Gillian Proctor Independent Clinical Psychologist
Gillian Proctor Independent Clinical Psychologist


This page is for organisations or individuals that are looking for someone to offer teaching or training.



What subjects do you offer training in?


I can offer bespoke workshops or training events. I am particularly interested in offering training around values and ethics in therapy (to coincide with the publication by Sage of my book, ‘Values and ethics in Counselling and Psychotherapy’ – see publications), or particular ethical issues such the dynamics of power in counselling, or boundaries.


I can also offer training around a critical and mental health perspective, particularly concerning the diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder. My list of publications will give a broader idea of what subjects I can offer training in.



What style of training do you do?


I can offer facilitated unstructured workshops on a theme or more structured teaching. I can also present in the style of a lecture, although I prefer to facilitate discussion and dialogue, believing that we learn better through engagement.



What experience do you have of training?


I have much experience of teaching and training and have developed skills in a variety of teaching models and methods. I am a lecturer in psychotherapy and counselling at the University of Leeds. I have previously worked as a lecturer at the University of Nottingham and at Huddersfield University.


I have been a regular contributor to the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology course at Leeds University and to various Masters degree courses at the University of Bradford. I have also offered workshops to various counselling training groups across the country (see invited lectures and workshops for list of recent workshops and invited lectures).


I have taught and trained other mental health professionals on a variety of subjects, and have taught qualified clinical psychologists, trainee clinical psychologists, counsellors, psychotherapists and nurses across the UK and in the US. 


I bring a critical, feminist, person-centred, community psychology, philosophical and post-psychiatric perspective to psychological issues, and psychotherapy in particular. I have taught in the areas of:  personal and professional development, counselling skills, person-centred therapy, the socio-political context, anti-oppressive practice, power in therapy, power in research, ethics and values, critical mental health, risk and mental health, feminism, trauma, sexual abuse, recovery, dementia and mental health problems in older people and therapy with people with psychosis.  


I directed the Masters in Person Centred Psychotherapy at Temenos in Sheffield from 2008 to 2010, when I withdrew and the course was discontinued.  I had formulated plans for a new syllabus but unfortunately the opportunity was not there to deliver this program. 


In 2008, I delivered a Masters level module on the post-graduate diploma course for Applied Mental Health Professionals at Bradford University. The module was on risk assessment and management and I also offered student tutorials and marked assignments.


From 2006 until 2008 I co-ordinated with a colleague a post-graduate certificate (3 Masters modules) in Citizenship and Mental Health, developed by CCCMH (the Centre for Citizenship and Community Mental Health) and offered as part of the Masters in nursing degree at the University of Bradford. 


I taught a substantial proportion of these courses, in additional to offering tutorials and support to students and marking assignments.This experience was a wonderful opportunity to develop a course in exactly my areas of interest and encourage students to critically analyse services that they were part of from an ethical perspective and develop the confidence to make changes to services. 


From 2005 to 2007, I was seconded to Bradford Research Dementia Group at the University of Bradford to contribute to the POPPS (Partnership for Older People’s Projects) programme, training health care professionals to be peer educators to other health care professionals in the area of older people and mental health. 


This involved teaching, facilitating seminars and assessing students as peer educators.  This experience was highly rewarding, following a group of students many of whom had never previously accessed higher education and as a result of the course developed hugely in skills and confidence.  


I have also taught internationally. In 2017, I was an invited facilitator to the encounter group training experience at the person-centred programme in Vienna, Austria. From February to August, 2002, I lived in Chicago and I was an adjunct faculty member at Argosy University, being responsible for teaching several courses/modules on a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology course in Chicago, IL, USA. Since then I have contributed to classes on return visits to Chicago. In 2019-20, I have been invited to facilitate and teach in Brazil, Budapest and Moscow.



How much do you charge for training?


Fees for training vary and I am open to negotiation.

Encounter Groups

I have facilitated encounter groups with various co-facilitators, for one day or ideally longer. Some of these encounters have a theme, others don't. I am there as a facilitator (being open, attending, noticing, taking responsibility for practical arrangements, sometimes responding) and as participants encountering in the group.


Encounter groups follow the tradition of Carl Rogers and operate from a person-centred philosophy (see link).  I co-edited three special themed issues of PCEP on faclitating encounter in 2019-20. 


In encounter, I hope (and sometimes experience) an opportunity to be more authentic and immediate than in most everyday interactions, in a group where inequalities of power are minimised, to increase the chance of a mutual encountering. Here, I can give and receive feedback and respond honestly to another and learn from it if I can be open and non-defensive enough.


I hope to meet people, to know people, rather than know about (see philosophy). I love the opportunity to participate in something so unknown and to be surprised.


This kind of meeting can be exciting, scary and enlivening, even transformational.  As one participant said: "It's not for the faint-hearted".

Invited Lectures and Workshops

Invited keynote lectures and seminars


October 2020 - ACP online seminar Brazil - Focusing on existential issues during COVID.

April 2020 - Women at Leeds network and online events - How to survive our current (existential) crisis.

June 2019 - PCCS Books book launch on IAPT: 'Industrialising relational therapy: ethical conflicts and threats for counsellors in IAPT'


April 2019 - Rogers' institute, Budapest, Hungary: Encounter group facilitator on the theme of power


November 2018 - PCCS Books anniversary conference: 'The dynamics of power in therapy, particularly with respect to class'


March 2018 - University of Chester equalities festival: 'Counselling - an equality impact assessment'


Oct 2017 - Women's Counselling and Therapy Service Leeds conference: "Working with women in turbulent times."


2017 - Encounter group facilitator: Austria program, 33rd International Person-centred workshop.


2015 - University of Nottingham counselling seminars: "How can we really know ourselves?: self awareness and responsibility in therapy."


2013 – British Association for the Person Centre Approach (BAPCA) conference: The PCA: a system for personal and social change. “What is growth?” (see


2012 – Chester University counselling society. “Professionalising therapy: strategies to ensure power and glory. The nature of the self-serving and self-perpetuating therapy beast.”


2012 – Edinburgh University Margaret Jarvie lecture “Professionalising therapy: strategies to ensure power and glory. The nature of the self-serving and self-perpetuating therapy beast.”


2008 - Manchester Metropolitan University discourse unit – invited public lecture.

“Boundaries or Mutuality in therapy: Is mutuality really possible or is therapy doomed from the start?”


2008 - Association of University and College Counsellors annual conference keynote speech.

“Professionalising therapy: strategies to ensure power and glory.
The nature of the self-serving and self-perpetuating therapy beast.”


2008 - The Women’s trust therapy service for women experiencing domestic violence conference keynote speech.

“The political context of the person centred approach in therapy for people experiencing domestic violence”


2004 - Leeds Metropolitan University Centre for Psychological therapies annual conference ‘Working in a diverse world’ lecture title: “Therapy: Opium for the masses or help for those who least need it?”


2003 – Counselling and Psychotherapy: Research Outcomes Conference. Exeter. “Values, ethics and politics in therapy”


2002 - Confer – London based counselling training organisation invited public lecture. “Mutuality and boundaries in therapy”



Invited conference workshops/training days


2014 – Women’s Trust, London. Counselling women who have a diagnosis of BPD


2014 – Norwich (with Linda Smith) Encounter group on power


2013 – Huddersfield. Qualitative methods in Psychology (BPS): ‘Making a difference; making ourselves known. Pre-conference workshop entitled ‘Qualitative research tells us more about the researcher than the subject matter of the research’


2013 – Nottingham (with Linda Smith) Encounter group on power


2013 – Metanoia Institute (with Linda Smith) Encounter group on power


2013 – Brighton (with Linda Smith) Encounter group on power


2012 – Edinburgh (with Linda Smith) Encounter group ‘Include yourself’


2012 – Brighton (with Linda Smith) Encounter group ‘Gender: boy and girl?’


2011 – (with Linda Smith) Metanoia Institute. ‘Values and ethics in therapy’


2011 – Metanoia Institute ‘Power in research’


2010 – Edinburgh (with Linda Smith) – Encounter group ‘The intimacy of authenticity’


2010 – Sheffield, Temenos (with Colin Lago) ‘Power in therapy and supervision.


2010 – Edinburgh (with Linda Smith) Encounter group ‘Boundaries’


2009 - Brighton person centred therapists group – Power in Therapy


2009 – AUCC conference workshop: Power in therapy


2009 – BACP conference workshop: Borderline Personality Disorder


2009 –Brighton person centred therapists group (with Linda Smith) - Encounter group ‘The intimacy of authenticity’


2009 - Temenos, Sheffield (with Linda Smith) - Encounter group 'The intimacy of authenticity'


2009 -  Temenos, Sheffield (with Linda Smith) - Encounter group 'Include yourself'



Dr. Gillian Proctor,

Clinical Psychologist

D. Clin. Psych,

M.Sc, B.A. (Hons)


Phone/ text:


07780 575371

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