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Helping People Help Themselves

The Healthy Lifestyles Guided Self-Change Program, a specialty outpatient program at Nova Southeastern University's (NSU) Psychology Services Center, offers a unique short-term, evidence-based, non-12 step alternative treatment, Guided Self-Change, not available elsewhere in Florida. The Guided Self-Change (GSC) treatment has been accepted for inclusion on the American Psychological Associations (APA) Division 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology) Empirically Supported Treatments (EST) website.

Guided Self-Change, a motivational cognitive-behavioral treatment, was established in 1984 in Canada by Drs. Linda and Mark Sobell, and brought to Nova Southeastern University in 1996. Both Dr. Linda and Dr. Mark Sobell are licensed psychologists in Florida and have their Diplomates in Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology.

Services are offered for people concerned about becoming healthier, losing weight, exercising more, drinking less, developing better relationships, quitting smoking, quitting gambling, stopping drug use, reducing internet use, becoming more goal-directed, and improving sleep. This evidence-based, motivational program empowers people to take responsibility for their own change and utilizes personal strengths for setting and achieving goals. The program has also been evaluated in several clinical studies. Services are available in English and Spanish. A sliding fee scale is available. The number of sessions is variable and determined by individual client needs. Individuals who are interested in services or more information can call the program directly at (954) 262-5968 or email us at Individuals are usually seen within 24-48 hours of their first call to the program. The program is open Monday through Thursday 9 am to 8 pm and Friday 9 am to 5 pm.

Changing Your Drinking on Your Own

As part of a large community study, which was conducted in 48 states and funded by a federal grant (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism), we sent participants materials that they could complete on their own to help them decide if they wanted to change their drinking. The materials used in the study are freely available and can be downloaded from the following link. The materials have been slightly modified to accommodate their being used on a website.

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