People with diabetes can experience a wide variety of emotional and behavioral challenges. These challenges may or may not be directly related to diabetes but usually affect a person with diabetes.
Dr. Laura Smith is a licensed psychologist at the USF Diabetes Center. She can help with:
- Difficulty taking care of diabetes
- Challenges adjusting to having diabetes
- Fear of injections
- Behavior issues such as “acting out” or temper tantrums
- Mood challenges like depression, anxiety, and/or anger
- Family conflicts
- School Problems
- Problems getting along with peers
- Goal setting
What is involved?
At your first appointment, Dr. Smith will meet with you to review your current difficulties including your diabetes care, mood, and behavior.
Please complete the Psychology Assessment Form and bring it with you to your appointment.
At the end of the first appointment, Dr. Smith will make recommendations about how to improve your behavior, mood, and coping skills. Follow-up sessions are often needed to make changes in treatment and monitor progress. Since taking care of diabetes impacts the entire family, it is often important to involve other important people in counseling sessions, such as parents, siblings, or significant others.
With your permission, Dr. Smith can communicate with your diabetes team, other medical professionals, and school personnel as needed.
How do I make an appointment?
Ask your doctor, nurse practitioner, or social worker to fax a Referral Form to Dr. Smith at (813) 974-3313. Then, call the scheduling center directly at (813) 396-2580. Visits will take place in the USF Diabetes Center which is located on the USF Tampa campus in the Morsani Center on the 5th floor.
What about insurance?
Insurance companies vary in what they cover but most plans include psychology services. Prior to your first appointment, you should contact your insurance company to see if psychology services are covered. If you do not currently have insurance but need services, please inquire about what options are available.