IS IN GOOD HANDS
At Live Oak Behavioral Health, our mission is to thoughtfully treat clients of all ages who are seeking to improve their mental health. We offer diagnostic assessment as well as evidence-based psychotherapy for individuals and couples. Our approach is patient-directed, goal-oriented, and time-limited. You will lead the way, and we can help you accomplish your goals.
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 collaboratively with you to identify and accomplish the goals of your psychotherapy.
Vocational and educational assessment
Psychosocial functioning and adaptive behavior
Cognitive abilities and achievement
Personality and personality pathology
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
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.
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.
Erika Mora, M.A., RMHC-I
Ms. Erika Mora holds her Psychology B.S., and Clinical Psychology M.A. from the University of Central Florida. She is a bilingual therapist (English and Spanish) who is focused on the treatment of trauma, anxiety, and depression in school-aged children, adolescents, and young adults. Her experience in inpatient and outpatient settings has provided a wide range of skills and tools that assist her in tailoring treatment for each person.
Ms. Mora specializes in the following evidence-based protocols:
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TFCBT)
Ms. Mora believes that authenticity and unconditional positive regard can be the bridge to a meaningful connection with her clients and their life experiences. She strives to promote healing as her clients find a healthy perception of themselves while making sense of the world around them.
341 N. Maitland Ave
Maitland, FL 32751
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM