About the Publisher and Managing Editor

CounsellingResource.com is published and led by Dr Greg Mulhauser. The overall project of producing the site, however, is very much a team effort.

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A Note About Counsellor Self Disclosure

Counsellors are ordinarily very circumspect about revealing information about themselves in a therapeutic setting. However, those who provide information online or even actual online counselling services will (hopefully!) have spent a number of years in the online world and will have left something of an electronic trail of their activities in the form of websites, articles, etc. With such information scattered about, I feel it is appropriate to provide a quick summary of some of my background here, all in one place, for anybody who might be interested. If you really want, you can even read some funky facts about me.

Professional Background Before Counselling: Consciousness, Complexity Theory, Business and Real People

Originally from the United States, I was born in Montana and studied in Oregon as an undergraduate with a double major in Philosophy and Mathematics. I briefly considered staying an extra year to complete a third major in Computer Science and a minor in Psychology, but instead I accepted a British Marshall Scholarship and moved to the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom for a PhD. Although housed in the Philosophy department, my work in Philosophy of Mind and consciousness drew heavily on cognitive neuroscience, information theory, complexity theory and even quantum physics. Following the PhD, I spent some time as a Gifford Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow and then left academia for several years in the business world.

Photo of Managing Editor Dr Greg Mulhauser.

Originally employed as a research scientist in cognition and biologically inspired computation, I also spent time on artificial life, quantum decoherence and both real and artificial evolution. Later I took on a number of different roles in business strategy and ran a business partnering programme for the research and technology subsidiary of British Telecommunications (a subsidiary then called BTexact Technologies). Leaving the strategic partnering job in 2002, I founded an independent consulting firm and began a new adventure: training in person-centred counselling. I completed this full-time, BACP-accredited Postgraduate Diploma in 2003. During and subsequent to the diploma, I also held minor placements in a counselling service and two NHS medical centres.

(Details on my consulting work appear on the Consulting pages of Mulhauser.net, while some aging research work appears on the Research pages of that same site.)

Throughout my career, I have retained a keen interest in the subjective experience of human beings, their relationships with the surrounding world and their search for meaning. With the most recent move into counselling, this interest comes once again to the fore. CounsellingResource.com represents one byproduct of my continuing efforts to understand individual human beings, their lives and their struggles — and to contribute to their betterment. This site shares some of the resources encountered along the way.

Spare time I enjoy spending with my wife and daughter; physical fitness, travel, kite flying, trampolining, photography and other activities keep me occupied. I have travelled in around three dozen countries on five continents and have given lectures or seminars to audiences in about a third as many. I’ve practiced around a dozen martial arts at various times but have achieved higher grades (shodan/black belt) only in Ryukyu Kobudo.

When in active practice, I have always been a Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP), bound by its Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and its Ethical Guidelines for Researching Counselling and Psychotherapy and subject to the organization’s Professional Conduct Procedure. (See note below on the ‘MBACP’ designation and my having opted to stop renewing my annual membership after having been away from active practice for nearly 3 years.) For some years, I held Enhanced Disclosure from the UK’s Criminal Records Bureau (originally granted in the context of gymnastics coaching), a clearance level “reserved for positions involving the greatest degree of trust”. The CRB was later replaced, and I now hold the corresponding Enhanced Disclosure from the UK’s Disclosure and Barring Service, specifically as a martial arts instructor.

An archive of some of my private practice materials, including my practice philosophy, is still available at TryCounselling.com.

What the Acronyms Mean

Dr Greg Mulhauser, BA, PhD, DipCouns, FRSA:

  • BA: Bachelor of Arts (Summa Cum Laude, Highest Honors) in 1991 from Willamette University, attended as a National Merit Scholar. Double Major in Philosophy and Mathematics.
  • PhD: Doctorate in Philosophy of Mind from the University of Edinburgh as a British Marshall Scholar, completed in 1994 and awarded in 1995. Revised version of dissertation published in 1998 as the book Mind Out of Matter.
  • DipCouns: Intensive Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling completed in 2003 at the University of East Anglia.
  • FRSA: Not a qualification. FRSA denotes Fellowship in the Royal Society of Arts (elected to Fellowship in 1998, at an age several years younger than the normally required minimum age at the time).
  • Formerly: MBACP: Not a qualification. MBACP denotes the BACP membership category entitled to use the designatory letters ‘MBACP’; until April 2005 this category was known as ‘Registered Associate’.* Having left active practice at the end of 2008 for a sequence of ever-extending sabbaticals to pursue other projects, as of 1 October 2011 I decided not to keep renewing my membership in BACP and have accordingly dropped the ‘MBACP’ designation.

I spent an additional year of post-doctoral research as Gifford Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow.

* Note: The ‘MBACP’ designation, in my opinion, reflects little more than the BACP’s ongoing attempts to market itself to the general public and the government as an authoritative body. The ‘MBACP’ moniker provides free advertising for the BACP and exerts indirect pressure on those of us who are qualified to use it to do so, since it would otherwise be conspicuous by its absence.

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