Professor Colin Feltham Joins International Advisory Board

A warm welcome goes out to Professor Colin Feltham, who joins the site’s International Advisory Board. As a well known ‘insider critic’ and author of numerous books in the field, including one we highlighted here last month, Professor Feltham’s experience and perspective will enrich and inform the ongoing development of our site.

About Colin Feltham

Colin Feltham is Professor of Critical Counselling Studies at Sheffield Hallam University and Course Leader for the MA Professional Development in Counselling & Psychotherapy. He is a Fellow of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and of the Royal Society of Arts. Some of his publications include What’s Wrong With Us? The Anthropathology Thesis (Wiley, 2007) [see “What is Anthropathology?”], The Sage Handbook of Counselling & Psychotherapy (edited with Ian Horton, Sage, 2006), Brief Counselling (2nd edition, with Windy Dryden, Open University Press, 2005), Dictionary of Counselling (3rd edition, with Windy Dryden, Whurr, 2004), and Controversies in Psychotherapy and Counselling (Sage, 1999). He has edited three book series for Sage and is a former editor of the British Journal of Guidance & Counselling. He has given conference keynotes throughout the UK, Europe, Canada and Kenya.

Professor Colin Feltham

Professor Feltham’s first degree was in theology and, although an atheist, he retains an interest in ‘mystics’ like Krishnamurti and Eckhart Tolle. From an original interest in primal therapy in Los Angeles in 1978-79, Feltham trained in counselling in 1980-81 and has absorbed many models along the way, so that if pressed to identify with any label, he would have to say ‘integrative’. He has been an ‘insider critic’ of aspects of counselling, e.g. of supervision, and many such themes were found in the seminal Psychotherapy and its Discontents (edited with Windy Dryden, Open University Press, 1992).

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However, his abiding interest in the ‘big questions’ of the human condition has led him to question the origins of widespread human distress (this includes looking at elements of evolutionary psychology), the current environmental crisis and the prospects for humanity. He believes that a radical transformation in understanding is needed and that consciousness-raising about these large issues is becoming more important and urgent than the micro-components of counselling theory. As well as writing about the macro-factors in the human crisis today, his research focuses on how mental health is compromised laterally and continuously by the stresses of modern society and its institutions.

He is a member of Crisis Forum and the Optimum Population Trust. He lives in Sheffield and has two sons.

About Our International Advisory Board

When this site was launched in 2002, it was very much a one-person project. But over the years, has grown rapidly, and by 2006 it became apparent that it had developed well beyond what one or two people could reasonably manage. In 2007, we began the transition to a broader production team, and the site is now the work of an international team of mental health professionals and web technology experts, including both volunteers and paid employees and consultants. Our International Advisory Board helps us maintain the high standards of quality you’ve come to expect from us, and many members of the Board are also regular contributors. (Just click the ‘About Us’ link for more details.)

Welcome aboard, Professor Feltham — we’re very glad to have you on our team!

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