If you are thinking about calling me for therapy, please read this page.


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

Approach

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.

Who I Work With


  • My practice is confined to adults (18 years-old and up)
  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Work equally well with men and women

Types of Concerns I Treat


  • Panic attacks
  • 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

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 been alleviated. Life is approached with more zest and optimism.
  • Anxiety no longer holds them back. Life is approached, not avoided.
  • Relationships improve. 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.

At the same time, there are no magic bullets in therapy; it requires work, focus, 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.)

Practical Matters


  • I am in solo practice. I do everything myself –- phone, billing, whatever.
  • No receptionist. People leave messages, I call back when I can.
  • Sessions are always weekly to start. (Intake packet explains more.)
  • 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 very well be in session but leave a message and I'll return your call as soon as I can

-- Dr. John
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