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M. Katie Gibbons

M. Katie Gibbons (Kibort) 

Masters of Arts in Counseling Education
Licensed  Clinical  Professional Counselor (LCPC)  

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) Missouri

National Certified Counselor (NCC)

(618) 408-1625  - O'Fallon, IL
 

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” - Fred Rogers

For as long as I can remember, I have always been a helper.  Whether it was family, friends, co-workers, or sometimes even strangers; I have been able to listen and assist others in finding solutions to their problems.  So it only makes sense to me that counseling is my passion and profession. 

I am certified and specialize in trauma.  When confusing events happen in our lives, and in the lives of our children, it can effect every facet.  Children who are struggling with trauma will have difficulty controlling their emotions, trouble focusing in school and will often turn those struggles inward and exhibit signs of depression or anxiety.  Adults are not much different!  I can help!  Wouldn't it be so nice to FEEL again?  That is the what trauma-focused therapy can do for you or your child.

I worked for years as a Professional School Counselor before starting a new journey in private practice.  So it is no surprise that I work primarily with children, adolescents, teens and young adults.  My therapuetic techniques range from play therapy to cognitive behavioral therapy, along with mindfulness therapy.  I have had great success with clients who are struggling with anxiety, depression, bereavement and anger.  With my younger clients, I provide family therapy and parenting support.  As parents, we do not often know the BEST way to handle our child's anxiety or depression.  I can help!

A little about myself, I am a Christian counselor and I have worked at Horizon Hope Counseling for three years.  I am married with a wonderful blended family of five!  I have two children of my own, my son's Kristopher and Alex, whom I adopted from Belarus.  From this experience I have drawn an empathy and knowledge that shapes me as a therapist.  I look forward to providing you, your family and/or your children therapeutic support in a positive and caring environment. 

                     
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