Edward Chandler, PhD
Originally from the Niagara Falls area, Dr. Chandler obtained his BA and MS degrees from Marquette University in Milwaukee, and his PhD, in Clinical Psychology from Louisiana State University following an internship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He taught Adolescent Psychology at LSU and graduate psychology courses at the University of West Florida. Prior to forming Turning Point, Dr. Chandler worked at Psychiatric Associates in Fort Walton Beach for 18 years. Dr. Chandler is a Licensed Psychologist in the State of Florida, is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Emerald Coast Mental Health Counselors Association, and has served, in the past, as Ancillary Staff of the Psychiatric Treatment Center at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.
Dr. Chandler's adolescent practice is broad in scope, addressing depression, opposition, substance abuse, academic difficulties and family conflicts. His work with adults centers on depression, anxiety, and excessive anger, as well as marital therapy and divorce recovery. Grief work, developing new meaning/purpose in life, behavioral activation and cognitive change are targeted with depressed clients. Within the anxiety spectrum, he often addresses worry, panic and social anxiety issues, and specializes in trauma focused psychotherapy for PTSD (e.g., abuse victims, combat veterans, and crime/accident survivors) as well as dissociative disorders. Dr. Chandler's anger management program focuses on developing frustration tolerance and relaxation, while reducing expectations, blaming, and the need for control over others. Clients seeking marital growth and recovery from divorce are also common in his practice. Dr. Chandler provides psychological testing, specializing in personality evaluations.
Read more regarding Dr. Chandler's thoughts on therapy and other issues at Psychomechanics: Tools for Self-Regulation of Emotions. If you wish, view his photography and stained glass website at www.ahaphotoandglass.com.
D'Lane Miller, PhD
A native of Louisiana, Dr. Miller received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Louisiana State University, and completed a dual internship in Adult Therapy and Child and Family Evaluation and Treatment at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. While at Cedars, Dr. Miller received training in the treatment of children with developmental delays, to include autism spectrum disorders. As an administrator, Dr. Miller was the Program Director of the Crisis Stabilization Unit in Santa Rosa County, the Clinical Program Director at the Psychiatric Treatment Center at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, followed by the position of Ancillary Staff at the Medical Center, where she provide psychological services to inpatients. Prior to forming Turning Point with Dr. Chandler in 2002, Dr. Miller worked for 16 years at Psychiatric Associates in Fort Walton Beach as an Outpatient Psychotherapist. Dr. Miller is a Licensed Psychologist in the State of Florida, and is an active member of the Florida Psychological Association, the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, the Emerald Coast Health Alliance, and the Emerald Coast Mental Health Counselors Association.
Working with all ages, Dr. Miller is particularly attentive to changes in family bonds due to divorce, trauma or death. As a child advocate and person who enjoys children and their ever changing nature, Dr. Miller approaches child therapy from a family, cultural systems viewpoint. Of special interest to her is the treatment of childhood depression, anxiety and panic reactions, childhood abuse and neglect, oppositional behaviors at home and in the school setting, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and learning problems. With adolescents, Dr. Miller focuses on the resolution of peer conflicts, improvement of self-esteem and the process of separation from the family as teens move on to college and beyond. In individual and Family Therapy with adults, Dr. Miller often addresses marital conflict resolution and relationship enhancement, trauma recovery, PTSD, depression, anxiety, work adjustment, coping with chronic health issues, domestic violence, women's issues, divorce readjustment and end of life care. Psychological evaluations for all ages are conducted upon referral or as needed for treatment purposes.
James L. Tucker, PhD
Dr. Tucker is a native of East Chicago, Indiana. Earning his BS degree in psychology and MS degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling at the Illinois Institute of Technology, he attained his PhD in Clinical Child Psychology at Denver University (DU), completing his internship at the Denver V.A. Hospital. Dr. Tucker completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the JFK Child Development Center and University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (UCHSC). He has been a licensed psychologist in Colorado for 30 plus years and is licensed in Florida, maintaining a private practice in Colorado until relocating to northwestern Florida in 2012. In Colorado, he worked as a school psychologist in the public school system, an assistant professor at UCHSC, a lecturer and supervisor in the DU graduate program and a treatment provider in the Day Treatment Program for children with developmental disabilities and their families. He served as the chief psychologist at the Colorado Boys Ranch for 9 years and as the supervising psychologist for the Prowers County Department of Social Services in Lamar, CO for 12 years. His relocation to Florida involved working over two years as a treatment provider with the Navy in Pensacola and one year with the Air Force at Hurlburt Field. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and has been a Turning Point provider since 2016.
Dr. Tucker's experience in the psychological assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, adults and their families has been extensive. He has evaluated individuals with a variety of developmental and emotional disorders from toddlerhood through adulthood. Having treated clients within educational, social and vocational domains, his perspective in understanding and providing treatment to individuals and their families has been based on a developmental model; he perceives the attainment of balance as a critical process and goal as a person copes with the various developmental phases of life. Life issues such as depression, overwhelming anxiety, angry behavior and traumatic experiences are seen as disrupting the balance that individuals need to constructively participate in healing themselves. Dr. Tucker utilizes an eclectic system of techniques that have been demonstrated to be effective in assisting clients manage their thoughts, emotions and behaviors in response to the stressors placed upon them by their biology and the events and situations that occur in their lives. His clinical efforts are geared toward assisting the individual to become more functional and effective in facing the dilemmas of life. Specifically, Dr. Tucker has worked with individuals who have disorders involving categories of autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity, behavioral disruption, emotional instability, cognitive limitation, social skills deficits, low self-esteem, grief/loss and conflict resolution. Clients are pressed to work within their environment. Psychological evaluations and consultations with educational/medical settings are welcomed regardless of age.