Shane Gibbons, PhD

Shane Gibbons

 

Education

B.S. – Psychology; Allegheny College, Meadville, PA

M.A. – Mental Health Counseling; Boston College, Boston, MA

PhD – Counseling Psychology; University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Internship – Student Counseling Services; Miami University, Oxford, OH

 

Professional Interests

I have primarily worked in college counseling settings and love working with college students. College is a great time for growth and self-exploration as you evolve as a person. It is a time to explore your ambitions, new social environments, and intellectual curiosities. However growth does not come without its challenges. I enjoy working with college student who are interested in exploring how they have become the person they are and where they would like to go.

Approach to Therapy

I believe counseling is a collaboration between therapist and client where each brings their expertise to achieve the client’s goal(s). My goal is to create a safe, empathetic, supportive environment where clients can find more effective ways to cope and manage their presenting concern(s). My approach integrates aspects of interpersonal, brief psychodynamic, and feminist therapies, but often integrates cognitive behavioral and mindfulness techniques. In other words, I believe the therapeutic relationship can serve as a vehicle to new experiences and understandings that emphasize one’s strengths, values, and needs.

Approach to Wellness

I believe in a multidimensional and holistic wellness-based approach actualized through mindfulness, balance, flexibility, and acceptance. Wellness includes identifying and honoring ones’ physical, emotional, social, psychological, and spiritual needs. Wellness also includes advocating for a balancing of these needs, a conscious and deliberate flexibility in the presence of conflicting needs, and acknowledging the interconnectedness of the multiple dimensions of oneself. Therefore, wellness is an active process of through which people become aware of, and make choices toward a more meaningful life.

Other Activities

I am a member of the American Psychological Association and the Society of Counseling Psychology (Division 17). I enjoy hiking, spicy food, anime, and quiet coffee shops.