Dr. Hannah Gilfix with Integrated Care Clinic.

Dr. Hannah Gilfix

Postdoctoral Fellow

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About Dr. Hannah Gilfix

Dr. Hannah Gilfix is a postdoctoral fellow under the supervision of Dr. Samantha Winton. Dr. Gilfix specializes in the treatment of teens, young adults, and adults struggling with depression and anxiety disorders, relationship concerns, grief/loss, life transitions, chronic pain, and the college experience.

Dr. Gilfix has experience working in university counseling centers providing evidence-based treatments to college and graduate students who present with a variety of concerns (identity development, trauma, eating disorders, anxiety/depression, life transitions, grief), the Veteran Affairs Health Care Center working with individuals who have chronic pain, and outpatient medical centers providing behavioral family therapy as well as exposure therapy with individuals who have anxiety disorders.

Dr. Gilfix works to create a space with her clients that is both warm and collaborative, as well as inclusive of empathy and respect. She believes that forming strong relationships is the cornerstone of growth, and as such, aims to develop that with her clients and to assist clients to recognize how different factors may be affecting their ability to form authentic connections and relationships with others. She works alongside her clients to set goals, identify strengths and resources, and learn new skills to increase empowerment. While doing this, she also explores how each client’s life experience influence both their well-being and their understanding of the world.

Dr. Gilfix earned her bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from Oberlin College and her doctorate from the University of South Florida. She completed her predoctoral internship at the University of South Florida Counseling Center where she worked with college and graduate students dealing with the challenges of interpersonal concerns, mood disorders, anxiety/depression, identity development, trauma, eating concerns, and school transitions.

Dr. Hannah Gilfix: Specialties

Anxiety can often cause worry and lead to a feeling of being “stuck”. This can impact our ability to function at work, school, and in relationships. We can work together to manage general anxiety, social anxiety, phobias, or panic by exploring the connection between our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, learning how to challenge our thoughts, identifying “thinking traps” that our brain may be falling into, and utilizing mindfulness skills to be able to move through life with more confidence.

Sometimes these feelings are new and other times it may feel like you cannot remember a time when you were not depressed. It may feel like you are wearing “rose colored glasses” that perpetually influence how you see the world and increase sadness and loneliness. We can work together to help you learn how to move forward with greater empowerment and bring fulfillment back into your life.

Having authentic, growth-fulfilling relationships with others is incredibly important for overall well-being. Sometimes our friendships, romantic relationships, and family can be sources of stress. We can work together to understand how to increase vulnerability, learn communication tools, foster a better connection, and ultimately build the relationships that you desire.

There is no right or wrong way to grieve, and people express their grief in many ways. I will provide a safe, supportive, and healing place where you can process your loss and learn how to move forward.

Transitions can be difficult. Whether you are starting college, changing careers, dealing with the end or beginning of a relationship, or any other kind of difficult life transition, we can work together to help you develop a greater understanding of yourself while also learning how to adapt to this new stage in your life.

Adjusting to college can be challenging and stressful as you manage being away from home for the first time, navigating roommate situations, understanding pieces of your identity, dealing with self-esteem/confidence issues, addressing potential body image/eating concerns, or confronting past trauma. We can work together to identify coping skills and foster empowerment in order to better succeed at school.

Chronic pain can often get in the way of your life plans, relationships, and goals. We will work together to explore how chronic pain has changed your life and to help you regain more control. We will explore strategies to help you feel more confident in your ability to manage your pain, to return to meaningful activities, and ultimately to cope with the challenges of living with chronic pain.

Dr. Hannah Gilfix with Integrated Care Clinic.

Treatment Approaches

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

CBT is an evidence-based treatment for many mental health concerns including anxiety disorders (social anxiety, generalized anxiety, panic disorder) and depression. I use CBT to help my clients understand the connection between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and learn skills to be able to reframe thoughts, make behavioral changes, and ultimately reduce anxiety and sadness.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

ACT is an evidence-based treatment for a variety of mental health concerns that involves reducing the struggle of attempting to control negative thoughts by increasing acceptance and engaging in behavior that is more in line with your personal values. ACT focuses on detaching from thoughts to reduce their power, increasing mindfulness, and identifying values to increase psychological flexibility, all while also committing to actions that will help a person reach their long-term goals.

Relational Cultural Therapy

I use RCT as an overall framework when working with clients. RCT is based on the premise that relationships are the cornerstone for growth and that people have a natural desire for strong, authentic relationships. Unfortunately, it is common to believe that there are pieces about us that are unlovable or unacceptable, which may lead us to keep these aspects out of our relationships. As a result, relationships that are formed are often less fulfilling due to this lack of vulnerability. I work alongside clients to identify ways that they are keeping themselves from fully engaging in their relationships and to assist them in learning how they can develop relationships with others that are more growth-fulfilling.

Exposure Therapy and Exposure and Response Therapy

Exposure Therapy is useful for treating a variety of anxiety disorders and involves gradually guiding a person through a real or imagined feared situation stimuli until their fear is eventually resolved. For those with obsessive-compulsive disorders or certain phobias, Exposure and Response Prevention takes Exposure Therapy one step further by also learning how to resist urges to engage in certain behaviors when exposed to a stimulus (such as a repetitive behavior or an obsessive thought).

Cost

90-Minute Initial
Intake Appointment
$190
50-Minute Individual
Therapy Session
$150
50-Minute Family
Therapy Session
$170

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