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About Us

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My Philosophy

As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I believe that our lives are affected by those around us: our family, our friends, our community at large. I also believe that we, in turn, affect others. It is with this perspective that I begin my therapy sessions with my clients. I work to help my clients understand the patterns within their lives and their families. In doing so, this gives my clients knowledge that they can then use to understand themselves and to make changes to improve their lives.
 

You can't change how others act. You can only change how you react.
                                                         ~ Anonymous
Christie Gibson

I began working in the mental health field in 1997, after I earned my masters degree in Counseling/ Psychology from the University of West Alabama. I worked for West Alabama Mental Health in the Mobile Access for Childrens Services (MACS) Program where I provided individual and group therapy to children ages 6 to 12 within the schools and in their homes with their parents.

 

After leaving West Alabama Mental Health, I worked at Brewer-Porch Children's Center in both the Crisis Stabilization Program and in the School-Based Program, again with children under the age of 12. After an eight year break from the mental health profession, I returned to Brewer-Porch Children's Center, taking a job in the Therapeutic Foster Care Program.

 

In 2011, I began work on my masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Alabama. As part of my training at UA, I provided individual, couples and family therapy sessions to a variety of individuals from children to senior citizens within the Capstone Family Therapy Clinic. 

I started Gibson Therapy Services in May of 2013. I have been in private practice ever since, working with individuals, couples and families. I have completed second level Gottman Training, utilizing the Gottman method in my work with couples. I have begun working extensively with those struggling with eating disorders, also, actively expanding my knowledge within this treatment area. Finally, I have recently completed the requirements needed to supervise others entering the marriage and family therapy field.

 

 

 

My Training
Masters in Counseling/Psychology 

University of West Alabama 1997

Masters in Human Development and Family Studies (Marriage and Family Therapy)

University of Alabama 2013

Bridging the Couple Chasm--Level I & Level II

The Gottman Institute 

EMDR Trained

My Experience

My Philosophy

"I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become."

      -Carl Jung

Shelby Stephens

I believe therapy should be a space where individuals of varying backgrounds can share their stories and be met with empathy and without fear of judgment.  

I have experience with couples, individuals, and families. I am an LGBTQIA+ safe space and have experience with anxiety, depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, suicidal ideation, and trauma.

My Training

Masters in Human Development and Family Studies

(Marriage and Family Therapy)

University of Alabama 2022

Bridging the Couple Chasm-- Level I

The Gottman Insititute

Bridging the Couple Chasm-- Level I

The Gottman Insititute

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My Philosophy

My goal as a therapist is to meet my clients with compassion and acceptance. I strive to achieve this by showing empathy, respect, and support. I feel so honored to be in this position, and I look forward to walking with my clients through this journey. 

Martha Howard

Therapy is an environment of acceptance and safety that provides an opportunity for growth. Our most difficult experiences make us human, and therapy creates space to process and learn more about ourselves. 

I have experience working with eating disorders and individuals with anxiety and depression. I am also trained to work with families, kids, and couples!

My Training

Masters in Human Development and Family Studies

(Marriage and Family Therapy)

University of Alabama 2023

Our Interns

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Kaimen Howard

I am currently a graduate student at the University of Alabama pursuing my degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. I am an intern at the Capstone Family Therapy Clinic. I pursued this field, because I always had a passion in helping people reach their desired self. People do not always have an opportunity to express their thoughts and feelings in a safe environment, so that is what I strive to create. I value emphasizing the greatness in clients, so that they realize they are capable of much more than what it may seem. I am here to walk with you on this journey of change. With any obstacle that comes up, we will address it together, with empathy, teamwork, and with hope.

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