Clare Gibbons

Trainee Counselling Psychologist and Existential Psychotherapist

BSc Health Studies, Postgraduate Diploma Psychology, Foundation Existential and Humanistic Psychotherapy. Current DCPsych trainee.

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I am an existential practitioner, and believe that the therapeutic relationship is a place to find growth and healing through reflecting on the 'challenges of being'. Within this space, we can find connection with our values, re-evaluate old ways of being, and find a hopefulness and agency about how we move forwards in life. I am a Trainee Counselling Psychologist and Existential Therapist with NSPC in London, currently expanding my private practice locally. I work according to UKCP and BPS ethical and professional frameworks, which means I receive my own therapy and supervision, all within an existential framework. I value a connection with nature, and completed a permaculture design course in 2020. I sometimes incorporate aspects of nature-based, narrative and creative arts approaches in my work, and also facilitate 'deep listening' and 'way of the council' online groups. I have an interest in Buddhism and meditation, both of which I find complement an existential approach to life!

AbuseADHDAdoption IssuesAlcohol Abuse and Alcohol DependenceAnxietyAspergersAttachment TheoryAutismBereavementChild or Adolescent IssuesCodependencyCultural and Systemic OppressionCultural CongruenceDepressionDomestic AbuseDrug Dependence / Abuse / AddictionFamily ConflictFeministHistorical TraumaImmigration/AcculturationIntellectual DisabilityInternet AddictionInterpersonalInterventionLearning DisorderLGBTQ IssuesLoss or GriefMindfulness-basedNonviolent CommunicationPolitical ClimatePregnancy (Prenatal Mental Health)Racial IdentityRelationalSchizophreniaSelf-EsteemSexual AbuseSocial PhobiaSuicidal IdeationTraumaWomen’s Issues

I work from a broadly existential frame, taking a realistic and reflective approach to supporting people with their wellbeing. Existential therapy recognises the universality of life struggles, or 'difficulties with being', whilst valuing each person's individual experiences and circumstances. In my sessions, I offer a space for you to think about and make sense of your particular life experiences, including the physical and emotional, and to examine your meaning-making around these. Through this process, you will be more able to find your place in the world and navigate a pathway which authentically aligns with your personal values and world view.

I have over 20 years' experience supporting people with their mental health and emotional wellbeing, both in the NHS and the Independent Sector. This has included community and inpatient adult mental health, young people's substance misuse and complex trauma/domestic abuse services. I have had a long-term interest in working with neurodiversity, and have been involved in screening and ongoing support of adults with Autism and ADHD, including supporting neurodiverse parents. My initial degree in Health Studies was holistic, examining health and emotional wellbeing through the lenses of nutrition, transcultural health and social models of dis-ease. I then took a Psychology conversion course approved by the British Psychological Society as well as further training in interventions such as motivational interviewing, solution-focused therapy and non-violent communication. In recent years I have been involved in assessment and intervention within the NHS, with a focus on the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences, complex trauma, attachment issues and interpersonal violence and abuse. I have also worked with ex-offenders and people fleeing persecution, war and conflict. I have experience of delivering training and education to health and social care professionals on issues such as intersectionality, trauma and injustice.

Type of Therapy
  • EcoTherapy
  • Existential
  • Existential Therapy
  • Holistic
  • Integrative
  • Narrative
  • Wilderness Therapy
Client Type
Type of Session
Fixed TermLong Term (Face to Face)Online TherapyShort Term (Face to Face)SkypeTelephone