About

Hilary has been a psychotherapist for 20 years and is also a trained Parent Coach helping parents to connect more deeply to their children. Recognizing that pain and suffering are part of the human condition, Hilary seeks to utilize spiritual healing as the foundation for emotional, mental, and psychological integration. She helps people break free from old school leagalism that cripples their growth while embracing all that God desires them to be. Her clinical focus is on anxiety, with a specialty in social anxiety and panic disorder as well depression and bipolar disorders. She works with adolescents, parents, and adults.  Although her practice is not limited to only those who identify with Christianity, Hilary practices Christian Counseling.

Through a mindfulness cognitive-behavioral approach Hilary partners with her clients to reveal beliefs that drive thoughts, feelings, and behavior. While awareness and insight are critical to change, Hilary recognizes it is not sufficient to create the lasting, transformative shifts her clients seek. Hilary taps into client’s strengths and to develop individualized strategies and solutions they can implement once the session ends. She believes that the therapeutic relationship is the conduit through which meaningful change can occur.  In addition, to in office sessions, Hilary also offers online counseling using a HIPAA compliant platform which can be conducted in the comfort and privacy of your home or office.

Hilary is a Florida native and has been married for 15 years. She has felt called to homeschool their two children for the past 6 years and hasn’t looked back. She enjoys reading, jazz music, yoga, being outdoors, and stepping foot on South Florida’s beautiful beaches!

 

  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from The University of Central Florida

  • Master of Arts Degree in Counseling from Eastern University in St. Davids, PA.

  • Postgraduate work at Villanova University.

  •  Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of New Jersey

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida

Ms. Akman’s clinical experience encompasses working with children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples using individual, group, and family therapy. Prior to entering into private practice in 2004, she worked in community mental health. She was the Senior Clinician in the Child and Adolescent office and the Adult outpatient office of a community mental health agency. She developed and led anger management groups as well as drug and alcohol intensive outpatient groups for adolescents. Ms. Akman developed and conducted a seminar for other therapists seeking certification for compulsive gambling.

Ms. Akman utilizes a cognitive-behavioral approach to psychotherapy, with an emphasis on mindfulness. This means that behavior is influenced by thoughts, feelings and underlying beliefs we hold about ourselves and the world; most of which are unconscious. Making changes in these thoughts and beliefs can lead to a change in behavior and reduction of symptoms such as anxiety and depression.