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The Therapeutic Future: Exploring The Impact of SCoPed, Industrialisation, Medicalisation, and Regulation on the Therapeutic...

Last updated 20 May 2024

The Therapeutic Future: Exploring The Impact of SCoPed, Industrialisation, Medicalisation, and Regulation on the Therapeutic Landscape.


Chloe Foster

Chloe Foster is the author of Email Counselling, an Introduction for Counsellors, a popular accessible e-book for counsellors and trainees.

With a first-class degree in Education, she loves teaching and training and is proud to have made training an ongoing part of her career since 2003. Over her counselling career she has trained hundreds of counsellors to become more confident working with LGBTQ+ clients through her work with The National Counselling Society, Onlinevents and The Counselling Tutor.

Today, with over 5 years’ experience working as an email counsellor, Chloe enjoys sharing the skills she has honed with fellow counsellors through interactive live training courses.

In addition, she runs Sussex Rainbow Counselling where she offers email counselling as well as video and phone counselling to her clients. Chloe works predominantly with LGBTQ+ clients, specialising in gender, sexual and relationship diversity.

Clare Slaney

I’m based in West London where I also work as a volunteer counsellor, assessor, group facilitator, and supervisor. I have the Post Graduate Diploma and MA in Psychotherapy and Counselling, Post Graduate certificates in both Coaching and Supervision, and over 20 years experience of working with individuals and groups.

I’m an Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, work with their ethical guidelines, and am listed on their website.

The Person Centred approach believes that you’re capable of discovering your own solutions to your own problems. You are the expert in your own life. There are no diagnoses or labels and conversely, there is no prescription. Instead, via the relationship between client and counsellor, the client discovers personal resources, develops their own power, and becomes more able to grow.

Working with the balance between being solitary and in community, rights and responsibilities, paradox, resolution, submission and action, are central to my practice. Authenticity is the bedrock of my work which means that I will take you seriously and respond to you carefully, respectfully and truthfully, all of which sounds daunting and sombre, which counselling sometimes can be. It can also be joyful, enlightening, exciting and even enjoyable.

Dr. Dwight Turner

Dr Dwight Turner is Course Leader on the Humanistic Counselling and Psychotherapy Course at the University of Brighton, a PhD Supervisor at their Doctoral College, a psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice. His latest book Intersections of Privilege and Otherness in Counselling and Psychotherapy was released in February 2021 and is published by Routledge.

An activist, writer and public speaker on issues of race, difference and intersectionality in counselling and psychotherapy.

Dr. Elizabeth Cotton

Dr Elizabeth Cotton is a researcher and educator in the fields of employment relations and mental health at work based at Cardiff School of Management. Elizabeth is currently writing her book UberTherapy: The weaponisation of Wellbeing to be published in 2023.

Dr. Emma Radway-Bright

Dr. Emma Radway-Bright is a counsellor/psychotherapist with a thriving Private Practice based in South East London. During the pandemic, she started working online via Zoom; expanding the geographical locations of clients across the UK, Europe and beyond. She works with people who are experiencing depression, stress, anxiety, and the general pressures of modern-day living. She specialises in trauma – big and small – and works with people to resolve the emotional, physical and behavioural effects of any trauma they have experienced in the past, or more recently. She also specialises in working with parents who have not had their baby delivered to term; as well as new mothers who need support during their transition into parenting.

Erin Stevens

Erin is a neurodivergent (autistic and ADHD) counsellor and psychotherapist based in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, working chiefly with neurodivergent clients, and clients who have had previous experiences of harmful therapy. She is one of the founding members of the Association of Neurodivergent Therapists steering committee and co-organises meet-ups and events for and by neurodivergent therapists. Erin is interested in social justice, anti-oppressive psychotherapeutic practice, and honouring the political foundations of the therapy profession.

Juliet Lyons

Having trained as an Integrative Child Psychotherapist, Juliet’s particular interest is in children and families and how we care for each other as a society as well as the use and potential of the expressive arts and healing potential of creativity. Juliet would like to see politics and decision-makers in our sector being much more representative of gender, ethnic, cultural and class diversity and would like to see this widening of diversity in our profession as well. Juliet has been the General Secretary of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Union for the past two years and has come to see PCU as an important protective, critiquing and challenging voice for our complex profession. In this context, Juliet’s particular concerns are in the direction economically driven policies are taking us, impeding the quality of in-depth relationships in the work we do.

Paul Atkinson

Paul Atkinson has been swimming in the intersection of psychotherapy and political activism since the mid 70s – admittedly with many spells of apathy, despair and watching telly. He has five grandchildren and helped set up the Free Psychotherapy Network. Most recently, he is helping organise the campaign for Universal Access to Counselling and Psychotherapy (uACT)