• Consultant Clinical Psychologist presently 8 sessions per week, Clinical Lead, Specialist Psychotherapy Services

I am a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and work for four days per week as Clinical Lead for the Specialist Psychotherapy Services of Humber NHS Foundation Trust. On Mondays, and early evenings mid-week, I work in my private practice.

I have many years of experience working with people with a range of psychological problems, ranging from personal concerns and interest in understanding more about themselves and their experience, to serious mental health problems, such as severe anxiety, depression, and eating disorders.

My training as a psychotherapist has been in psychoanalytic/psychodynamic psychotherapy. Details of my training and experience can be seen on my website:

My professional background includes training and extensive clinical experience across the full range of mental health problems both in the NHS and in private practice. My training and early professional experience was in acute psychiatric services working as the Clinical Psychologist in a psychiatric team. I also saw out-patients in hospital and community settings. Some patients in these settings had major psychiatric problems and others, particularly those seen in community clinics, eg GP surgeries, suffered from depression and disorders in which symptoms of anxiety were prominent. I also have considerable experience working with adults who were abused as children. Usually I work with individuals in psychotherapy and I also see couples and families when problem resolution is sought amongst people.

When I worked in Leeds I contributed to the teaching programme of the MSc in Clinical Psychology and supervised trainee clinical psychologists. As head of department for East Yorkshire Clinical Psychology Services I was involved in the establishment of the Clinical Psychology course at Hull University. I taught on the course, supervised trainees and was a member of the course management committee. I continue to supervise clinical psychology trainees.

I already had some experience of private practice before I left full time NHS employment in December 1991 and started to work mainly in private practice (I retained two NHS sessions). In my private practice I usually work with individuals who have specific mental health problems, such as depression, and people who feel that some aspect of themselves and their relationships with significant people in their lives causes them distress, undermines the quality of their lives or means they feel they are not making the progress in their lives/careers that they feel they could.


Leeds University Clinical Psychology M.Sc 1975-77
Dundee University Cognitive Psychology Ph.D. 1972-75
Hull University Psychology B.A. (Hons) 1969-72

ISTDP training with Josette ten Have-de Labije and Kees Corneillsen Core Training 2008 – 2011
Training in ISTDP with Dr Patricia Coughlin see from 2006
EMDR Workshops Ltd EMDR (Parts 1, 2 & 3) 2005-06
Tavistock Clinic Understanding Trauma: Principles and Practice 1999-2000
Institute of Family Therapy Advanced Clinical Training 1988-91
Tavistock Clinic Certificate in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy 1982-84
Leeds University Postgraduate Diploma in Psychotherapy 1978-80



1991 - 2001 Consultant Clinical Psychologist, 2 sessions per week. Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire, Community Mental Health Services
1982 - 1991 Consultant Clinical Psychologist and District Psychologist, East Yorkshire Health Authority
1987 - 1995 Director of Family Therapy Training East Yorkshire Community Healthcare NHS Trust
1985 - 1992 Honorary Fellow, Department of Psychology, University of Hull
1980 - 1982 Senior Clinical Psychologist, Rotherham Area Health Authority
1978 - 1979 Senior Clinical Psychologist, St James University Hospital, Leeds
1977 - 1978 Basic Grade Clinical Psychologist, St James University Hospital, Leeds
1975 - 1977 Probationer Clinical Psychologist, Leeds Area Health Authority


Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
Registered as a Psychotherapist with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy in the Psychoanalytic & Psychodynamic and Family, Couple, Sexual and Systemic Therapy Sections
Member of the Division of Clinical Psychology of the British Psychological Society
Member of the Division of Criminological and Legal Psychology of the British Psychological Society
Member of the Hallam Institute of Psychotherapy
Member of the Institute of Family Therapy (London)
Member of the Society of Expert Witnesses
British Psychological Society Register of Psychologists Specialising in Psychotherapy: Senior Practitioner


I have contributed to the lecture programmes for the Leeds University and Humberside Clinical Psychology Training Schemes as well as supervising trainees on placement. I am a accredited therapist and supervisor for trainees of the Sheffield University and Leeds University psychotherapy training programmes. I have contributed to the teaching of the Leeds University psychotherapy course. I have also given talks, in various settings, and to various groups over the years. Some years ago I was particularly interested in running workshops in collaboration with colleagues from a variety of backgrounds, concerned with staff adjustments to the changing requirements of their work. More recently I was instrumental in bringing family therapy training to Humberside and organised the family therapy course for East Yorkshire Community Healthcare NHS Trust.



Bolsover. G. N. (1980) - Benefits of Personal Therapy, New Forum, 7, No. 2, 34
Constantopolos, N., Snaith, R. P, Jardine, I., & Bolsover, G. N. (1982) "Self Control Psychotherapy with and without Exposure to Anxiety" in G. Boulourgouris, Learning Theory Approaches to Psychiatry. John Wiley & Sons, London
Bolsover, G. N. (1982) Invited Paper, Scientific Meeting Division of Clinical Psychology (Trent Branch). "The Politics of Psychology Departments".
Bolsover, G. N. & Millar, D. (1982) "Physician Heal Thyself" or "Nice Video, Shame About the Song". DCP Newsletter, 37, 12-15.
Millar, D. & Bolsover, G. N. (1982) A Brief Response to David Hawk's Comment on "Physician Heal Thyself". DCP Newsletter, 38, 30.
Bolsover, G. N. (1992) Yorkshire Region PQT Day on Future Developments in the Application of Clinical Psychology. Clinical Psychology in Private Practice.
Bolsover, G. N. (1993) Invited Paper, Symposium on Psychological Therapies. Oxford Communication Conference, "Family Therapy", Somerville College, Oxford University.
Bolsover, G. N. (1995) PQT on Continued Supervision for Qualified Psychologists. Continued Supervision for the Independent Practitioner.
Bolsover, G.N., (2001) Psychoanalysis, psychotherapy and registration. Yorkshire Association for Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Newsletter. Winter/Spring 2001. 'July, 10-12
Bolsover, Nick (2002) The evidence is weaker than claimed: Commentary on: Holmes, J; All you need is CBT? British Medical Journal, 324, 294.
Bolsover, Nick (2004). Psychotherapy and evidence. Journal of Critical Psychology, Psychotherapy and Counselling, 4 (2), 68-77.
December 2005 I reviewed a paper for the British Medical Journal.
April 2006 Opinion sought and quoted in ‘news’ article in The Psychologist on computerised cognitive behavioural therapy (CCBT).
Bolsover, Nick (2006). Attachment style as a predictor of response to EMDR. EMDR European Conference, Istanbul.
Bolsover, Nick (2007). Talking therapies in the NHS. Mental Health Review, 12 (1), 3-6.
I provided the expert evidence in a case reported in Lawtel: RE C (A CHILD) (2007) (AC9400778). This can be accessed Here
Bolsover, Nick (2008). Talking as a secure base: Towards the resolution of the Dodo Verdict? Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 21 (1), March, 11-17
Olojugba, O. O. & Bolsover, G. N., (2008) Relationship Between Attachment Style and Psychological Therapy Outcome. Systemica