Miriam Gibbs is a Licensed Professional Counselor who offers mental health services to children, adolescents, adults, couples, families, groups and workplaces.
As an empathetic, non-judgmental, solution focused therapist, together we will unearth, identify and change behavior patterns that are not working- ones that ultimately hold you back from experiencing a more meaningful life and fulfilling relationships.
My style is an integration of various treatments allowing flexibility based on your individual goals and needs. My areas of competence include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Hypnosis, Imagery Rescripting and Reprocessing Therapy, Exposure Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Rational Emotive Therapy, Play Therapy, Imago and Emotion Focused Therapy for Couples, Group Therapy and Workplace Therapeutic Interventions.
Change is hard, but when we fight reality we suffer. We have an ability to control some change. Some change we may choose to accept. Before deciding to make a major life transition such as saying goodbye to a career, town, important relationship or even an identity, many of my clients want to ensure they have done all they can to understand how they got where they are. Since we can't control others, my clients work to manage their own behavior in order to see stressful situations with clarity, enabling them leave with dignity and without regrets if it is truly in their best interest. This deep reflection can involve looking at our part in how we react and our role in painful situations. However I have seen many people find renewed enrichment in their existing relationships once this exploration is underway or completed, leading to enhanced well-being and even stronger ties to their loved ones.
I am a true believer in the mind-body connection and very mindfulness and meditation oriented as I have found it of great benefit in my own life. As much as people are open, we use these practices in therapy since attempting to quiet the mind and live in the present can be the beginning of awareness, clarity, acceptance of reality, productive decision making and increased spirituality.
Beginning my professional career, I was very CBT oriented and found clients had good success focusing primarily on links between situations, emotions, thoughts and behaviors in the present and future using the many effective, evidence based CBT interventions. Like a lot of people, I was not interested in looking at the past because I associated going backwards with blame and victimhood- the opposite of empowerment. However, I have found through specialized training and my clients' hard work, that many of our reactions are based in how we were raised, what we tell ourselves about who we are, who others are and what the world is like. This is not always about blame or negativity, but acceptance and realizing the assumptions and misunderstandings we were unable to process may have been because of the emotional impact, having a young brain, or our inability to get answers.
EMDR and Clinical Hypnosis are also highly researched, evidence based and fast tracks to get to the root of these faulty, negative beliefs by letting our brains do the work. The goal is to instill new, more realistic, positive beliefs by processing childhood memories and recent traumas that trigger us as adults to act like children. You don't have to talk much about what happened and there is no homework to do. Research shows our brains are like other organs in our bodies that are capable of healing if we provide what helps. We can trust our brains to create new neural pathways and facilitate psychological healing by moving painful memories from the frightened limbic system to our rational brain. Every time we think or act a new way, we are reinforcing positive ways of living- now that's empowerment. With or without EMDR or Clinical Hypnosis, I am honored to see the resiliency in my clients as they move through the processes of Awareness, Insight, Behavioral Change and Meaning Making and create their best lives even under extraordinary circumstances in which others might consider it would be impossible to heal, grow, change and thrive.