Hi there! :) My name is Toni Hicks and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have over 20 years of experience as a therapist, case manager, counselor, and advocate. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns and issues to include depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, self-esteem, grieving, career challenges, trauma, abuse, substance use/abuse/addictions, eating disorders,etc.
What I feel to be the greatest asset that I can offer you, through my own professional and personal life experiences, is the ability to empathize with most individuals on most issues in most cases. I can provide genuine counsel, compassion, and comfort for whatever you may be dealing with. My style is down-to-earth and I am well known for my skills in empathy - walking in another's shoes, breathing their breath, to get to the core issues that are restraining them from experiencing success, peace, or confidence. My treatment approach is eclectic, meaning I use bits and pieces from many disciplines, yet, I primarily use cognitive-behavioral and dialectical behavioral therapy. Rest assured, that I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs.
I personally prefer live video sessions as our means of communication, as they are most beneficial in the counseling process. I ask that our first session be a live video where we can meet each other face to face. After our initial live video session, if you prefer live chat, phone, or messaging to video, that is made available to you as well. Sessions are up to 45 minutes. I am flexible and accommodating to your scheduling needs. If you find that the time/day you need is not listed in the availabilities section when you schedule your live session. please send me a message letting me know and we will work together to make it happen!
Better Help provides the platform for the online counseling process and they handle all of the business and financial end of things. If you have a question pertaining to the business/financial end of things, you can reach them at firstname.lastname@example.org and they usually respond within 24 hours on a business day. All counselors on Better Help are Independent Contractors and we solely provide counseling while utilizing Better Help's online platform. You are also invited to ask me any counselor/counseling questions at any time :)
You are not alone. Things can and will get better, and I look forward to working together and to watching you gain better help on your life's journey to better health :)
Hope to hear from you soon,
<3 Toni :)
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment Issues, Avoidant Personality, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Fertility Issues, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, Hearing Impaired, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Immigration Issues, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Prejudice and Discrimination, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Trichotillomania, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
AR LCSW 2565- C
Toni was caring and very helpful.
Written on Apr 07, 2022 after therapy with Toni for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, career difficulties, and coping with life changes
Toni has been an amazing support system for me. She is kind and a great listener. She has helped me implement healthy coping mechanisms in my life and has helped me realize my potential. I always looked forward to our chats!
Written on Mar 14, 2022 after therapy with Toni for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, coping with life changes, adhd, career difficulties, and compassion fatigue
She is patient and understanding.
Written on Mar 14, 2022 after therapy with Toni for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, and career difficulties
Toni is a great listener and always tries to point out the bright side of things. She is extremely relatable and always makes an effort to see things from my perspective. I am very pleased with our time together.
Written on Oct 07, 2021 after therapy with Toni for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, and self esteem
I really appreciate her and her support.
Written on Aug 31, 2021 after therapy with Toni for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, eating disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd
Toni is so lovely, we've only recently started our sessions but it's a really good fit. I've had counsellors in the past who I didn't connect with but I'm really happy with the rapport I feel with Toni.
Written on Aug 03, 2021 after therapy with Toni for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, and self esteem