Gillian Tibbetts, MA

Who do I work with? I work with teens, adults, and couples who want to gain a better understanding of themselves and their struggles so that they feel more empowered to grow and enhance their relationships. I believe each person is unique. I enjoy working with individuals from diverse backgrounds who want to explore their cultural identity and how current and past events impact their day to day experiences.

My areas of interest. I am interested in working with clients who are experiencing life transitions, relationship and parenting challenges, and general life dissatisfaction or unease. Often the clients I work with experience depressed mood, anxiety, and stress due to the challenges they are facing in their lives. I am especially interested in working with sexual minorities and trans individuals and am committed to providing empathic and affirmative care to these individuals and their loved ones.

How I practice. I utilize a relational approach to cultivate a supportive, non-judgmental relationship with my clients that is built on trust and acceptance. By looking at therapy through an attachment lens, I aim to help clients gain personal understanding by exploring the ways that past experiences influence their current lives. I encourage and support my clients to identify and utilize their strengths while acknowledging how social structures and pressures can create challenges. I enjoy helping others understand and manage the overlapping aspects of their lives, from their histories to their current relationship and family dynamics, and the ways that they approach self-reflection, work, and relaxation.

My background. I have a Master’s in Clinical Psychology and I am completing my 4th year of the Clinical Doctoral program at Alder University in Chicago. I previously earned a Master’s in Developmental Psychology from Trent University in Ontario, Canada. My prior training experiences include working with children and adolescents at Chicago Lakeshore Hospital, and young adults at Teen Parent Connection in Glen Ellyn, IL. I have conducted group therapy in hospital, residential, and community settings with children and adolescents.

I am interested in the influence of attachment styles on relationships. I am involved in several research projects in the U.S. and Canada focused on attachment, relationships, and LGBTQ* issues. I have presented at several international professional conferences and my research has been published in peer-reviewed academic journals. I am currently involved in a dissertation research project that is focused on validating a research tool that measures attachment style of gay men.

I am also interested in family and relationship issues and have volunteered with non-profit organizations to develop a divorce support program at the Family Mediation and Counseling Centre and delivered parenting support and skills groups to high-risk families at the Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Aid Society.

If you are interested in scheduling an appointment with Gillian, please contact Dr. Bianka Hardin at Centered Therapy Chicago: (773) 569-1426 or BiankaHardinPsyd@centeredtherapychicago.com