About Maurice Xiberras
"He has warmth and an understanding of human nature that transcends the normal pre-requisites for the work of a therapist" (Colleague and supervisor)
A broad experience of life has contributed to these qualities informing his psychotherapy. He is able to engage clients at whatever level they are comfortable.
British Association of Analytical Body Psychotherapy (BAABP) Diploma obtained in London in 1995 - three years of Foundation Training followed by another three years of Advanced Training.
Out of an intake of 23 initial candidates, only 3 succeeded in receiving the full diploma, of which Maurice was one. The training was submitted to and approved by UKCP. Maurice's participation was funded by Hampton School, Middlesex, as had his initial training in Counselling Skills (Roehampton).
The BAABP training was an attempt to formulate a rigorous new synthesis mainly of two modalities: Reichian/Lowenian body analysis and Object Relations Theory, with particular reference to works of Guntrip, Kohut, Otto Kernberg and other appropriate authors.
It was devised and carried out by the following main trainers:
- Sander Kirsch, Psychologist: Co-ordinating Trainer BAABP; Member Ecole Belge de Psychoterapie Analytique a Mediation Corporelle
- Joyce Silver, Psychotherapist: Trainer BAABP; Member Association for Psychoanalytical Self Psychology
- Dr Jacques Berliner, Psychiatrist: Trainer BAABP; Psychotherapie Analytique a Mediation Corporelle
Counselling and Psychotherapy Experience
Private Practice: in continuous practice since 1994
Senior Counsellor and Teacher at Hampton School (1980-1992-2002)
Taught History, Spanish, Politics and Latin; coached football and cricket; Contingent Commander Combined Cadet Force (mixed).
As Senior Counsellor: provided Counselling, Group work to most Sixth Formers (deemed 'innovative and ground-breaking' by Ofsted inspectors); supervised other counsellors.
Academic: MA Hons, 1st Class (Edin); Teaching Certificate (Bristol); Assistant Lecturer Department of Hispanic Studies (1961-1963); Teacher and Head of Department Gibraltar Grammar School (1964-1979)
Political and Social Involvement
As one of Gibraltar's political leaders for over a decade, also a trade unionist, Maurice played a prominent part in Gibraltar's struggle for self-determination: he was involved in the drafting of the 1969 Constitution; became Deputy Chief Minister, Minister for Labour, Social Security, and Housing; and later Leader of the Opposition to 1979. He continues to write in the Gibraltar and UK press on Gibraltar issues, and is involved in professional at the current time.
In December 2009, the Gibraltar Parliament unanimously awarded him the Gibraltar Medallion of Honour for Public Service and Services to Politics.
In sport, he represented Gibraltar in a variety of sports, and was the national hockey manager who led the Gibraltar XI to success over several European nations.
Member of IPN - Independent Practitioners Network