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

I am a counselling practitioner, clinical supervisor, researcher, author, and consultant.  I started-out in the natural sciences with a PhD that contributed to the 2016 Chemistry Nobel Prize, followed by research fellowships at both Oxford, and the Leverhulme Trust. 

I am a Registered Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy, a Senior Accredited Supervisor, having gained an MSc by research in Psychotherapy from Bristol University.  I work across a range of settings from The Home Office, to Dads in Mind, and Kinergy.  I am passionate about what counselling and psychotherapy can offer the workplace, learning and research: they are all creative social processes with the transformative power of relationships at their heart.

My book: Workplace Wellbeing - A Relational Approach (Routledge 2020) is, put simply: "a must for anyone interested in workplace wellbeing" (Therapy Today, Feb 2021).   My next title: Exploring Being Human – The philosophical foundations of meaning in psychotherapy, is published in 2022. 

I am an experienced Case Worker for the University and College Union promoting workplace wellbeing through the practice of embedded counselling skills.  I am co-founder of Born Human, a holistic mental health consultancy promoting the values and philosophy of a Relational Approach at work.  To learn more about the future of workplace wellbeing post-COVID, read my interview with BACP Workplace Also, check-out my podcast with the brilliant Rachel Morris about gaslighting, and the challenges of working in healthcare and other high pressure environments.

Area of expertise

My expertise as a therapist working one-to-one, with groups, and as a Senior Accredited supervisor comes from twenty years practice across a range of settings, including:

  • Private (i.e., Born Human);
  • Third (i.e., Bluebell Care, Dementia Care Trust, and Kinergy), along with
  • Public (i.e., The Home Office, HEIs, and NHS Counselling Services) sectors.

I work in the Department of Social Sciences, contributing to: Certificate in Counselling Skills; BACP Accredited MA in Counselling & Psychotherapy; and occasionally BSc(Hons) Psychology and Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology.

I collaborate with Dr Vanda Papafilippou of the UWE Business School, developing a trauma-informed theoretical and methodological approach to ameliorate the challenges knowledge-based organisations experience directly or vicariously due to the pandemic.

My leadership experience in education spans both FE (as HoD), and HE, recently leading the Foundation Science Year .  A University Teaching Fellow and an experienced external examiner, I have been awarded Royal Society of Chemistry, and HEFC STEM Teaching Fellowships.


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