Kathy Hicks M.S. Ed. LPC (TX), LCPC (IL), LPCC (OH)
I have been working with children, adolescents, adults, and their families for over 25 years. I first worked as a Licensed Dietician and enjoyed working with people using a holistic approach to nutrition where the whole person, including lifestyle, is important. Over time, I found my attention was more and more on the psychological needs of the people I worked with and began to pursue an education and career course where I specialized in counseling. My professional status is a mental health professional, although my experience in dietetics certainly helps in working with people struggling with an eating disorder. My overall focus is working with people who are overcoming psychological difficulties in life. I am currently a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. My passion is helping people explore concerns, identify goals and achieve solutions.
I believe that disordered Eating is a complex issue involving human development, family systems, stress, exercise, nutrition, society norms, and culture. I also believe it takes advanced training in order to become a competent provider.
Recovery from an eating disorder is about rediscovering who you are by creating a rich and meaningful life. Because of this I use a combination of cognitive behavioral and existential concepts with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. My goal is to provide a nurturing non-judgmental, Person-Centered approach to offer support and help clients determine their goals are and how to best reach them. I value mindfulness and believe in an intuitive approach to eating.