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Dr. Larry F. Waldman Psychologist-Retired

Dr. Waldman is a recently semi-retired licensed clinical, forensic psychologist in Phoenix, Arizona. He conducted a highly successful private practice of 45 years working with children, teens, parents, couples, and adults in a solution-focused manner. He also consulted with family, personal injury, immigration and estate planning attorneys. His BS in Education/Psychology was from the University of Wisconsin; his MS in School Psychology was at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; his Ph.D. in Educational/School Psychology was earned at Arizona State University; and his Diplomate (ABPP) was received in 2003.

Waldman was the past president of the Maricopa Psychological Society, the Director of Psychological Services for Charter Psychiatric Hospital of Glendale, an “Official Guide” (top expert) on Parenting for SelfGrowth.com and was a Medical Consultant for the Social Security Office in Phoenix. He continues as an adjunct graduate professor in counseling and serves on the professional advisory board of Stepping Stones of Hope, a charitable organization serving children whom have lost a parent. Waldman also was the co-chair of the Early Career Psychologists Committee with the Arizona Psychological Association (AzPA) for five years. He is certified by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) as a (senior) fitness specialist and is a yoga instructor, certification in process, offering “yoga for seniors.”

In addition to numerous articles which have been published in the local Phoenix media and in the national press, Waldman has (thus far) written seven books: Who’s Raising Whom? Coping with Your Adolescent; How Come I Love Him But Can’t Live with Him? The Graduate Course You Never Had, 2nd Edition; Too Busy Earning a Living to Make Your Fortune? Overcoming Your Negotiaphobia: Negotiating Through Your Life; and Love Your Child More Than You Hate your Ex.

Dr. Waldman trained as a public speaker and has presented for PESI. His signature presentations are: The Business of Private Practice—The Graduate Course You Never Had and Teaching Parents to Parent. He has made over 150 paid presentations in his career to attorneys, chiropractors, psychologists, family therapists, counselors, social workers, school psychologists and school counselors. To the community Waldman speaks on parenting, marriage, stress, depression and anxiety, wellness, grand parenting and psychotherapy. He also is a seasoned podcast guest. His seminars are organized, practical and entertaining—offering “edutainment.”

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Addressing the Child’s Inappropriate Behavior: A Paradigm Shift

Larry F. Waldman, PhD, ABPP Clinical, Forensic Psychologist When I began counseling parents in the early 70’s, then as a school psychologist, it was often necessary to warn of the harmful effects of…

Larry F. Waldman, Ph…

Larry F. Waldman, PhD, ABPP Clinical, Forensic Psychologist When I began counseling parents in the early 70’s, then as a school psychologist, it was often necessary to warn of the harmful effects of spanking and/or paddling as a common discipline method. Today, the pendulum has swung to the other extreme, as parents are not effectively addressing their children’s inappropriate behavior. Behavioral parenting theory is founded on the premise that the child learns to behave and function according to the consequences of their actions. Therefore, parents are encouraged to objectively observe th…

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Nine Reasons Weight Lifters Should Engage in Yoga

By Larry F. Waldman, PhD, ABPP Psychologist, Trainer   Resistance training (weight lifting) is far more popular than yoga. It is rare, especially among men, to find people who do both. Having spent t…

By Larry F. Waldman,…

By Larry F. Waldman, PhD, ABPP Psychologist, Trainer   Resistance training (weight lifting) is far more popular than yoga. It is rare, especially among men, to find people who do both. Having spent thousands of hours in the gym for the past 50 years and a hundred hours on a yoga mat this past decade, it is unfortunately clear that many male lifters consider yoga to be primarily for women and not for “musclemen.” They are misinformed. Hoisting iron will build strength and improve bone density, which is certainly desirable, but it does little for aerobic conditioning, flexibility and balanc…

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What’s the Best Way to Die? It Depends

By Larry F. Waldman, Ph.D., ABPP Clinical, Forensic Psychologist As you approach the age of our nation’s life expectancy, it’s natural to begin to consider end of life issues. How you might “pas…

By Larry F. Waldman,…

By Larry F. Waldman, Ph.D., ABPP Clinical, Forensic Psychologist As you approach the age of our nation’s life expectancy, it’s natural to begin to consider end of life issues. How you might “pass,” is one of those considerations. My Zeide, as we called him, my paternal grandfather, was a strong, active man till the day he died. I remember as a kid helping him with yardwork or home repairs while he wore a white shirt and tie, even when it was 90 degrees with 90% humidity in a hot, muggy Southern Wisconsin summer day. He never stepped out of the house without a shirt and tie. He spoke at…

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Telehealth Marketing: Local to Global

The pandemic has changed the way psychotherapy is currently provided. My local listserve is burning up with colleagues talking about the problems, ethical factors, insurance questions, the extra energ…

The pandemic has cha…

The pandemic has changed the way psychotherapy is currently provided. My local listserve is burning up with colleagues talking about the problems, ethical factors, insurance questions, the extra energy required, and more, regarding telehealth. In business it is said that in a crisis many people suffer but some people become wealthy. For example, delivery companies (of packages and restaurant food), grocery stores, on-line shopping sites, on-line game sites (particularly bridge, canasta and mah jong), home-gym equipment outfitters, and, sadly, scammers are all currently experiencing a windfall.…

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Let Grandma Do it First

A major revelation to me from the current virus is the sad state of our digital system. Because many of us are house-bound, we are using the Internet more often for information, entertainment and soci…

A major revelation t…

A major revelation to me from the current virus is the sad state of our digital system. Because many of us are house-bound, we are using the Internet more often for information, entertainment and socialization. Presumably due to this significantly increased demand, I regularly experience sites that don’t work, buttons that don’t function, pages that freeze or disappear, and everyone’s favorite, the dead-end loop. If my toaster, washing machine or car, even under heavy use, operated in this inconsistent manner, I would return it. Another digital issue that has frustrated me for years but …

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Five Sure Ways to Raise a Responsible Child

As an experienced clinical child psychologist, I believe the ultimate goal of any parent is to rear an independent and responsible child. While at first glance this may appear obvious, if we observe m…

As an experienced cl…

As an experienced clinical child psychologist, I believe the ultimate goal of any parent is to rear an independent and responsible child. While at first glance this may appear obvious, if we observe most parents in action on a day-to-day basis, it becomes evident that many parents have no idea how to achieve this objective. Most parents never take a course on parenting or even read a book or two on the topic.  Ask many parents, “How do you foster independence and responsibility in your child?” and you are likely to get a blank stare. Our nation’s future rests in the hands of…

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Seven Reasons Why We Fail To Achieve Our Life Goals

Despite our dreams many of us fail to achieve our life ambitions.  Many of my clients talk about starting a business, becoming financially independent, writing a novel, traveling, furthering their ed…

Despite our dreams m…

Despite our dreams many of us fail to achieve our life ambitions.  Many of my clients talk about starting a business, becoming financially independent, writing a novel, traveling, furthering their education, getting physically fit, or becoming a nurse, teacher, or lawyer. Most of the time their objectives go unfulfilled.  Oliver Wendell Holmes said: “Most people go to their graves with their music still within them.”  Why? 1)  The need for immediate gratification A primary reason why people get “stuck in their rut” and fail to achieve their goals is that they “want it now.”  T…

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Training Parents to Parent: A Five-Way Win for Schools

Schools today are required to provide more services than ever before.  For example, many schools across the nation offer a free hot breakfast and lunch to students.  Some schools serve as a communit…

Schools today are re…

Schools today are required to provide more services than ever before.  For example, many schools across the nation offer a free hot breakfast and lunch to students.  Some schools serve as a community mental health center and some even supply medical services to the neighborhood. One service I believe schools can and should provide is parenting training.  Most parents struggle with disciplining and managing their children.  Parents, unfortunately, have no training or guidance in one of the most important things an adult can do—raise an independent, responsible child.  Schools are perfect…

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Making Your Parent-Teacher Conference More Effective

The parent-teacher conference can be an efficient tool to communicate with your child’s teacher.  Below are a few tips on how to make that meeting more productive: 1)  Show up:  My wife, now reti…

The parent-teacher c…

The parent-teacher conference can be an efficient tool to communicate with your child’s teacher.  Below are a few tips on how to make that meeting more productive: 1)  Show up:  My wife, now retired from teaching fourth grade for 28 years, often said that the parents with whom she most needed to talk rarely scheduled a conference. Children perform best in school when their parents are involved in their kid’s education. 2)  Come with a positive attitude.  Parents should recognize that most teachers are hard-working, caring educational professionals who toil for little pay.  Complainin…

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Another Example of APA’s Hypocrisy and Arrogance

I left the APA decades ago when I realized that as a clinician the APA was not my friend and certainly was not worth the expense to remain a member.  I joined NAPPP as soon as I could.  Nevertheless…

I left the APA decad…

I left the APA decades ago when I realized that as a clinician the APA was not my friend and certainly was not worth the expense to remain a member.  I joined NAPPP as soon as I could.  Nevertheless, the APA still plagues me. For more than a quarter century I have presented workshops across the country to mental health associations on how to develop, manage and market a thriving, cash-pay private practice.  I did it quite successfully for 45 years in Phoenix, studied the topic, learned a few things, wrote a book on the subject and desired to share my knowledge and experience with other ment…

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