Rev. Brooks Gibson, MEd, CSAM
Who I Work With
Hello, my name is Brooks Gibson and I am a Master's-Level Pastoral Counselor with Arizona Christian Counseling. I have worked with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families for over 40 years dealing with a wide range of difficult emotional, relational, social, and spiritual issues. I have a Master of Education (MEd) in Counseling from Northern Arizona University. I am an ordained minister and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC). I am also a Certified Specialist in Anger Management (CSAM).
I enjoy working with children, teenagers, and parents, helping them create closer bonds within the family and becoming better in the process. I also enjoy working with couples and teaching them communication skills beyond the basics that are specifically tailored to their unique needs. I have had great success working with individuals doing family of origin work, working with survivors of sexual abuse and other trauma, and many more conditions.
Qualifications and Experience
I began in 1980 working for Dr. Donald Clifton, in Lincoln, Nebraska, who is known as the father of Strengths-Based Psychology and the grandfather of Positive Psychology. I performed in-depth personality interviews for Dr. Clifton, which led to my first area of specialization—the study of personalities and why we do the things we do.
When my psychology advisor at the University of Nebraska told me at 18 years of age, that I needed to pick either psychology or religion, because the two did not mix, I was confused. I moved to Phoenix in 1984 and found Northwest Community Church, which had a counseling department that utilized a Christian model of counseling that did not exclude the study of psychology. Soon afterwards, I began my pastoral internship and attended Arizona College of the Bible. After graduating, the college asked me to stay and teach as an adjunct instructor. A few years later, I eventually began teaching psychology at several other colleges in Arizona over a 20 year span.
I obtained my Master’s Degree in Counseling from Northern Arizona University and did Post-Master’s work at Ottawa University. I am currently completing a doctoral program in Clinical Psychology through Capella University. The first specialty area I developed was in the study of personality using psychometric inventories of Personality Disorders and Clinical Disorders such as the MMPI and MMPI-2, among many others. I have developed many other specialty areas over the last forty years including ADHD, treatment of complex trauma, sexual and physical abuse, family of origin work, clinical psychotherapy, pastoral counseling, and forensic work with the Family and Juvenile Superior Courts in Arizona and many other states. I am also a Certified Specialist in Anger Management (CSAM) and provide one-on-one counseling for those looking for help in managing their anger and difficult emotions.
Working with clients has been an unforgettable life journey for me. They have taught me how much I still do not know — about ourselves and this journey called life. My relationships with my clients is the most satisfying component of providing counseling, by far. Over the years, my clients have referred their friends and family members, children, and even grandchildren to me for care. I maintain a small case load so I can give every client the time they deserve for the best experience possible. I would expect no less for services provided to my own children or family members. If you have any questions, contact me and I will be in touch. I look forward to meeting you and hearing your story.
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I am able to provide individual sessions (at $150), but also offer packages and intensives for those in crisis or those seeking more intensive care. I provide 6-session packages for $750, which saves $150 total compared to paying our regular rate. These sessions can be spread out over weeks, or provided over the course of a few days as needed. Packages must be paid upfront. Contact me directly for more information.
"The compassionate heart and high intelligence of Brooks Gibson is what I liked most about Mending Lives, LLC." (Thervo.com)
"By completing his homework and counseling, we decided against getting a divorce and are still married and getting stronger every day." (Thervo.com)
"He was very thorough, professional and knowledgeable." (Thervo.com)