Dr. Tom Hicks specializes in the assessment and treatment of anxiety
disorders and impulse-control disorders. He sees adult and adolescent
(high school age and older) clients interested in overcoming problems
such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, agoraphobia,
social anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder (chronic worry), health
anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, and phobias. Though trained in a
variety of treatment approaches, Dr. Hicks specializes in
cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Empirical research and controlled
studies have demonstrated that CBT is the type of psychotherapy most
consistently shown to be effective for treating anxiety disorders. Dr.
Hicks creates an individually tailored treatment plan for each client,
grounded in the CBT methods necessary for lasting change.
Dr. Hicks received his doctorate degree from the University of Vermont.
He was trained in cognitive-behavioral methods by Dr. Harold Leitenberg,
one of the original pioneers of CBT approaches to anxiety disorders. Dr.
Hicks' approach to treatment emphasizes empowering his clients to
overcome their fears and avoidance through methods that have been
scientifically demonstrated to be effective. Recognizing that currently
only one third of the 19 million Americans suffering from an anxiety
disorder will ever seek treatment, Dr. Hicks is passionate about
increasing community awareness of effective treatments for anxiety.
Though extremely debilitating, anxiety disorders are also highly
treatable using CBT, medication, or a combination of these approaches.
Many of Dr. Hicks' clients are already taking medication at the start of
treatment. Often an individually tailored treatment plan developed with
Dr. Hicks and the prescribing physician will involve gradually weaning
off of medication as the client makes progress in using
cognitive-behavioral methods to gain control of their symptoms.