About Dr. Wadelton, PH.D.
Dr. Wadelton is a licensed clinical psychologist and owner of First Coast Therapy Group in Sawgrass Village, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. Dr. Wadelton is a true scientist-practitioner. She loves the science of psychology and she loves helping others. She works with adults, couples, families, and children of all ages.
While the majority of patients seen by Dr. Wadelton come to therapy for help with anxiety, depression, or relationship problems, Dr. Wadelton is a local "go to" person when you are looking for help with something that might require more specialized training and experience.
Dr. Wadelton's Specialty Areas:
- Autism spectrum disorders
- Eating and feeding disorders
- Medical psychology
- Pediatric psychology
- Sports/health psychology
Dr. Wadelton has expertise in a variety of therapy modalities and will work with you to find the best treatment options for your situation.
- Applied Behavior Analysis
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy
- Object-Relations Therapy
- Transference Focused Psychotherapy
- Play Therapy
- Strategic Family Therapy
- Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy
Dr. Wadelton is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), Florida Psychological Association, and is active in the APA divisions of Pediatric Psychology, Child Psychology, Media Psychology, Sport Psychology, and Developmental Psychology. She is a past member of the International Society of Schema Therapy. She is a Nationally Certified Biofeedback therapist.
Dr. Wadelton is a frequent psychology commentator for local news stations Channel 4, Action News, and Fox News channels. Dr. Wadelton was the keynote speaker for the Autism Association of Northeast Florida event "Parents, Professionals, and the Autism Puzzle"(2001). She is a frequent speaker on women's, teens, and children's mental health issues.
Dr. Wadelton has a B.A. degree in psychology from the University of Florida, a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from the Univ. of North Florida, and a Ph.D. in clinical psycholgy from Nova Southeastern University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Kennedy-Krieger Institute, Department of Behavioral Pediatrics. She completed her post-doctoral internship at the University of Florida Jacksonville campus in adult psychiatry. and with Ponte Vedra Psychologists.
Why Choose A Licensed Psychologist?
Licensed clinical psychologists complete APA approved doctoral programs consisting of a minimum of three years of on-campus coursework, practicuums, a pre-doctoral year of internship at an APA approved internship site, a post-doctoral year of internship at an APA approved internship site, and completion of a research-based dissertation contributing to new knowledge in the field of psychology. Clinical psychologists then take the National Licensing Exam and State Laws Exam for the state in which they intend to practice. Clinical Ph.D.'s have a primary focus in "talk therapy". They work with MD's (primary care doctors and psychiatrists) who have a primary focus in "medication therapy".