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Qualifications and Experience
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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.
• Child or Adolescent
• Eating Disorders
• Autistic spectrum disorder
• Anxiety or Fears
• Attention Deficit (ADHD)
• Autistic spectrum disorder
• Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
• Relationship Issues
• Substance Abuse
• Trauma and PTSD
• Impulse Control Disorders
• Personality Disorders
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 psychod
Verified Patient Reviews
She was a great listener and very helpful in every way. She really made me feel a lot better which I needed very much. I would recommend her to anyone who feels they need help and need to talk so someone who knows what they are talking about.
Dr. Hakala is a great person and really cares about patients well being.
Very pleased!! Dr. Hakala and her NP David are extremely caring, considerate and knowledgeable mental health professionals. I highly recommend her and NP David. Thank you ZocDoc.
She is very kind and gentle. A pleasure to meet. She's not cheap though. But if you want someone who listens I highly recommend her.
She's very understanding and sympathetic and absolutely the doctor I've been looking for.
Sheryl is a very unique person. She thinks out of the box to find and create a healthcare environment that is soothing and accommodating. The entire staff is friendly and kind. The office is soothing and filled with options to increase the patient's confidence and options.
Dr. Hakala is very caring and attentive. I highly recommend her.
She is very straight forward, smart, fair. I have only seen her twice but I have a lot of respect for her professionalism and ethics.
Very knowledgeable and caring. Easy to talk to.
It was unique! Not run-of-the-mill psychiatrist or MD for that matter. She listens and is concerned. Each is hard to find in a professional. But very unique when you find both characteristics in one professional.
Fantastic doctor! Listens and asks essential questions. Very flexible with appointments. Extremely kind and caring. I would highly recommend her!
It was my first visit, but I really like her.
Great office and staff. I highly recommend.
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.