About Brian Gibney
Over the course of his adult life, Brian has worn many hats: research scientist (BA, Molecular biology; Masters, Microbiology), teacher, professional artist, performer, and parent. The common thread that has run through all of those vocations has been the joy of learning, discovery, and improvement. In parallel with his professional life, he has also been keenly interested in interpersonal interactions, intimacy, and authenticity. These two facets have merged in his practice as a Surrogate Partner.
Brian received his training in Surrogate Partner Therapy from IPSA (the International Professional Surrogates Association) in 2016. In addition to being a member of IPSA, he is also a surrogate partner member of IMBT (Institute for Mind Body Therapy), AIHG (Ananda Integrative Health Group), and AASECT (American Association of Sex Educators Counselors and Therapists). Brian is a founding member of the Surrogate Partner Collective and Chair of AASECT’s Somatic Sexuality Professionals Special Interest Group.
In his practice, Brian seeks to help clients create foundational self-knowledge that enables them to effectively navigate healthy and fulfilling intimate relationships. Motivating this is the core belief that sharing intimacy with others is an essential part of the human experience. While it is important for everyone to have the option to feel connected with others, many find it difficult (or impossible) to make this connection. Physical limitations, personal history, poor self-image, and even lack of experience can create seemingly insurmountable obstacles to establishing and maintaining healthy intimate relationships.
Surrogate Partner Therapy offers a unique, tailored space in which to safely explore trust, communication, emotional intimacy, sensuality, and sexuality. Each of these pieces are important in their own right and essential in how they interconnect to influence healthy relationships. In helping clients achieve their goals, Brian strives to maintain high professional and ethical standards and promote accessibility of Surrogate Partner Therapy to ensure those in need may receive the most successful treatment.
In addition to his work with clients, Brian advocates for his profession by educating therapeutic professionals in addition to the broader public. Drawing from his experience as an educator, he has presented on Surrogate Partner Therapy at a range of professional conferences, workshops, therapeutic practices, and professional groups. In discussing his work, he hopes to encourage dialogue about a variety of topics--intimacy, sensual awareness and embodiment, and communication--that are so desperately needed in our society.