Training and professional development Training and professional development

The Centre for Counselling Studies offers a wide range of training and professional development courses and is developing a research base. Since its foundation in 1992 by Brian Thorne, the Centre has achieved an enviable reputation in the field of counselling and psychotherapy. The Centre works in close collaboration with the University Counselling Service and the two units have common clinical, theoretical and research interests. This collaboration makes for a rich environment for all trainees and graduate students.

Programmes of Study

Focusing Studies at the UEA

UEA is the leading academic centre for Focusing Studies in the UK. Our programme includes courses at all levels from introductory to doctoral level studies.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling includes a Focusing component that runs throughout the course, integrating Focusing into a professional training in Person-Centred Counselling.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Focusing-Orientated Psychotherapy is a professional training for qualified counsellors and psychotherapists who wish to extend their expertise into the field of Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy.

Doctoral work in focusing studies can be undertaken at UEA. Current doctoral work is being undertaken in the fields of:

  • focusing-oriented couple therapy
  • focusing-oriented therapy for clients with alcohol-and drug-related problems
  • focusing-oriented psychotherapy and shamanic practices
  • experiential and conceptual investigation of change processes in the Western magical traditions

Thinking at the Edge is a 30-credit module designed primarily for those who wish to develop their ability to think creatively about their professional work or about their research field.

The Gendlin On-line Library

In association with the Focusing Institute in New York the Centre has been active in digitising the published and unpublished work of Dr Eugene Gendlin, the originator of Focusing and Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy.

The Centre will provide an academic home for this on-line library in Europe. Until the work on this is completed, the current version of the Library can be accessed through the Focusing Institute at www.focusing.org/gendlin.

Staff Profiles

Jane Nichols
Jane Nichols is Course Director for Counselling and co-ordinates the PG Diploma in Counselling as well as the Certificate Programmes in Person-centred Counselling Skills. She is an experienced Counsellor, Supervisor and Trainer who previously worked at the University of Aberdeen, where she was Course Director for the PG Diploma in Person-centred Counselling and worked in the University Counselling Service.

Martin Langsdon
Martin Langsdon is Course Director for the MA Dissertation programme and course leader for the Postgraduate Certificate in Focusing-oriented Psychotherapy, Postgraduate Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Skills and the postgraduate programme Creative Thinking for Research: Thinking at the Edge. He also teaches the Focusing component of the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling, and is a Certifying Co-ordinator for the Focusing Institute

Lucy Machin
Lucy Machin teaches on the full-time Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling. Lucy is a former counselling student of the UEA and has been working as a trainer and group facilitator for several years. She is a BACP accredited practitioner and supervisor in private practice.

Dr Judy Moore
Judy Moore taught on the full-time Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling course for several years and has published several articles and chapters on the person-centred approach and focusing-oriented psychotherapy. She was Director of the Centre for Counselling Studies for several years and was Director of the University Counselling Service and is a Certifying Co-ordinator for the Focusing Institute, New York. Judy is currently involved in supervising doctoral research for the Centre and contributes to courses within the Centre.

Dr Campbell Purton
He is a Certifying Co-ordinator for the Focusing institute. He has published books and papers on topics in counselling, philosophy and Buddhism. His current research interests include the clinical and philosophical aspects of Eugene Gendlin's focusing-oriented psychotherapy.

Emeritus Professor Brian Thorne
Brian Thorne is the founder of the Centre. He is a prominent figure in the international community of person-centred practitioners and scholars and has contributed substantially to the professional literature. He is a Fellow of the British Association for Counselling and holds honorary appointments in both France and Austria. He is also a Professor of Education in the College of Teachers.

Associates of the Centre
Jean Ashby, Catherine Atkinson, Miriam Crasnow.