Wed, 21 Dec 2011
A former University of East Anglia student has scooped an award for his 'outstanding' research, which will help people overcome depression and anxiety.
(Dr Weston receiving his award from Ruby Wax)
Dr Tony Weston received a British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) award for his PhD research on person-centred psychotherapies – known as ‘talking therapies’ - which he completed at UEA.
He was presented with the Outstanding Research Project 2011 award by Ruby Wax at a prestigious London event.
The annual awards recognise, reward and celebrate innovation and excellence in counselling and psychotherapy, as part of the association's commitment to spread and promote best practice.
Dr Weston, who received his PhD this summer, investigated the effectiveness of person-centred counselling for common complaints presented at UEA’s counselling service and in his private practice.
“I found that for depression, anxiety and generalised distress, person-centred counselling was as effective as other forms of therapy, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT),” said Dr Weston.
“I also found evidence to support the theory underpinning person-centred counselling - that a good relationship between counsellor and client contributed to a good outcome.
“I felt excited and privileged to receive my award from Ruby Wax. She introduced the award by talking about her own experience of depression in a skilfully, funny and serious way."
“It was great to be recognised as someone who is contributing to helping people get over depression, anxiety and other psychological difficulties that cause misery to millions,” he added.
Dr Weston studied for his postgraduate diploma, masters and PhD at UEA, and has been a visiting lecturer at the university for the last six years, teaching MA and PhD students about counselling research.
The award was one of five presented at BACP annual general meeting in London.