John L. Gibson, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Currently I am not accepting new clients

A Little More About Therapy

This page explains my approach to therapy, the problems I typical help people with, and fees and insurance.


I provide individual therapy for adults, counseling for couples, and clinical supervision for therapists.

My Approach

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.

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.

Common Issues

Here are some of the more common presenting issues I help people address in my practice:
  • Anxiety, stress, panic attacks
  • Depression
  • Guilt and shame
  • Feeling "not good enough" or not measuring up
  • Relationship problems, dating, sexual concerns
  • Difficulties with managing and/or expressing emotions
  • Grief and Loss
  • Healing difficult family relationships (mom, dad, sibling issues)
  • Identity Issues
  • Personal Growth
  • Consultation about normal personality structure
Please note that I do not provide therapy for adolescents or children. Also, there are some problems that are outside of the scope of my practice. These include addiction problems, eating disorders, bipolar disorders, and psychotic disorders.

Insurance and Fees

I am in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield, MESSA, ASR, and as such I accept their usual and customary rates of reimbursement. After you have met your deductible (if you have one), you pay only your co-pay at the time of service.

If your insurance is not one that I work with, you may still be eligible for reimbursement if your carrier has out-of-network benefits. However, I do not bill insurance companies if I am not in their network. You are expected to pay for therapy as an out-of-pocket expense and collect reimbursement on your own (I can provide a receipt with the required information on it that be submitted to your carrier.)

If you do not have health insurance, or elect not to use it for therapy (as many do), the fee schedule is as follows:
  • $165 for the Initial Evaluation (55-60 minutes)
  • $150 for Individual Psychotherapy (55-60 minutes)
  • $135 for individual Psychotherapy (45 minutes)
  • $150 for couple counseling (55 minutes)

Payment is due at the end of each session. Accepted forms of payment include check, HSA cards, credit cards, cash.

If you have questions that are not answered by reading this page, feel free to call me to discuss them. I can be at (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 same day unless the call comes in after hours or on weekends).

-- John

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