Dr. Gibson, tell us a little about yourself:
First, I’m a husband and a father. I take those roles very seriously. I’ve learned much from my family about life and how to make it meaningful. I enjoy adventuring with them, and it’s usually outdoors – hiking, camping, or traveling somewhere new. I also enjoy creativity, whether in music, literature, or becoming a helper in my patients’ lives.
What is your favorite part of living in Colorado?
Every day I see something new and wonderful. The sky and the mountains offer amazing views every single day (that I usually observe while sitting in traffic). Random 60 degree days in the winter are nice too.
Describe the clients you are best suited to help:
I work well with people who experience intense emotions, anxiety, or depression. These feelings can often feel overwhelming, and you can never seem to find someone that can actually help you. You may even have considered giving up, believing that things are hopeless, that you will always be in this pain, with no one to notice or do anything that can help you. Maybe you’ve tried therapy before, and came away with some helpful tips on breathing or changing your thinking, but that deep sense of anguish, or that persistent crippling anxiety, or those overwhelming emotions continue to plague you.
Do you offer any specialized types of therapy?
I draw from Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, and Dynamic/Interpersonal approaches. Often people come to me because of my ability to help them make sense of very difficult emotions and relationships, and find ways to regain power over their lives: mind, body, and relationships.
Can you sum up what you do in one sentence?
I help people who are stuck in emotional pain and suffering find their way out into peace and meaningful relationships.
How do you do this?
First, I help you gain some confidence in improving your life now. I take a skills-based approach to help you regain control of your body, your emotions, and your mind.
Next, we work to figure out why these painful feelings are there in the first place. Just like pain in your body directs your attention to solve the cause of that pain; so anxiety, depression, and emotional distress often act as guides, pointing you to problems in living that need attention. These causes could vary (loss, trauma, chaotic relationships, etc.), and need expert attention.
Do you have anything else you’d like to add?
Let me join with you; let me help you find your way out.
Dr. Rob Gibson, PsyD is a Licensed Psychologist who specializes in helping people with anxiety, depression, and relationship problems.