Dr. Priscilla Bass-Timmerberg, owner of Life Transitions Counseling, announces the opening of a satellite office of her practice in Washington.

Matt Gildehaus, a long-time area resident, is currently taking appointments to start seeing clients in his Fifth Street office.

Dr. Pris will be Gildehaus’ clinical supervisor, meaning she will oversee his work as a counselor in training to ensure his clients are getting quality care.

“I have known Matt for several years through our work at The Quality Coach,” said Dr. Pris. “I am confident in Matt’s clinical skills and more importantly, I know Matt to be a very warm person who sincerely cares about helping others.”

Gildehaus’ office will be within, but not affiliated with St. Peter’s United Church of Christ.

After a 23-year career in sales and marketing, Gildehaus made a mid-life change in 2010, when he decided to attend graduate school in the evenings while working as a coach in training at The Quality Coach.

“Becoming a dad at mid-life, when my wife Jill and I adopted our son, really caused me to do a lot of introspective thinking about my life,” Gildehaus said. “What I had accomplished, not accomplished, and what I felt called to do with the rest of it. I decided what I really wanted to do was to help others as a way of giving back to my community.”

While finishing his Lindenwood degree, Gildehaus completed a counseling internship at East Central College in Union. He saw clients of all ages in the college’s counseling department under the clinical supervision of Dr. Wendy Pecka.

Gildehaus earned his master’s degree in professional counseling in December of 2012 and was selected Professional Counseling Student of the Year. He passed the National Counselor Examination in June to qualify for licensure as a Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor.

Clients will be able to schedule sessions Monday through Friday by appointment. To accommodate client work schedules, Gildehaus will be available for appointments until 9 p.m. on Tuesday evenings and the first Saturday mornings of each month.

Client fees will be set at a sliding scale, based on financial resources and ability to pay. Some clients also may be able to get insurance reimbursement.

Gildehaus will be available to assist individuals and couples with issues including, but not limited to, stress, anxiety, depression and relationship challenges. He specifically has interest helping others who may be going through transitions in their life including divorce, job loss, death of a loved one, chronic illness or challenges related to aging.

People who are doing well, but see value working with a neutral, third-party to help them achieve their highest possible levels of self-actualization also are encouraged to call.

Gildehaus will not be seeing children or adolescents as he begins his practice, but may do so later.

Even though his office is in a church building, Gildehaus said he is not offering Christian counseling, but is open to discussing spirituality as being a part of the healing process, if clients wish to go there, regardless of their faith tradition or beliefs.

Gildehaus also plans to continue his individual and organizational business coaching work through The Quality Coach on a part-time basis.

He can be reached at 636-390-3213 or matt@drpris.com.