Vince Gibbons

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BSc (Hons), MBACP, Dip Sys Pract (Open), CBT (IANLP)
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Christchurch, Dorset, BH23
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About me

Hi, my name is Vince and I am an experienced counsellor / psychotherapist and performance coach who has worked for Mind, Anxiety UK, and the North London Hospice. I have an advanced diploma in humanistic integrative counselling, a qualification that is accredited by the BACP and a BSc degree in psychology. I am also a IANLP accredited Cognitive Behavioural (CBT) Coach. I offer a free 30 minute phone or video consultation, which may just help you without any more sessions.

I have also been mentoring and coaching for over 20 years and am qualified as a humanistic integrative counsellor which means I can match individual client’s needs to a variety of established and effective therapeutic approaches. I also have a blog and advice presence on the Internet with over 1400 positive testimonials.

I also undertake performance and executive coaching to help develop career opportunities, and I can integrate this with addressing other counselling related issues, such as anxiety or depression.

Many of us have experienced times when life can feel complex, challenging or even overwhelming and we may find ourselves looking for additional non-judgemental, experienced and professional support outside our friends and family, in a caring, comfortable and quiet environment.

It can be very helpful to have difficulties explored in confidence, to be listened to and properly heard in order to make sense of things, so that choices can become clearer and our lives more fulfilling.

Initial 30 minute assessment and consultation by telephone, or video conferencing, if needed, free of charge.

Free off street parking.

Training, qualifications & experience

Counselling / Psychotherapy

Diploma in Systems Practice, 1998; Diploma in Performance Coaching 2001; BSc Hons, (Psychology) 2004; Diploma in Life Coaching 2005; Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling 2014; Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling, 2015.

Anxiety UK Approved therapist.

Bereavement counselling training and working as a voluntary counsellor for North London Hospice 2013 -

Training and working as a voluntary counsellor for MIND 2014 - 2017

I have been mentoring and coaching for over 20 years and qualified as a humanistic integrative counsellor which means I can match individual client’s needs to a variety of established and effective therapeutic approaches.

Performance and Executive Coaching

My performance and executive coaching skills are based on my training and experience of working for the British Quality Foundation as an Awards Assessor for five years and as an Awards Assessor Team Leader for London Excellence for six years, which involved site visits and assessments of FTSE companies applying for quality improvement awards.

How I work

I work at a pace and on a focus you decide. I will help you to achieve a better understanding of your identity, who you really are (although that changes slightly all the time) your feelings, needs and how best you might formulate, meet or heighten your existing goals or even change direction.

I have what is known as an integrative approach to counselling, which means potentially using a mix of the most respected, practised and effective therapeutic approaches such as Psychodynamic, Existential and Cognitive Behavioural therapy. I tailor and utilize what personally works best for you.

As well as talking about your issues you'll also get an insight into how you are experienced within the therapeutic relationship through honest and sensitive feedback.

Whilst the therapeutic relationship is unlike any other, it is a reflection of other relationships you have and so provides the opportunity to explore some of the dynamics that get played out in your other relationships. To this end it can be a powerful self-development tool.


One less common element to counselling I practice, is psychoeducation. This means as we progress I explain to you openly what I am doing, the techniques, the key concepts and language used. So you begin to learn how to 'do' therapy yourself. The point of my approach is the more you understand about it, the more effective we will be as a team, and when the therapy is finished, you will yourself have a greater understanding and insight of how best to take care of yourself in future, and maybe even the others around you. In fact I have had many clients who have become so interested in psychotherapy, they have expressed a desire to study and become qualified themselves, which I encourage completely.

I believe very much in the saying, if you "give a person a fish, you feed them for a day. Teach a person to fish and you feed them for a lifetime."

Did you know this about mental health?

  • Mixed anxiety and depression affects 10 in 100 people.
  • Anxiety affects 5 in 100 people.
  • Depression affects 3 in 100 people.
  • Phobias affects 3 in 100 people.
  • OCD affects 2 in 100 people.
  • Panic disorder affects 2 in 100 people.
  • Post traumatic stress disorder affects 3 in 100 people.
  • Eating disorders affect 2 in 100 people.

So if you are suffering from anxiety and depression and also look at the average size of a GP practice in the Enfield or Barnet area (which on average is approx 6,000 patients) there is likely to be another approx 599 people in your GP's practice who unfortunately are suffering the same issues as you.

Did you know this about Counselling?

Often not many sessions are needed.

15% of clients experience clinical improvement between arranging the appointment and before attending their first session.

50% of the total gain from counselling is achieved in just 8 sessions

In depressed clients 48% exhibit large gains within 2-4 sessions.

Ask yourself:

  • What are you seeking?
  • What have you already tried?
  • How has it worked for you or made things worse?

What may it have cost you emotionally? Many of the most common behaviours we use to protect ourselves from emotional pain are: avoidance, over-compensation and emotional numbing, usually substance abuse, but it can be other addictive behaviours like becoming a workaholic or addicted to gym

Continuous Professional Development I am committed to Continuing Professional Development and as part of my CPD I have attended various events, training days and courses:

  • Relate (The Relationship People) On-Line Course - Solution Focused Therapy Jan 2017
  • Relate On-Line Course – Mindfulness Sex and Relationship Therapy Jan 2017
  • Relate On-Line Course – Counselling with a Sexual Focus Jan 2017
  • Relate On-Line Course – Disordered Personalities Jan 2017
  • Relate On-Line Course – Suicide Risk and Support Jan 2017
  • Relate Directory of Practitioners Reg. No. 12308 Jan 2017
  • Relate Diploma in Relationship Counselling July 2016
  • Tavistock Centre In Search of a Soulmate: Seeking the Perfect Other May 2016
  • BACP Relational Depth and Emotional Connection in Online Therapy – On Line April 2016
  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) E-Learning tool - General Anxiety Disorder November 2015

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I can offer face to face sessions at a private and comfortable room in Glengarry Way BH23 4EQ which is between about 2 mile equidistant from Christchurch and Highcliffe.

Free detailed initial 30 minute consultation by telephone, if needed.

Free off street parking on driveway in BH23 4EQ, or if walking, within 10 minutes of Sandpiper Pub or Bure Haven Drive stop (X1 & X2 buses).

My Hours are very flexible 7AM - 9PM 7 days a week.

Usual weekday fees for face to face sessions in Christchurch or Skype, Zoom or telephone are £45 an hour*.

If you are very busy, think about email or text counselling support = £7 per email / text. Discounted block pre-book £50 for 10 (Prepaid Emails / Texts via paypal).

If required, depending on distance, I can also home visit addresses within 5 miles from £65.

*Any session held during weekends, Skype, telephone or home visiting attract an additional £15 supplement.

£30 low cost concessions available Monday - Friday 10 AM - 4 pm. Call for availability.

If any of this sounds interesting to you, please call me on my number and we can have a quick consultation about what you feel you need and how many sessions might be suitable. Good progress can often be made within 6 sessions.


Please provide at least 48 hours notice of cancellations so I can try to re-book the vacant session with other clients. Cancelling at short notice within 48 hours will incur a 50% fee, although I will try to add 50% of the time to the subsequent sessions if possible.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

7AM - 9PM 7 days a week. See website for details of weekends.

Further information


Insightful. Helped me see things from other perspectives, explore my options and find a way forward. -

To begin with I was anxious that nothing would really change, but was surprised at how I far I seem to have progressed. - Rahela

I felt that Vince really listened to me, understood where I was coming from and helped me through a major transition. - Liz

Hobbies and interests

Life-long learning, holistic thinking, the butterfly effect, transformational change and interconnectivity. "The universe is a continuous web. Touch it at any point and the whole web quivers" - Stanley Kunitz

Christchurch, Dorset, BH23

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

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Wheelchair friendly environment.