Gordon Gunnell


Gordon Gunnell


Professions: Counselor, Marriage & Family Therapist, Other
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LMFT
Secondary Credential: LISAC
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage


15215 S 48th St
Suite 116
Phoenix, Arizona 85044

My Approach to Helping

Most people start looking for a therapist or counselor when they have had difficulty identifying a problem, or they have not been successful in resolving one. It is my belief that when we face such circumstances, relational or individual, life is asking us to learn something from the experience that CAN really be for our personal growth, development, and ultimate benefit. Though challenges, problems, and unhappiness are part of the typical life experience, it is nevertheless difficult and frustrating at times. But we need not become discouraged at the necessity of engaging the process to rise above our challenges and problems. When we engage that process successfully, we feel happy, confident, and empowered. We feel a better sense of individual control over our own lives. Most of the time we do that without professional help. Occasionally, however, we feel overwhelmed by relationship and/or individual problems. As things appear to get worse, or at least don't change, we occasionally panic and get upset, and we often put increased effort into making changes by attempting the same or similar solutions, but with increased frequency and/or intensity. When that happens, But if the problem(s) get worse, in spite of our best efforts, or at least if they don't appear to resolve, we may start to lose confidence and hope. We begin to feel helpless. Some people describe it as feeling STUCK. When STUCK, most of us experience a variety of troubling emotional responses--symptoms that are associated with terms such as powerlessness, anxiety, resentment, depression, anger, grief, and countless others.

When we can't change something, we most often resort to coping. Acceptance and coping are healthy strategies when facing something that is not changeable. The weather is a rather superficial example. But if change is possible, and it is our lack of knowing how or what to do to effect change that is hindering us, coping can inadvertently keep us STUCK, as we unknowingly deny what we need to learn to do differently. When we discover what keeps us STUCK, however, new perspectives on our problem(s) emerge to our view, allowing us to make choices that we had not considered previously or that even occurred to us. When perspective changes, we are able employ new strategies to get UNSTUCK.

Since I have been trained and educated in a research-based clinical program, I employ scientifically reliable and valid counseling and therapy approaches that are recognized to help individuals, families, and couples experience real change. These include emotion focused therapy (EFT), cognitive therapy (CT), cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and brief solution focused therapy (BST). I additionally incorporate commitment, mindfulness, forgiveness, and acceptance ideals into therapy, recognized in the field of psychology to permit and encourage desirable change.

In MARRIAGE THERAPY, I take a pro-commitment, but balanced stance, meaning that staying with each other is desirable unless there is a convincing reason not to. Though each couple must face the process of deciding what is, for them, convincing, I can help you in that process. If you find yourself UNDECIDED about your commitment to a partner or spouse, I will help you to discover what keeps you trapped in indecision. If your family has gone through DIVORCE, I can help you and/or your children effectively adjust to the relationship changes that are demanded by the dissolution of the marriage.

As an INDIVIDUAL THERAPIST, I want to support you in understanding how to decrease obsessive and/or compulsive behaviors, stress, grief/loss, anxiety, PTSD, panic, anger, and depression, as well as other major emotions that restrict your ability to follow and achieve your aims in life. From both family, couple, and individual perspectives, if you are experiencing ADDICTIVE BEHAVIORS, I want to help you identify ways of managing the addictive "pull" of gambling, drug/alcohol, pornography, sex, and other habits that hinder your ability to pursue and achieve what you want in your life.

Proven research illustrates that when choosing a therapist, your initial impressions of a therapist/counselor, and the relationship that you build with him/her in the initial few sessions, is the most important variable of all variables in determining the benefit of therapy. I therefore encourage you to follow your impressions when choosing a therapist.

I am pleased to spend a few minutes to go over any questions you may have. Please call the number listed on the right of the page for a FREE 10 MINUTE PHONE CONSULTATION, or you can send me an email at the address also listed on this page. I personally reply to all calls, and I DO REPLY. If I do not answer the phone when you call me, please leave your call-back number and name on my voice mail, along with the best time(s) for me to call you back. If I am not working with clients during the particular times you request, I will try to return your call in the later evening, or the next morning.

More Info About My Practice

I am accepted by all insurance companies as an out-of-network provider. My fees may be reimburseable to you if you have an out-of-network benefit. I accept cash, Mastercard, Visa, Discover, and American Express credit cards.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

MARRIAGE AND COUPLES THERAPY/COUNSELING: I have over 3 years of clinical training working under the direct supervision of Dr. William A. Griffin, who is a post-doctoral fellow of Dr. John M. Gottman (see www.gottman.com). I am additionally registered as a qualified practitioner at the Marriage Friendly Therapists website (www.marriagefriendlytherapists.com). I have also been married for 41 years.

A NEW PERSPECTIVE: Most people think of being IN a relationship. Doing clinical research with couples for 3 years at the university level, I learned that partners and spouses CREATE a relationship collaboratively. This perspective and clinical training is a major influence on whether or not therapists are able to be as effective as they seek to be with couples. The idea of being IN a relationship is often indicative of not having complete control of the relationship. Conversely, understanding and knowing that relationships are actually CREATED by two people, one interaction at a time, enables couples to feel some control over resolving the concerns they don't like. This perspective enables couples to realize that their partner/spouse may still be likable, but that what was unlikable was the relationship they had with their spouse/partner. Helping couples transform their relationship with each other in place of attempting to change each other typically results in a desire to change oneself for the betterment of the relationship. For many couples, it really works!

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Family Therapy
  • Consultation

Ages I Work With

  • Adults


  • English
  • German

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family Problems
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Inadequacy
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Worry

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Constructivisim
  • Core Process Psychotherapy (CPP)
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Gottman Method
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Logotherapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Reality Therapy
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