Dr. Gibson's Approach to Therapy

In therapy, the fit between client and therapist is crucial, and this is one way of helping you decide if I’m the right practitioner for you.
Dr. Gibson's office

If there is one thing I stand for as a psychologist, it’s that I approach any new client (or couple) with as few pre-conceived notions as possible. Each person is complex, unique, and special –- and I treat them as such. As a result, I tailor my approach to therapy to meet the needs of any given individual or couple. In my experience, “one-size-fits-all” solutions are a myth.

Moreover, regardless of the presenting concern, each person deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. I believe that no one is perfect, and that all of us, sooner or later, will face problems and issues. But just as we make allowances for ordinary human frailty, we must also make room for new possibilities in our lives. Above all else, therapy is about finding ways to bridge the gap between where you are and where you'd like to be.

My therapy style tends to be insight-oriented, active, and practical. We’ll seek insight in your problems, but we’ll never lose sight of the need to translate those insights into practical actions. I might also add that in my view
therapy isn’t just about feeling better, it’s about getting better.

Professional Services

  • Individual therapy for adults (18 years-old and up)
  • Couple counseling
  • Supervision and consultation for therapists
I work with both men and women. (On any given year, my practice comes close to being evenly split.)

For more information about my credentials, see the
About page.

Common Concerns

  • Panic attacks
  • Depression
  • Social anxiety
  • Excessive worry
  • Painful divorce process
  • Unresolved grief
  • Strained romantic or marital relationship
  • Infidelity
  • Post-traumatic reactions to stress
  • Self-injury
  • Midlife crisis
  • Maladaptive “character” issues (e.g., recurrent patterns, chronic low self esteem)
  • Recovery from difficult childhood
  • Recovery from childhood sexual abuse
(For a quick note about services and problems that are not in my scope of practice, see this blog post.)

Ways Therapy Might Help You

What you get from therapy depends on a lot what you’re willing to put into it, and how motivated you are to make changes. But at the conclusion of therapy it’s not unusual for people to report:

  • Depression has lifted. Life is approached with more zest and optimism.
  • Anxiety no longer holds them back. Life is approached, not avoided.
  • Relationships have improved. It’s easier to establish connections and intimacy.
  • Stress becomes easier to manage.
  • They feel more alive and better able to focus on what they want and value.
  • They feel more at peace with their lives.
Have said these things, please be aware that there are no magic bullets in therapy. Positive results come hard work, focus, and commitment. But people can and do change. Even small changes matter (think of a snowball rolling down a mountain. Small changes add up over time.)

Office Arrangements

  • Hours by appointment only. Evening hours are available.
  • I am in solo practice by design. I do everything myself — phone, billing, whatever.
  • I do not have a receptionist. People leave messages; I call back when time permits.
  • My office has non-medical feel and is very private.
  • For information on insurances I accept, click here.
To ask questions or schedule an appointment, call me at (616) 218-8059. If you reach my voicemail, I may be in session. Leave a message and I'll return your call as soon as soon as time permits (usually same day unless the call comes in after hours or on weekends).

-- Dr. John
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