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By: Ken Kelly and Rory Lees-Oakes

The Counselling Tutor podcast serves current and prospective students of counselling and psychotherapy, as well as qualified practitioners, supervisors and tutors. Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly examine the theory and practice of counselling and deliver academic, practice-based and CPD-related content in an easy-to-understand and fun podcast. Students and practitioners of person-centred counselling, transactional analysis (TA) and behavioural models (e.g. CBT) will find something relevant to their studies and work on the Counselling Tutor podcast.

Special Edition – Q&A with the National Counselling Society
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Special Edition – Q&A with the National Counselling Society In this special edition of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Rory Lees-Oakes interviews two members of the National Counselling Society’s Council – Freya Bottomley (Interim Chief Executive during Chief Executive Meg Moss’s maternity leave) and Jyles Robillard Day (Head of Engagement and Development). Rory asks questions posed …

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Special Edition – CPCAB’s Online Courses
07/17/2021

Special Edition – CPCAB’s Online Courses During academic breaks, we sometimes broadcast special editions of the Counselling Tutor Podcast. In this special edition – broadcast in the summer break of 2021, as the COVID-19 continues but is no longer at its peak – Rory Lees-Oakes speaks to Kelly Budd, Head of Qualifications at the Counselling …

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196 – Importance of Self-Care in Supervision
07/03/2021

196 - Importance of Self-Care in Supervision Interview with a Student – Goals in Therapy In Episode 196 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast – the last of this season, prior to the summer break – presenter Rory Lees-Oakes interviews student Ruth Watson in ‘Student Check-In’. ‘Focus on Supervision’ then sees Rory and Ken Kelly looking…

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195 – Therapeutic Impasse
06/26/2021

195 – Therapeutic Impasse Seven Tasks of Supervision – Managing Scepticism in Counselling Clients Episode 195 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast opens with presenters Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly discussing therapeutic impasse in ‘Student Check-In’. Then, in ‘Focus on Supervision’, they explore Michael Carroll’s seven tasks of supervision. Last, Rory talks with counsellor Sally-Anne Armitage…

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194 – The Shadow Self
06/19/2021

194 - The Shadow Self Parallel Process in Supervision – Peek into Practice with Tamara Howell In episode 194 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, you can hear presenters Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly talking about Carl Gustav Jung’s concept of the shadow self in ‘Student Check-In’. Then, in ‘Focus on Supervision’, they discuss the parallel…

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193 – Tackling Destructive Thought Patterns
06/12/2021

193 - Tackling Destructive Thought Patterns Personal Development Linked to Theory – Boundaries in Supervision Episode 193 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast opens with ‘Student Check-In’, in which presenters Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly discuss the importance of personal development for both trainee and qualified counsellors, and how this links to theory. Next – in…

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192 – The Supervision Triangle
05/29/2021

192 - The Supervision Triangle Key Theory in Counselling – Creative Arts Therapy In episode 192 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, presenters Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly talk in ‘Student Check-In’ about key theory in counselling. Then – in the first instalment of ‘Focus on Supervision’ – Ken and Rory talk about the supervision triangle.…

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191 – Online Supervision Training for Counsellors
05/22/2021

191 - Online Supervision Training for Counsellors Placement Interview Questions – Life Transitions Episode 191 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast opens with ‘Student Check-In’ – in which presenters Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly talk about placement interviews. Next – in the final instalment of ‘Digital Counselling Revolution’ – Ken and Rory talk about online supervision…

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190 – Erikson’s Eight Stages of Development
05/15/2021

190 - Erikson’s Eight Stages of Development Establishing the Identity of the Client during Online Counselling – Counselling in the USA In Episode 190 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly talk about Erik Erikson’s eight stages of development in ‘Student Check-In’. ‘Digital Counselling Revolution’ then looks at the issue of establishing the…

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189 – Role of Parents in Mental Health
05/08/2021

189 - Role of Parents in Mental Health History of CBT – Choosing the Right Equipment for Working Online Episode 189 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast opens with Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly talking through the history of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in ‘Student Check-In’. ‘Digital Counselling Revolution’ then looks at the equipment you will…

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188 – Counselling for Personality Disorders
05/01/2021

188 - Counselling for Personality Disorders Dual Process Model of Grief – Attachment Issues in Telephone Therapy In episode 188 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly start with ‘Student Check-In’, discussing the dual process model of grief. In ‘Digital Counselling Revolution’, they then turn to attachment issues in telephone therapy –…

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187 – Walk-and-Talk Therapy
04/24/2021

187 – Walk-and-Talk Therapy Use of Homework in CBT – Timing of Communication in Asynchronous Counselling Episode 187 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast opens with Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly talking about the strengths and weaknesses of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and in particular the use of homework in this popular modality. ‘Digital Counselling Revolution’ then…

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186 – Understanding Your Attachment Style
04/17/2021

186 – Understanding Your Attachment Style Counselling Training in Australia – Managing Digital Footprints In Episode 186 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Rory Lees-Oakes interviews Torrie Hall, a final-year counselling student from Australia. ‘Digital Counselling Revolution’ then focuses on the importance of managing digital footprints when working online, before – in Practice Matters – the presenters…

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Special Edition – National Counselling Society: Autonomy-Centred and Process-Centred Counselling Practice
04/10/2021

Special Edition – National Counselling Society: Autonomy-Centred and Process-Centred Counselling Practice We broadcast a special edition podcast on the National Counselling Society (NCS) in March 2019. This followed questions posed by members of the Counselling Tutor Facebook group. Rory then revisited the NCS in October 2020, with more questions gathered from the Facebook group, and spoke to NCS Chief…

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185 – Choosing Online Therapy Platforms for Therapists
03/27/2021

185 – Choosing Online Therapy Platforms for Therapists The Women Who Changed Counselling – Working with Eating Disorders Episode 185 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast begins with Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly discussing influential women in the field of counselling and psychotherapy. ‘Digital Counselling Revolution’ then looks at how to choose online therapy platforms for therapists. Last,…

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184 – GDPR for Therapists
03/20/2021

184 - GDPR for Therapists Surviving Counselling Training – Returning to Counselling Practice Episode 184 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast begins with Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly offering their tips on how to survive counselling training. Next, ‘Digital Counselling Revolution’ looks at GDPR for therapists, especially when working online. Finally, counsellor Paul Cullen provides a…

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183 – Online Therapy Research Findings
03/13/2021

183 – Online Therapy Research Findings Keeping in the Client’s Frame of Reference – Choosing a Video Background In episode 183 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly share their tips on getting into and staying within the client’s frame of reference. ‘Digital Counselling Revolution’ then looks at choosing a video background…

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182 – Tasks of Supervision in Counselling
03/06/2021

182 – Tasks of Supervision in Counselling Making Reasonable Adjustments Online – Interview with NCS Chief Executive Episode 182 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast opens with a discussion between Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly on the tasks of supervision in counselling. ‘Digital Counselling Revolution’ then focuses on making reasonable adjustments online. Finally, Rory interviews Meg…

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BACP SCoPEd
02/27/2021

Special Edition – BACP SCoPEd SCoPEd (Scope of Practice and Education) is a project to set out the training requirements and practice standards for counselling and psychotherapy. It is much discussed in the Counselling Tutor Facebook group. In this special edition of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Rory Lees-Oakes interviews Caroline Jesper and Jens Bakewell of the…

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181 – Neuroscience and Counselling
02/20/2021

181 – Neuroscience and Counselling Stages in the Counselling Relationship – Referrals in Online Counselling In Episode 181 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly talk about the different stages in the counselling relationship. ‘Digital Counselling Revolution’ then examines the process of making referrals in online (as opposed to face-to-face) counselling. Last,…

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180 – Teenage Brain Development
02/13/2021

180 – Teenage Brain Development Idiosyncratic Empathy – Interview with ACTO Chair Episode 180 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast opens with Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly discussing the skill of idiosyncratic empathy. Then, in ‘Digital Counselling Revolution’, Rory interviews Adrian Rhodes, Chair of the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO). Finally, in ‘Practice Matters’,…

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179 – Counselling Research Projects: Tips for Students
02/06/2021

179 – Counselling Research Projects: Tips for Students New Book from Counselling Tutor – Peek into Rory’s Practice Online and Telephone Counselling - A Practitioner's Guide   Includes FREE bonus online companion course, ‘Introduction to Online and Telephone Counselling’, to underpin and strengthen your learning as well as the paperwork templates you will need for your practice…

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178 – Mental Health Models
01/30/2021

178 – Mental Health Models Integrative vs Eclectic Therapy – Geographical Considerations in Online Counselling Episode 178 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast opens with a discussion between Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly about the differences between integrative and eclectic counselling. Then, ‘Digital Counselling Revolution’ looks at geographical considerations when working therapeutically online. Last, in ‘Practice…

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177 – When Clients Don’t Show Up for Therapy
01/23/2021

177 – When Clients Don’t Show Up for Therapy Endings in Online Working – Masking Autism In episode 177 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly discuss the situation when clients don’t show up for therapy—or what we abbreviate as DNA (do not attend). Then, ‘Digital Counselling Revolution’ looks at how we…

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176 – Working with Challenging Clients in Counselling
01/16/2021

176 – Working with Challenging Clients in Counselling Immediacy – Self-Care in Online Working In episode 176 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly look at the skill of immediacy in the ‘Student Check-In’. ‘Digital Counselling Revolution’ then focuses on self-care in online working. Last, in ‘Practice Matters’, the presenters discuss working…

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175 – Supervision for Online Therapy Work
01/09/2021

175 – Supervision for Online Therapy Work Diversity – Polyvagal Theory In episode 175 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast – the first for 2021 – Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly open with the ‘Student Check-In’, discussing diversity. ‘Digital Counselling Revolution’ then looks at supervision for online therapy work. Finally, in ‘Practice Matters’, Rory interviews counsellor…

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174 – The Polyvagal Theory in Counselling Practice
12/19/2020

174 – Polyvagal Theory in Counselling Practice Self Psychology – Digital Presence Online In episode 174 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly look at self-psychology in the ‘Student Check-In’. Then, in ‘Digital Counselling Revolution’, they discuss the importance of being mindful of how you present yourself online. Last, ‘Practice Matters’ focuses…

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173 – Talking about Sex in Therapy
12/12/2020

173 – Talking about Sex in Therapy Configurations of Self – Sending and Receiving Contracts Online Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly open episode 173 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast with the ‘Student Check-In’, looking at configurations of self. Then, in the ‘Digital Counselling Revolution’, they give tips on how to get counselling contracts signed when…

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172 – Working with Trauma in Counselling
12/05/2020

172 – Working with Trauma in Counselling Timelines in Therapy – Taking Digital Payments In episode 172 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly start with the ‘Student Check-In’, in which they discuss the use of timelines in therapy. Then, in the ‘Digital Counselling Revolution’, they give some pointers to taking payments…

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171 – Assessment in Counselling
11/28/2020

171 – Assessment in Counselling Placement Update from CPCAB – Importance of Research In episode 171 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Rory Lees-Oakes talks to Kelly Budd of CPCAB about student placements during the COVID-19 pandemic. Then, in ‘The Digital Counselling Revolution’, Rory and Ken Kelly discuss the importance of research in counselling. Last, ‘Practice…

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170 – Telephone Counselling Tips for Counsellors
11/21/2020

170 – Telephone Counselling Tips for Counsellors Is Transference Person-Centred? – Adverse Childhood Experiences In episode 170 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken Kelly and Rory Lees-Oakes answer the question ‘Is transference person-centred?’ Next in ‘The Digital Counselling Revolution’, they give telephone counselling tips for counsellors. Finally, in ‘Practice Matters’, Rory speaks to Dr Suzanne…

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169 – Producing a Client Information Sheet for Counselling
11/14/2020

169 – Producing a Client Information Sheet for Counselling Mastering Counselling Skills – Working with Suicidal Clients In episode 169 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken Kelly and Rory Lees-Oakes share their tips on getting to grips with counselling skills. ‘The Digital Counselling Revolution’ then focuses on possible content for a client information sheet for…

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168 – Insurance for Online Counsellors
11/07/2020

168 – Insurance for Online Counsellors Developing Your Internal Supervisor – Personal Beliefs in the Therapy Room In episode 168 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken Kelly and Rory Lees-Oakes talk about the concept of the internal supervisor. ‘The Digital Counselling Revolution’ then looks at insurance for online counsellors. Finally, in ‘Practice Matters’, the presenters…

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Special Edition – National Counselling Society Membership
10/31/2020

Special Edition – National Counselling Society Membership We broadcast a special edition podcast on the National Counselling Society (NCS) in March 2019. This followed questions posed by members of the Counselling Tutor Facebook group. Rory now revisits the NCS with more questions gathered from the Facebook group, and speaks to NCS Chief Executive Meg Nunn.…

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167 – Therapist Boundaries When Working Online
10/24/2020

167 – Therapist Boundaries Imposter Syndrome – Ethical Problem-Solving In episode 167 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken Kelly and Rory Lees-Oakes discuss imposter syndrome, before ‘The Digital Counselling Revolution’ looks at therapist boundaries when working online. Finally, in ‘Practice Matters’, the presenters talk about ethical problem-solving. Free Handout Download Jonah Complex (or the Reason…

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166 – Is Online Therapy Effective?
10/17/2020

166 – Is Online Therapy Effective? Self-Concept and the Johari Window – Writing Counselling Notes In episode 166 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken Kelly and Rory Lees-Oakes kick off with the Student Check-in, talking about self-concept and how the Johari window can be used to promote personal development. ‘The Digital Counselling Revolution’ then focuses…

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165 – Is Online Therapy Safe?
10/10/2020

165 – Is Online Therapy Safe? Self-Care in Online Personal Development Groups – Ethics of Self-Care Episode 165 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast focuses on self-care, with Ken Kelly and Rory Lees-Oakes starting off by discussing self-care in online personal development (PD) groups. ‘The Digital Counselling Revolution’ then looks into the question ‘Is online therapy…

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164 – Online Therapy Contract
10/03/2020

164 – Online Therapy Contract Practising Skills in an Online Training Environment – Children and Loss In episode 164 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken Kelly and Rory Lees-Oakes discuss creative ways of practising skills online. ‘The Digital Counselling Revolution’ then focuses on specific areas in online therapy contracts. Last, in ‘Practice Matters’, Rory talks…

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163 – Questions to Ask Counselling Placement
09/26/2020

163 – Questions to Ask Counselling Placement Interviewers The Black-Hole Effect – Preparing to Work with Self-Harm In episode 163 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken Kelly and Rory Lees-Oakes look at questions to ask at counselling placement interviews. ‘The Digital Counselling Revolution’ then focuses on another theory to be aware of when working online:…

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162 – Counselling Clients on Medication
09/19/2020

162 – Counselling Clients on Medication Being Sent for Counselling – Managing the Disinhibition Effect In episode 162 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken Kelly and Rory Lees-Oakes look at mandatory personal counselling for students of counselling and psychotherapy. ‘The Digital Counselling Revolution’ then focuses on a theory to be aware of when working online:…

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