Karen Gubb

Clinical psychologist


Karen Gubb is passionately interested in the human condition and every person’s own unique story. She has worked in the field of mental health for over 20 years and hopes to help clients move from places of pain and feeling ‘stuck’, to better understanding themselves - which will allow them to develop healthier habits and live a fulfilling and happy life.

Position at Priory

Karen has worked as a clinical psychologist at Priory Hospital Woking since 2021. She sees adult outpatients and facilitates both the online and face-to-face informed dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) programmes.


Karen completed her training in South Africa. She completed both a Masters degree and a PhD at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

Research interests

In her Masters degree, Karen completed her thesis on a neuropsychological topic. She completed her PhD research in psychosomatics.

Links to clinical articles/research papers:

  • Craving interpretation: A case of somatic countertransference. British Journal of Psychotherapy, Volume 30 (Number 1) 2014
  • Re-embodying the analyst. Psycho-analytic Psychotherapy in South Africa, Volume 21 2013
  • Psychosomatics Today: A Review of Contemporary Theory and Practice. Psychoanalytic Review, Volume 100(Number 1) 2013
  • The Sense of Bodily Symptoms. Author: K Gubb. Psycho-analytic Psychotherapy in South Africa. Volume 18 (Number 2) 2010
  • Reflections on Society as Borderline Mother. Author: K Gubb. Psycho-analytic Psychotherapy in South Africa. Volume 18 (Number 1) 2010
  • Clinical Vampirism: Review and Illustrative Case Report. Authors: K. Gubb, J Segal, A Khota, A Dicks. South African Psychiatry Review. Volume 9 (Number 3). August 2006


  • English
  • Afrikaans


  • PhD in Clinical Psychology
  • Registered with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Chartered member of British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Professional certified coach with International Coaching Federation