The universe is made of stories, not atoms.
— Muriel Rukeyser (1913–1980) American Poet and Political Activist 
 

BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Greg Phipps was born and raised in the Midwest of the United States. He is a counselor, counselor educator, and higher education professional living in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he has resided for the last 16 years. A former photographer and designer, Dr. Phipps transitioned into counseling after going through his own career counseling. Since then, he has forged a path toward helping others through counseling and teaching. He has a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a doctorate in Rehabilitation Counseling and Counselor Education. As a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA) in North Carolina and National Certified Counselor (NCC), he has a passion for serving individuals, couples, and families with a variety of mental health and wellness needs. In addition, he works in higher education teaching and administration as an interim director and adjunct instructor preparing counselors-in-training. He can also be found on occasion leading workshops and trainings within the Greensboro community on counseling and wellness related topics.

When asked about his approach to serving clients, he shared:

“In brief, my approach is grounded in humanistic philosophy that heavily relies on developmental, systemic, and multicultural understandings. I draw ideas and techniques from Adlerian Individual Psychology, cognitive-behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, and Gestalt psychology. I believe all individuals have inherent worth, seek meaning and purpose, and strive toward wanting to be the best we can be in life. I believe my job is to help people empower themselves to understand and enact these principles.”

Friends and peers have called Greg a true renaissance man, mostly because of his eclectic background and appreciation for new experiences. He has a love of cultural diversity and strong bent toward justice, which is reflected in his work with clients and research on multicultural competence and racial identity of counselors. He believes people flourish when encouraged, and enjoys helping others work through difficult life circumstances. Dr. Phipps also has a background and affinity for the benefits of technology, but feels we should unplug more often. This drives his focus on technology related addictions in counseling. He strongly believes in the power of the individual, but finds most everything is done better in community.

COUNSELING APPROACH

  • Each individual has a drive to be better and can achieve goals through inherent strengths and skills (Adlerian).

  • Everyone has a story and we co-write that story together in community (Narrative).

  • All things are connected, and each piece affects the other (Systemic).

  • Our individual cultures enrich who we are, making each person unique. Our history informs our lives, but does not dictate our future. This must be taken into account in counseling and teaching. (Multicultural/Social Justice).

SPECIALITY FOCUS AREAS

Holistic counseling, counselor education, racial identity development, multicultural counseling competence, behavioral/process addictions (e.g., video games, technology, and eating disorders), disability, creativity/artistic expression in counseling, and technology in counseling/counselor education.

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LIKES:

Music, movies, writing, woodworking, art, design, photography, architecture, sci-fi and fantasy, video games, Lego, and meeting new people.

DISLIKES:

Close-mindedness, mayonnaise, bananas, and dishonesty.