Addictions come in many shapes and forms. Common addictions include alcohol, drugs, prescription medicine, smoking, gambling, food, sex, etc. The causes of addiction can range from a traumatic incident to a slippery slope of occasional use which increases to a dependency and eventually a full blown addiction. As a cognitive psychologist, Dr. Robert Heller views addictions as negative learned behavior rather than a disease. Dr. Heller believes the individual is capable of learning to understand what causes and maintains their negative addictions along new and effective strategies for breaking the habit and reducing the risk of future relapse. Following a comprehensive evaluation, he provides a customized approach with practical skills for you to develop not only insight and understanding but control and confidence in your ability to change for the better.
Often times, individuals with addictions have coexisting problems such as anxiety, depression, anger, low self esteem etc. By addressing these underlying conditions, Dr. Heller can help you to overcome your addictions and improve your overall well being.
For individuals who are on medications, Dr. Heller will consult with your health care providers to provide coordinated care or help you in getting off of your medications if that is your goal.
Although 12 step type group programs can be helpful and are appealing to many individuals others find it difficult to relate to or to comply with because of religious or philosophical reasons. Others do not like a group format and prefer to work on their addictions privately and confidentially.
Whether you are seeking total abstinence or to moderate your addiction, Dr. Heller can provide you with the essential tools to assist you in reaching your goals.
Experience counts and Dr. Heller is the author of numerous guidebooks on addictions including: Freedom From Alcohol, The Pocket Guide for Problem Drinkers, Drug Awareness, Freedom From Tobacco and Weight Management. These educational guides provide information, tips and strategies that can help your loved ones better understand your condition and help you with useful reminders of strategies taught in your individual sessions.
For those with more serious addictions who are recently coming out of a rehabilitation sessions can be scheduled 2-3 times per week. Most clients are seen weekly initially and then less often as their skills improve and their mood and behaviors have been stabilized.
Located in Boca Raton, the office overlooks a beautiful pond with trees and birds in a comfortable and natural setting.
Call now to schedule an initial consultation to see how Dr. Heller can help you.