My Approach to Helping
Dr. Boland has a general psychotherapy practice treating children, adolescents and adults since 1988. He specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Behavioral Family Psychotherapy and marital therapy. Patients come to Dr. Joseph Boland for treatment because he does far more than just listen to their problems, he provides clear, precise instructions and feedback. Dr. Boland is compassionate but also firm in his approach which has helped thousands of patients lead more happy and productive lives. Dr. Boland encourages his patients to audiotape their sessions so they can listen to the sessions again at home and take notes. He coaches them to develop skills by completing exercises between sessions. He does not believe in endless therapy that costs you a fortune but rather brief, educational and skills building to teach you the skills needed quickly so that you will no longer need psychotherapy.
When parents bring in their children with child behavioral problems, AD/HD, or school problems, Dr. Boland teaches specifically how to correct the behavior. Dr. Boland specializes in teaching self-discipline and self-control to impulsive children, anger management to angry children, and cooperative and compliant behavior to defiant children. Parents quickly learn how to make their children talk respectfully, follow directions, be responsible, and be honest.
With couples, Dr. Boland teaches effective communication skills and conflict resolutions skills. Improving intimacy, closeness and mutual appreciation are common goals. Dr. Boland tries to get both partners to see themselves as part of the solution and gives both suggestions for improving the relationship.
More Info About My Practice
Dr. Boland graduated Summa Cum Laude (top 2%) from the University of Northern Colorado in 1981 and received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Carolina in 1987. He completed his psychology internship at the Medical College of Georgia and his postdoctoral supervision at G. Werber Bryan Psychiatric Hospital in Columbia, SC. He is licensed by the South Carolina Board of Examiners in Psychology as a clinical psychologist, and he is certified by the Board of Governors of the American Psychological Association College of Professional Psychology in the Treatment of Alcohol and Other Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders. Dr. Boland is a member of the American Psychological Association and the South Carolina Psychological Association.
Drs. Janet and Joseph Boland have been married since 1986 and have two adult children. Jonathan is on the Swim/Dive team and studying pre-med at the Honors College at the University of South Carolina (USC) and Katherine just graduated from medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and is completing her residency in Internal Medicine at Tulane. The Bolands all enjoy travel and sports.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Dr. Boland evaluates children, adolescents and adults for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. There are three types of AD/HD
1) Predominantly Inattentive type (used to be called ADD),
2) Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type, and 3) Combined Type (Inattentive, hyperactive and Impulsive). Most insurance companies will cover both the evaluation and treatment of AD/HD.
In treatment, individuals with AD/HD may learn skills to improve self-discipline and self-control. Treatment almost always includes psychotherapy to learn coping skills to reduce and sometimes eliminate the symptoms of AD/HD. For children, behavioral family psychotherapy is typically recommended that includes both parents if possible and the child. If medication is warranted, Dr. Boland will work with your current physician to help you get proper medical treatment or if you like, refer you to a local physician who has an excellent record of patient satisfaction.