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Dennis Gibson, PhD

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Dr. Dennis Gibson Licensed Christian Counselor Based In
The Western Suburbs of Chicago. Marriage & Couples Therapy.
Dr. Dennis Gibson has helped over 15,000 people move past their trauma, reconnect with loved ones and cope with conflict during the past thirty years.

Many people who come to Dr. Gibson choose him because they want Christian marriage counseling near Wheaton, Illinois. Those who do not wish to have a spiritual element injected into their counseling do not find Dr. Gibson's faith intrusive.

Dr. Dennis Gibson is a licensed clinical psychologist, the author of four books, a survivor of two cancers and directs Wheaton Counseling Associates, located at the north edge of Wheaton, Illinois. Dr. Gibson and Ruth, his wife, together wrote The Sandwich Years (on parenting our parents and our kids at the same time in mid-life).

Dr. Gibson knows what it is to be cancer patient, caregiver, and consultant, and offers cancer coaching as one of his professional services. Visit A Cancer Coach for more information on his Cancer Coaching services.

Dr. Dennis Gibson has been there and has figured out how to help YOU get through it!
Professional Services Offered:

* Mentoring, coaching, counseling, training by telephone. Specialty with cancer patients and caretakers.
* Personal, marriage and family counseling and psychotherapy.
* Seminars on family living, on brief counseling techniques, and on parenting our own elderly parents, presented internationally.
* Retreat speaker alone and with wife.


Birthplace/Early Schooling: Chicago, IL
Wife: Ruth Flesvig Gibson
Sons: Steven, David, Scott (all adults)

Work Experience:

(1974 – Present) Wheaton, IL
Private Practice - Clinical Psychologist

(1987) Chicago, IL.
Moody Bible Institute - Evening School Instructor

(1974 – 1975) Wheaton, IL
Wheaton College - Part-time teacher

(1973 – 1974) Warrenville, IL
Warrenville Clinic - Psychologist

(1971 – 1973) Wooster, OH
College of Wooster - Assistant Professor Of Psychology

(1960 – 1966) Midland, MI
The Dow Chemical Comoany - Chemical Engineer


Book: (2002) What To Say When…

Paper: (1998) Socratic questions in Prochaska’s early stages of change. APA Midwinter Convention, San Diego, CA.

Paper: (1996). Solution therapy with a dependent non-customer. American Association of Counselors Regional Conference, Chicago area.

Paper: (1989, April). Vitality Therapy. Presented at the annual convention of CAPS (Christian Association for Psychological Studies), Philadelphia, PA.

Book: (1991). The Sandwich Years. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker. (W/Ruth Gibson).

Book: (1989). Vitality Therapy. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker.

Book: (1987). The Strong-Willed Adult. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker.

Article: (1985, Summer) Doubting Thomas, the Obsessive. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 4 (2), 34-36.

Articles: (1985). Adlerian Psychotherapy (pp. 23-25) Communication skills training (193-194) Conjoint Family Therapy (219-220)Contracts, therapeutic use (231) Family Communications Theory (391-394) Benner (Ed.) Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House
Practice Areas
 Counseling / Therapy  Loneliness
 Anger Management  Marriage & Family Therapy
 Anxiety and Panic  Marriage Counseling
 Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)  Men's Issues
 Body Image Issues  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
 Caregiver Issues  Online / Video / Teletherapy
 Chronic Illness  Pre and Postpartum Mental Health
 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Issues  Relationship Issues
 Couples Therapy  Self Esteem Issues
 Depression  Seniors and Elder Care Issues
 Divorce  Stress Management
 Eating Disorders  Trauma and PTSD
 Grief and Loss  Work and Career Issues
 Life Transitions
 Doctoral Degree (Ph.D.)

University of Minnesota - Minneapolis, MN
Major: Psychology
Minor: Educational Psychology
Thesis title: Prediction of verbal behavior of individuals in small counseling groups.

Central Michigan University - Mt. Pleasant, MI
Courses in Psychology/Business Administration

Northwestern University - Evanston, IL
Major: Chemical Engineering
Walter P. Murphy academic scholarship.
Honors in sports, fraternity and professional societies.

Additional Training:

Alfred Adler Institute of Chicago (Psychotherapy Program, 1979 - 1981)

Brief Family Therapy Center, Milwaukee, WI (Extensive workshops and personal supervision in solution/focused brief therapy, 1989 - 1992)

Clinical training program in transactional analysis under William H. Holloway, Akron, OH (1972 - 1974)

Cognitive Behavior Modification (Workshop from Dr. Donald Meichenbaum, 1991)

Cognitive Therapy Winter Workshop (by Dr. Christine Padesky, Feb. 7-11, 1994)

Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (Level I & II Training, 1994, 1997)

Family Institute of Chicago (many seminars and workshops 1974 - present)

Masterson Institute, New York (workshops and personal supervision in psychotherapy of personality disorders, 1986 - 1990)

Minnesota Couples Communication Program (Instructor training, 1975)

Parent Effectiveness Training (Instructor training, 1972)

Postdoctoral internship in clinical psychology, Norfolk Regional Center, Nebraska (1970 - 1971)

Licensed clinical psychologist in state of Illinois #71-1808
Licensed clinical psychologist in state of Illinois #71-1808
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