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

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 between people.

When I worked in Leeds I contributed to the teaching programme of the MSc in Clinic 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 - at that time East Yorkshire provided the largest number of training places. I taught on the course, supervised trainees and was a member of the course management committee.

I have also contributed to psychotherapy training in Yorkshire. I am an accredited training therapist and supervisor for the Psychotherapy training courses at Sheffield University and Leeds University.

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. 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. There is evidence that such problems can require and benefit from long term psychotherapy, particularly when briefer interventions have been tried with little or no benefit. Furthermore people, who in many ways can live ordinary lives, benefit from long term psychotherapy, both in coming to terms with issues in themselves that cause chronic distress and to enable them to more fully enjoy their relationships and to function nearer their true potential.


I have experience of providing psychological services to a secure ward in a mental hospital and managing the psychology services to a hospital secure unit. I have also worked in a therapeutic community for people with personality disorders. My experience of the full range of psychiatric and psychological disorders, including these particular experiences, is pertinent to the psychological assessment of individuals in criminal cases.

I provide Psychological Reports in Personal Injury, Child Care and Criminal cases. I have assessed hundreds of adults and children in personal injury litigation. I have worked as a consultant to a private fostering agency. In 2003 I completed the training in Family Assessment with Bentovim and Miller using the procedures they had developed for the DoH. I have relevant research experience, including supervising a trainee clinical psychologist’s dissertation on the assessment of personal injury claimants. This study provides data suggesting that PTSD symptoms improve following psychological intervention. The experience I have in providing psychological reports on people who have been involved in accidents includes those who feel they are suffering as a result of medical negligence.

I am a member of the Counselling in Companies’ Trauma Team. Members of this team completed the Understanding Trauma : Principles and Practice, at the Tavistock Clinic, October 1999 - July 2000. This team provides counselling services following traumatic incidents in clients’ work places or other settings. Up to five sessions are usually offered but longer term therapy can be arranged when necessary. I have recently completed the full EMDR (levels 1,2 and 3) with the CiC Trauma Team.

I am presently funded for one session per week for a research project investigating the relationship between mental health and the quality of people’s personal relationships/attachments. A pilot study has been completed and submitted for publication. A test-retest study of the CORE-OM and the Relationship questionnaire (RQ) has been completed and is being prepared for publication. The first data set for a longitudinal study comparing GP patients and mental health service patients on the CORE-OM and the RQ has been collected and scored



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

Training in ISTDP with Dr Patricia Coughlin see from 2006
EMDR Workshops EMDR Levels 1,2 and 3. Oct 2005 – April 2006
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



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
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 Yorkshire Association of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Member of the Hallam Institute of Psychotherapy
Member of the Institute of Family Therapy (London)
Registered as a Psychotherapist with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy
Member of the Expert Witness Institute
Member of the Society of Expert Witnesses


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, Counselling and Psychotherapy, 4 (2), 68-77.

December 2005, I reviewed a paper for the British Medical Journal.
April 2006. Opinion sought and quoted in a ‘news’ article in The Psychologist about 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 (in press).

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

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