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Hank Sibbing has spent the bulk of his professional career as a municipal judge. He obtained his bachelor’s in Philosophy from USC and his law degree from Southwestern University-Los Angeles. In his law practice he observed that many people got “stuck” and were simply in need of someone to listen to them and help them identify options. So he returned to school and earned his master’s in counseling from UW-Whitewater at age 59 and became a therapist. He worked at a clinic in Elkhorn prior to joining Morning Star. Hank had three heart attacks, and received a new heart in 2002, and this life-altering experience has been significant in shaping him as a person and as a counselor. He has developed a mental health program designed to assist such patients to live a full, normal life. Hank has been married nearly forty years and has five grown children.
Hank believes that all people need to be heard and understood, to be loved and to give love, and to contribute in a meaningful way to the betterment of their family and community. By addressing the various aspects of each client’s life, he assists them to achieve a hopeful, purposeful, and happy life.
Hank’s therapy approach is holistic; healthy minds and healthy bodies go together. Therefore, he encourages clients to exercise regularly, eat healthy food, and practice positive thinking. Spirituality is often an important part of a person’s life, so Hank encourages clients who wish to, to discuss these things in counseling. His mantra in therapy is, “Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life.” He uses cognitive-behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing, but often verges into existential therapy (which considers the meaning of life), depending on the needs of the client.
Alcohol and drug addictions assessment and treatment
Family and couple issues
Elder counseling—life transitions, coping with illness, loss of work, loss of spouse
Individual counseling for anxiety, depression, anger management, coping skills
Quality of life issues
Issues relating to heart attack, transplant, or other serious health concerns