Above & Beyond Christian Counseling focuses on providing excellent Christian counseling and deliverance ministry services. We have offices in Tampa, Clearwater and Temple Terrace, FL and provide services to clients locally and all over the world via the Internet.
The Center is under the umbrella of Above & Beyond Counseling Ministries, Inc., a 501(c)3 corporation.
We are not a church, but a self-supporting center staffed by professional, NCCA-licensed pastoral counselors. For information on obtaining a Christian Counseling Degree or getting trained in deliverance ministry, please visit our Counseling Academy website.
We derive our name from the Ephesians 3:20 scripture verse. He is able!
Donald J. Ibbitson, PhD
He is a Professional Clinical Member of National Christian Counselors Association and is licensed as an “NCCA Clinical Pastoral Counselor-Advanced Certification”. He is also an ordained minister. His educational background also includes an MBA from Stanford University and a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Prior to entering full time ministry he worked as an Associate Pastor in a non-denominational church and also held a variety of engineering and business-related positions in the secular marketplace.
He has met and worked with thousands of clients in one-on-one counseling situations dealing with individual, marriage and family issues.
He also has extensive experience in deliverance ministry and has, along with Phyllis Tarbox, developed resources and conducted seminars that have helped many thousands of people in the US and other countries. Dr. Ibbitson has hosted group deliverance seminars since 2001, leading teams of minsters to help many thousands of attendees to get free from demonic torment.
He is also an educator and supervises Christian Counseling students enrolled in the Academy’s degree programs. Dr. Ibbitson is a lecturer at Christian Family Church Institute (CFCI) Bible College in Tampa, FL where he teaches on deliverance ministry and pastoral counseling.
Phyllis J. Tarbox, PhD
She is a Professional Clinical Member of the National Christian Counselors Association and is licensed as an “NCCA Clinical Pastoral Counselor”. She is also an ordained minister. Prior to securing her PhD, Phyllis earned a Masters in Clinical Christian Counseling from Cornerstone University.
Phyllis has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida and before entering fulltime counseling ministry she worked for a large insurance company in the private sector. Phyllis works with individuals and couples in the realm of Christian counseling and also deals with families and children extensively.
She is very active in deliverance ministry with adults also and has helped prepare deliverance ministry training resources for students. She has also developed and implemented a special program for ministering deliverance to children.
Dr. Tarbox is also a lecturer at Christian Family Church Institute (CFCI) Bible College in Tampa, FL where she teaches the deliverance ministry course.
Shirley George, MA
She is a Professional Clinical Member of the National Christian Counselors Association and is licensed as an “NCCA Clinical Pastoral Counselor”. She is also an ordained minister under Above & Beyond Counseling Ministries.
Shirley graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing and worked as a Registered Nurse in Philadelphia PA. She has extensive experience in both the Intensive Care Unit and also in the Mental Health unit in which she was able to help many patients to restore their relationship with Lord Jesus.
In 2002, she moved to Tampa, FL and earned a Real Estate Broker’s License. She served the community by helping clients find and buy their dream homes.
Currently, she counsels and ministers in deliverance with individuals and couples out of our Temple Terrace office and over the Internet.
José D. Barreda, MA
He earned his MA Degree in Clinical Christian Counseling from Cornerstone University and had an extensive career in full-time Christian ministry since 1974. In addition to his counseling services at Above & Beyond, José oversees Educator’s Professional Network Inc, an outreach to the public and private school systems.
EPN Inc focuses on bringing Christian teachers, administrators, and support staff together to develop ‘Caring Communities’ by bringing them together to encourage each other to demonstrate the Christian Faith as relevant and relational.
José speaks English and Spanish fluently, and this flexibility has allowed him to hold senior pastor positions as well as other Associate Pastoral positions in several churches over the years. Couples counseling and working with young people are primary passions for him. He has ministered in eight countries and has held chaplaincy positions in numerous high school and professional sports programs.
He has worked with faith based clubs in the schools such as Youth for Christ (YFC), Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and other faith-based organizations.
José has been married to Marla since 1973. They have four children and reside in Tampa, Florida.