Dr. Gibbs completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Rhode Island, where she was awarded both a Sigma Xi Grant for Aid to Research and a University of Rhode Island Graduate Fellowship. She did both an internship and a postdoctoral fellowship at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, working on the inpatient and outpatient psychiatry units, Day Treatment program and the Borderline Personality Disorders unit. During that time, she was involved in a small study group with Dr. Marsha Linehan, the developer of Dialectical Behavoral Therapy, a treatment for those struggling with emotion regulation.
In subsequent years, she has been devoted to learning about and understanding how the mind and body interprets and processes information about past and current events and how that shapes our current sense of selves, anticipation of the future and the way we relate others. She has sought training in the latest, state of the art treatments, including CBT, EMDR, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy) and Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples. She has also studied Mindfulness meditation and uses this personally and with patients.
Dr. Gibbs also enjoys working with and training other professionals. As a member of the supervisory faculty at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy in NYC, she supervises students in their Trauma Studies program. She also provides individual and group supervision in EMDR and facilitates at workshops training professionals in EMDR. She is the EMDRIA Regional Coordinator for Westchester county and was the original coordinator of the Trauma Response Network of Westchester county, an organization of trauma professionals who provide pro bono treatment to Westchester county residents in the aftermath of a man-made or natural disaster. Dr. Gibbs has been invited to speak to professional audiences on a number of topics (see For Professionals section)
Finally, Dr. Gibbs is the the founder of Advanced Psychology Seminars, a business that organizes professional workshops for colleagues on trauma related topics.