For the spring of 2022, I will not be accepting new clients.
If you haven't already done so, I encourage you to look at the Psychology Today website to find a therapist in your area.
Ready for a Change?
Maybe you're tired of feeling the way you feel, and you're wondering what, exactly, you'd need to do to feel better. Maybe it's anxiety that's holding you back, or a depressed mood, or a relationship problem that you either can't get a handle on or can't quite fix. Or maybe you're swimming in a sea of emotional pain, and you're hurting, but you're tired of hiding it.
Therapy doesn't promise to cure life. There will always be factors outside of your control, adversity, stress, difficult people, and rewards that are unfairly dispersed. Welcome to the human condition. But if it is not possible to cure life, it is possible to improve the ways we cope with it.
My name is John Gibson. Officially speaking, I'm a psychologist who practices psychotherapy. But what I really do is join forces with people who are motivated to improve their lives. If this sounds like you, please read on.
How Therapy Can Help You
What therapy offers you is an objective ear, a supportive relationship, and insight. When people feel distressed, anxious, depressed, frustrated, confused, or hopeless, they're often struggling to break out of emotional and behavioral patterns they either can't quite fully identify, or else figure out how to change.
If you decide to seek therapy, you’re essentially inviting someone to join forces with you as you begin the project of addressing your concerns. Frankly, the human psyche is (delightfully) complex. Psychological distress is often composed of thought patterns, hidden feelings, contradictory motivations, and beliefs about self and others, working in concert with one another. Together, we work to understand how these elements are contributing to your concerns.
Of course, most people come to therapy because they want to feel better. But therapy isn't just about feeling better, it's also about getting better. It’s about taking constructive, purposeful action that helps you cope with life’s inevitable stresses and strains.
Therapy helps you develop a more complete understanding of yourself. For instance, sometimes the press of life distracts us from paying attention to our needs, wants, and wishes. When this happens, it’s easy to forget who we really are. Therapy helps you reconnect with the deepest, truest parts of yourself. This sort of insight almost always allows you the more to see new possibilities for your life.
Finding the right practitioner can be a challenging task. I created this website for people who may have read or heard about me but would like a little more information about my practice before they call for a first appointment. A good place to start is the THERAPY page. If you have questions, you might find the answers there.
I've also written scores of blogs posts over the last few years, which gives you a feel for the way I think.
The best way to contact me is by phone: (616) 218-8059.
(If you reach my voicemail during business hours, I may be in session. Leave a message and I'll return your call as soon as time permits. Usually this means the same day unless the call comes in after hours or on weekends).
Thank you for dropping by.