Dr. Neil Gibson
A highly qualified and experienced psychotherapist, I have worked with people with a wide range of problems including anxiety, depression, panic, trauma, identity and relationship issues. You are most welcome to contact me for a free initial telephone consultation.
Many people experience emotional difficulties at some point in their lives. Sometimes problems may be longstanding, sometimes they occur out of the blue or because of a crisis. It may even me that your problem is difficult to define, or that you feel that something just 'isn't right'. Whatever the case, talking to a qualified psychotherapist gives you an opportunity to talk though your concerns in a confidential, non-judgmental space. As a trained psychotherapist I use my knowledge, skills and experience to help you deepen your understanding of yourself so that you can begin to make a positive difference to your life.
The First Meeting
The first session will be a chance for me to make a fuller assessment of your situation, and is an opportunity for you to see if you feel comfortable working with me and my approach to therapy. There is no obligation to continue.
My Approach to Therapy
I am the only qualified existential psychotherapist in the North East. The existential approach, while incorporating the general clinical applications of psychology, is primarily interested in exploring the deeper meanings of your life and suffering, so that you can live more fully and with more clarity.
Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) is an effective treatment for people who have experienced psychological difficulties arising from traumatic experiences, such as assault, road traffic accidents, war trauma, torture, natural or man-made disasters, sexual abuse and childhood neglect. EMDR is also increasingly used to treat symptoms which are not necessarily trauma-related, such as panic disorder, phobias, performance anxiety, self-esteem issues and other anxiety-related disorders.
During EMDR treatment you will be asked to bring to mind a traumatic memory in brief sequential doses while simultaneously tracking my hand across your field of vision. This process facilitates access to the traumatic memory network of the brain and the information is processed with new associations. This process, often within only 6-12 sessions, diminishes the emotional and physiological distress.
National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines recommend EMDR as a first-line treatment for trauma.
Training, qualifications & experience
In 2004 I began a psychotherapy training at the New School of Psychotherapy, London, under the tutelage of internationally renowned Professor Emmy van Deurzen with whom I also apprenticed as a group therapist.
As well as in the UK, I have worked in Australia and the Netherlands, and I provide supervision to psychotherapists and therapists in training.
I am registered with the following clinical governing bodies: UKCP (No:08159809), SEA (no:185), BACP (No:579777); EMDR UK & Ireland (No:G0267)
EMDR Accredited with EMDR UK&Ireland
D.Prof. Existential Psychotherapy, Middlesex University (2013)
M.A. Existential Psychotherapy, Sheffield University (2008)
M.A. Humanistic Counselling, University of Durham (2001)
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Fees below relate to sessions payed by individuals only. For sessions fees relating to referring agencies, organisations, and insuracnce companies, please contact me directly.
Assessment Session: £65
Psychotherapy £80 per hour.
EMDR: £80 per hour.
Supervision: £65 per hour.