After treating hundreds of patients during his three years in Ocean City, Md., psychotherapist Dr. Peter Lamb will be moving his practice to Ocean View in the beginning of July.
Lamb will continue to work out of both offices until Nov. 1, when he will practice solely at his new office in Ocean View. He said he wanted to move so he could be closer to his home, and so he could take advantage of his Delaware psychologist license, which he has used very little since he received it.
Lamb has been a licensed psychologist for about 20 years and said the best part of his job is “being able to help people in any way, shape or form.”
“If people see themselves, want to make changes for the better and I help alleviate their problems, that’s really gratifying,” he said.
Lamb, a Vietnam War veteran, said he often works with other veterans because he can relate to the symptoms of post-traumatic stress and understands how to treat them. He frequently performs compensation pension exams at local hospitals and said he would like to do even more work with veterans.
Lamb said the number of patients he sees in the area increases each year, and the demographics of his clientele are changing.
“I’m starting to see more people that are middle-age and up, and couples,” he said.
In addition to seeing patients for therapeutic reasons, Lamb conducts IQ tests and personality tests, as well as neuropsychological tests.
“Neuropsychological testing is interesting because when a doctor is seeing someone and they want to know what’s wrong with the person’s brain functioning, I may be able to find some abnormality that a CAT scan hasn’t picked up yet,” Lamb said. “The testing is kind of like detective work.”
Lamb said his busiest months are during the spring and winter, when people tend to want to make changes in their lives.
“I’m always open to seeing someone who is having a miserable vacation, but more people are depressed in the winter,” he said.
Lamb received his doctorate degree in 1984 from the Florida Institute of Technology and did his doctoral dissertation on work burn-out. He then did his post-doctoral internship in his hometown of Albany, N.Y.
In 1985, a friend from Salisbury, Md., convinced Lamb to come to the area and he began working at Eastern Shore Hospital. He planned on staying for no longer than two years but ended up working at the hospital for 17 years.
Lamb has had his private practice in Ocean City since 2002 and said he has done so well in the area that he now has no plans to return to New York.