Welcome to Horizon Hope Counseling! We offer services to individuals, couples, families, children and adolescents. Sometimes people need someone to walk with them on the journey to help them through the difficult storms of life. Others may just need someone to talk to on a regular basis, until their need is met. At Horizon Hope Counseling, our mission is to provide a place for healing and to give individuals and family members the courage to change.
Blessings and Peace,
Dr. Steve Heitkamp, Executive Director
What's New Right Now?
Welcome to Our Newest Therapist- Dr. Julie Smirl, LCPC
Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Counseling and Administration
Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
“Some people come into your life as blessings. Some come into your life as lessons” – Mother Teresa
“I have always felt humbled and privileged to be a part of the therapeutic alliance working with individuals who are willing to share their most difficult thoughts and feelings affecting their lives. Many blessings and life’s lessons are learned through the disclosure of personal problem areas in a professional, empathetic counseling environment. I focus on a cooperative problem solving partnership to assist with moving individuals from emotional pain through a healing process to promote positive well-being.
I have extensive experience working with many diverse populations, providing individual and group therapy. In my life’s journey, I was part of the military family for twenty years. This experience provided me with an understanding of the strengths and stressors related to this lifestyle, including PTSD issues. Other areas of expertise include: working with individuals and couples, trauma survivors, mood disorders including anxiety and depression, stress management, working with people with disabilities, grief counseling, older adults and care giving related stress, career counseling, and assessment”.
Julie received her Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counseling and Administration from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL; her Masters of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL; and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO. She has been in the counseling profession for nearly twenty years, and brings extensive education and experience to her clinical work at Horizon Hope Counseling, Inc.
Julie is currently accepting new clients and is accepting some insurance, as well as offering services for an adjusted fee based upon income.
New Satellite Office - Laurie Baltz, M.S., SSP.
We are pleased and excited to announce our newest satellite office at Shiloh United Methodist Church! Thank you to the pastor and members of Shiloh UMC for joning us in a collaborative effort to provide mental health counseling to those seeking to live a healthy life. Laurie Baltz, M.S., SSP., will be working out of this office beginning August 19, 2017. Laurie is currently accepting new clients on an adjusted fee scale (based upon income). If you would like to make an appointment with Laurie, please call her at 618-567-3693, or [email protected] .
LIFE SUPPORT/CELEBRATE RECOVERY GROUP:
Friday nights, 8:00-9:30 PM, at St. Matthew UMC
1220 Moreland Dr., Belleville, IL, provided at FREE to participants, and led by Horizon Hope counselors. Topics may include: stress/anxiety, loss/grief, depression, relationships, pain, and addiction. (more information)
Horizon Hope Counseling - Main Office
- Dr. Steve Heitkamp, LCPC, AAPC Fellow
- Dr. Julie Smirl, LCPC
- John Frisbie, M.Div. MAMH, LCPC
- Rick Fagan, MA, LCPC
- Katie Kibort, MA, LCPC, NCC
- Michael Stier, MA, LCPC
- Laurie Baltz, MS, SSP.
785 Wall St., Suite 200
O'Fallon, IL 62269
St. John's United Methodist Church - Satellite Office
7372 Marine Rd. (Rt. 143)
St. Matthew's United Methodist Church - Satellite Office
1200 Moreland Dr.
Belleville, IL 62223
Katie Kibort, MA, LCPC
(Mondays and by appointment)
The Life Support Group/Celebrate Recovery meets here on Friday nights.
All are welcome to attend. It is an Educational/Therapy Group staffed by
Horizon Hope Counselors and partnered with St. Matt UMC, to provide
confidential group therapy at no cost to participants.Some topics of discussion include: Stress, Depression/Anxiety, Loss/Grief, Relationships,
Recovery issues. 8:00-9:30 PM, Friday Nights
Shiloh United Methodist Church - Satellite Office
Laurie Baltz, M.S., SSP.
(Saturdays and by appointment)
Directions: Shiloh UMC is located in the heart of Shiloh, IL on S. Main Street. You may park in the parking lot to the right of the old sanctuary, enter the glass doors, and go down the stairs to the Horizon Hope Office. Contact Laurie to schedule an appointment at this location.
Union United Methodist Church
721 East Main St.
Belleville, IL 62221
Directions: From East Main, the church is on the North side of the road. Please park in the Small Parking Lot
in front of the church. There is a sign on the front of the building indicating the church offices. Enter the glass
doors closest to the Church Office Sign. There is a small waiting area just inside.