Jonathan Wyatt

Senior Lecturer & Director of Counselling and Psychotherapy

  • School of Health in Social Science
  • Counselling, Psychotherapy and Applied Social Sciences

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Doorway 6, Medical Quad, Teviot Place

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Jonathan trained as a counsellor, part-time, at the Isis Centre in Oxford and Oxford Brookes University, completing his MSc in 2001. For ten years, until July 2011, he worked one day a week in the NHS as a counsellor in primary care and, until moving to Edinburgh in September 2013, ran a small private counselling and supervision practice. He originally worked as an English teacher, then subsequently in youth and community work, before moving into staff development and training (most recently as Head of Professional Development at the University of Oxford).

He completed his doctorate at Bristol in narrative and life story research in 2008. Jonathan is an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and a member of the International Association of Qualitative Inquiry, the Narrative Inquiry Centre at Bristol and the Centre for Arts Therapies Research, Roehampton.

Undergraduate teaching

  • Programme director - Professional Doctorate in Psychotherapy and Counselling
  • Between Counselling and Research, parts 1 & 2 
  • Ethics in Counselling Practice  
  • Autoethnographic Research Methods in the Social Sciences

Research summary

Jonathan’s research examines the entanglement of self and other within and beyond the therapeutic encounter; and it troubles what we mean by ‘self’ and ‘other’. He undertakes this research through autoethnography (or, better, 'assemblage/ethnography'), collaborative writing as inquiry and, latterly, through bringing these together with dance/movement, performance and film. His work connects the dots between collaborative inquiry in the context of research and collaborative inquiry in the context of therapy, searching for – and doubting – the transformative resources in each.

He grapples with the ethics of what is his to tell: how to write stories of the counsellor – and the son, husband, father, brother, friend – ‘becoming’ in and with relationships and spaces. He’s working at an approach to theorizing experiential accounts without depersonalizing them.

His research examines the links between research and therapeutic practice, provides exemplars to write with and against, and makes explicit some methodological possibilities and limitations.

Current research interests

Jonathan's newest research interest concerns the links between counselling, stand-up, and writing. He recently made his stand-up debut at The Stand in Edinburgh, as part of 'Bright Club' - an occasional evening of academics doing stand-up about their research. Jonathan is involved in a number of research collaborations: with Ken Gale (Plymouth) in a continuation of their work on Deleuzian collaborative inquiry, including a current special issue of the journal, Cultural Studie Critical Methodologies; with Ken Gale, Susanne Gannon and Bronwyn Davies on a chapter on collaboration for the next Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research; with Tony Adams on a book of autoethnographies of child/parent relationships ("On (Writing) Families); two edited collections with Jane Speedy, the first about collaborative writing and the second on creative practiioner inquiry; and, with Beatrice Allegranti (Roehampton) on a practice-based interdisciplinary research project, Moving Voices, which explores the boundaries between the art form, therapy and performance. With Jane Speedy and Nell Bridges from the University of Bristol and Ken Gale, he was part of an ESCalate project to develop online resources on collaborative writing for early career researchers and faculty: He is principal investigator, with Dagmar Alexander, on a funded project (through the Principal's Teaching Award Scheme): 'Developing doctoral students as (collaborative) writers'.

Research activities

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