Dr. Hakala completed her medical degree, general adult psychiatric training, and child psychiatric fellowship at the University of South Florida. She provides
both psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy and also has been trained to provide Suboxone pharmacotherapy.
She provides caring compassionate treatment and has experience with the following populations: child and adolescent, eating disorder, autistic disorder and other pervasive developmental disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and PTSD due to military or sexual trauma.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive-behavioral therapy stresses the role of thinking in how we feel and what we do. It is based on the belief that thoughts, rather than people or events, cause our negative feelings. The therapist assists the patient in identifying, testing the reality of, and correcting dysfunctional beliefs underlying his or her thinking. The therapist then helps the client modify those thoughts and the behaviors that flow from them. CBT is a structured collaboration between therapist and client and often calls for homework assignments. CBT has been clinically proven to help clients in a relatively short amount of time with a wide range of disorders, including depression and anxiety.
Many practitioners now take an eclectic approach to therapy, drawing upon various aspects of cognitive-behavioral and psychodynam…
Dr. Hakala was very compassionate and understanding which made me feel very comfortable and relaxed during my first visit. I spent a great deal of time researching specialists and I was very glad I selected Dr. Hakala. She has been checking on me daily since my visit which has been very impressive to me. I highly recommend her.
Less than a year agoby a Verified Patient
by Chris S.
A+++++ service always!! I no longer use any other doctor as Dr. Hakala has been son amazing to me as well as the 10+++ people I recommended so far. She has always been there when I needed her if at 10pm Sunday, 8am Monday-etc.
by Catherine O.
I always feel comfortable seeing Dr. Hakala + talking with her about what's going on in my life. She's very kind + non-judgmental.