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Dr Claire Bloxsom

Assistant Professor, Counselling and Psychotherapy

Centre for Lifelong learning, Westwood Campus

Dr Claire Bloxsom is an Assistant Professor in Counselling and Psychotherapy. She has been at CLL since September 2021 and works at the Centre half-time, as a tutor on the UKCP accredited MSc. in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Claire is an experienced teacher and lecturer and has been teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students in university contexts since 2004.

Claire is a UKCP registered Integrative Psychotherapist, an Associate Fellow and Chartered (academic) Psychologist of the British Psychological Society (BPS), and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). She has a BSc(Hons) in Psychology from University College London, a Cert. HE in Counselling (University of Leicester), a Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychodynamic Counselling, a Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy, and an MSc (with Distinction) in Integrative Psychotherapy (Metanoia Institute/Middlesex University). Claire also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE, Nottingham Trent University) and a PhD in Psychology (University of Leicester). Claire has some further specialist training in sensorimotor psychotherapy (Level 1), and EMDR (fully trained: Levels 1-3).

Claire runs a part-time private clinical practice in Nottingham as an Integrative Psychotherapist alongside her work at the University of Warwick.

Claire is particularly interested in collaborative practice and in developing interdisciplinarity relationships in mental health and emotional wellbeing. She has a passion for integrating the landscape of theory and practice between psychology, psychiatry, allied health disciplines and relational integrative psychotherapy. Her areas of clinical interest as well as multidisciplinary approaches to mental health and well-being are creative and ‘artistic’ approaches to therapy, music and its potential for positive therapeutic impact , anxiety, depression and low mood, stigma (including self-stigma), how we construct, define, and evolve our ‘identity’, cultural diversity, men’s health (especially gay, bisexual, and queer men’s health), and developmental and relational trauma.

Claire has experience with and a passion for working with people living with HIV. Although most of her time is spent in training and clinical practice, she is currently working part-time on a piece of qualitative research exploring the lived experience of people living long term with HIV, as well as considering the impact COVID-19 has had on their lives.

Claire is on the advisory panel for Campaign Against Living Miserably, a National Suicide Prevention charity., specialising in men’s mental health.

Claire's collaborative research and writing includes:

Book Chapters

Jaspal, R., & Bloxsom, C., (in press). Identity Processes, Stressors and Mental Health in Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Sexual Minorities. In Sexual minorities and mental health: Current perspectives and new directions.  


Jaspal, R., Wignall., L., & Bloxsom, C. (2021, in prep). Sexual health promotion among university students in the United Kingdom: A psychological perspective Sex Education Research: A look between the sheets. 


Hollin, C.R., & Bloxsom, C.A.J. (2007). Treatments for angry aggression. In T. A. Gannon, T. Ward, A. R. Beech, & D. Fisher (Eds.), Aggressive offenders’ cognition: Theory, research, and practice. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.


Journal Collaborations

Fino, E., Jaspal, R., Lopes, B., Wignall, L., & Bloxsom, C. (2021). The Sexual Risk Behaviour Scale: Development and validation in a diverse sample of university students. Evaluation & the Health Professions, 4(2), 152-160 


Bloxsom, C.A.J., Firth, J., Kibowski, F., Egan, V., Sumich, A.L., & Heym, N. (2021). Dark shadow of the self: How the dark triad and empathy impact parental and intimate adult attachment relationships in women. Forensic Science International, Mind and Law, 2, 


Jaspal, R., Lopes, B., Wignall, L., & Bloxsom, C. (2021). Predicting sexual risk behavior in British and European Union university students in the UK. American Journal of Sexuality Education. 


Heym, N., Kibowski, F., Bloxsom, C.A.J., Blanchard, A., Harper, A., Wallace, L., FIrth, J. & Sumich, A., (2020). The Dark Empath: characterising dark traits in the presence of empathy. Personality and Individual Differences: 110172. ISSN 0191-8869 


Fido, D., Heym, N., Bloxsom, C.A.J., Hunter, K., Gregson., M., & Sumich, A. (2020). “Don’t Slap the Fish”: The relationship between dietary Omega-3 intake and physical aggression is mediated by motor inhibition in response to distressed faces. (Personality and Individual Differences) 110062. ISSN 0191-8869 


Fido, D., Heym, N., Bloxsom, C. A. J., Gregson, M., Hunter, K. A., & Sumich, A. L. (in press). Dietary eicosapentaenoic acid intake correlates with physical aggression and electrophysiological indices of the violence inhibition mechanism (Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes, Essential Fatty Acids).


Heym, N., Firth., J., Kibowski, F., Sumich, A., Egan., V.E., & Bloxsom, C.A.J. (2019). Empathy at the heart of darkness: Empathy deficits that bind the dark triad and those that mediate indirect relational aggression. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 10, 95, doi. DOI=10.3389/fpsyt.2019.00095


Sumich, A.L., Harris., A., Whitford, T., Hermans, D., Heym, N., Anderson, J., Bloxsom, C.A.J., Kibowski, F., and Kumari, V. (2018). Neurophysiological correlates of excitement in men with recent onset psychosis. Psychiatria. Danubina, 30 (1), 64-71.


Fido, D., Santo, MGE., Bloxsom., C.A.J., Gregson, M., & Sumich, A.l. (2017). Electrophysiological study of the violence inhibition mechanism in relation to callous- unemotional and aggressive traits. Personality and Individual Differences, 118, 44-49.


Hollin, C.R., Marsh, C., & Bloxsom, C.A.J. (2011). Anger and self-reported delinquency in university students. European Journal of Psychology Applied to Legal Contexts, 3(1), 1-10.


Murray, J., Irving, B., Farrington, D. P., Colman, I., & Bloxsom, C.A.J. (2010). Very early predictors of conduct problems and crime: Results from the 1970 British Cohort Study. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 51, 1198-1207.