader and expert in their field, Dr. Lata Sonpal PH. D.,FCHT is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. They embody the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients. In Miami, Florida, Dr. Lata Sonpal PH. D.,FCHT is a true asset to their field and dedicated to the profession of medicine.
Dr. Lata Sonpal, PH. D.,FCHT
  • Miami, Florida
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My sister had a car accident last month. What can we do to help her?

Dear Madam/Sir, Sorry to hear about your sister being traumatized by the bad car accident she was in. I would suggest you encourage her to see a psychotherapist, especially READ MORE
Dear Madam/Sir,

Sorry to hear about your sister being traumatized by the bad car accident she was in. I would suggest you encourage her to see a psychotherapist, especially one who specializes in hypnotherapy as that will help her heal faster. You can drive her to her appointments until she feels confident to be on the road again behind a wheel.

Take care,

Dr. Lata Sonpal

How serious can anorexia be?

Dear Sir/Madam: Sorry to hear that your sister has been diagnosed with Anorexia. Anorexia Nervosa is one of the feeding and eating disorders listed in DSM - 5. One of the criteria READ MORE
Dear Sir/Madam:

Sorry to hear that your sister has been diagnosed with Anorexia. Anorexia Nervosa is one of the feeding and eating disorders listed in DSM - 5. One of the criteria for this diagnosis is significantly low body weight. A person suffering from it may have an erroneous body image of being fat and are afraid of gaining weight. Sometimes people suffering from it avoid eating, at other times they use laxatives, vomiting, enemas or diuretics to control and reduce weight even when their body's weight is significantly lower for their body size and height.
Apparently, your sister has been seen by a therapist and or a psychiatrist who have recommended that she goes through rehab. She needs to explore where the erroneous body image has come from and let it go and allow self to be healthy. You can ask guidance from her mental health provider regarding how and in what areas you can be supportive. Hope they have family therapy sessions that you can participate in and let her know you are there for her and you love her just the way she is.

Take care,

Dr. Sonpal

Is coffee an addiction?

Dear Sir/Madam: It is commendable that you are concerned about your sister's coffee intake. Is she having any withdrawal symptoms, such as headaches, drowsiness, irritability, READ MORE
Dear Sir/Madam:

It is commendable that you are concerned about your sister's coffee intake. Is she having any withdrawal symptoms, such as headaches, drowsiness, irritability, flu-like symptoms when not drinking coffee? Then yes, she may be addicted. You said "she ends up having" almost 3 to 7 cups of coffee. Is she "choosing" to drink coffee or does she have cravings for coffee? Is she drinking decaffeinated or regular? 

In case she is addicted, then she needs to find out what are the underlying causes and deal with them. Some habits can be broken much more easily than others. She can start having every other cup of decaffeinated. She can also reach out for water instead of coffee. She can engage in deep breathing and relax herself. She can seek the help of a therapist who specializes in addiction.

Take care,

Dr. Sonpal

Why am I such an introvert?

Dear Madam/Sir: It must be very difficult to be uncomfortable around people when you are self-conscious. Why are you an introvert? I could not say as I do not know you. How READ MORE
Dear Madam/Sir:

It must be very difficult to be uncomfortable around people when you are self-conscious. Why are you an introvert? I could not say as I do not know you. How long have you been suffering like this? Did it start in your childhood or did a traumatic social event precede your panicky feelings? Are you shy and or suffer from social anxiety? What are you self-conscious about? Your appearance, your accent, your height? You may want to join a group led by a therapist where other people are dealing with similar issues as that may start making you comfortable around people. Or you may seek individual therapy and work through the underlying causes and release them so you can start being comfortable in your skin.

Take care,

Dr. Sonpal

Can counseling help my husband's behavior?

Dear Madam:   Sorry to hear that all of a sudden your husband's behaviors have changed and he becomes "violent" and "throws things." Has he had any brain traumas from falls or READ MORE
Dear Madam:
 
Sorry to hear that all of a sudden your husband's behaviors have changed and he becomes "violent" and "throws things." Has he had any brain traumas from falls or other injuries? You may want to have him checked out for that. Has he started doing any drugs street or prescription? You need to find the roots for this sudden changes through medical, neurological and psychological evaluations.
 
Yes, counseling and psychotherapy will help in his learning to be aware and engaging in impulse control. Also, it will help him learn to express his feelings and thoughts appropriately realizing that words that come out of his mouth cannot be taken back. He needs to realize that hands are made for hugging and not throwing things as he might accidentally hurt you or others in the vicinity.
 
Take care,
 
Dr. Lata Sonpal

My wife is a shopaholic. Is it a mental problem?

Dear Sir:   Sorry to hear that your wife suffers from this addiction. Constantly thinking about what she wants to buy and getting enjoyment only from that may be due to not feeling READ MORE
Dear Sir:
 
Sorry to hear that your wife suffers from this addiction. Constantly thinking about what she wants to buy and getting enjoyment only from that may be due to not feeling fulfilled and having a feeling of emptiness that she would like to fill with things that she wants to buy. So, it is an emotional issue. She needs to explore where those feelings are coming from and heal self and embrace joy and happiness from within her. She could explore the issue with a therapist, a religious/spiritual guide, or a group for shopaholics. She may also benefit from books like "The Art of Happiness" by His Holiness the 14 Dalai Lama and Dr. Howard Cutler, "Conversations with God" by Neal Donald Waslh, "Healing the Child Within" by Charles L. Whitfield, "The Seat of the Soul" by Gary Zukav, to name a few.
 
Thanks for your concern. Take care,
 
Dr. Sonpal

Would I be able to cure my depression with just exercise?

Dear Sir/Madam:   Exercise is always good and has many health benefits including uplifting your mood, improving your sleep, building muscles that burn calories, helping loose READ MORE
Dear Sir/Madam:
 
Exercise is always good and has many health benefits including uplifting your mood, improving your sleep, building muscles that burn calories, helping loose inches, etc. Yet you need to get to the bottom of what is causing your depression, heal from it and move forward so your uplifted mood is not dependent on exercise to "have better control over" your "mental state." So, you may want to consult a therapist in your area to find the best way to deal with the depression. You may also want to read "Feeling Good" and "Mindful Way through Depression."
 
Take care,
 
Dr. Sonpal

How can I help my daughter recover from accident trauma?

Dear Sir/Madam:   I am so sorry that your daughter had to suffer the loss of her two friends in such a traumatic way. Furthermore, trauma of herself having been in that accident READ MORE
Dear Sir/Madam:
 
I am so sorry that your daughter had to suffer the loss of her two friends in such a traumatic way. Furthermore, trauma of herself having been in that accident and survivor's guilt can take a big toll on a person. The sounds of the crash may still be affecting her adversely. No wonder she panics at the slightest sound! I wish she had not stopped therapy. As post-traumatic stress can be devastating. Has she gone through Hypnotherapy? It may be of immense help in recovering from the trauma and in saying goodbye to her friends. She may benefit from Dr. Kubler Ross' boos "on Grief and Grieving" and "The Tunnel and the Light," especially from "The Dougy Letter." Just be there for her as she may also fear losing her parents and other loved ones after losing her friends.
 
Take care,
 
Dr. Sonpal

Is OCD a disease or a habit?

Dear Sir/Madam:   It must be even more difficult for your sister than it has been for you. She probably is distressed about her OCD and about the family's reactions to her OCD. OCD READ MORE
Dear Sir/Madam:
 
It must be even more difficult for your sister than it has been for you. She probably is distressed about her OCD and about the family's reactions to her OCD. OCD is included in DSM 5 by American Psychiatric Association. So, you can educate yourself more about the OCD through the information in this book.

Has your sister seen a psychotherapist and or a psychiatrist? What is the advice of her primary care doctor.? It's not just a habit, it is obsessiveness, compulsiveness or a combination of both. She needs to get to the roots of her OCD and she needs professional help and your compassionate understanding. Get her the help she deserves ASAP.
 
Take care,
 
Dr. Sonpal

Is forgetfulness a mental illness?

Dear Sir/Madam:   Your concern is legitimate. Have you had any recent brain traumas? Are you using drugs? You may need to get a thorough check up through your physician. I hope READ MORE
Dear Sir/Madam:
 
Your concern is legitimate. Have you had any recent brain traumas? Are you using drugs? You may need to get a thorough check up through your physician. I hope that you have been in contact with them.
 
You may also want to contact a neuropsychologist and/or neuropsychiatrist and let them evaluate you as, on the one hand, you are saying that small, everyday things you have difficulty remembering, yet you are always preoccupied with thoughts!
 
Take care,
 
Dr. Sonpal

My son is displaying traits of kleptomania. He's young, but how can we deal with this problem?

Dear Parent,   Your concern is legitimate. Is he impulsive about other things as well? Does he know right from wrong? Does he break any other family and/or societal rules? Does READ MORE
Dear Parent,
 
Your concern is legitimate. Is he impulsive about other things as well? Does he know right from wrong? Does he break any other family and/or societal rules? Does he feel remorse after stealing? Has he ever returned things he has stolen? Is there a family history of obsessive-compulsiveness?
 
So much information is needed to help him help himself. So, I would suggest you consult a psychologist who specializes in working with children and families so you can address this issue and get to the root of the problem. Timely intervention will help him with emotional, psycho-social growth and prevent any future legal problems.
 
Take care,
 
Dr. Sonpal 

Is my daughter dependent on paracetamols? Could it be a psychological problem?

Dear Parent,   Crocin is generally taken for headaches or body pain or fever.  Has your daughter complained about any physical symptoms?  You mention that your daughter says READ MORE
Dear Parent,
 
Crocin is generally taken for headaches or body pain or fever.  Has your daughter complained about any physical symptoms?  You mention that your daughter says that she is very dependent on it through the day.  Is she taking something else at night?  Have you asked her where she gets the money to buy the medicine and what is the reason for her to hide the dependency from you?
 
To get to the roots of her physical ailments and appropriate care she would need to see her pediatrician so they can order necessary tests to rule out any physical causes that would lead to the aches and pains, e.g. arthritis, etc., so she can get the proper necessary treatment.  Otherwise unsupervised overdosed medication usage may lead to other physical problems such as liver failure.
 
I am glad that you found the Crocin so you can guide your daughter in the right path of maintaining good physical and mental health.
 
Take care.

I am unable to manage my stress. How can I help myself?

Dear Madam:/Sir,
 
You need to learn the stress management skills that work for you. You may want to go to a workshop.
 
Take care,
 
Dr. Sonpal

I am feeling very anxious and angry most of the time. What should I do?

Dear Madam/Sir:   This change in behavior must be difficult for you as it does not reflect your self-concept. I would suggest seeing a hypnotherapist or a regression therapist READ MORE
Dear Madam/Sir:
 
This change in behavior must be difficult for you as it does not reflect your self-concept. I would suggest seeing a hypnotherapist or a regression therapist to get to the roots and origins of your anger and anxieties and learn to release them.  Also, you would benefit from learning self hypnosis and meditation to relax your self so instead of reacting you would respond calmly.
 
Take care,
 
Dr. Sonpal

Could there be another reason for my breathlessness or is it anxiety?

Dear Sir/Madam:   I am sorry to hear that you are going through the stress related to the divorce proceedings. I would suggest go and talk to your primary care and/or your cardiologist READ MORE
Dear Sir/Madam:
 
I am sorry to hear that you are going through the stress related to the divorce proceedings. I would suggest go and talk to your primary care and/or your cardiologist as you also see a therapist for stress management. Do not ignore your physical and/or psychological health.
 
Take care,
 
Dr. Sonpal

I have OCD with an intense fear of sleep. How can I make peace with falling asleep?

Dear Sir/Madam:   Sorry to hear that you are suffering from fear of falling asleep. As you know, sleep is very important for our well being. I would suggest you see a therapist READ MORE
Dear Sir/Madam:
 
Sorry to hear that you are suffering from fear of falling asleep. As you know, sleep is very important for our well being. I would suggest you see a therapist that will help you get to the root and origin of the fear and help release it through Regression therapy. You can check my website about regression therapy at www.DrSonpal.com. You may also want to consult with your primary care Dr. or a psychiatrist. Do not ignore this as you need to start getting a sound night's sleep on a daily basis.
 
Take care,
 
Dr. Sonpal

My 14-year-old daughter exhibits extremely moody behavior. Is this normal?

Dear Concerned Parent,   You have not mentioned when did this moodiness and being angry at the smallest issue start. Is she menstruating? Is she using drugs? Is there something READ MORE
Dear Concerned Parent,
 
You have not mentioned when did this moodiness and being angry at the smallest issue start. Is she menstruating? Is she using drugs? Is there something else going on in her relationships with her friends and classmates or at home with family members? So, it may be a good idea for her to be seen by a psychologist for counseling and by her primary care pediatrician to rule out premenstrual condition and other factors that may be affecting her emotions and lack of control over expressing them appropriately.
 
Take care,
 
Dr. Sonpal 

Is biofeedback helpful?

Dear Sir/Madam:   Yes, biofeedback can be very helpful in releasing tension. As the title says, it is feedback from your body that brings awareness, helping you then in choosing READ MORE
Dear Sir/Madam:
 
Yes, biofeedback can be very helpful in releasing tension. As the title says, it is feedback from your body that brings awareness, helping you then in choosing a more relaxed state. You can also add exercise to your daily routine to let go of stress. And complement these with seeing a psychologist or a therapist so you can get to the root of what is inducing the stress and deal with it and release it.
 
Take care,
 
Dr. Sonpal

What could be the reason for my irregular breathing?

Dear Sir/Madam:   As the mind and body are connected, you need to get an evaluation done for both. You can go for a sleep study to rule out physical causes. You can also track, READ MORE
Dear Sir/Madam:
 
As the mind and body are connected, you need to get an evaluation done for both. You can go for a sleep study to rule out physical causes. You can also track, i.e., write down what thoughts are triggering the irregular breathing and explore the underlying issues with a qualified psychologist or psychotherapist to resolve those issues.
 
Take care,
 
Dr. Sonpal

My brother's illness bothers me a lot. I am sleep deprived and I need some help.

Dear Sir/Madam:   I am sorry to hear that your brother is suffering from Bi-polar disorder. Is he currently undergoing treatment for this diagnosis? Have you gone with him to READ MORE
Dear Sir/Madam:
 
I am sorry to hear that your brother is suffering from Bi-polar disorder. Is he currently undergoing treatment for this diagnosis? Have you gone with him to see his therapist and/or psychiatrist? What is their advice? What is their prognosis? Are you seeing a therapist? Does this run in your family? Have you seen your primary care physician and discussed the issue with them?
 
There are so many factors involved. So, it is difficult for me to give advice without knowing more details of the situation. Exercise and relaxation including mindful meditation are healthy ways to release tension and improve sleep. Seeing a therapist to help you cope with your brother's illness is a good idea.
 
Not knowing your brother's age, I would suggest reading "The Bipolar Child" by Demitri Papolos and Janice Papolos. In this book, there is a chapter on the "Impact on the Family." "Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder" by Julie A. Fast and John D. Preston is another resource. For yourself, "Feeling Good" by Dr. David Burns may also be of help.
 
Take care,
 
Dr. Sonpal