Marcia S. Gibson, Psy.D.
Dr. Gibson describes the work she does as her
“calling and passion.” She believes that everyone has the right to feel success and perform to his or her potential in school, work, at home, with family, among peers, and in the community. She realizes that taking the first step toward getting help is often the most difficult. Therefore, she has created a trusting, non-judgmental, and compassionate environment where clients feel safe
Dr. Gibson realizes that each person is unique. Partnering with clients in a collaborative manner has proven to be a productive way of dealing with all types of client concerns. She has the professional training and clinical skills to help people cope more effectively with life challenges and mental health issues. Dr. Gibson takes the time to understand the presenting problem. She uses a variety of techniques and interventions based on the best available research as well as she considers a client’s own unique values, characteristics, goals, and circumstances.
In her practice, Dr. Gibson uses Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness. She has expertise in treating Mood Disorders, including depression and bi-polar disorders; Anxiety Disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder; Children/Adolescent Behavior Problems, ADHD, and PTSD. She enjoys working with families and couples and is committed to helping them improve and enhance their relationships. In addition, she has a special interest in treating clients who are experiencing infertility issues. She also works with children ages 7+ through adulthood.
Dr. Gibson specializes in Psychological Evaluations. She provides tests and assessments that can help diagnose a condition or tell more about the way a person thinks, feels, and behaves. These tests may evaluate intellectual skills, cognitive strengths and weaknesses, personality characteristics, and neuropsychological functioning. Types of evaluations conducted include, Psychological/Psychoeducational Evaluations, Learning Disability Evaluations, ADHD Evaluations, and Social/Emotional/Personality Functioning.
Dr. Gibson collaborates with parents, teachers, and schools to ensure the child’s needs
are met. After an evaluation is completed, she is available to go to meetings with parents and school personnel. She remains actively involved in all cases and remains involved even after completion of evaluations. She develops customized strategies, goals, and plans that work for both children and adults.
Dr. Gibson earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
-American Psychological Association
-Illinois Psychological Association
-Resolve of Illinois (The National Infertility Association)
Casi Besich, LCPC
Casi received a BSW from Aurora University in 1997
and completed her graduate work at the National Louis University in 2000. She has received certification in working with victims of domestic violence and their perpetrators.
This clinician combines directive, client-centered and interactive counseling techniques while adapting to the unique needs of clients ages five throughout adulthood. Utilizing various therapeutic approaches such as cognitive/behavioral , non-directive and directive play therapy and client-centered therapies, Casi assists clients with identifying obstacles they wish to overcome in their lives, while providing a safe, caring and compassionate environment. Casi strives to establish a supportive, trusting and collaborative relationship with her clients to assist them in acquiring the skills needed to reach their goals. She specializes in working with young girls about body image, domestic violence, and how to have healthy relationships. She has held positions in a variety of settings, including residential, social service agencies and private practice.
Over the past 25 years, Casi has advocated for and worked with adults with developmental disabilities, victims of child sexual and physical abuse, victims and offenders of domestic violence. Casi is married and has two children.
-Age 5 to adult
-Sexual abuse, assault and trauma
-Individual & family therapy
-Mood & anxiety disorders
Betsy Nagode, Office Manager
After raising two children, Betsy decided it was time to get back out there in the work world. Marcia S. Gibson, Psy.D. and Associates, P. C. offered her exactly what she was looking for; a part-time job where she could utilize her organizational and management skills and where she could interact daily with others. Betsy’s office manager responsibilities include: scheduling appointments, submitting electronic billing, answering the phone lines, troubleshooting insurance issues, helping clients with billing or scheduling concerns, accepting payments, identifying accounts receivables, supporting staff members as needed, and, of course, providing a smile to all who walk through the door.
Jessica Deron, LPC
Jessica is a Bilingual Mental Health Clinician who graduated with a MA in Clinical Psychology Counseling Practice from Roosevelt University. She speaks fluent Spanish and English. Her passion for helping others shines through in her warm, welcoming, kind, and direct approach that empowers her clients to develop skills that will help them meet and overcome the challenges they are facing.
Jessica is dedicated to helping people improve their self-esteem, create healthier relationships, and live a life with purpose. Her supportive and therapeutic approach allows her clients to feel comfortable as they work through issues of depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, family conflict, job stress and other life stressors.
In her practice, she uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Mindfulness, as well as Existential and Multicultural approaches. She has successfully worked with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families, and has gained critical experience with all types of counseling and with person at all stages of life. Her goal is to develop a trustworthy and caring relationship with clients, in an environment in which they feel accepted and safe.
While mental health issues can be challenging and scary, she believes that each person has the ability and capacity to grow and overcome troubling experiences. Jessica believes it is a privilege to have the opportunity to help you achieve the life you envision and to help you cope with difficult experiences and any mental health challenges you face. Jessica believes skills can be developed, expanded, and strengthened to help you achieve your goals and dreams, and she is committed to work alongside with you to achieve them.
While the first few steps can be the hardest, you will find that the person at the other end of the line is sincerely interested in helping you. She understands that financial challenges can prevent us from reaching out for help, so she does, under a variety of situations and circumstances, offer a sliding scale for fees. Please feel free to contact Jessica to find out more about how she can minimize the financial barrier for you to participate in therapy and reach your goals and the life you envision.
Kristy Kipka, Psy.D.
Dr. Kristy Kipka is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in therapy and assessment of children, adolescents, young adults and their families. Her clinical interests include attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), attachment, parenting, and the assessment of learning disorders. Dr. Kipka earned her doctorate degree from The Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She is skilled in assessing and treating individuals with learning disabilities, cognitive impairment, ADHD, anxiety, depression and other brain-based deficits. Dr. Kipka has been comprehensively assessing and treating clients with learning disabilities, ADHD and brain-based impairment for over 20 years. She believes it is important to help individuals to optimize their functioning through utilization of evaluation and intervention to address their needs.
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