Karl Gregory

KarlRGN, RMN, MSc Counselling, Diploma in Psychotherapy Supervision (EUROCPS), FNCS, EAIP

Background

I have an MSc in Counselling from the University of Bristol. I am an experienced supervisor, counsellor and trainer with a 20 year background in mental health and 15 years as a counsellor.

I personally have found great value in supervision. For many years I have had an interest in supervision as a supportive, reflective, challenging and consultative space in which a supervisee can further develop personally and professionally to offer the best of themselves in their work with others. I believe that this style of supervision can benefit all types of therapeutic, coaching/mentoring, health and spiritual approaches towards wellbeing.

I began supervising and qualified in teaching and assessing in clinical practice as a psychiatric nurse in 1989, where I pioneered supervision for nurses in my area when I managed services. So naturally I continued supervision practice later when trained as a counsellor in 1997.

Teaching, Training and Workshops

For eight years, I trained, taught and supervised counsellors to diploma level at the University of Bristol where the use of supervision was an integral part of the training. Then from 2002 to 2008 I co-ordinated the Diploma in Counselling – Organisational Settings course at the University of Bristol.

From 2006 – 2008, I was the external examiner for the MA, Diploma and Certificate courses at University of Southampton and I am now the external examiner for the counselling courses at the University of the East of London

In 2006 I co-founded and taught on the Certificate in Counselling Supervision at Palmoasis, later Oasis-Talk (Validated by CPCAB) now a Diploma in Counselling Supervision that is run by Severn Talking Therapy (accredited by EUROCPS)

I have facilitated seminars on aspects of supervision, including for the University of Wales, Newport where 45 supervisors attended.

I facilitate workshops on supervision, counselling and mental health issues throughout the south west region.

Further development as a supervisor

In looking to align our supervision course with developments in Europe I studied relational aspects of supervision with Ken Evans (Gilberts and Evans – Psychotherapy Supervision 2000) and Joanna Hewitt in France in 2011 which culminated in sharing presentations at a conference in Romania in which I delivered a workshop on ‘Compassion in Therapy- being human’ and was part of a supervision panel at the conference. http://www.integrative-conference.ro/en/workshop.html

Own approach to counselling and supervision

I am an Integrative Relational Counsellor informed by existential philosophy and systems approaches. (Please see A Relational Framework for Supervision in the Resources section) I have a well-established counselling practice (since 1998) in Brockworth, Gloucestershire in which I provide counselling, training and supervision for a number of organisations and private practice.

Publications

Gregory, K (2001) Integrating Counselling in Psychiatric Settings, in Counsellors in Health Settings, Chapter 12, ed by Etherington, K, Jessica Kingsley, London

Coupland, K, Davis, E and Gregory, K (2001) Learning from Life, Mental Health Care Vol 4, No. 5, pp166-169.

Smith, G, Gregory, K and Higgs, A (2007) An Integrated Approach to Family Work for Psychosis, Jessica Kingsley, London

Gregory K and Banning N. (2008) Stress Workshops – From counselling room to training room: stress workshop for managers, BACP Workplace – Counselling at Work journal Spring 2008 pp 2-12

Gregory K. (2008) A Relational Framework for Supervision. Therapy Today. October 2008 pp 39 – 40

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