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    Traci J. Seidman, Ph.D.

    Owner Associates in Behavioral Counseling

    AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Diplomate-Fellow in Medical Psychology, FMICPP National Board Certified Fellow Clinical Hypnosis Registered Yoga and Meditation Teacher, RYT Dr. Traci Joy Seidman is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Medical Psychologist, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist and Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist practicing at Associates in Behavioral Counseling since 1986. She utilizes a holistic and mindfulness approach, combining hypnosis and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy in treating many different types of psychological and adjustment problems. Dr. Seidman works with individuals and couples in order to establish the new insights, mind sets and behavioral patterns required to help her patients achieve effective life changing results. Dr. Seidman specializes with sexual disorders and sexual lifestyles, , as well as anxiety disorders, depression, chronic pain and chronic illness. Dr. Seidman encourages her patients’ awareness of the mind-body-emotion connection, and she is sensitive to their individual spiritual needs. She focuses on helping people develop insight and awareness to achieve positive solutions and adaptations to fit their lives and individual needs. Her unpretentious, warm and caring approach, combined with a professional, but relaxed, office atmosphere make for an easy and comfortable experience. Dr. Seidman has enjoyed a great variety of training, expertise and interest in her 29+ years of experience. She has worked closely with children in many capacities including psychoeducational assessment for Gifted, LD and ADHD evaluations. She is National Board Certified in Clinical Hypnotherapy and an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist. She is also a Registered Yoga Teacher, RYT, and Meditation Instructor. Dr. Seidman was a member of the Board of Directors of the MS Foundation for over 10 years and an on-line doctor on their website. She has written articles in their magazine, MSFocus, which is published quarterly. You can learn more about the MS Foundation and see Dr. Seidman’s interview on coping with a new diagnosis of MS at www.msfocus.org

    Why See A Sex Therapist?

    It’s not easy to talk about sex. Many people suffer from varying sexual dysfunctions due to medical conditions or side effects from medications, yet they do not discuss their symptoms with their doctors! Some of the more common reasons couples seek counseling from a sex therapist include inhibited sexual desire, lack of arousal, painful intercourse, erectile dysfunction, inability to orgasm or premature ejaculation. Sometimes there are simple, quick solutions to problems, but oftentimes people discover that their intimacy issues involve much more than just sex. Intimacy includes major aspects of relationship and communication. These can be the more fulfilling and lasting elements of expressing one’s sensuality, and over time seem to increase in importance as we mature. Sex therapy can be done with individuals, but it tends to work best when a couple enters into treatment together (so you have someone to practice with). Dr. Seidman’s goal is to help you obtain a deeper level of love and intimacy, perhaps, than you have ever experienced before! More recently, people have been seeking certified sex therapists to discuss issues they are having that relate to living alternative sexual lifestyles. Dr. Seidman is one of the few practitioners who identifies herself as a Kink Aware Professional (KAP). Dr. Seidman was featured on the Women's Radio Network 1 show Keeping it Real with KC as well as the Open Forum with Bridget Grayson discussing sex therapy


    Dr. Traci Seidman has been practicing Clinical Hypnotherapy for over ten years. In addition to simply being a useful adjunct to psychotherapy and a wonderfully relaxing experience, it has been extremely effective on a wide variety of problems. She has had remarkable success is helping people quit smoking. Hypnosis is also useful in treating panic attacks, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias, and low self esteem. There are many medical applications, too, like lowering blood pressure, preparing for and recovering from surgery, preparing for dental procedures, childbirth, infertility, coping with cancer and chemotherapy, memory disorders, and more. The list is truly endless and almost any problem can be adapted to be treated with hypnotherapy. Feel free to call Dr. Seidman today with your questions about how hypnosis can help you! Read Articles from MS Focus Magazine, a quarterly publication of the MS Foundation:
    • Improving Body Image
    • Disclosing MS in Romantic Relationships
    • The Boiling Point
    • Member of the following fine organizations:
    • National Register Of Health Service Providers
    • Florida Society Of Clinical Hypnosis
    • American Psychological Association
    • American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)
    • Prescribing Psychologists’ Register
    • Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy

    Stan Seidman, Ph.D.

    Diplomate-Fellow in Medical Psychology – Owner/Founder Associates in Behavioral Counseling

    Dr. Stanley Seidman is the founder of the family practice of Associates in Behavioral Therapy and has been in practice since 1974. He has had an office in Plantation and then in Sunrise for over 34 years. His wife, Carol, and his daughter, Traci, are also in the practice. and follows Dr. Skinner’s behavioral techniques of operant conditioning and positive reinforcement to change unwanted behavioral practices. He enjoys working with a variety of problems including personal growth, difficulties in marital and family relationships, life cycle transitions, occupational stress, trauma, depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders. Dr. Stan Seidman is a warm, caring, empathic, but direct therapist. Helping others is a primary goal and he goes above and beyond to reach out and help people make changes in their lives.
    • Member of National Register of Health Service Providers
    • Prescribing Psychologists’ Register
    • Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy

    Carol Seidman, Ph.D.

    Diplomate-Fellow in Medical Psychology – Owner/Founder Associates in Behavioral Counseling Dr. Carol Seidman is a Licensed Psychologist and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has practiced in the Fort Lauderdale, Plantation, and Sunrise, area for over 35 years. She enjoys treating Adults, Couples and Families in a warm, family oriented, clinical setting. Anxiety, Phobias, Panic Attacks, Depression, Bariatric, Substance Abuse and Behavioral Issues are just a few of her areas of expertise. She is warm, down to earth, and empathetic. She enjoys helping her clients solve their problems with many techniques including Cognitive Behavioral Counseling, Rational Emotive Counseling, Behavior Therapy, and Life Coaching. On a personal side, she and her psychologist husband, have parented five children and have 8 grandchildren.

    Ruth Olmstead, Ph.D.

    Dr. Olmstead has extensive experience treating children and adults diagnosed with learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder (ADD), anxiety, depression, and a number of neurological disorders. Dr. Olmstead is certified in the application of electroencephalogram (EEG) biofeedback, and for more than twelve years has researched, developed, and published a number of specific intervention protocols in the application of AVS. Additionally, she trains licensed therapists in the clinical application of AVS. Dr. Ruth is a pioneer in the research and application of Audio-Visual Stimulation (AVS) systems (commonly known as “Mind Machines”). Her ground-breaking work in this field is widely published and considered among the most important works detailing the beneficial effects of Mind Machines on children and adults. See links to Dr. Olmstead’s research on:

    Francine Marks-Weinstein, MS, LMHC

    Francine Marks-Weinstein obtained her Master's Degree in General Clinical Psychology at the University of Houston in 1992. She has been in private practice since licensure, of which twenty years have been at Associates in Behavioral Counseling. Francine specializes in working with children, young adults, individual adults, couples and seniors.

    Why I Became a Psychotherapist…

    “When I was in my first year of college, my brother was diagnosed with HIV. Dealing with issues like these are not easy, to say the least. The emotional toll was great. Though life presents us with these circumstances, it does not give us an instruction manual on how to deal with them. Even though my brother passed away and unfortunately, my father, too, passed away within one year of each other, their deaths have given me an unexpected gift; a relentless passion to help others overcome their emotional difficulties and gain strength from them as well. As our emotions can often appear so complicated, I knew there had to be an easier way to understand and deal effectively with them. Over the past 20 years, I have worked to develop a unique, realistic and guided approach to positive psychological health that empowers you to overcome your present troubles, but future ones as well. All it takes is your commitment to improve. I truly love what I do and the satisfaction it brings to myself and the people I treat. Most people cannot say they found their ideal job, but I can.

    Alyse Gilbert, Psy. D.

    Alyse Gilbert, Psy.D. obtained her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in 2006. She has worked with a wide variety of patient populations and areas, including geriatrics, long-term mental illness (i.e., Schizophrenia), substance abuse, Borderline Personality Disorder, Bipolar, Anxiety, and Depressive Disorders. Her clinical work has also focused on psychological assessment, including personality testing, evaluations for gifted and learning disabilities, voc-rehab, neuropsychological batteries, as well as a variety of forensic assessments, including competency evaluations and risk assessments.

    Dr. Scott Leydig, Psy.D.


    Dr. Leydig is a Licensed Psychologist who earned his Doctorate of Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. During his time at Nova Southeastern University, Dr. Leydig provided individual and group therapy for individuals struggling with an array of mental health issues. Most notably, he earned specialized training in individuals suffering with anxiety/depressive issues and working with collegiate athletes and sport-related concerns. Dr. Leydig completed his pre-doctoral internship at the University of South Carolina’s Counseling and Human Development Center where he provided individual, couples, and group therapy to the university students. Prior to earning his doctorate degree, Dr. Leydig earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Florida. Dr. Leydig takes pride in his generalist training which affords him the knowledge and experience working with people from all walks of life and a wide range of presenting concerns. Dr. Leydig joined Associates in Behavioral Counseling in 2014 and he has enjoyed working with children, adolescents, and adults providing individual, couples, family, and group therapy services.

    What you can expect working with Dr. Leydig:

    Family and relationships with others are the most important things in Dr. Leydig’s life. When working with Dr. Leydig, you can expect to feel as if you’re a part of his family. Dr. Leydig strives to create a safe and non-judgmental atmosphere which promotes openness and trust. Dr. Leydig values the sanctity of the therapeutic relationship which enables clients to feel comfortable in sharing their inner most thoughts and feelings. Dr. Leydig’s collaborative and team-oriented approach has proven to be successful for people throughout south Florida for the past five years. Be assured that you will feel more empowered and confident in working through life’s challenges when you leave Dr. Leydig’s office.

    On a more personal note:

    Dr. Leydig was born and raised in south Florida and completed his Doctoral degree from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Therefore, he has a deep appreciation of the unique challenges faced by south Floridians. When he is not in the office, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing sports, and fishing. A wise man (Dr. Leydig’s grandfather) once said, “Make each day the best day of your life”. Call now and Dr. Leydig will help you make each day the best day of your life. Dr. Leydig offers free phone consultations to help you determine the best course of treatment for you. Dr. Leydig offers evening hours and will do his best to meet your scheduling needs.

    Laura Shelton, B.A.

    Biofeedback Specialist

    Laura Shelton is our Biofeedback Specialist who has been practicing in our office for over 16 years. She teaches our clients Relaxation Training and meditation through the use of Biofeedback equipment which is designed to help patients learn deep physiological relaxation. She is extremely knowledgeable in her field and a true asset to our establishment. Nobody walks away feeling stressed from Laura’s office – it’s always a pleasure to see her!

    Benjamin Bachus, Psy.D

    "Life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answer to its problems & to fulfill the tasks which it constantly sets for each individual." - Victor Frankl.

    When working with me, you can expect to feel safe, supported, & appreciated. However, you can also expect to feel challenged & encouraged. It is my goal to work with you (not just FOR you) to help align your values with your actions to help you be the person you want to be & live the kind of life you want to live. Life can present challenges & opportunities in many unique forms. Sometimes, it is hard to distinguish between the two.

    As a therapist, I have worked in anxiety clinics, suicide survivor support groups, autistic/learning disabled centers, residential substance abuse treatment facilities, and as a mental health provider in one of the detention facilities for the Broward Sheriff's office. I completed my post-doctoral residency at the Associates in Behavioral Counseling and have decided to stay here as a licensed clinical psychologist.

    As a personal note, I was born and raised in Texas, and have had the wonderful opportunity to live in several different states from Colorado to the Midwest before settling down in Fort Lauderdale and getting married to my beautiful wife in 2015. My interests include being with friends and family, challenging myself in any way I can think of, playing sports, and being in nature or with my numerous pets.

    Dyona Augustin, Ph.D.

    Dr. Augustin is a Postdoctoral Psychology Resident who received her doctoral degree from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Augustin has experience conducting regular and court-ordered psychological, psychoeducational, developmental disability, gifted, and substance abuse evaluations with multiple populations; providing individual, family, and couples counseling to individuals across the lifespan; and utilizing biofeedback. During the course of her career, Dr. Augustin has provided services to individuals struggling with various issues including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, social anxiety, panic disorder, schizophrenia, marital conflict, familial discord, cultural or acculturation issues, aggression, domestic violence, and personality disorders. Dr. Augustin cares about all of her clients and enjoys working collaboratively with them to help them reach all of their goals, no matter how big or small. Dr. Augustin is a warm, empathic therapist who provides a non-judgmental atmosphere where clients can feel free to discuss their concerns and work towards finding a solution that works best for them. Dr. Augustin’s primary goal is to help individuals from all walks of life to surmount their obstacles, empower themselves by learning skills they can apply in their own lives, and enable them to find renewed purpose and meaning in their lives. Dr. Augustin is bilingual and can provide services in Haitian Creole.

    Tammy Kunz

    Office Manager

    Tammy Kunz is our Office Manager and your first contact at Associates in Behavioral Counseling. She has been with our office since 2001. She is friendly, efficient and sensitive to the needs of our clients. She takes care of almost everything in the office. She keeps us organized and running smoothly. We’re pretty sure that you’ll appreciate any encounter you have with her – by phone or in person- she’s delightful and will brighten your day! (Just make her laugh : ) Topics
    • Traci J. Seidman, Ph.D.
    • Stan Seidman, Ph.D.
    • Carol Seidman, Ph.D.
    • Ruth Olmstead, Ph.D.
    • Francine Marks-Weinstein, MS, LMHC
    • Alyse Gilbert, Psy. D.
    • Scott Leydig, Psy.D.
    • Benjamin Bachus
    • Laura Shelton, B.A.
    • Tammy Kunz

    Associates in Behavioral Counseling

    Please contact us today to learn more about the psychological and counseling services we provide. The brain is a highly malleable organ that can eliminate maladaptive behavioral or thinking patterns with ongoing mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy We are so highly capable of change; sometimes we just need a little extra guidance and a helping hand. There is always hope. Always.
    • Associates in Behavioral Counseling
    • Phone: (954)742-8400
    • Belle Terre of Sunrise
    • 7800 West Oakland Park Boulevard
    • Suite 102
    • Sunrise, Florida 33351