Biographical Details for Tiphanie Gibbs, MA, LGMFT

Tiphanie Gibbs

A retired Navy veteran, Tiphanie Gibbs has experience counseling military members and their families who struggle with relationship, parenting, and work/life balance issues.  She works with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families, offering couple therapy, outpatient mental health and crisis intervention services. Trained in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), Tiphanie has a strong commitment to strengthen couples’ connections, to help partners open up with each other, and build/rebuild or revive their relationship bond.  She also provides short and long-term therapy through the use of Solution Focused and Cognitive Behavioral therapies.

Empowering People with Long-Term Solutions

As a Marriage and Family Therapist, Ms. Gibbs’ goal is to empower couples, individuals, and families to overcome personal obstacles to improve their relationships, utilizing clinically tested and evidence-based techniques. She seeks to secure long-term solutions to a wide variety of relationship issues, leading people to become happier with themselves and the lives they have created.  As a PREPARE/ENRICH facilitator,  she is uniquely skilled to offer premarital counseling.

Biographical Details for MATTHEW JOHNSON

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A Maryland and Virginia licensed psychologist, Matthew Johnson holds a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Pennsylvania State University, a Master of Arts in Psychoanalysis from the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, and a Master of Science in Clinical Psychopharmacology from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Dr. Johnson currently works as a clinical psychologist for the United States Navy and has extensive experience with adolescents, adults, couples, and families in a myriad of professional settings including inpatient hospitals, outpatient treatment centers, hospice care, community health centers, correctional facilities, substance abuse treatment centers, and college counseling centers. Dr. Johnson uses a psychodynamic frame that employs integrative techniques in hopes of providing a culturally responsive environment where individuals are free to explore and try new ways of being within the safe confines of the therapeutic situation.

In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Johnson enjoys teaching undergraduate, graduate, and professional students about psychology. Most recently, he has taught classes at the United States Naval Academy, Harlem Hospital, and Brooklyn College.

Biographical Details for Patrizia Pallaro

Patrizia Pallaro

Formerly director of a psychiatric residential and day treatment program in San Francisco; faculty member at John F. Kennedy University’s Transpersonal and Holistic Counseling Center in Oakland, adjunct faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute (Santa Barbara, CA), Patrizia has an extensive background in mental health, counseling and partial hospitalization philosophy.

She is a faculty member of the International Psychotherapy Institute (Chevy Chase, MD), of Art Therapy Italiana (Bologna, Italy), as well as a clinical supervisor and lecturer in the Dance/Movement Therapy Department of the Institute of Applied Psychology and Psychoanalysis in Moscow (Russia).

A native Italian, Patrizia Pallaro is bilingual with experience in cross-cultural and acculturation issues, which she applies in her private practice. She works with families, couples and individuals, informed by interpersonal neuro-affective-biology principles, and integrating authentic movement principles into her practice as tools for understanding inner processes and bodily-felt experiences.

As a certified PREPARE/ENRICH facilitator, Patrizia helps couples enter a committed relationship in a structured and safe environment. A writer and editor, Patrizia Pallaro’s articles have appeared in numerous scholarly journals, in English and Italian. She has compiled and edited two volumes on Authentic Movement, published by Jessica Kingsley. Former co-editor of the American Journal of Dance Therapy, she is currently one of the editors at the Authentic Movement Community Blog, and sits on the editorial boards of several academic journals.

Publications By Patrizia Pallaro

Authentic Movement: Moving the Body, Moving the Self, Being Moved

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‘It is very valuable to have [this collection of articles] all together in one place…a rich repository of insights and experiences for all the somatic disciplines. It is a wonderful collection of articles.’
– Somatics 1999/2000

Pallaro-vol-2-1-84310-768-6_precisaDescription: Authentic Movement is a new discipline aiding the creative process in choreography, writing, theatre performance, dance, graphic and expressive arts, deepening spiritual journeys and meditative states, as well as intensifying personal processes in psychotherapy, meditation and conflict resolution.

This second volume on Authentic Movement is an engaging and dynamic collection of scholarly essays, personal stories, practical suggestions and resources. It reflects cutting edge work on creative expression, meditative discipline and psychotherapeutic endeavour. This authoritative collection will be indispensable for practitioners of Authentic Movement, students and teachers working in the field of dance therapy, art therapists and psychoanalysts.

Authentic Movement

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bookcoverDescription: Authentic Movement, an exploration of the unconscious through movement, was largely defined by the work of Mary Starks Whitehouse, Janet Adler and Joan Chodorow. The basic concepts of Authentic Movement are expressed for the first time in one volume through interviews and conversations with these important figures, and their key papers. They emphasize the importance of movement as a means of communication, particularly unconscious or ‘authentic’ movement, emerging when the individual has a deep, self-sensing awareness – an attitude of ‘inner listening’. Such movement can trigger powerful images, feelings and kinesthetic sensations arising from the depths of our stored childhood memories or connecting our inner selves to the transcendent.

In exploring Authentic Movement these questions are asked:

  • How does Authentic Movement differ from other forms of dance and movement therapy?
  • How may Authentic Movement be experienced?

Premarital Counseling

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Have you recently gotten engaged? Congratulations! This is an exciting time in your life and it is easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of wedding planning. While you are busy deciding the details of your big day, however, it is also important to take the time to think about what will happen after the wedding. Many couples choose premarital counseling as a way to strengthen their existing relationship and begin their marriage on a firm foundation. Taking even just a few weeks to discuss your individual needs and shared goals can help immensely as you make the transition from wedding to happily ever after. The following list is just a few of the things that we can work on during our premarital counseling sessions.

  • Identify the strongest aspects of your relationship. You fell in love for a reason, and knowing what makes you two “click” as a couple and the positive things you both get out of being together will help you cherish and respect those aspects as you continue your journey together.
  • Improve communication between you and your partner. The importance of good communication in a marriage cannot be overstated. Unfortunately, many couples wait until their relationship has become strained before taking an in-depth look at the way they talk and relate to one another. We will strengthen your communication skills before they have a chance to break down, giving you the tools to tackle any problem (major or minor) that might crop up in your married life.
  • Discuss any family of origin issues that might impact your relationship. As you join your two families via marriage, and create a new family of your own, any number of issues may arise. Counseling can help you prepare and work through these issues so that neither of you is caught off guard.
  • Work through any financial issues so that you and your partner are on the same page (or spreadsheet!) money-wise. Whether you are dealing with an unwieldy wedding budget, you want to clear the air regarding financial mistakes made in the past, or you simply want to discuss your shared savings goals, premarital counseling is a safe environment in which to do that.
  • Create a plan for achieving personal and family goals.
  • Address any other points that need to be worked through—such as stress, cohabitation conflicts, or intimacy issues.

premarital counseling, Bowie MDSome couples know that counseling is important, but don’t know exactly where to begin. Those couples can benefit tremendously from the PREPARE/ENRICH assessment—a leading relationship inventory and skill-building program. For more information, please visit the PREPARE/ENRICH website.

 

Couple Psychotherapy

We work with couples of any sexual orientation, whether gay, lesbian, bisexual, heterosexual or transgender, who have relationship issues and want to explore the root cause of these difficulties in order to change and grow together.

Our frame of reference is relational, systemic, and body oriented. We aim at facilitating awareness of personal feelings, body-felt experiences, mutual regulation and dysregulation, attachment patterns, embodied attunement, interlocking dynamics, while bringing that which is unconscious to consciousness, in order to bring about change.

Our psychotherapists have years of experience in this field, and have studied and trained in different methods of couple therapy. Couple psychotherapy, in which both partners participate, is carried out in weekly sessions, usually occurring at the same time every week.

 

Family Therapy

No matter how big or small family is, conflicts, relationship difficulties, misunderstandings and anxieties can occur at any given time—often when stress is highest.

By capitalizing on the family’s unique strengths, our psychotherapists model different ways to manage stress, and teach family members how to communicate effectively, resolve conflicts peacefully, revisit inner and outer boundaries, and facilitate awareness of personal feelings and body-felt experiences.

Our psychotherapists have years of experience in this field, and have studied and trained in different methods of family therapy. Family therapy is carried out in weekly sessions, usually occurring at the same time every week.

 

Play Therapy

play therapy counseling Bowie MDPlay is the “natural” language of children. It access the child’s unbridled feelings, gathers them into visual and kinetic modes, so that the therapist can help the child find their meaning and promote a developmentally appropriate understanding of what the child is experiencing.

Individual Psychotherapy

Psychodynamic psychotherapy is the process of examining feelings and emotions, linking them to words, and connecting personal history with current life events and relationships.

Sometimes words are not enough to get to the source of the discomfort, which is why our psychotherapists are trained in interpersonal neuro-affective-biology—placing them at the cutting edge of clinical research and psychotherapy. Sensory body-oriented processing is necessary, we now know, in order to understand and then change behaviors or distorted beliefs that may interfering with living life to its full potential.

Authentic Movement

Authentic Movement bridges body and psyche, inviting the unconscious to a unique journey toward wholeness and healing through the medium of movement honor energy, impulse, flow, sensations, gestures, images, and kinesthetic memories. It provides non-judgmental attentiveness which fosters attunement to our body stories, body concepts and movement patterns, opening the way for greater self awareness, trust and self-regulating capacity.

With attention to movement, gestures, rhythm, breath, verbal and nonverbal communication, the psychotherapist integrates the traditional therapeutic flow of words with the immediate, less defended expressions of the body. Movement experiences are tailored to the person’s needs. These include body awareness, sensory and breathing exercises, role play, active imagination, imagery techniques, exploration of childhood memories, or simply the emergence of spontaneous, authentic movement.

Dance/Movement Therapy

kids-dancingDance/movement therapists utilize a variety of bodily techniques aimed at fostering self-awareness, connecting inner psychic processes with feelings and experiences in the outer world, and understanding relational dynamics.

As defined by The American Dance Therapy Association, dance/movement therapy is the psychotherapeutic use of movement as a process which furthers the emotional, cognitive, physical, and social integration of the individual. As we now know, the body is the repository of our emotions, whether we pay attention to them or not, and the vehicle with which we learn how to be in the world. Through movement we relate and communicate. Creative movement expression, in a safe, respectful environment, not only facilitates awareness of feelings and the discovery of hidden resistances or personal blocks, but also endows us with the ability to find unexpected solutions to life’s dilemmas.