We are pleased to introduce the co-editors of Self & Society:

David Kalisch writes:

2012-DK-Photo-200x150I’ve been involved with Humanistic Psychology, in one way or another, since 1973, when I started my first therapy with a Canadian Gestaltist at Community Growth Centre, in those distant days when Humanistic Psychology was to be experienced, breathed, felt and expressed rather than a course of study leading to a Diploma, with an experiential component attached. I underwent my first experiential trainings in Humanistic groups in the 1970s in North Devon, where there was no set reading, no written assignments and no Diplomas as such. What a different world!

I’ve been in private practice in the South West of England for nearly 25 years, having informally trained in Neo-Reichian Gestalt in the late 1970s and subsequently, more formally, in Core Process Psychotherapy in the late 1980s. I work with individuals and couples and have been a Supervisor for nearly 20 years. I started my therapeutic practice essentially as a Group Therapist running groups at a Mental Health Centre in Exeter, and my own Gestalt Groups in various venues in the South West.

From 1990 as Director of The Centre for Humanistic Psychology and Counselling, I developed and ran courses for Exeter College in Gestalt Therapy, Counselling Skills, a one year Introduction to Humanistic Psychology and then a two year Diploma in Humanistic Counselling which ran successfully for many years, under different tutors. With colleagues Andrew Forrester and latterly Jenny Dawson, we then concentrated on developing and running independent Professional Trainings in Gestalt Therapy and, more recently, Gestalt Groupwork, and have also run, in the past, introductions to Gestalt and other shorter personal growth courses.

The main influences on my therapeutic approach are Gestalt Therapy, bodywork approaches, modern trauma approaches, transpersonal work and psychoanalytic and existential thinking.

I am an Affiliate member of UKAHPP, have served, briefly, on the board as Southwest representative, and am an ordinary member of BACP. I am a qualified and accredited EFT practitioner.


Richard House writes

Richard-2-200x133Until recently I was Senior Lecturer in Psychotherapy and Counselling at the University of Roehampton, recently being appointed Senior Lecturer in Education Studies (Early Childhood) at the University of Winchester. I’m a chartered psychologist (BPS), with a wide range of interests, including the professionalisation of psychotherapy and counselling, critical/post-psychiatry, the politics of ‘evidence’, early-years learning and policy-making, the psychodynamics of learning and teaching, research and the ‘audit culture’, and holistic/transformative and post-structural/postmodern approaches to learning, education and research.

Working as a counsellor-therapist for almost 20 years, my practice was deeply rooted in humanistic thinking.  I’m a founder-member of the Independent Practitioners Network (Leonard Piper Group). I am also a founder-member of the Alliance for Counselling and Psychotherapy, an independent, cross-modality organisation of therapy practitioners committed to helping protect the diversity and independence of psychotherapy and counselling.

I’m a committed campaigner on childhood, being a founder-member of Open EYE, a campaign with a high media profile formed in late 2007 to challenge the government’s compulsory pre-school curriculum, the Early Years Foundation Stage, and, more recently, Early Childhood Action (see www.earlychildhoodaction.com).

I’ve worked in publishing for some 30 years, being founding-editor in 2000 of Hawthorn Press’s acclaimed Early Years Series. My published books include Implausible Professions (co-editor, Nick Totton; PCCS Books, Ross-on-Wye, 1997/2011); Therapy Beyond Modernity (Karnac Books, London, 2003); Against and For CBT (co-editor, Del Loewenthal; PCCS Books, Ross-on-Wye, 2008); Childhood, Well-being and a Therapeutic Ethos (co-editor, Del Loewenthal; Karnac Books, London, 2009); In, Against and Beyond Therapy (PCCS Books, 2010); and Too Much, Too Soon? (Hawthorn Press, Stroud, 2011). I write regularly for the academic therapy literature, and for the early years professional literature, including regular columns in The Mother and Teach Nursery magazines. I’m Associate Editor of Psychotherapy and Politics International and Theory Editor of the European Journal for Psychotherapy and Counselling.

I am passionate about a lot of things; but my greatest passion of all is to create a space in which all voices can be heard – even if at least some of those voices are saying things that I don’t personally like. This is a core principle that I wish to bring to my editorship of this journal and its wonderful history – for as one of my greatest heroes, William Blake, so poignantly wrote, ‘Without contraries is no progression’

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