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    Dr Gary Tebble is a Counsellor/Psychotherapist who specialises in working with children/young people and families. He has a First-Class BA Degree in Psychology and Counselling Skills, alongside an MA degree in Clinical Counselling/Psychotherapy from the University of Chester. Gary also holds a Professional Doctorate in Counselling/Psychotherapy, where he has developed a model of psychotherapy specifically for children and young people who have specific learning difficulties (SpLD).He is a fully accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP-Accred), as well as an active member of the BACP MAPS-Professional Standards committee. Additionally, Gary is a writer/researcher and has completed several publications and chapters in the field of Child/Young Person Psychotherapy. Gary was a Research Fellow within the school of social and life sciences at Glyndwr University (Wrexham), where he was engaging in several individual and collaborative research projects. In conjunction with this, Gary holds an associate/honarary specialised psychotherapy role working within the adolescent field, with his work focusing on client populations including young people with offending behaviours (sexual and non-sexual), children and young people who presented with complex trauma and attachment difficulties, children and young people who presented with learning difficulties and special educational needs and children and young people who were looked after (LAC) in foster and residential settings. Prior to this role, Gary worked as a Psychotherapist within a mainstream educational setting, where he also developed and managed a successful counselling/psychotherapist provision, which focused on complex clients and mental health intervention. Gary is a licenced Dialectical Behavioural Therapist (DBT) through the Linehan Institute having completed DBT skills training and was part of a DBT consult group at his last employment. Gary has also completed the AIM Assessment Models training for Children under 12 years old with problematic or harmful sexual behaviours and is a member of The National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers (NOTA).Lastly, Gary is also a qualified EMDR therapist and is an active member of the EMDR Association UK (EMDR Association UK-TO353). 


    Dr Gary Tebble has four main publications to date:

    • Tebble, G. (2016) cited in Gubi, P., & Swinton, V (Eds) Researching Lesser-Explored Issues in Counselling and Psychotherapy. UK: Karnac Books.


    • Reeves, A., & Tebble, G. (2018) cited in Reeves, A (Ed). An Introduction to Counselling & Psychotherapy: From Theory to Practice (2nd Ed). London: Sage.


    • Tebble, G. (2017). Shared Decision Making. Children and Young Person’s Journal. UK. British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.


    • Tebble, G. (2021). Counselling Boys with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD): An adapted Pluralistic Approach (2021) UK. Palgrave MacMillan.                                                                (Current Project-Due to be completed by December 2021)

    Research interests

    Dr Gary Tebble has several areas of research interest and is particularly concerned with extending knowledge and writings within the following areas:

    • The use of Shared Decision Making (Meta-Therapeutic Communication) in counselling and psychotherapy with children and young people.
    • The efficacy of pluralistic counselling/psychotherapy with children and young people.
    • The efficacy of pluralistic counselling/psychotherapy with children and young people who belong to a specific learning difficulties (SpLD) or special educational needs (SEND) client grouping.
    • Research Methods and Ethics when working with children and young people.
    • The use of case study/case series methodology with adults and C/YP in counselling and psychotherapy.
    • Complex Trauma and Attachment (Children and Young People).
    • Adolescents with offending behaviours and the efficacy of counselling/psychotherapy.
    • School-based counselling (SBC)
    • Inter-agency working with complex clients (C/YP)
    • The efficacy of EMDR therapy when working with adolescents within the offending behaviour field.
    • Boys/Men’s mental health and promoting access to counselling/psychotherapy.
    • Neuro-diversity and increasing access to counselling/psychotherapy for children and young people with ASD/ADHD.

    External engagement

    Dr Gary Tebble has developed several key connections within other University settings such as University of Chester, Glyndwr University (Wrexham) and University of Manchester. Gary also has particuary strong associations within the British ASsociation for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and is a current and active committee member on their Professional Standards and Membership committee (MAPS). Within the Counselling/Psychotherapy field, Gary has good connections within the pluralistic counselling research community as well as the general field of counselling and psychotherapy with children and young people. 

    Education/Academic qualification

    Counselling & Psychotherapy, PhD, Pluralistic Counselling with boys with SpLD, University of Chester

    10 Sept 201520 Sept 2019

    Award Date: 23 Mar 2020

    Clinical Counselling, MA, Is talking alone enough: School Based Counselling, University of Chester

    5 Oct 201120 Jul 2014

    Award Date: 11 Nov 2014

    Counselling skills & Psychology, BA, Young people and Suicide, University of Chester

    28 Sept 200925 Jul 2011

    Award Date: 11 Nov 2011


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