Stuart Gibson MSc MBACP BPC
I provide focused, short-term counselling and in-depth, long-term therapy at comfortable consulting rooms in Farringdon. I offer dedicated support to people facing challenges and can help treat most emotional and psychological difficulties. I work with adults of all ages, cultural backgrounds, genders and sexual orientations.
The relationship between counsellor and client (or therapist and patient) is a key element of the treatment I offer. My demeanour is warm, empathic and supportive. For some people, I simply provide a much-needed opportunity to be heard and understood.
Mindful of boundaries, I offer a safe, confidential and reliable place in which people can talk openly about themselves so as to help them understand what might have contributed to their problems. Exploring emotions, thoughts, dreams, memories, behaviour and relationships can help people to change the way they respond to situations. I aim to assist this process by being curious and attentive to links and patterns.
My approach is based on the understanding that difficult experiences in the past can continue to affect the way we feel and behave in the present. Applying psychodynamic, attachment, humanistic and cognitive concepts and methods, I address both the causes and the symptoms of emotional and psychological distress.
I respond to enquiries within one working day and I can usually meet within a week. I start with an initial consultation where the reasons for seeking help are discussed. Some background information is always useful too. This appointment gives both parties a chance to get a sense of compatibility and there is no obligation to continue working together. When an agreement is reached to move forward in principle, I recommend a treatment plan, which will either be for six sessions, sixteen sessions or open-ended therapy.
Once the specific terms have been confirmed, the work can begin, usually in the form of weekly, 50-minute sessions held at the same time and place every week. Towards the end of each course of treatment, there is an opportunity to review progress and consider either committing to a deeper treatment plan or working towards an agreed ending.
Training, qualifications & experience
Alongside my private practice, I have worked as a psychotherapist in the NHS, employed by Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust and the Harrow Psychotherapy Service. I have also worked as a Dynamic Interpersonal Therapist at Queenswood Medical Practice in Haringey.
I have worked as a counsellor in the charity sector for Waterloo Community Counselling and the Multi-Ethnic Counselling Service. I have provided counselling for students at London South Bank University. I also have over twenty years’ experience of working with alcoholics, addicts and their families and my approach is compatible with Twelve Step recovery.
Before my career change to Counselling and Psychotherapy, I was a senior manager in Advertising, Marketing and Media. I have since participated in several Group Relations Conferences and I am qualified to offer interpretations of organisational and group dynamics.
Training and Qualifications
I am a Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and abide by its Ethical Framework. I am registered on the Accredited Voluntary Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.
I am also a registered member of the British Psychoanalytic Council, the Association of Psychodynamic Counsellors and the Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the NHS.
I first trained at Birkbeck College, University of London and my qualifications are BACP accredited:
- MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy - incorporating Organisational Dynamics
- Post Graduate Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy - incorporating Organisational Dynamics
- Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy - incorporating Organisational Dynamics
- Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling and Counselling Skills - incorporating Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Humanistic (Person-Centred) Therapy and Psychodynamic Counselling
I then trained in Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) at the Anna Freud Centre in collaboration with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.
I also trained in Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT) at the Anna Freud Centre in collaboration with University College London (UCL).
I attend Continuing Professional Development (CPD) events to maintain and enhance my clinical knowledge and skills.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
As a male counsellor and psychotherapist, I have a special interest in helping people work through issues relating to men. I have had profound therapeutic relationships with people who have had absent, abusive or negligent fathers; similarly with people who have had traumatic experiences and abusive relationships with men.
I understand the specific challenges and expectations facing men who are dealing with difficult issues such as job insecurity, relationship problems, traumatic events and drug and alcohol misuse. Men have told me they find it easier to talk honestly and openly, man to man, particularly when they need to discuss sexual matters.
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Fees vary from £70 to £85 per 50-minute session, depending on the time of day. I am approved by several healthcare insurance companies such as Aviva, Vitality and AXA.
I am a Central London therapist, available to meet in Zone 1. I work in the City of London.
My rooms in Snow Hill Court, London EC1 are air-conditioned. They are located in a former Victorian school house in a peaceful garden behind the Church St Sepulchre without Newgate. Near Barts Hospital and the Old Bailey, the house is close to St Paul's, Farringdon, Barbican, Blackfriars and Chancery Lane tube stations and City Thameslink, Blackfriars and Farringdon National Rail stations.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Online services are available for people who cannot access the premises.
Weekdays and weekday evenings
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|