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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
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Are my symptoms related to divorce stress?

Hello Madam, I am sorry that you are suffering so much and would, understandably, like to know the roots of your anxiety, forgetfulness and stress that is causing frustration. READ MORE
Hello Madam,

I am sorry that you are suffering so much and would, understandably, like to know the roots of your anxiety, forgetfulness and stress that is causing frustration. I am not able to advise you regarding medicine as I am not a psychiatrist. So, you need to bring up these issues with the person who is prescribing. Not knowing you, I am not able to speculate on where your symptoms are coming from. Are you seeing a licensed psychologist for psychotherapy? I would suggest you find one in your area. On stress inventory, divorce is one of the situations with high stress value. So, it is on social readjustment rating scale. There are many good books on market that are helpful in eliminating stress and anxieties. So you may also want to check them out and read the one you connect with. 

Take care and be safe, 

Dr. Lata Sonpal

What are the basic strategies for managing stress?

Dear Madam, Not knowing where your stress comes from I will list a few antidotes: Progressive muscle relaxation, Meditation, Exercise/Dance, Nutritious Meals, Qi Gong/Tai READ MORE
Dear Madam,

Not knowing where your stress comes from I will list a few antidotes:

Progressive muscle relaxation, Meditation, Exercise/Dance, Nutritious Meals, Qi Gong/Tai Chi, Tapping, Reflexology, Releasing erroneous beliefs, Positive Attitude, and Self Talk. Be more organized/Manage Time, Keep a journal, Be compassionate and forgiving to self and others, Be balanced with self and in relationships, Release anger and anxieties, Massage Therapy, Aroma, Art, Music, Yoga, Acupressure, Acupuncture, Ayurvidic Medicine, Allopathic, Homeopathic.

In case you like to read, here are a few books on stress management:

Stress: What it is, what it can do to your health, How to fight back by Walter McQuade and Ann Alkman; Mastery of Stress: Techniques for Relaxation in the workplace by Paul Skye; Stress Power: How to turn tension into energy by Robert A. Anderson; The Stress Response: Diet and Lifestyle Program by Bill Cortright; The Tapping Solution: A revolutionary system for Stress Free - Living by Nick Ortner; The Everything Stress Management book: Practical ways to relax, be healthy & maintain your Sanity by Eve Adamson.

You can also consult a licensed psychologist and go for therapy to help learn coping skills that will be tailored for you. 

Take care and be safe,

Dr. Lata Sonpal

Does counseling work for anxiety?

Hello Sir, Sorry to hear that you are suffering from anxieties. I am glad that you are taking steps to do something about them. Your inquiry is the first step towards being READ MORE
Hello Sir,

Sorry to hear that you are suffering from anxieties. I am glad that you are taking steps to do something about them. Your inquiry is the first step towards being free of them.

Yes, counseling and psychotherapy does help people in releasing their anxieties. So does Hypnotherapy and progressive muscle relaxation. As does healthy habits like exercising and meditating. Different things work depending on what the anxieties are about, e.g., relationship issues, health issues, work/job issues, COVID 19 pandemic issues, to name a few. You can also read "Anxiety and Phobia Workbook" while you are searching for a therapist/psychologist/counselor in your area.

Take care and be safe,

Dr. Lata Sonpal

What is the difference between a therapist and psychologist?

Dear Madam, Sorry to hear that you have symptoms of depression depression. Have you consulted your primary care physician or any mental health providers re. what the depression READ MORE
Dear Madam,

Sorry to hear that you have symptoms of depression depression. Have you consulted your primary care physician or any mental health providers re. what the depression is connected with? I hope so. A therapist does not necessarily have to have a Ph. D. or Psy. D., degree. So, a Mental Health counselor or a Social worker or a family therapist can also provide therapy just like a Psychologist can also provide therapy. A licensed Psychologist is required to have a Ph. D., or a Psy. D., degree to call themselves a Psychologist. A Mental Health Counselor or a Social worker may have a Bachelor's degree or a Master's degree and not a Doctor's degree like the Psychologists are required to have.
Hope this helps in making your decision about who to choose as your therapist. In the meantime, you may also want to read "Feeling Good" by Dr. David Burns to help yourself with your symptoms of depression.

Take care and be safe,

Dr. Lata Sonpal

What is most commonly prescribed for anxiety?

Hello, Sorry to hear that you are suffering from debilitating anxiety requiring medical attention. As the state of Florida does not grant prescriptive privileges to psychologists, READ MORE
Hello,

Sorry to hear that you are suffering from debilitating anxiety requiring medical attention. As the state of Florida does not grant prescriptive privileges to psychologists, I am not allowed to venture an opinion on medicines. It is better for you to ask the question to the person who diagnosed you with anxiety. In case they are also not a prescribing Mental Health Provider, then ask them for a referral to a prescribing psychiatrist. You can also consult with your PCP. In the meant time, you may want to read "Anxiety and Phobia Workbook" by Edmund J. Bourne.
Take care and be safe.

Dr. Lata Sonpal

Breakup during covid-19?

Hello, Sorry to hear that during these difficult times of COVID-19 you have to deal with another loss. Loss of trust in your partner! The biological information that you have READ MORE
Hello,

Sorry to hear that during these difficult times of COVID-19 you have to deal with another loss. Loss of trust in your partner! The biological information that you have provided below: is it for you or your partner? It is not clear. We do not know how long the pandemic will continue. So, you need to look at the larger picture regarding the living arrangement and whether you can remain friends under these circumstances. I would suggest you undertake in writing Pros and Cons of living with the partner and Pros and Cons of moving out. This is to help you not make an impulsive decision, as you will then engage both head and heart regarding your options. In case you are a codependent, you may benefit from "Codependent No More" by Melody Beattie. Other books to consider are "Emotional Infidelity" by M. Gary Newman, "Getting past the affair" by Janis Abrahms Spring and Michael Spring, and "Getting past the Affair" by Douglas K. Snyder, Donald H. Baucom, and Kristina Coop Gordon. Before you make a final decision, you may want to consider going to Couples Therapy provided by a licensed Psychologist and/or a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist so you can, per the subtitle of "Getting Past the Affair", ....."Cope, Heal and Move on---Together or Apart".
Be safe and take care.

Dr. Lata Sonpal

Does anti-anxiety medication change your personality?

Dear Sir, I think you are better off asking this question to the person who is prescribing your anti-anxiety medication. You may want to get a book called Anxiety and Phobia READ MORE
Dear Sir,

I think you are better off asking this question to the person who is prescribing your anti-anxiety medication. You may want to get a book called Anxiety and Phobia workbook by Edmund J. Bourne. He has also written a book on natural remedies for anxieties.
I hope that helps. 

Take care,

Dr. Lata Sonpal

Which is the best antidepressant for anxiety?

Dear Madam, Sorry to hear that you are suffering from anxieties and need to take medicine for it. As I am a psychologist and psychologists in the State of Florida are not allowed READ MORE
Dear Madam,

Sorry to hear that you are suffering from anxieties and need to take medicine for it. As I am a psychologist and psychologists in the State of Florida are not allowed to prescribe medicines, it would be inappropriate for me to suggest which anti-depressant is best for you. Please contact your primary care physician or your psychiatrist for this issue. They need to do an evaluation to find out what is causing your anxieties and what will be appropriate for your level of anxiety and then prescribe. In the meantime, you could read a book titled "Anxiety and Phobia work book" by Edmund J. Bourne and start working on releasing your anxieties. You could also find a licensed psychologist in your area, specifically someone who specializes in hypnotherapy to help you get to the root of your anxieties, heal from them, and release them.

Take care,

Dr. Lata Sonpal

Can I treat my depression naturally?

Dear Madam, Sorry to hear that you are suffering from depression. There are several factors to consider before you start treating yourself. Is there a family history? Does your READ MORE
Dear Madam,

Sorry to hear that you are suffering from depression. There are several factors to consider before you start treating yourself. Is there a family history? Does your depression have a genetic component? Is it situational? Is it connected with a trauma? How long have you had it? What other approaches have you followed, i.e., psychotherapy, consulting your primary care physician? What do you mean by "can I treat it naturally," i.e, Homeopathic, Aurvedic, over-the-counter medicines? Even for those natural medicines you will need to consult someone who specializes in them so you are guided on the right path. It may be a good idea to consult a licensed psychologist and then decide which path to choose. You may want to get a book titled "Feeling Good" by Dr. David D. Burns.

Take care,

Dr. Lata Sonpal

What can I do for social anxiety?

Dear Sir/Madam: I am sorry to hear that you are suffering from Social Anxiety preventing you from interacting with other human beings. You do realize the importance of socializing READ MORE
Dear Sir/Madam:

I am sorry to hear that you are suffering from Social Anxiety preventing you from interacting with other human beings. You do realize the importance of socializing otherwise would not have reached out. Besides adversely affecting relationships it also affects our brain's functioning. Brains of people with Alzheimer's when stop socializing decay faster than those who continue to socialize. You can seek therapy from a licensed Psychologist to get to the roots of your social anxieties and heal from them. The therapist can also help you get desensitized so you can overcome the unnecessary fears and mingle with people. You may also seek group therapy so can get accustomed to being with people and extend that comfort level to others that you come in contact with. Until you find the right therapist start reading Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Edmund J. Bourne. 

Take care,

Dr. Lata Sonpal

Psychoanalysis vs. Cognitive behavioral therapy?

Dear Sir/Madam: Thanks for your concern about your mom's OCD. Is she on any medication? What does her psychiatrist or PCP recommend? Both Psychoanalysis and CBT have their merits. READ MORE
Dear Sir/Madam:

Thanks for your concern about your mom's OCD. Is she on any medication? What does her psychiatrist or PCP recommend? Both Psychoanalysis and CBT have their merits. Why not have mom check out someone that specializes in both and see who she connects with as that is important. Psychoanalysis traditionally required 2-3 visits weekly. There is also hypnotherapy/regression therapy. It gets to the roots and causes of the underlying issues and helps the person heal from them. Hypnotherapy cuts down on the number of sessions.
I wish your mom well.

Take care,

Dr. Lata Sonpal

How do nicotine patches work on smokers?

Dear Sir/Madam: Thanks for your concern regarding your sister's smoking as it is an addiction that can cause many physical health problems. As a psychologist, I prefer to do READ MORE
Dear Sir/Madam:

Thanks for your concern regarding your sister's smoking as it is an addiction that can cause many physical health problems. As a psychologist, I prefer to do hypnotherapy to help people become a non-smoker. When someone is truly motivated to be a non-smoker, it takes about two to three sessions. You may also want to suggest to her that she read a book called "The Easy Way for Women to Stop Smoking" by Allen Carr.
Give my regards to your sister. I am glad that she is being mindful of her health and that you are supporting her on this new path of being a non-smoker.

Take care,

Dr. Lata Sonpal

Is borderline personality disorder serious?

Dear Madam/Sir: I am sorry to hear that your dad is suffering from the Borderline Personality disorder. I am glad that he is in treatment. I hope that he is seeing a therapist READ MORE
Dear Madam/Sir:

I am sorry to hear that your dad is suffering from the Borderline Personality disorder. I am glad that he is in treatment. I hope that he is seeing a therapist that specializes in working with the Borderline Personality Disorder. It may be a good idea for you to talk to your dad's therapist to find out how serious is his condition. Some of the recommended treatment for this disorder are Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I would also recommend that you and the rest of the family members also go for therapy as it will give you needed help.

Take care,

Dr. Lata Sonpal

Why does my sister get so angry at times?

Dear Concerned Sibling, I thank you for your needing to help your sister. It certainly is a good idea for her to see a licensed psychologist to figure out the roots and origins READ MORE
Dear Concerned Sibling,

I thank you for your needing to help your sister. It certainly is a good idea for her to see a licensed psychologist to figure out the roots and origins of her anger so she can heal and release the unnecessary anger. Sometimes people do express their depression through their anger. Has she read a book titled "Feeling Good" by Dr. David Burns for depression? You may want to recommend it to her. There is also a book by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama called "Healing Anger". She could also read "The Art of Happiness" by HHDL.

Take care,

Dr. Lata Sonpal

How do I prepare to speak to a psychologist about my depression?

Dear Madam/Sir: I am sorry to hear that you are feeling depressed. YOU have brought up an excellent point as sometimes when in a Dr. 's office you may be a little nervous the READ MORE
Dear Madam/Sir:

I am sorry to hear that you are feeling depressed. YOU have brought up an excellent point as sometimes when in a Dr. 's office you may be a little nervous the first time. So, I would suggest you write down everything that you need to cover in the session, including your feelings, your thoughts, your symptoms, how long you have been suffering, what you have done to feel better including exercise, healthy meals, getting enough sleep, any family history of depression, how does your depression affect your school, work, relationships, etc.

In case you have forgotten something you can always bring it up in the next session. So it may be a good idea to keep a daily Journal of your daily habits of eating, sleeping, social media, game playing, etc., to see what changes you can make to feel better.  I would also recommend read "Feeling Good" by Dr. David Burns and do the assignments given in the book. There is another good book called "Mindful Way through Depression".

Take care,

Dr. Lata Sonpal

Do we need marriage counseling?

Dear Madam: Sorry to hear about you and your husband are having a lot of problems in your relationship with each other. It is a long-term relationship, though you have been READ MORE
Dear Madam:

Sorry to hear about you and your husband are having a lot of problems in your relationship with each other. It is a long-term relationship, though you have been married only three years. Do you both have any children? Are you both working? Did you have the problems before you got married? Are those the same issues since you got married? 

I would definitely suggest you seek marital therapy with a licensed psychologist or a licensed marriage and family therapist.  Financial issues are a major cause of separation and divorce so sooner you address those issues in therapy the better off you are emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually. I would recommend that the two of you read together "Five Love Languages" by Gary Chapman and "Love is Never Enough" by Dr. Aaron T. Beck and do all the assignments.

Take care,

Dr. Lata Sonpal

How can one control anger?

Dear Concerned Friend, Is you friend's pattern of angry outbursts a new thing or has he been like this since you have known him? Is it a deep rooted issue or is he manifesting READ MORE
Dear Concerned Friend,

Is you friend's pattern of angry outbursts a new thing or has he been like this since you have known him? Is it a deep rooted issue or is he manifesting his depression through anger?  Not having evaluated him it is difficult for me to suggest what he needs to do to control it. I would definitely have him see a licensed psychologist to find out what is going on and what would be the appropriate remedies for his anger. He will definitely benefit from reading "healing Anger" by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Another good book is by Robert A. F. Thurman called "Anger". There are a couple of other good books: "When Anger Hurts" by, McKay, Rogers and McKay and "Vinegar into Honey", and "The Dance of Anger".
Hope and pray that your friend will take care of the issue of his Anger so that neither he, nor his wife and his well wishers, like a good friend like you, have to suffer unnecessarily.

Take care,

Dr. Lata Sonpal

Why am I dreaming about teeth?

Dear Madam/Sir: It is difficult to analyze a person's dream without getting to know them in therapy. The interpretation may seem to be out of context as I do not know you. My READ MORE
Dear Madam/Sir:

It is difficult to analyze a person's dream without getting to know them in therapy. The interpretation may seem to be out of context as I do not know you. My suggestion is to check CJ Jung's book "Dreams" (anxiety) and or other books like "The Element Encyclopedia of 20,000 Dreams" (uncertainty, ending of one phase of life and beginning of another, or "10,000 Dreams Explained" (going through through transition) and see what applies to your situation! You may want to seek therapy with a licensed psychologist where you can discuss the dreams and what they mean in your life's context.

Take care,

Dr. Sonpal

Can a divorce drive people toward alcoholism?

Dear Madam/Sir: Sorry to hear about your divorce. Any separation is painful, regardless of whether you were getting along with each other or not! How you are going to deal with READ MORE
Dear Madam/Sir:

Sorry to hear about your divorce. Any separation is painful, regardless of whether you were getting along with each other or not! How you are going to deal with the loss is up to you. Drowning your sorrow by being drunk is not a healthy way to cope with the loss as alcohol in itself is a depressant.

Re: your question whether it is normal? What is normal for one may not be normal for another. So, I am unable to answer that question of yours. Apparently, you are concerned about your consumption of alcohol, otherwise you would not have posed that question and reached out. So, my suggestion is for you to find a licensed psychologist in your area who specializes in helping people cope with their divorce. Seeking therapy is a more healthy way of approaching your pain and release it rather than seeking alcohol as that is a temporary way of numbing the pain. 
I wish you all the best and hope and pray that you take care of yourself.

Sincerely,

Dr. Sonpal

Do you have to be married for couples therapy?

Dear Sir/Madam: I appreciate your taking initiative to resolve the issues regardless of your marital status. There are many couples, regardless of whether they live together READ MORE
Dear Sir/Madam:

I appreciate your taking initiative to resolve the issues regardless of your marital status. There are many couples, regardless of whether they live together or not, seek therapy. They may not tell others as sometimes in our society there is a stigma about people seeking therapy. So, I would encourage you to seek counseling as a couple, when needed, and not worry about whether other people pursue it or not. Just ensure that you are going to a licensed psychologist or a licensed marital/couple therapist who are experienced in helping you deal with those issues.

Take care,

Dr. Sonpal