1802 N. Alafaya Trail
Orlando, FL. 32826
Making Change in ourselves
and those around us
Since completing his Doctoral Degree, Dr. Kaufmann has been working to expand counseling services available to people dealing a wide range of behavioral and addiction-based issues, including those of gambling addiction and the newly identified Internet Gaming Disorder mentioned in the DSM-5. He offers treatment services himself (in-person and via distance sessions), but also spends time training and supervising other counselors for both FL State Licensure as Mental Health and Marriage & Family Therapists, and also for those interested in acquiring the International Gambling Counselor Certification. Each role in which Dr. Kaufmann has served has provided him with a new set of experiences, which have come together to form a unique passion for a wide range of clinical issues. Areas of focus for Area of Effect Counseling include: online gaming, substance abuse, sexual addictions, family and relationship issues, or helping people who are trying to overcome the daily grind of seemingly impossible expectations being forced on them.
Theoretical Orientation includes approaches involving:
Daniel's approach to counseling has grown through many different roles in the field, both professionally and academically. Depending on your situation, counseling time will focus on identifying the problem, what has and has not worked in the past, discussing the realistic actions and abilities you already have for changing the situation, and then setting goals for the next week. This solution-oriented approach gives you the ability to make focused changes in yourself and your environment, and expanding the effect you are making on your situations. This is not always easy or quick, but gives anyone the opportunity to take inventory of what they bring to the table, and actually spell out what the success they are searching for would look like. The great thing about this approach is that it opens the door for discussing more in depth problems in whatever way the client sees fit.
The focus of this practice is to help people make a difference for themselves in their world. This can include your own outlook, your relationships with friends and family, work or school, and virtually any other place you spend time in your routine. Daniel has focused his professional life on helping and researching a variety of issues, including video game and internet addiction, problem gambling, sexual addictions, marriage, family, and couples counseling, and many other issues that push people to seek help.
PhD, LMHC, BACC
Dr. Kaufmann is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida, as well as an Internationally Certified Gambling Counselor. He received his Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from Barry University, and his Master's Degree from Asbury Theological Seminary. His doctoral research explored the integration of personality theory with real-world and virtual-world decision making among MMORPG players. Daniel is also a Qualified Supervisor in the state of Florida, allowing him to train counselors pursuing licensure in the areas of Mental Health Counseling as well as Marriage and Family Therapy.
Dr. Kaufmann's counseling experience has been acquired in a multitude of roles and settings. These include working in Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Adult and Children's Outpatient, serving as a School Counselor in the Brevard and Lake County Public School Systems, directing the Juvenile Sex Offender Program for Family Counseling Center of Brevard, and currently serving as the Clinical Director for the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling in addition to operating his Private Practice.
Area of Effect Counseling