Hugh Palmer UKCP Registered Systemic Psychotherapist
26 Gus Walker Drive
01759 307833 / 07765 694167
I am a UKCP Registered Systemic Psychotherapist, based in Pocklington, a market town nestled in the Yorkshire Wolds with easy road access from York, Beverley and Hull.
I offer private and confidential psychotherapy for individuals, couples and families and supervision and training for professionals and organisations.
I am recognised by BUPA and Aviva as a provider of psychotherapy and have a long track record in both training and providing psychotherapy. I was a lecturer at the University of Leeds from 1994-2000, and after a couple of years working in New Zealand, lectured at the University of Hull from 2003-2012. I recently taught on the Masters in Relationship Therapy for the Relate Institute, and still have a close relationship with Relate as a tutor (Relationship Counselling and Family Counselling) and have developed several on-line CPD courses for them.
I currently work one day a week in the NHS as a Systemic Psychotherapist (Family Therapist) in an adult service. I have previously worked in both outpatient and inpatient Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.
How I work
As a systemic psychotherapist, I work with individuals, couples and families, and abide by the Association of Family Therapy’s code of ethics and practice.
I am happy to work with people regardless of their abilities, age, gender, culture and orientation and actively support anti-discriminatory practice.
It is important to state here that I find most psychiatric diagnoses and labels can be at best, double edged, and at worst, damaging. Diagnoses do not reflect that most of us experience distress, and that much emotional distress emerges from the context of our lives rather than something 'wrong' inside us.
I work with individuals (adults, children and young people) using a systemic orientated collaborative approach, and can help with a range of difficulties, including:
- Anxiety and Depression
- Severe mental illness (including psychosis, mood disorder)
- Bereavement and loss
- Issues related to sexuality
- Eating disorders
I teach on the Relate courses on Relationship Therapy, and have a lot of experience working with couples who are experiencing relationship difficulties, including separation, divorce or working on major differences and decisions impacting upon the relationship.
Family and Couple Therapy
Systemic Family Therapy helps people in a close relationship help each other. It enables family members, couples and others who care about each other to express and explore difficult thoughts and emotions safely, to understand each other’s experiences and views, appreciate each other’s needs, build on strengths and make useful changes in their relationships and their lives. Individuals, couples and families can find Family Therapy helpful, as an opportunity to reflect on important relationships and find ways forward.
Research shows Family Therapy is useful for children, young people and adults experiencing a very wide range of difficulties and experiences.
Family Therapy aims to be:
- Inclusive and considerate of the needs of each member of the family and/or other key relationships (systems) in people’s lives
- Recognise and build on peoples’ strengths and relational resources
- Work in partnership ‘with’ families and others, not ‘on’ them
- Sensitive to diverse family forms and relationships, beliefs and cultures
- Enable people to talk, together or individually, often about difficult or distressing issues, in ways that respect their experiences, invite engagement and support recovery.
Research shows family therapy is effective for a range of issues:
- Couple relationship difficulties
- Child and adolescent mental health issues
- Adult mental health issues
- Child, adolescent and adult behaviour difficulties
- Parenting issues
- Illness and disability in the family
- Separation, divorce and step-family life
- Anorexia, bulimia and other eating disorders
- Fostering, adoption, kinship care and the needs of ‘looked after’ children
- Domestic violence and abuse
- Drug and alcohol misuse
- The effects of trauma
- Difficulties related to ageing and other life cycle changes
Training, qualifications & experience
- PG CERT Clinical Supervision for CYP-IAPT Programmes 2014
- MSc Systemic Family Therapy 2007
- Bsc (Hons) Nursing Studies (1st class) 1997
- Certificate in Education 1994
- Registered Mental Health Nurse 1988
- Registered General Nurse 1983
I am registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and a member of the Association of Family Therapy (AFT)
I have many years experience working with young people and adults individually, in couples or as families, with a wide range of presenting difficulties.
As well as many years in private practice, I have worked as a systemic psychotherapist in the NHS in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (both inpatient and outpatient services) and Adult services.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Personality disorders
Photos & videos
My usual fee is £80 per hour, however, concessions are available for students and unemployed – please call me to discuss your circumstances because I feel that therapy should be available to everyone.
Palmer, H. (2017). Fourfould Vision in Practice: Data, Theory, Intuition and the Art of Therapy. Human Systems: The Journal of Therapy, Consultation and Training. 28:1.
Palmer, H. (2017). Bereavement and grief counselling. In Chambers, M. (ed) Psychiatric and mental health nursing: The craft of caring. CRC Press.
Palmer, H. (2016). Fourfold Vision and cybernetic unity: Therapist as scientist, theorist, humanist and artist. In “Systemic Therapy as Transformative Practice” Edited by Gail Simon & Imelda McCarthy. Everything is Connected Press.
Palmer, H. (2014). Steps towards fourfold vision: From the myth of power to a cybernetic unity of healing. Context, Warrington: AFT.
White, J., Welbourn,T., Howe, M., Burton, N., Palmer, H., Flanagan, T. Slee, C., Glenister, D. & Barkley, I. (2011). Mental Health Nursing. In Birchenall, P. & Adams, N. (Eds) The Nursing Companion. London: Palgrave Macmillan
Palmer, H. & Palmer, S. (2010). Comfortable, not numb. Context, Warrington: AFT.
Palmer, H. (2009) Between the material and supernatural: Therapeutic implications of bereaved individuals’ experience of contact with the deceased person. Context, Warrington: AFT.
Palmer, H. & Samociuk, S. (2000). Support and Supervision. In Wilson, H. & McAndrew, S. (eds)Sexual Health: Foundations for Practice. London: Balliere Tindall.
Palmer, H. (1998). Exploring sexuality and sexual health in nursing. Professional Nurse 14(1) 15-17
Palmer, H. (1996). Nursing care of gay men with HIV related malignancy Journal of Cancer Care 5163-167
Palmer, H. (1995). Clinical Supervision for Nurses Working with People with HIV/AIDS Professional Nurse 11(1) 20-22
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am able to offer daytime, evening and weekend appointments to make therapy as accessible as possible. Please contact me for availability.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|