ABOUT ME

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©2021 by Kara Gibbs, LCSW

Hi, I’m Kara Gibbs, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker based in Nashville. I am a rare native Nashvillian. I have been in practice as a therapist since graduating in 2009 with a Master's of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee, though my journey with working in the mental health field began when I was 22 working at a residential substance use treatment facility. Or likely even earlier when I was a college student struggling with purpose, meaning and direction for my life.

I consider myself a person centered therapist which to me means that I fully believe that my client is the expert on their own experience and greatest resource for healing. I take a holistic approach in my work with clients, addressing and affirming the whole person, not just the initial problem that brought them into therapy. I recognize that though a specific problem may bring someone into therapy, typically "the problem" is actually a complicated web of interwoven layers and concerns that are explored and dismantled during the process of therapy. In a therapy setting, I believe that the relationship between therapist and client is the foundation for healing. That being said, I take pride in cultivating meaningful relationships with my clients built on mutual respect and shared vision for their road to change. It is important to me that I never ask clients to do something I would be unwilling to do myself.

I love working with adolescents, young adults, and adults who are in periods of transition or adjustment. This could mean school, college, job, life, identity, or value adjustments. I enjoy working with individuals from diverse backgrounds, life experiences and perspectives. I strive to be inclusive, supportive, affirming, and curious about ideas, beliefs, and values.

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Quick Facts

Fave Book:

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Fave Movie:

Atonement

Fave Band:

Lord Huron

Fave TV Show:

Parks and Rec

Enneagram:

Type 5: The Investigator

Fave Video Game:

Zelda Breath of the Wild

Spirit Animal:

Owl

Hobbies:

Travel, Escape Rooms, Arts and Crafts, Yoga, Cycling, Video Games

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SPECIALIZATIONS

INTERVENTIONS

  • Adolescents and adults ages 16-30

  • Life transitions and adjustment issues 

  • Substance use issues and assessment

  • LGBTQ+ issues

  • Trauma, PTSD, and stressor-related disorders

  • Client-Centered Therapy

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

  • Psychodrama

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

  • Mindfulness

  • Sandtray therapy

OTHER PRESENTING ISSUES

  • Depression

  • Anxiety disorders

  • Gender dysphoria

  • Grief and loss

  • Family of origin issues

  • School issues and academic stress

  • Body image issues

  • Relationship issues

MODALITIES

  • Individual Therapy

  • Family Consultation 

  • Assessment

  • Clinical Supervision