Dr Claire Tobin

Dr Claire Tobin

About me

Dr Claire Tobin is a highly specialised clinical psychologist, with seven years’ experience working for the NHS, assessing and treating psychological difficulties. Dr Tobin currently works as Senior Clinical Psychologist in a psychological therapies service for adults with anxiety, depression, affective disorders, personality disorders, and trauma. She provides effective psychological treatment, and supervises others in delivering this work.

Dr Tobin has experience treating a range of psychological difficulties, including psychosexual difficulties, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, trauma (including childhood trauma), personality disorders, self-harm, adjustment problems, addiction, anger, and aggression.

Dr Tobin mainly uses a cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) approach, however she also draws on other therapeutic models including schema therapy, and mentalisation-based treatment (MBT). She has undertaken additional training in these approaches, and is an accredited practitioner of MBT with the British Psychoanalytic Council, as well as a registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Dr Tobin values a flexible and tailored approach to each patients’ needs.

In addition, Dr Tobin contributes to lecturing medical and psychology undergraduate and post-graduate students on a variety of topics, including Personality Disorders and Complex Cases. She has a number of research and book chapter publications relating to her work.

Training, qualifications & experience

D.Clin Psy, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, London, 2010-2013

MSc Foundations of Clinical Psychology (1st class degree), University of Wales, Bangor, 2009-2010

BA (Mod) Psychology (1st class degree), University of Dublin, Trinity College, 2003-2007

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited



£100 per session

Further information

My name is Dr Claire Tobin, and I am a registered clinical psychologist. For several years I have dedicated my clinical work to helping people who have experienced adverse early experiences; this means that they may not have had their basic emotional needs met in childhood, for various reasons. These early experiences can lead to emotional pain and unhappiness in the present. This includes feelings of abandonment, emptiness, mistrust, failure, defectiveness, worthlessness and vulnerability. These feelings can be linked to various problematic behaviours, such as overeating, isolation, conflict with others and people-pleasing. Although these may all be ways of trying to cope with difficult feelings, they can also create a sense of stuckness. My work and expertise can help find ways to break free from these unhelpful patterns.  I have a particular focus on helping people who experience relationship problems, including difficulties related to emotional and physical intimacy.

I am registered with my professional body (the Health and Care Professions Council), which ensures that I am working with you in way that is both safe and high quality. I am committed to maintaining my expertise and knowledge, in order to provide you with the best care possible. I do this by attending ongoing training with leaders in the field. I have completed trainings in a number of therapeutic models including CBT, Mentalisation-based Treatment and Schema Focussed Therapy. I have also published scientific and academic articles, and I offer teaching to postgraduate students. I continue to work in academia and in the NHS for part of my time, while also enjoying the ability to respond to patients more flexibly through my private practice.

Maps & Directions

London, SE5

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None