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At Live Oak Behavioral Health, we thoughtfully treat adults and children with mental health complaints using evidence-based psychotherapy. Cognitive Behavior Therapy, or CBT, is patient-directed, goal-oriented, and time-limited. You will lead the way, and we can help you accomplish your goals.
Daniel Paulson, PhD
Dr. Daniel Paulson completed his PhD in Clinical Psychology at Wayne State University before relocating to central Florida in 2013.
Dr. Paulson is a licensed psychologist who specializes in cognitive behavior therapy for:
Family caregiving with older adults
Managing work-related stress
Insomnia and other sleep problems
Bariatric surgery and weight management
Dr. Paulson strongly believes that psychotherapy should be based on both science and the wishes and desires of his clients. Outside of his work at Live Oak Behavioral Health, Dr. Paulson is a faculty member of the Department of Psychology at the University of Central Florida. Dr. Paulson’s research primarily involves the complex interrelationships between medical and psychological health.
Robert Dvorak, PhD, ABPP
Dr. Robert Dvorak received his PhD from the University of South Dakota and is one of only four psychologists board certified in Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy in Central Florida. His approach to helping individuals achieve and maintain psychological health involves the use of scientifically validated approaches, melded with his own unique style of working within each person’s individual strengths and experiences to overcome life’s struggles. In doing so, therapy with Dr. Dvorak is individually tailored to each person, while weaving in aspects of scientifically-supported treatment approaches.
Dr. Dvorak specializes in Cognitive Behavior Therapy for:
Couples (relationship and family issues)
Anxiety, Panic, Phobias, and Trauma
Health and Illness Anxiety
Addiction (substances, food, and gaming)
Emotion-regulation (depression and bipolar)
Sleep-related issues (restless sleep and insomnia)
Dr. Dvorak is a licensed clinical psychologist and a professor of psychology at The University of Central Florida. At UCF, Dr. Dvorak conducts research on emotion-regulation as it relates to anxiety, depression, substance use, and eating disorders.
Karen Kildron, M.S., S. S.P.
Specialist in School Psychology
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern
Karen Kildron is an experienced therapist with a background in School Psychology who specializes in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Exposure Therapy, and social skills training.
Her areas of expertise include:
Anxiety, depression, and phobias
Executive functioning skills
Karen's background in School Psychology, as well as her counseling experience, has provided her with a unique perspective. She believes that effective parent-counselor communication is key to helping children reach their full potential. Her passion is teaching parents to advocate for their children and empowering children to advocate for themselves.
Benson Munyan, PhD
Dr. Munyan completed his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Central Florida in 2018. He specializes in optimized cognitive assessments which are informed by empirical research, best practices, and clinical utility. He completed his predoctoral internship at the Orlando VAMC, where he completed rotations in neuropsychology, primary care mental health, and behavioral health. His clinical training also includes experiences at Florida Hospital, UCF Student Services, and the UCF RESTORES.
As a mental health professional and father, he has a genuine interest in helping parents understand how children’s development affects children’s lives and the family more broadly. At this time, he is primarily conducting assessments for cognitive ability, academic achievement, and Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) for those
Tracy Wharton, PhD, LCSW
Dr. Wharton believes that therapy offers tools to help people address challenges in their lives, improve their quality of life, and be their best selves.
She specializes in CBT, Solution Focused therapy, Narrative therapy and brief interventions for adults dealing with issues related to:
Military family life and intercultural families
Adjustment (new circumstances, health, separation from military life, aging, etc.)
Grief and end-of-life related issues
Family caregiving with older adults*
Work related stress, self-confidence, and self-esteem
Dr. Tracy Wharton is a lifelong Special Forces military family member with over 12 years experience of deployment and is intimately familiar with the pressures of operational readiness, OPSEC, and transition. She is a licensed clinical social worker in the states of Florida and Alabama, and is a faculty member at the University of Central Florida. She received her PhD in Social Work from the University of Alabama and her MSW at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on supporting families living with dementia and on healthcare access for vulnerable populations with chronic illness such as PTSD and depression.
*Dr. Wharton is also available to do single session planning consultations for families who have received a diagnosis of dementia. Are you overwhelmed? Are you at a loss for how to get help? Are you afraid of the future? There is help. A single session consult is not designed to solve your problems, but to help you identify sources of support, name your strengths and needs, and develop a plan of action. These sessions are planned as 1½ hours and may be scheduled at our office or in your home or a convenient location within the central Florida area. Cost for these are different than the therapy fee, and may involve a sliding scale if necessary. The office can provide an invoice for your insurance company if you would like to submit for coverage.
Our therapists work with both of you to rediscover the passion you once had by building communication, mutual respect and admiration, and finding new ways to connect.
Our therapists work with your family to decrease distress and conflict, and improve communication and the patterns of interaction between family members.
Our therapists work collaboratively with you to identify and accomplish the goals of your psychotherapy.
Diagnostic assessments will be completed during your initial therapy session to help identify the goals of your psychotherapy.
341 N. Maitland Ave
Maitland, FL 32751
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM