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Carol Hicks, M.A. is internationally recognized for her role in the development and growth of Ericksonian approaches to family therapy and clinical hypnosis. She has authored three books and numerous chapters on this approach and conducts training in advanced clinical skills for mental health professionals worldwide in addition to her private therapy practice at 1821 Escambia Avenue in Pensacola, Florida. Her problem solving approach is acclaimed for its effectiveness and respect for clients and their vast health options. Carol is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has lived and practiced in Pensacola since 1980. She operates her practice at the Wellness Institute of East Hill and treats individuals, couples, and families with a broad range of presenting problems.

Among these are:

  • Anxiety and post traumatic stress
  • Panic disorder and phobia
  • Stress overload and related illness
  • Depression
  • Anger and resentment
  • Adjustments to change, loss, transition, trauma
  • Grief issues and dealing with physical illness
  • Childbirth pain and anxiety
  • Marital problems
  • Relationship and family issues
  • Problems in children of divorce
  • Parenting and blended family concerns
  • Compulsive disorders and habit problems
  • Impaired functioning due to low self esteem
  • Sexual identity and expression problems
  • Childhood issues of abandonment, neglect, or abuse
  • Pain Management

Rapid problem resolution and personal transformation are facilitated by a combination of assessing clear goals, identifying needed resources, retrieving and learning more effective responses, and associating these new options to relevant contexts of daily life. State of mind makes a crucial contribution to healing. Shame, anger, isolation, fear, guilt, resentment, anxiety, or depression can hinder recovery from catastrophic life changes, psychological or physical illness or injury. Congruently setting the mind to personally valued goals becomes the essence of mind-body-healing.

Therapeutic modalities include hypnotherapy, goal-oriented metaphor, relaxation and communication training, marriage therapy, solution focused behavior rehearsals, parent effectiveness training, conflict negotiation, trauma resolution activities, cognitive restructuring, and emotionally corrective experience. Therapy is usually both brief and deeply healing, addressing body, mind, and spirit. It is a heart-centered, practical, and holistic approach, specifically tailored to each unique client system.

For information or referral, please call 850-432-7820 or email. Office is located in a light tan brick ranch style house with a blue front door at the northwest corner of Avery Street and Escambia Avenue. There is an ancient Oak tree on the corner and a silver Airstream trailer on the C driveway between Avery and Escambia. Park on the driveways and adjacent parking pad off of Escambia. There are three spaces. Each one is denoted by a purple pinwheel. Please park in front of any pinwheel.

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Driving Directions to 1821 Escambia Avenue:

From Interstate 110, South to Exit 3 Maxwell/Jordan. Left on Jordan to Escambia Avenue. Right on Escambia and go three blocks just past Lakeview Street to 1821 on the right just before Avery Street.

From Airport, Left on 12th Avenue coming out of the Airport and stay on 12th through the intersection at Bayou Blvd and as it curves to merge with Fairfield. Turn left at that light to stay on 12th Avenue as it goes through the famous ‘tree tunnel’ until Cross Street. Take a left at Cross to Escambia Avenue. Right on Escambia and go six blocks just past Lakeview Avenue to 1821 on the right just before Avery Street.

From Gulf Breeze, Take 98 across 3 mile bridge to light at 17th Avenue and turn right. Go under the train trellis and up to and through the Cervantes Street intersection. Continue north on 17th Ave. for eight blocks to Avery Street. Right on Avery for four blocks to its end at Escambia Avenue. Turn left and park on the driveways and adjacent parking pad – in front of any of the three purple pinwheels.

From Milton, Take I-10 or Highway 90 to Scenic Highway and go South on Scenic until it curves into and becomes Cervantes Street. Continue on Cervantes as it crosses Bayou Texar and take the first right after the bridge at 19th Avenue. Go North on 19th for eight blocks to Avery Street and turn right. Go two blocks on Avery until it ends at Escambia. Turn left and park on the front driveways there at the Institute on the corner.