Phone: 863-668-3465

Monday - Friday: 8 am - 5 pm

Psychologist’s focus on the mind and the behaviors associated with mental health. They treat a variety of conditions including depression, anger and anxiety, to overcoming addictions, obsessive compulsive disorder, hopelessness, panic attacks, compulsive worrying, coping with a stressful situation, grief, feeling overwhelmed and overcoming an abusive past. To treat disorders they engage in counseling and psychotherapy with their patients and may refer patients to a psychiatrist to combine medication with therapy.
Counseling is short-term therapy that centers on one particular issue and helps the patient to cope with a specific problem, such as anger management, stress issues and addiction.
Psychotherapy is usually long-term counseling, also known as talk therapy. It provides a supportive environment free from judgment to establish a collaborative relationship between doctor and patient. It works to uncover a patient’s thought patterns and helps the patient develop coping mechanisms, change thinking patterns and alter behavioral habits so the patient can live a more fulfilling life and learn to cope in ways that are healthier for them.
The physician will assess and recommend the type of therapy that is best for the patient. It can take some time for a patient to feel comfortable with their therapist. When that moment occurs, therapy will start helping the patient lead a better life.
The Behavioral Health department is dedicated to supporting the mission and values of Watson Clinic LLP. The program supports this philosophy by providing adult and pediatric health enhancing services to our established patients. The department is equipped to provide evaluations, medical management, therapy, and non-pharmacological pain management coping strategies.

We work closely with community resource centers to ensure the patient has access to additional services not provided within our group, such as inpatient therapy or targeted case management. Watson Clinic offers the services of Clinical Psychiatrists and a Psychologist. These practices are independent of one another. Watson Clinic is not licensed as a Behavioral Health Center. Patients are seen within these practices according to the policies and procedures of the Clinic as a whole. Any additional behavioral health services needed are referred to outside entities according to the referral process.

Psychology Physician:

Dr. Michael L. Kieffer
Michael L. Kieffer, PhD
  • Medical School: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, MS and PhD, Clinical Psychology
  • Internship: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, Clinical Psychology
  • Fellow: American College of Surgeons
  • Member: American Psychological Association, Florida Psychological Association, Leadership Lakeland X

Physicians & Providers

Michael L. Kieffer, PhD


Watson Clinic Main
1600 Lakeland Hills Blvd.
Lakeland, FL 33805

Please call 863-668-3465 for additional information.