a bit about me
Have a look below to find out about my qualifications and working experience.
coach | train | consult
PhD | MSc | MA | PGDipCoach | DipCouns | PGCertSupn | CQSW | ProfDipSW
EMCC Senior Accredited Coach | EMCC Accredited Coach Supervisor
BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist | Registered Social Worker
Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy | Fellow, BACP
Professor in Counselling Professions and Mental Health
statutory mental health
board and trustee
education and research
writing and publishing
I am a Senior Accredited Coach Practitioner with the European Mentoring and Coaching Council.
I was based in a statutory mental health service for many years, undertaking assessments for people in mental health crisis, including undertaking assessments under the Mental Health Act as an 'approved' practitioner.
I started my career in the 1980s as a volunteer with Samaritans. I was Director, College and Universities for the Charlie Waller Trust. I now am on the Advisory Board for Jonathan's Voice and CALM and am Consultant for the re-writing of BACP's Ethical Framework.
I qualified as a therapist in 1993 and am now a BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist, having work in statutory, education, charity and independent practice for over 30 years.
I was a Trustee for the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapist (BACP) for 6 years, and Chair of the Association for 5 years. I sat on the Board for COMPASS, Liverpool and am Chair of the York St. John University Community Centre Advisory Board. I have, and do, chair several groups as part of the international Pluralistic Practice network.
I am Professor in Counselling Professions and Mental Health at the University of Chester. I teach on the professional doctorates (DProf) in Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies, and Psychological Trauma Studies and supervise many PhD students in mental health. I have a track record of successful doctoral completions.
I have published 7 books, including An Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy, Standards and Ethics for Counselling in Action, Working with Risk in Counselling and Psychotherapy, and Counselling Suicidal Clients. I am currently Series Editor (with Prof Lynne Gabriel) for Ethics in Action, and have two further books in preparation. I have written extensively on mental health in book chapters and practitioner articles.
I worked as a child protection social worker for several years, including direct work with children and families. I continue to be Registered as a Social Worker with Social Work England.
Who knows what next... we all have an evolving story and life can take us in all sorts of directions... that's what coaching is all about.