Dr James Costello

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  • Qualifications:BSc(Hons), PGDip Counselling, MSc (Counselling & Psychotherapy), Doctor of Philosophy, Registered Member MBACP (Accredited), BACP Senior Accredited Supervisor (Groups)
  • Position:Senior Lecturer
  • Telephone:+4411732 82490
  • Email:James.Costello@uwe.ac.uk

About me

Dr James Costello is a psychotherapy practitioner, clinical supervisor, author, researcher, and consultant.

A Registered Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy, and a BACP Senior Accredited Supervisor.

Previously, consultant to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, and currently the UK Covid-19 Inquiry.

My monograph:

Workplace Wellbeing - A Relational Approach (Routledge 2020) is simply:

"a must for anyone interested in workplace wellbeing" (Therapy Today, Feb 2021).

Read my interview with BACP Workplace, check-out my podcast with Dr Rachel Morris about gaslighting, or see me on ITV's flagship documentary Tonight (Series 24 Episode 20). 

Coming soon in: Advances in Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology (Routledge):

Radical Relationality ~ The Philosophical Foundations of Psychotherapy 

Area of expertise

I have practised for over twenty years in one-to-one, and group contexts in the following settings:

  • Private (Co-founder of Born Human – A holistic mental health consultancy).
  • Third (i.e., Bluebell Care, Dementia Care Trust, and Kinergy).
  • Public (i.e., UK Home Office, Cabinet Office, HEIs, and NHS Counselling Services).

As a university teacher, I contribute to all levels of teaching, research and learning in psychotherapy. My leadership experience in education spans both FE, and HE. A University Teaching Fellow and an experienced external examiner, I have been awarded Royal Society of Chemistry, and HEFC STEM Teaching Fellowships.

I started-out in the natural sciences doing a PhD in supramolecular chemistry which ultimately contributed to the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. I spent time in industry (with BP Chemicals), before taking-up research fellowships at Oxford, and then the Leverhulme Trust.

I am the lead author on dozens of refereed papers, patents, and have attracted £850,000 in external funding for my research.


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