Dr. Lisa Saponaro

Clinical Psychology
Plantation, FL
20 years experience female

Locations

Lisa Saponaro, PhD

Plantation, FL

Address

7820 Peters Rd Ste E100, Plantation, FL, United States
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My office hours

Thursday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
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About

Bio

I provide individual (child and adult), couples, and family therapy as well as psychological testing in a private practice in Plantation, FL. In addition, I teach adjunct at Nova Southeastern University and consult with local community and government agencies to provide mental health services. I am experienced treating Mood Disorders (Depression and Bipolar Disorder), Anxiety Disorders (PTDS, Generalized Anxiety, Specific and Social Phobias, Panic Attacks, OCD), Substance and Alcohol Dependence, Eating Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Parenting Strategies, Stress and Anger Management, Coping and Communication Skills, Grief, Life Transitions and Developmental Problems, ADHD, Personality Disorders, Disorders of Early Childhood, Career Issues and a variety of other mental health concerns. To learn more about me and the services I provide, check out my website at: http://www.lsaponaro.com/

Specialties
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Clinical Psychology

Licenses

United States: Florida

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

190 Answers
143 Agrees
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 20 years experience
Exercise: You can't decide where your body will lose weight from but you can do various exercises to tone specific parts of your body! Try doing a variety of co... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 20 years experience
Too much food.: Eating too much and/or not moving enough are the main factors that lead to weight gain. Obesity worsens over time provided nothing changes as it's to... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 20 years experience
Significantly: Obesity affects many bodily systems known to shorten life span. It contributes to sleep apnea, diabetes, stroke, hbp, cancer, depression, social stig... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 20 years experience
"diet" for life: Low calorie diets (1200-1800 depending on your gender, height, and body size) have been shown to be necessary for long=term weight loss maintenance. T... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 20 years experience
Yes most likely: Depending on how overweight you are - finding the baby's heartbeat may be more difficult; however even in morbidly obese women- doctors are able to lo... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 20 years experience
Talk about it: It is very normal to feel overwhelmed as a new parent. Try reading any number of new parent books, talk to other parents you know and get support. J... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 20 years experience
Eat less move more: Count your calories and cut back on things that contain added sugars and fats. Tracking programs that calculate caloric values and daily limits are e... Read More
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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 20 years experience
United front: It is critical to present as a united front. Have discussions in terms of parenting outside the ears of the children. It is ok to let the kids know ... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 20 years experience
Eat less move more: The only real solution to losing weight is to cut back your intake. You must expend more calories than you take in. Track what you eat daily to get... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 20 years experience
Brain games: First, check with a doctor if you feel your memory and concentration have recently deteriorated to be sure there isn't any underlying concern. Brain g... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 20 years experience
Psychotherapy: Treatment for dysthymia is similar to treatment for depression. It should include psychotherapy and may also be appropriate to treat with antidepress... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 20 years experience
Treat the anxiety: If you are certain it is anxiety related then the best remedy is to treat the anxiety through self care. Good sleep, good nutrition (avoid gassy food... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 20 years experience
Not healthy: Anorexia is a form of starving the body and should never be looked at as a viable weight loss strategy. It is unhealthy to deprive the body of nutrie... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 20 years experience
Record every calorie: The best way to stay focused and on track is to count and record your daily caloric intake. There are many phone apps and computer programs that will ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 20 years experience
Could be depression: Those symptoms are strong indicators of depression. I would see a physician to rule out an underlying medical condition as well as a therapist to add... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 20 years experience
Primary role: Addressing nutrition is critical to all aspects of conquering the obesity epidemic in children. Children must be counter conditioned against the adve... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 20 years experience
Change lifestyle: Weight loss requires lifestyle changes. If you are overweight, you most likely got there as a product of too many calories for too little activity. ... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 20 years experience
Almost any age: Odd is typically more common among teenagers but can be diagnosed in school aged children. There is no age criteria for the diagnosis but diagnosing ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 20 years experience
Eat less move more: Weight loss after pregnancy is the same as general weight loss. Monitor your calories and increase your exercise. This may be hard after having a ne... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 20 years experience
Ask doctor: Everyone should be mindful of what they put in their bodies for nourishment. A teen should "worry" about what they are eating when their weight is no... Read More
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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 20 years experience
Not a good solution: Adhd meds may suppress appetite, but have other side effects. The best way to maintain a healthy weight is to eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables... Read More
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 20 years experience
Is it a prob for you: Things seem to be working. It is typical that the erection response fades as you mature. In young boys, erections occur easily and often at undesira... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 20 years experience
Yes: Ocd can be treated with psychotherapy as well as medications and the best results often come from a combination of the two. Medications will reduce th... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 20 years experience
Impaired functioning: Sleep is one of the most critical functions your body needs and is critical to all other functions. Poor sleep schedules can lead to physical and psyc... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 20 years experience
Many things: Start by looking at your calories in versus calories out. While an imbalance in that area is most likely the cause, you should consult your doctor as... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 20 years experience
Set boundaries: Encourage him/her to get treatment and then set boundaries about how much you wish to interact with them while the illnesses are not managed. You may... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 20 years experience
No: Vegan would represent dairy free but vegetarian can include dairy read the ingredients to see goodbelly is 1 vegan probiotic. Many vegan yogurts ar... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 20 years experience
Make life changes: The only solution to obesity is to cut back on calories. Adding in physical activity will help & you may want to talk to dr about surgery. Set a goal... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 20 years experience
Psychotherapy + meds: Both depression and anxiety are highly treatable with psychotherapy and medications. Cognitive behavioral therapy in particular has good results with... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 20 years experience
Routine change: Automation refers to making things "automatic" in your weight loss routine. This would include "go to" meals that you have established to be within yo... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 20 years experience
Yes: Studies have shown that having an exercise partner can lead to more consistent exercise as partners help to motivate and keep one another on track. I... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 20 years experience
Height increase: Bmi is a calculation based on height and weight. If weight is increasing, only way for bmi to decrease is to grow taller.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 20 years experience
Passively yes: While he is on a road to death quicker than others that doesn't mean he is actively suicidal. As a brother you can model good health and have open con... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 20 years experience
It can : Our bodies are mostly water and need water to function. Water can help to flush out the system, to keep you hydrated, and can be used as a first choi... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 20 years experience
Track your calories: Focus on foods you like that are healthy, track your food intake and limit your portion sizes. By keeping a calorie count you will know where you are... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 20 years experience
Charts: Overweight is defined as having a bmi of 25-30 while obese is having a bmi over 30. Bmi is a calculation based on your height and weight. It is not ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 20 years experience
Yes but ..: The best solution to weight loss is to reduce calories and increase exercise. Weight loss pills are largely ineffective as a long term solution and c... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 20 years experience
Mirrors are reality: Mirrors certainly reflect the self in the most accurate sense in the same way a scale reflects weight. If you mean do mirrors have a negative effect... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 20 years experience
What's normal?: Normal is all relative. It depends on if your current weight is healthy or not. If you are underweight, then it would be healthy to want to gain mor... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 20 years experience
Many: Pain in the body particularly the joints. Difficulty with mobility. Shortness of breath. High blood pressure, increased risk of diabetes, increased... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 20 years experience
Anger episodes: Ied is episodes of rage and exposivity. It is a behavioral disorder. Mood disorder depends on which version. Both are highly treatable with cogniti... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 20 years experience
Temporary with risks: Weight loss pills are a short term solution with risks. There are multiple types of pills - ones that suppress appetite, ones that block absorption o... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 20 years experience
Self-care: Fibromyalgia is aggravated by stressors. The best way to deal with the pain is through plenty of rest, self care, proper nutrition and wellness activ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 20 years experience
Avoiding fears: Avoidance behaviors are those in which a person attempts to escape or avoid some feared, uncomfortable or anxiety provoking person/place/thing. Ex, s... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 20 years experience
Professional help: Working with a psychiatrist to manage the symptoms of bipolar disorder via meds to being with will reduce the likelihood that one would self-medicate.... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 20 years experience
Eat less move more: The only real solution to losing weight is to cut back your intake. You must expend more calories than you take in. Track what you eat daily to get... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 20 years experience
Not really: Losing weight can make all skin appear more loose as the fat cells shrink. However, this will only affect the outter area of the vagina (labia) and n... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 20 years experience
See chart: Mean weight isn't a good indicator of anything with out other information. Mean is average, and average does not mean healthy anymore. To determ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 20 years experience
Absolutely yes!: Take your time and be patient with the process. Losing a lot of weight will take time and you should likely plan on a few years to accomplish it. Tr... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 20 years experience
Psychotherapy: Psychotherapy is a great place to work through the problems you are discussing. It is very normal after kids leave the home to experience identity cr... Read More
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Apr 1, 2013
Dr. Saponaro provides concise, reliable, and helpful information on HealthTap. I appreciate her contributions!
Jul 18, 2013
Great answers. Very helpful. Thank you!
May 21, 2013
Very excellent and timely responses.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you my friend has all those signs but I'm not sure if it is depression because she was fine before she had her miscarriage
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! I was not sure but now i know i have a realy bad depression...still dont know what to do about it but thx for the info
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Thank you for the tips about the food tracker app! Since I always have my phone with me, it eliminates any excuses for not keeping an eye it

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Memphis
Graduated 2003MD

Awards

Most Influential, Third Place, Fort Lauderdale, FL - Winter
2013
Top Psychologist, First Place, Florida - Winter
2013
Top Psychologist, First Place, Florida - Summer
2013

Affiliations

American Psychological Association
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