Graham Westwell

I am a Senior Lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy at Edge Hill University (Lancashire, England). I am Programme Lead for the BA (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy programme – a practice based training in Person-Centred Experiential practice. I received the ‘2015 Outstanding Research Award’ from the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I have previously been a board member of WAPCEPC and the Reviews Editor for for the PCEP journal.

My doctoral thesis explores what it means to be ‘person centred’, what this looks like in practice, and how students learn to develop their own way of being person-centred. I have facilitated person-centred counselling training since 2003. I feel passionate about supporting practitioners who may feel isolated in their person centred values and philosophy. I feel passionate about person centred experiential practice. I support the de-medicalisation of distress and do not label or pathologise human experience. I believe in compassionate non-violence. I have been vegan for over 27 years. I am interested in buddhist psychology and shamanic healing practices and both of these subtly and profoundly inform my practice and my worldview.

This workshop is intended as a space for participants to explore what ‘the courageous heart…