Get To Know Our Team

The Road to Healing Begins Here


Emily Gibbs, MA, QMHP

Emily is passionate about helping people navigate their path of healing. She honors the notion that each journey of healing is unique and is able to help people from all walks of life. She believed in allowing people to explore wellbeing in a safe and non-judgmental environment. From this space, people are able to explore their thoughts and feelings to help encourage personal growth and positive changes in their lives.

Emily's passion is working with children and adolescents, specializing in anxiety reduction, relief from depression, grief processing, crisis prevention, trauma work and contending with other life difficulties. She also works with adults facing these same challenges. She employs a holistic approach to therapy with the realization that healing involves the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of oneself, utilizing person-centered and brief-solution focused counseling techniques. Her belief is that each individual is capable of discovering their own personal strengths to help aid in their healing journey.

Emily received her Bachelor's Degree in Intercultural Studies from Johnson University and her Master's Degree in Human Development Counseling from the University of Illinois - Springfield. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and is committed to growing and learning the best practices for her clients.

Sarah Richmiller, QMHP

Currently unable to accept new patients at this time. If you would like to be placed on the waitlist, please click the contact us button.

Throughout life we are faced with obstacles, decisions, and hardships that we often least expect.

Sarah’s ideal clients are individuals who have experienced trauma including domestic, sexual, physical, and verbal abuse, as well as traumatic loss, PTSD, early childhood trauma, abandonment, addiction, anxiety, and depression.

Each life event leads us to becoming the person we are and having the life we have and sometimes that life isn’t the life we always longed for. Sarah’s approach in therapy helps lead to deep self-reflection, self-awareness and understanding of who we are as individuals.

She believes that once we understand who we are and where we come from, we can start healing and growing toward the positive life we have always deserved.

She has previously worked with children, teens, and adults in trauma-based settings and implemented healthy coping skills within her therapy approach. Sarah uses a humanistic and person-centered approach because each person is so intricately unique that they deserve to be worked with in a way that best fits their needs. She incorporates mindfulness-based techniques to help individuals connect their mind, body, and spirit to become present and connected with themselves at a deeper level.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in Clinical Counseling as well as her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Illinois at Springfield. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and is dedicated to growing, learning, and implementing new approaches that best benefit her clients.

“I’m excited to get to know you and experience this healing journey with you!”

David Vail CEO, LCSW

Currently unable to accept new patients at this time. If you would like to be placed on the waitlist, please click the contact us button.

David specializes in treating adolescents, young adults, and adults with substance misuse and mental health issues. David strongly believes in the capacity of individuals to heal and maintain lasting wellness. In long-term recovery himself, David uses a non-judgmental, compassion-based approach to treat addiction and promote mental wellness. Trauma informed care is a primary factor in David’s work with individuals and families to help facilitate positive change in their lives. By addressing causality and early childhood trauma, David has successfully helped many individuals taper off antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, and chronic pain medications through effective non-pharmaceutical avenues of treatment to address the root causes of mental illness and behavioral problems. He uses cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness-based stress reduction methods to help people get well and stay well.



435 W. Washington
Springfield, IL 62702

thrive@thrivecenterforwellness.com
(217) 203-6600

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