Is this counselor a good fit? Featuring Katie Hicks
Katie Hicks is one of our counseling interns for the 2018-2019 school year. She is attending Denver Seminary, and is under the supervision of Dr. Rob Gibson. She is seeing individual clients ages 12 and up.
How long have you lived in Colorado?
I am a Colorado native, wahoo! I grew up in Denver and have spent the last 16 years in Fort Collins, Montrose and Littleton. I LOVE Colorado.
What do you like to do on the weekends?
I love spending time with my husband, seven year old son and six year old daughter. We enjoy playing in the backyard with our puppy and chickens, biking, rock-climbing and swimming. I love social gatherings and playing games with friends. I especially love being alone in nature, walking, running or hiking. I also play soccer on a local women’s league! My weekends are full!
Why did you choose Grace Counseling for your internship?
I resonated with Grace’s philosophy and passion to serve clients with compassion and grace. I love this quote “At Grace Counseling you will be in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Our therapists also care deeply for their clients and seek to bring them confidential professional care while exhibiting compassion, patience, and grace.” It was a natural fit. I feel so blessed to be here!
What clients are you looking forward to helping?
I love traveling the rough road of life with people. I believe being present with a client and sitting in the real emotions and realities of life is the “good” stuff. So much growth and healing comes by traveling through the rough places. I find that freedom and health comes when bringing the whole person, the good, bad and ugly, to the present. When light, compassion, grace and support hit the dark places of our lives we are forever changed. The journey can be tough and takes risk and perseverance but it really is good.
What can a client expect in their first session with you?
Warmth, invitation, connection. I also want a client to leave a session with a nugget of hope, options, and ideas to move forward.
Do you offer any specialized types of therapy?
I offer reduced rates to help meet client’s financial needs.
What drew you to become a counselor?
I believe I was made to be a counselor. I value my life experiences that have given me the ability to understand pain and the journey toward freedom. As a counselor, I wanted to be able to support and encourage people in the healing and growth journey and attest that life can be different. You can thrive!
What is your favorite part of your internship at Grace Counseling?
I love the team atmosphere. I appreciate my fellow clinician’s authenticity and heart to serve client’s well. Counselors at Grace really care about their clients and it shows.
How do you use your faith to guide your clients?
I see the counseling process to be sacred space. In being present and vulnerable, the Holy Spirit has room to move. I love watching this process unfold. To honor God’s presence I aim to stay connected and present with God in my own life and in each session. I pray before each session for God to guide me and guide our time in session together. I am also very open to discussing faith issues and the complexities of the spiritual journey. I welcome you to bring your authentic self to session wherever you are in your spiritual journey, you will be honored and respected.