Diagnostic Assessments: In addition to ongoing therapy services, I also offer detailed diagnostic assessments. I recommend a thorough diagnostic assessment as a good starting place for treatment. An assessment can be especially helpful if this is your first time seeking services, you’re overwhelmed by multiple symptoms you don’t understand, or you question a previously given diagnosis.
Therapy: I offer evidence-based treatments (in other words, treatments that are backed by research) for a wide variety of mental health conditions in adults. Please contact me to discuss specific mental health concerns and/or treatments I offer.
I specialize in complicated cases in which individuals have multiple psychiatric disorders, personality disorders, and/or other medical conditions. I have a particular interest in mood and anxiety disorders, OCD, PTSD, and personality disorders.
Of note, I am a certified Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) psychologist and also provide Prolonged Exposure (PE), both of which are considered the gold-standard treatments for trauma/PTSD.
After an initial appointment, you and I will discuss treatment options you are interested in, types and durations of sessions, and how long treatment may take. I also offer multiple sessions per week for those with limited availability or a desire to work intensively on treatment goals.
I take special care to ensure the services I offer are culturally-sensitive. I have extensive experience working with individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds as well as many facets of diversity including sexual orientation/identity and religion/spirituality. It is important to me that your treatment and treatment goals incorporate the aspects of your life that are meaningful to you. I provide services in either English or Spanish!
Hello and welcome! Thank you for taking the time to learn about me and the treatment services I offer.
Whether you have been in therapy before or if this is your first time seeking services, I always strive to create a safe, supportive environment where my clients and I work together towards their goals.
My clients vary on where they begin. Some clients already have a defined diagnosis and very clear goals. Others are feeling overwhelmed, scared, and unsure of where to begin. I am here to tell you that where ever you are starting is just fine! I am a psychologist who meets you where you are.
I look forward to collaborating with you as we embark on a journey to get your life back!
Dr. Kayla K. Thayer, Ph.D.
FL License PY10292
I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Florida where I double majored in Psychology and Spanish. I received my Masters of Science and doctorate degree from the University of Miami (Ph.D. in clinical psychology, specialization in Adults). During my time at the University of Miami, I focused on researching and treating individuals with chronic and severe mental illness. I also received training in the treatment of trauma/PTSD, eating disorders, and neuropsychological testing. I then trained at VA Boston (with appointments at Harvard Medical School and Boston University School of Medicine) where I worked in inpatient psychiatry, the PTSD clinic, and residential as well as outpatient alcohol and substance use treatment. I completed my post-doctoral training at the Miami VA Medical Center where I worked in inpatient and residential psychiatric care as well as outpatient care for individuals with chronic and severe mental illnesses.I have extensive experience providing mental health services at all levels of care including inpatient, medical detox from alcohol and drugs, residential treatment, intensive outpatient, and outpatient settings.
I am a licensed psychologist in the state of Florida and I am also a faculty member at Nova Southeastern University where I serve as Director of the NSU Anxiety Treatment Center. My work focuses on teaching, training, and supervising clinical psychology doctoral-level students on culturally-informed, evidence-based practices. I am bilingual in English and Spanish.
Hours and Fees
Hours: I offer appointments Monday through Thursday as well as Saturdays (8AM-12PM). I offer a variety of appointment times in order to best meet the needs of your busy schedule.
Fees: I am a private-pay, out-of-network provider. This means that I do not take any insurance up front. However, I am happy to provide any paperwork that your insurance company requests in order for you to submit for reimbursement on your own. Please keep in mind that I cannot guarantee you will be reimbursed. I recommend that prior to your first visit, you contact your insurance provider for their reimbursement policy.
Payment is required at time of service. I accept all major credit cards, cash, and personal checks.
I offer a 10% discount for first responders, military personnel, and veterans. Please inquire to see if you are eligible.
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