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Dr. Donald Gieck

Clinical Psychology
Salem, VA
15 years experience male

About

Bio

Hello! Thanks for looking me up. I am a clinical psychologist in southwest Virginia with nearly a decade of experience providing therapy for a range of emotional health concerns, including depression, anxiety, and challenging life circumstances. I have also worked extensively in medical settings providing behavioral management of chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, obesity, needle phobia, insomnia, and smoking cessation. My goal is to help those seeking improved emotional and physical health achieve their desired goals. HealthTap offers a unique platform of care for short-term advice and intervention, and I am please to be a part of the network of providers. For more extended care, my services are also available to citizens of Virginia via several other telemedicine services that include: https://amwell.com/cm/online-counseling/ https://www.livehealthonline.com/psychology Both services are available as a web-link and app. These also allow individuals to utilize health insurance for longer-term behavioral health services. My primary goal in joining HealthTap and other virtual healthcare services is to increase availability of behavioral health interventions for those who have busy lives and cannot easily attend appointments during the typical "8-5" workday, as well as those who may live in an area where behavioral health services are not convenient. To support this goal, my general availability includes evening and weekend hours. If you do not see availability listed that suits your needs, just send me a message and we can coordinate a time that works better. A little more about me: In my free time I enjoy being outdoors and spending time with my wife and 3 year old daughter. I look forward to connecting with you!

Specialties
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Clinical Psychology

Licenses

United States: Colorado, Virginia

Doctor Q&A

244 Answers
130 Agrees
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Focus your mind: Consider sitting comfortably with your feet on the floor. Take 3-4 deep breaths and count to four while breathing out slowly. It often helps to focus ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Would not worry: The pulse in your wrist is not likely abnormal. In fact there is a specific point and similar areas around the body where a pulse can be observed. And... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Yes: In addition to CBT as a recommendation, which would likely help you long term, there are several medication classes including SSRIs (see comments sect... Read More
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Not effective?: Need more information to understand your primary concern - is your concern the regimen is not effective, or too much? or is your concern with the regi... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Yes: Buspirone is has been known to increase agitation, restlessness and nervousness in a small percentage of individuals. Other rare side effects that may... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Yes, it can: Zoloft (sertraline), (sertraline) a serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), is known to interfere with sleep and increase constipation in some individual... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Formal treatment: Pleased you are invested in your health. The products listed vary in effectiveness for depression, mood and anxiety. If not done previously it may be ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Lifestyle practices: Research shows a bidirectional relationship between mental/emotional health and lifestyle. Those who engage in healthier lifestyle practices tend to b... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Yes: Primary care providers do prescribe multiple classes of antidepressant medications. Referrals to a psychiatrist are often made based on the patient's ... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Is there a source: of your stress that can be identified? If so it may also be beneficial to identify small tangible elements that you have the greatest autonomy to impa... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Rest: Make sure you also add adequate rest and sleep,.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Yes: If looking for a psychological assessment, consider consulting a psychologist. Depending on the reason for evaluation a variety of tools and measures ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Anxiety symptoms: Physical symptoms of anxiety often include a range of symptoms and can include the dropping sensation you describe.
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Artistic freedom: Lots of options: painting, sculpting, photography, drawing, dance, etc. You can paint or dance your emotions however you interpret them, or create ima... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Followup w/ provider: Not knowing more about the specifics of medications and your history, I would suggest a followup with your prescribing provider about these changes. S... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
It is possible : Stopping birth control after long term use can produce side effects, including insomnia. These usually improve as the body begins to regulate hormone ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Prevention methods: Includes avoiding certain foods/drinks, planning when you eat in relation to sleep/activity, and adjusting your sleep position. See comments section f... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Consider eval: It is possible that it could be a mental health issue. Feeling sad/down much of the time and irritability/ anger are consistent with depression. Howev... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Change is difficult: Doctors regularly stress healthy eating in management of obesity. However, stressing importance of improved health does not always result in change. C... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Prevent self-harm: First, get to an ER or call for help if you are truly considering harming/killing yourself. If you can't drive or make the call, get someone you know/... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Response style: Individuals are more resilient to stress or negative events are more likely to possess positive coping methods and fewer ineffective coping methods th... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Align with values: It is great that you are aware of knowing it would be beneficial to change, and yet the motivation is not there. To further assess readiness to change... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Important discussion: I appreciate your honesty and interest to improve your well being. This is a difficult and important conversation. Often the hardest part is getting s... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Yes: Increases in diastolic pressure and systolic pressure occur during periods of anxiety, as anxiety is tied to stress hormones that increase pressure wi... Read More
A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Seek evaluation: If these symptoms are something for which you have never been evaluated, recommend doing so. There are many treatment options especially if symptoms a... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Don't lose hope: Good news is effective treatment options are available, which include medication options and cognitive behavioral therapy for panic - best outcomes co... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Possibly: hypothyroidism may contribute to lower body temp or feeling cold, as might a history of anxiety. Interestingly both issues are associated with constri... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Varies by child : Varies by each child and his/her readiness to begin potty training, but typically between 2-3 years of age. View the following links for additional i... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Possibly: Amphetamines increase central nervous system arousal. Some individuals may experience agitation and heightened anxiety and associated symptoms. If you... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Culturally bound: No, not weird in the general, American culture - current trends are moving to more egalitarian roles in dating. However the overall answer depends on ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Most likely anxiety: if I am reading your question right there are 2 parts: 1) worry related to hearing? if auditory/ache from the alarm have passed, then no need to worry... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Avoidance : Avoidance behavior is important to consider. We tend to avoid behavior and activities that make cause discomfort or distress (anxiety or fear). This m... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Try it out: Try it out and see. In fact most people benefit from breaks throughout the work day. If I might make a suggestion, pair a certain cue with the activit... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Tension and release: One way to induce relaxation is through use of tension and release exercises. Inducing greater than normal tightness in muscles or the diaphragm forc... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Side effects?: Need more information to understand what your symptoms are - not sure if this refers to potential side effects that may occur with celexa dosage chang... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Seriously doubt it: binge drinking is defined as 5 or more drinks for men and 4 or more drinks for women in a 2 hour period. Episodic, recurring binge drinking is associa... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Many options : Many options available: self-care activities include regular exercise, meditation, deep breathing methods, engagement in pleasurable activities. On th... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Not unusual at all : The behavior you describe is not unusual or atypical for young toddlers. Some might get fussy when tired and others may get the giggles. It is also no... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Yes, very possible: Fatigue has a deleterious effect on the body. Prolonged fatigue can lead to depression by affecting neurochemicals that influence mood and cognition, ... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Self care: Pleased to see you are taking active steps toward improving your health. While awaiting your evaluation be sure to take care of yourself with healthy ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Yes: there are several medication classes that may be used depending on your history, health, and degree of symptoms. Visit: http://www.mayoclinic.org/dise... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Theory and training: Ask about the theoretical background by which they practice - most will be able to offer specifics on this. Let them know that you are specifically lo... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Unwanted thoughts...: are not uncommon. We all have ongoing inner dialogue; Stress, beliefs about yourself/world, or triggers related to negative life events may increase p... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Protective factor: Resilience is a protective factor that may mitigate the impact of stressful life events on one's physical and mental well being.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Resilience : A growing area of study in positive psychology has to do how resilience develops and how to foster it. This can serve as a protective factor against ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Early warning sign : And primary predictor of burnout is increased effort without corresponding productivity and output. In some instances output may remain static or even... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
DID: The technical term refers to dissociative identity disorder (DID). Individuals with this disorder use dissociation as a defense mechanism against stre... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Behavioral medicine: A cornerstone of behavioral medicine is evaluating the interplay between physiological and psychological factors that influence health outcomes. This... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Function of snacking: Identify: What is the function of snacking? Is it boredom, anxiety, etc.? If identified consider replacing with a more functional and engaging behavio... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Seek out: a mental health therapist trained in treatment of anxiety and phobias, and one who utilizes exposure-based therapy techniques.

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HealthTap member
Oct 7, 2021
I know it's late but I really need somebody to talk to I been trying to get help and it seems like nobody can help me I'm seriously stress from everything that is going on in my life and now it's mess...Read More
HealthTap member
Jan 14, 2017
Very knowledgeable doctor. Provided me a new insight on how to treat my OCD, which I will be discussing with my therapist. I reccomend him 100%.
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Apr 5, 2016
I would tell everyone about him :)
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thanks they have me on Celexa which I am not really taking I need to find something different and I am I am taking Estroven for hot flashes but I'm just sad that becau...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you very much! Labs are (frustratingly) normal. I'm pursuing the cause of fatigue when doctors shrug. I want to feel better. Will check coverage for psychologist. ...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! She was to stay 6 months and I have found it to feel impossible but feel I am stuck. Thanks

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Univeristy of Wyoming
Graduated 2007MD

Residency

Salem VA Medical Center
Completed 2007

Awards

Most Influential, Third Place, Roanoke Region - Spring
2015
Thought Leader, Second Place, Roanoke Region - Spring
2015
Top Doctor, Third Place, Roanoke Region - Spring
2015
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