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Walter Gibson is a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society, providing consultation, teaching, supervision and psychoanalysis in Ilkley, West Yorkshire. He is in full time private practise, following his retirement from the NHS.

 His practise is based on accredited trainings in both psychotherapy and clinical psychoanalysis, with over thirty five years experience of working in the NHS, Local Government, and Independent Sector. This has included setting up and leading psychotherapy services for people with severe mental health difficulties, cancer, and HIV/AIDS in hospital and community settings. He was a Consultant Psychotherapist for Hertfordshire Mental Health NHS Trust and Head of the Psychotherapy Department, Consultant Psychotherapist and Clinical Lead for Specialist Day Services (Personality Disorder) for Bradford District Care NHS Trust.

He is a lecturer for the Institute of Psychoanalysis' main training programme, teaching Freud and Bion, as well as seminar leader for the Introductory and Post Foundation courses. He is a lecturer and clinical seminar leader for the Adelaide Institute of Psychoanalysis and teaches the Freud seminar programme. Since 2017, he has taught psychoanalytic courses in China, including leading advanced study programmes, teaching key concepts of Freud and Bion, along with contemporary Freudian, Lacanian and Independent theory to experienced Chinese psychotherapists in cooperation with a Beijing based psychoanalytic Training Organisation. The 2003-2004 Advanced course, 'The Founders Re-Visited' includes a theoretical & clinical supervision programme. He is approved by the Association of Child Psychotherapy to provide training analysis for candidates in the Child & Adolescent psychotherapy NHS Training. He has been a Training Analyst and Supervisor for psychoanalytic trainings, including the North of England Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (NEAPP). He was a Visiting Lecturer and Supervisor to the Tavistock & Portman NHSFT.

He is a member of the New Library of Psychoanalysis Editorial Board & Association of Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy in the NHS Board and Editorial Reader.


Experience and Training

The British Psychoanalytical Society provides training in Clinical Psychoanalysis. If you would like to know more about training in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic treatment, please visit the website of the British Psychoanalytical Society (click on this link).

The independent Psychoanalysis Trust provides information and research developed by psychoanalysts in the British Independent Psychoanalytic tradition.(Click on this link)

Walter Gibson, MA(Hons), Dip.App. Soc. St., C.Q.S.W., Dip. Psychoth., Fellow. Instit. Psychoanal., IPA, BPC.



If you would like to discuss the possibility of a consultation or psychoanalytic treatment email

All information and discussion is entirely confidential and viewed only by Walter Gibson. 

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