Person-centred and Experiential Therapies: Contemporary Approaches and Issues in Practice


Edited by: Paul Wilkins

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    About the Editor and Contributors

    Paul Wilkins PhD, practices as a therapist and supervisor in South Manchester. His books to date include Person-Centred Therapy in Focus, Person-Centred Therapy: 100 Key Points, First Steps in Practitioner Research (with Pete Sanders) and (with Janet Tolan) Client Issues in Counselling and Psychotherapy. He has a commitment to the person-centred approach which has a central place in his life. However, there is much more to him than that. Amongst many other things, he values and enjoys his role as Dad and Grandad, loves good food and wine, music of many kinds, travel and being out and about in the countryside.

    Steve Cox has been a person-centred practitioner since 1993. During his therapeutic career his roles have included: counsellor, supervisor, group therapy facilitator, tutor, manager, and latterly academic and researcher. He has worked in a variety of settings: education, drugs and alcohol, mental health, hospice and private practice. He is a registered UKCP psychotherapist and a senior accredited BACP practitioner. Over this period of time his belief in person-centred practice has deepened and widened.

    Glenn Fleisch PhD (Clinical Psychology), is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in California, in private practice for 32 years, and a Focusing-oriented therapist for 20 years. Glenn’s writings explore the whole body as guide/vehicle for healing trauma, transforming patterns and restoring spirit. In addition, he teaches graduate school, supervises therapists, offers training in FOT and has lead workshops worldwide. Glenn resides in Mill Valley, CA. He has developed, along with his colleague and dear friend, Doralee Grindler Katonah, Theater of the Living Body, a group model that uses the power of embodied journeys to transform ingrained patterns. To learn more, please contact Glenn at: He can also be reached via skype at: glenn.h.fleisch, phone: 415-384-0144 or web site:

    Rhonda N. Goldman PhD, is a professor at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Schaumburg and a therapist affiliate of the Family Institute at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She has co-authored four texts on Emotion-Focused Therapy including her most recent book (2014) on case formulation. She practices, teaches, and conducts research on emotional processes, empathy, vulnerability, depression, and soothing. She is the 2011 recipient of the Carmi Harrari Early Career Award from the Society of Humanistic Psychology, Division 32 of the American Psychological Association. She is past-president of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI).

    Terri Goslin-Jones PhD REACE, is a workplace psychologist with expertise in creativity, expressive arts, leadership development, and group facilitation. Her mission is to Discover the Wonder of People at Work™. Her reason for teaching is to support life-long learners who are on a personal quest to create change in their life and in their part of the world. She is on the faculty of Saybrook University, Oakland, and an IEATA board member. Dr Goslin-Jones uses person-centered expressive arts as a bridge to help her clients access deeper levels of creativity and authenticity. She wrote her dissertation on The Perceived Effects of person-centered expressive arts on One’s Work.

    Sue Ann Herron PhD is the Director and Executive Faculty of the Person-Centered Expressive Arts Program at Meridian University and is on the faculty of Existential, Humanistic, & Transpersonal Psychology at Saybrook University. She co-facilitates PCEAT training programs with Dr Natalie Rogers for psychology students, educators, counselors, and healthcare professionals from around the globe. She was a postdoctoral fellow at AgeSong’s GeroWellness program providing therapeutic support for elders and also led women’s spirituality groups and worked with bereaved children. Dr Herron wrote her dissertation on Natalie Rogers:AnExperientialPsychology of Self-Realization beyond Abraham Maslow and Carl Rogers. As Natalie Rogers’ biographer, she also gives PCEAT workshops and presentations on the life and work of Natalie Rogers and her person-centered approach to expressive arts.

    Connie Johnson is a senior teaching fellow in Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Edinburgh where she teaches postgraduate students on professional counselling programmes and supervises research students. She is a person-centred counsellor, supervisor and trainer and has worked in a variety of settings, including voluntary and community sectors, private practice and further and higher education. She is in the process of completing her PhD where her research involves exploring aspects of the client/counsellor relationship where the client is disabled.

    Stephen Joseph PhD, is a professor in the School of Education at the University of Nottingham where he is the convenor of the counselling and psychotherapy cluster. He is a BACP-registered counsellor and a senior practitioner on the British Psychological Society’s Register of Psychologists Specialising in Psychotherapy. His interests are in the person-centred approach and human flourishing. His most recent book is Positive Therapy: Building Bridges between Positive Psychology and Person-Centred Psychotherapy (Routledge).

    Colin Lago DLitt, was Director of the Counselling Service at the University of Sheffield, UK, from 1987 to 2003. He now works as an independent counsellor/psychotherapist, trainer, supervisor and consultant. Trained initially as an engineer, Colin went on to become a full-time youth worker in London and a teacher in Jamaica before becoming a counselling practitioner. He is a fellow of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Deeply committed to transcultural concerns within psychotherapy, he has published articles, videos and books on the subject. To balance professional demands he loves to run, bike and dance!

    David Murphy PhD, CPsychol., AFBPsS, is on the British Psychological Society’s Register of Psychologists Specialising in Psychotherapy. He works as a person-centred experiential psychotherapist with particular interest in the field of trauma. Previously he has held the position as Honorary Psychologist in Psychotherapy at the Centre for Trauma, Resilience and Growth, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust. He is the course director for the MA in Person-Centred Experiential Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Nottingham, UK. David co-edited Relational Depth: New Perspective and Developments (2012, Palgrave Macmillan), Trauma and the Therapeutic Relationship (2013, Palgrave Macmillan) and is currently editing the BPS-Wiley Textbook on Counselling Psychology. He is editor of the international journal Person-Centered & Experiential Psychotherapies.

    Tracey Walshaw is a humanely flawed, person-centred practitioner who would love her counselling epitaph to read ‘she was compassionate, creative, her humanity embodying her relationships’. She has had many professional roles from being a director of PCCS Training Manchester, supervisor, therapist, mentor, coach, organisational trainer, author and artist. Above all, she says, she is blessed to be alive, enjoying all of her professional and personal roles, the latest and most exciting being grandmother to Tilly in her uniquely idiosyncratic Walsherian way! BA Hons Psychology. Rmn. Dip Couns. Cert Ed. Cert Supervision. Dip Expressive Therapy (PCETI). MA Creative Writing. Cert Psychodrama.

    Jeanne Watson is professor and Associate Dean, Programs at OISE at the University of Toronto, Canada. A major exponent of humanistic-experiential psychotherapy, she has contributed to the development of Emotion-Focused Psychotherapy, the process experiential approach. Dr Watson teaches and conducts research on the process and outcome of Emotion-Focused Psychotherapy and has co-authored and co-edited a total of seven books and over 60 articles and chapters on the theory and practice of Emotion-Focused Therapy, empathy, and emotional expression. Dr Watson received the Outstanding Early Career Achievement Award from the International Society for Psychotherapy Research in 2002 and is currently president of the Society. She has a part-time clinical practice in Toronto.

    Graham Westwell MSc, is Senior Lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy at Edge Hill University (Lancashire, England) where he is also the Programme Leader for undergraduate training in Experiential Counselling and Psychotherapy. His research interests include evaluating therapeutic competency and understanding change processes in humanistic psychotherapy. He is recipient of the ‘2015 Outstanding Research Award’ from the British Association for Counseling and Psychotherapy. He has previously been a board member of the World Association for Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counseling. He is currently reviews editor for the international journal Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy.; @PCETherapy.

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