Personal and Professional Details
- BSc. In Sociology & Social Administration
- Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling in Primary Care
- Certificate in Supervision in Counselling & Therapeutic Relationships
- Senior Accredited Counsellor, British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (1993–2007)
- Extensive training in Solution Focused Practice
- BRIEF Certificate in Solution Focused Practice
- Trained in use of Aston Team Performance Inventory
- Trained in use of Resolving Conflict in the Workplace - the PARTNER approach
Working experience — in brief:
- Counselling in primary care teams for 15 years (multiple surgeries)
- Staff counsellor for 2 large hospitals
- Lifelong learning facilitator, teaching staff intensively across 28 Trusts in a large health economy
- Extensive private practice in counselling, supervision, teaching and training for 20 years
- Publications in therapy, primary care counselling, teamwork and other professional issues
- For more details see other pages, e.g. teaching & training
In 1995 I began to train in solution focused brief therapy at BRIEF and returned to take their follow-up and supervision and consultancy courses as well as attending, and sometimes offering workshops at, their international conferences.
I am a founder member of the UK Association for Solution Focused Practice and was a committee member from 2003 - 2007.
All my work now is based on a solution focused approach, with additional input based on 20 years of work in the NHS, in primary care and private practice counselling, supervision and training.
Numerous articles, reviews & other pieces for professional journals on counselling in primary care, solution focused brief therapy, etc. including:
- Counselling People in Eating Distress: British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Guidebooks, 1993
- ‘Multidisciplinary teamwork in Primary Care: the role of the counsellor’ in Counselling Psychology Quarterly, Vol.9, No.3, 1996, pp243-260.
- Chapters on ‘Managing patient flow; waiting and absences’, and ‘Confidentiality in a team setting’, both in The Practice of Counselling in Primary Care, edited by Robert Bor and Damien McCann, Sage, 1999.
- Update 1/4/04, pp 285-290; with John Hague; ‘The Five Ages of Mental Health, part 1 — the evolution of primary care services’.
- ‘The Pluses of Solution Focused Supervision’ in Healthcare Counselling & Psychotherapy Journal (HCPJ), January 2006, Vol 6, No.1, pp 9-11.
- ‘The SF Journey’ in Therapy Today, March 2006, Vol 17 No. 2, pp 40-42.
- ‘First Opinion’ piece on Cutting Waiting Lists, full paper on website, in Health Service Journal, 9/1/06
- ‘An integrated approach to introducing and maintaining supervision: the 4S model’ in Nursing Times, May 2009, Vol 105, No 17, pp 24-26
- ‘Learning to supervise using a solution-focused approach’ in Supervisor Training: issues and approaches, edited by Henderson P; Karnac, 2009
- ‘Clinical Supervision using the 4S model, 1: considering the structure and setting it up’ in Nursing Times, May 2010, Vol 106, No 16, pp 12-14
- ‘Clinical Supervision using the 4S model, 2: training supervisors to deliver effective sessions’ in Nursing Times, May 2010, Vol 106, No 17, pp 19-21
- ‘Clinical Supervision using the 4S model, 3: how to support supervisors and sustain schemes’ in Nursing Times, May 2010, Vol 106, No 18, pp 14-16