Professor Martin Milton

Martin Milton

Position: Professor of Counselling Psychology
Email: miltonm@regents.ac.uk
Faculty: Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences
School/institute(s): Regent's School of Psychotherapy and Psychology

Professional Biography

Martin gained his BA from the University of Natal, his BA (Hons) from the University of South Africa, his MA from Regent's School of Psychotherapy and Psychology at Regent's University London and his DPsych from City University (London). He was Senior Lecturer/former course director on the University of Surrey PsychD Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology. As a practitioner, Martin worked in the British National Health Service holding appointments as a Chartered Counselling Psychologist with the Kingston and District NHS Trust and as Consultant Psychologist in Psychotherapy with North East London Mental Health Trust. Martin now works in independent practice.

Martin has been involved in the British Psychological Society as a former Chair of the Division of Counselling Psychology as well as having serving on the Committee of the BPS Lesbian and Gay Psychology Section (now the Psychology of Sexualities Section). Martin is a member of the Editorial Board for Counselling Psychology Review, Existential Analysis, Ecopsychology, Psychology and Sexuality and Counselling Psychology Quarterly. He is a member of the International Advisory Board to Psychology of Sexualities Review and is assistant editor for the European Journal of Ecopsychology.

Martin is one of the recipients of the 2012 British Psychological Society Award for the promoting of equality of opportunity.

Qualifications

  • DPsych (Counselling Psychology), City University, London (2000)
  • Post-MA Clinical Supervision Programme, Regents University London (1996)
  • Statement of Equivalence to the British Psychological Society Diploma in Counselling Psychology, British Psychological Society (1994)
  • MA in the Psychology of Therapy and Counselling, Regent's School of Psychotherapy and Psychology (1993)
  • BA (Hons) Psychology, University of South Africa, (1991)
  • BA Psychology and Sociology, University of Natal, Durban, South Africa. (1985)

Relevant Past Employment

Independent practice in counselling psychology and psychotherapy (From 2004)

Former Academic appointments

Dept of Psychology, School of Human Sciences, University of Surrey:

  • Senior Lecturer, (2000 to 2013)
  • Senior Professional Tutor, (1999 to 2000)
  • Professional Tutor (1996 to 1999)

Former NHS appointments:

  • Consultant Psychologist in Psychotherapy. The Hedgecock Centre, North East London Mental Health Trust. (2001 to 2004).
  • Chartered Counselling Psychologist / Clinical Supervisor. Acre Rd Clinic, Kingston-Upon-Thames, (1994 to 2001).
  • Chartered Counselling Psychologist, Richmond, Twickenham and Roehampton NHS (1996 to 1997)

Professional Affiliation(s)/Accreditation

  • British Psychological Society: Chartered Psychologist, Associate Fellow, on the register of psychologists specialising in psychotherapy (Senior member with Foundation member status) and on the register of applied psychology practice supervisors.
  • United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy: Registration as Integrative Psychotherapist and as Existential Psychotherapist.
  • Health and Care Professions Council: Registration as a counselling psychologist.
  • Regents School of Psychotherapy and Psychology – Professional Member
    Society for Existential Analysis.

Teaching & Course Development

Martin is a former course director of the University of Surrey PsychD in psychotherapeutic and counselling psychology.

Research Supervision

Supervised Masters and Doctoral level projects at the University of Surrey from 1997 to the current time. Projects supervised included studies on meditation, evidence based practice, lesbian and gay psychology/psychotherapy, political dimensions of therapeutic practice, existential psychotherapy and the restorative power of the natural world.

Examining

  • Internal examiner at the University of Surrey.

External examiner for training programmes

  • Course External Examiner, (2007 to 2011), Glasgow University/ University of Strathclyde Practitioner Doctorate in Counselling Psychology.
  • Course External Examiner (2005 – 2011) New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling at Schiller University
  • Course External Examiner, (2001 to 2004), London Metropolitan University, Postgraduate Practitioner Diploma in Counselling Psychology.

External examiner for individual practitioner doctorates and/or PhD theses

  • Examined candidates at Metanoia Institute, on the University of Leicester Practitioner Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, on the DCounsPsych at the University of East London, a PsychD candidate at City University and a PsychD candidate at Regents University London RSPP
  • Examined PhD candidates at Roehampton University and City University. 

Research Interests

Lesbian and Gay Affirmative Psychotherapy, Political dimensions of Therapeutic Practice, Existential Psychotherapy and the restorative power of the Natural World

Publications

Edited Books:

  • Milton, M. (Ed) Sexuality: Existential perspectives, PCCS Books: Ross-on-Wye
  • Milton, M. (Ed) (2011) Diagnosis and beyond: Counselling psychology contributions to understanding human distress, PCCS books.
  • Milton, M. (Ed) (2010) The Consulting Room and Beyond: Counselling Psychology Contributions to Therapeutic and Social Issues, WileyBlackwell. Chichester

Book chapters:

  • Introduction: Sexuality: Debates and controversies in M. Milton, Sexuality: Existential perspectives, PCCS Books: Ross-on-Wye
  • Epilogue, in M. Milton, Sexuality: Existential perspectives, PCCS Books: Ross-on-Wye
  • Spry-Leverton, A. and Milton, M. Is honesty the best policy? Sexual Attraction in therapy, in M. Luca (Ed) Sexual Attraction in Therapy
  • Atcheson, L. and Milton, M.(2012) Phobias: Extreme fear in everyday situations, in Milton, M. (Ed) (2011) Diagnosis and beyond: Counselling psychology contributions to understanding human distress, PCCS books.
  • Milton, M. (2010) Fundamentals of counselling psychology, in M. Milton (Ed) Therapy and beyond: Counselling psychology contributions to therapeutic and social issues, Wiley Blackwell: Chichester
  • Milton, M. (2010) Models of practice, in M. Milton (Ed) Therapy and beyond: Counselling psychology contributions to therapeutic and social issues, Wiley Blackwell: Chichester
    Milton, M. (2010) Counselling psychology and the wider world, in M. Milton (Ed) Therapy and beyond: Counselling psychology contributions to therapeutic and social issues, Wiley Blackwell: Chichester
  • Milton, M., Craven, M. and Coyle, A. (2010) Understanding human distress: Moving beyond the concept of ‘psychopathology', in M. Milton (Ed) Therapy and beyond: Counselling psychology contributions to therapeutic and social issues, Wiley Blackwell: Chichester
  • Milton, M. (2010) Coming home to roost: Counselling psychology and the natural world, in M. Milton (Ed) Therapy and beyond: Counselling psychology contributions to therapeutic and social issues, Wiley Blackwell: Chichester
    Hicks, C. and Milton, M. (2010) Sexual identities: Meanings for counselling psychology practice, in R. Woolfe, S. Strawbridge, B. Douglas and W. Dryden (Eds) Handbook of Counselling Psychology, Sage: London
  • Milton, M. (2009) ‘Supervision' as we know it: An existential impossibility –in E. van Deurzen and S. Young (eds) Existential Perspectives on Supervision in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke
  • Milton, M. (2007) Being Sexual: Existential Contributions to Psychotherapy with Gay Male Clients, in E. Peel, V. Clarke and J. Drescher (Eds) British Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Psychologies: Theory, Research and Practice, The Haworth Medical Press, Binghampton, NY
  • Milton, M. (2006) Evidence-based Practice: Issues for Psychotherapy, in D. Lowenthal and D. Winter (Eds) What is Psychotherapeutic Research? London: Karnac.
  • Milton, M. (2005) The Ethics (or Not) of Evidence-Based Practice, in R. Tribe and J. Morrissey (Eds) Handbook of Professional and Ethical Practice for Psychologists, Counsellors and Psychotherapists, Hove: Brunner-Routledge.
  • Milton, M. (2005) Political and Ideological Issues, in E. van Deurzen and C. Penhallow (Eds) Existential perspectives on human issues: A handbook for therapeutic practice. Palgrave Macmillan.
    Milton, M. and Coyle, A. (2003) Sexual Identity: Affirmative Practice with Lesbian and Gay Clients, in R.Woolfe, S. Strawbridge and W. Dryden (Eds) Handbook of Counselling Psychology (2nd edition), London: Sage.
  • Milton, M, Coyle, and Legg, C. (2002) Defining the Domain, In A. Coyle and C. Kitzinger (eds), Lesbian and Gay Psychology: New Perspectives. BPS Blackwell.
  • Milton, M. (2001) Supervision: Researching Therapeutic Practice, Integrative Approaches to Supervision, (eds) M. Carroll and M. Tholstrup, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London.
  • Milton, M. (2000) Existential-Phenomenological Psychotherapy, in D. Davies and C. Neal (Eds) Therapeutic Perspectives on Working with Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Clients, Buckingham, Open University Press. 39-53.
  • Milton, M. (1997) Roberto: Living with HIV - Issues of Meaning and Relationship in HIV Related Psychotherapy, S. Du Plock, (ed) (1997) Case Studies in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling, Wiley, Chichester, 42-58

Journal Articles:

  • Sexuality: Where counselling psychology and existential theory come together, submitted to Counselling Psychology Review
  • Milton, M. Eco and Queer Psychologies: Natural allies to resist ‘Othering’, EcopsychologMilton, M. (2014) Moffie, The Psychologist
  • Milton, M. (2013) Report from the Greek-Swedish Joint Conference on ‘Existence and Psychotherapy’, Hermaneutic Circular, October 2013
  • Spedding, S. and Milton, M. (2013). The body, the book and the organisation: Towards a post-structuralist understanding of anorexia nervosa and its treatment in a clinical setting, Counselling Psychology Review, 28(3):
  • Heckert, J., Milton, M. and Barker, M. (2012) Editorial: Queering ecopsychology, European Journal of Ecopsychology, 3: 1-4
  • Milton, M. (2012) From Hogwarts to the boxing ring: Courage, creativity and psychological wellbeing, Counselling Psychology Review.
  • Knowlson, T and Milton, M. (2012) Some of my best friends are psychoanalysts, Psychology of Sexualities Review.
  • Head, S and Milton, M. ‘Intimate partner violence within the LGBT community: What is the UK situation? Psychology of Sexualities Review
  • Corbett, L and Milton, M. ‘Ecopsychology: A Perspective on Trauma', the European Journal of Ecopsychology, 2: 28-47
  • Milton, M. (2011) Holding the tension: Relational perspectives in counselling psychology practice, Psychology Aotearoa,, v3 (2): 104-107.
  • Milton, M. (2011) Response to Moller (2011): ‘Diversity' still requires epistemological clarity, Counselling Psychology Review, 26 (3): 89-91
  • Corbett, L. and Milton, M. (2011) ‘Existential Therapy: A Useful Approach to Trauma?' Counselling Psychology Review, 26 (1), pp 66-78
  • Favali, V. and Milton, M. (2010) ‘Disabled Horse-Rider's Experience of Horse-Riding: Exploring the Therapeutic Benefits of Contact with Animals' Existential Analysis, 21.2: pp 251-262.
  • Fletcher, R. and Milton, M. (2010) Have you ever wondered what it might be like to try and cuddle a tiger? An interpretative phenomenological analysis of practitioners' experiences of aggression. Existential Analysis, 21.1: pp 23-36.
  • Milton, M. (2009) "Waking up to Nature: A new direction for psychological practice" Ecopsychology, 1 (1): pp 1-6
  • Fletcher, R. and Milton, M. (2009) Being Aggressive: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of Kung Fu Practitioners' Experience of Aggression –Existential Analysis pp 20.1: 20-34
  • Milton, M. (2008) Expectations of Supervision: Everything to everyone? … or ‘nothing to no-one? –Counselling Psychology Review Occasional Papers, August 2008
    Higley, N. and Milton, M. (2008) Our connection to the Earth: A neglected relationship in counselling psychology, Special Issue of Counselling Psychology Review, (23.2) May 2008
  • Milton, M. (2008) Wisdom from the Wilderness, Special Issue of Counselling Psychology Review, (23.2) May 2008
  • Milton, M. (2008) In conversation: Martin Milton with Jonathan Scott (23.2) Special Issue of Counselling Psychology Review, (23.2) May 2008
    Milton, M. (2008) In conversation: Martin Milton with Ian McCallum (23.2) Special Issue of Counselling Psychology Review, (23.2) May 2008
  • Milton, M and Gillies, F, (2007) From Biology to Being: Evolutionary theory and existential practice. Existential Analysis
  • Fletcher, R and Milton, M. (2007) Being Aggressive: An existential-phenomenological critique of the psychological literature on Human Aggression, Existential Analysis
  • Milton, M. (2007) Being Sexual: Existential Contributions to Psychotherapy with Gay Male Clients, Journal of Gay and Lesbian Psychotherapy. V11, 1/2
  • Wilkes, R and Milton, M, (2006) Being an Existential Therapist: An IPA study of existential therapists' experiences, Existential Analysis, 17.1. pp 71-83. Jan 2006.
    Milton, M. (2006) Reflections on the Past: Thoughts about the future, Counselling Psychology Review, Feb 2006
  • Milton, M. (2006) ‘What you want, when you want it' Relating in the age of Gaydar! Lesbian and Gay Psychology Review. Vol 7 (3): 306-309
  • Milton, M (2005) Transformation: A Fighter's Perspective, Counselling Psychology Review. Counselling Psychology Review. 20 (1) 2-10.
  • Milton, M., Coyle, A. and Legg, C. (2005) Counter-transference Issues in Psychotherapy with Lesbian and Gay Clients, European Journal of Psychotherapy, Counselling and Health, 7 (3) 181-198.
  • Milton, M (2005) Political developments and the evolution of Counselling Psychology, Counselling Psychology Review, Counselling Psychology Review 20(4) 41-43.
    Milton, M (2004) Being a Fighter: ‘It's a whole state of being', Existential Analysis. January 2004
  • Milton, M (2004) Being a Fighter II: ‘It's a positive thing around my male friends', Existential Analysis.
  • Milton, M (2004) Homosexuality and Psychoanalysis: New Directions – New York Style, Lesbian and Gay Psychology Review.
  • Milton, M (2004) ‘Talking Point: ‘If you swim, … you get wet!' Counselling Psychology Review,
  • Milton, M (2004) Existential Psychotherapy and HIV, Focus: A guide to AIDS research and counselling, 19(5): 5-6.
  • Milton, M. (2003) Guest Editor for Special Issue of Counselling Psychology Review on Evidence Based Practice. August 2003.
  • Milton, M. (2003) Psychotherapy and Sexuality: A New Era? Proceedings of the Malta Union of Professional Psychologists Biennial Conference
  • Milton, M. (2003) ‘Talking Point: Hang on, Let me have a think …', for Counselling Psychology Review
  • Milton, M. (2003) The Call of the Wild: Lessons from Natural History, Counselling Psychology Review. 18 (1): 3-11.
  • Milton, M., Charles, L., Judd, D., O'Brien, Tipney, A. and Turner, A. (2003) The Existential-Phenomenological Paradigm: The Importance for Integration, Existential Analysis
    Milton, M., Charles, L., Judd, D, O'Brien, Tipney, A. and Turner, A. (2002) The Existential-Phenomenological Paradigm: The Importance for Integration, Counselling Psychology Review.
  • Milton, M. (2002) Evidence-Based Practice: Issues for Psychotherapy, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.
  • Milton, M. and Corrie, S. (2002) Exploring the Place of Technical and Implicit Knowledge in Therapy, Critical Psychology, Psychotherapy and Counselling.
  • Cedro, K. and Milton, M. (2002) Cooperation Transcends Difference: Reflections on Therapeutic Work with a Gay Client, Lesbian and Gay Psychology Review
  • Milton, M. and Legg, C. (2001) Politics in Psychotherapy: Therapists' responses to political material, Counselling Psychology Quarterly.
  • Devine, W. and Milton, M. (2001) Youth Groups for Young Gay Men: A Case study. Lesbian and Gay Psychology Review
  • Milton, M. (2001) Counselling Psychology Placements: Reflections from the Health Service, Counselling Psychology Review
  • Milton, M. (2001) One Tends to Complain of Discomfort But Relish the Memory of Hardship: ‘Being' in the Wild, Journal of the Society for Existential Analysis. 12.2: 230-244
  • Milton, M (2001) Recent Research on Suicide: Issues for British Counselling Psychologists, Counselling Psychology Review, 16: 28-33.
  • Coyle, A, Milton, M and Annesley, P, (2001) The Silencing of Lesbian and Gay Voices in Psycho – ‘therapeutic' texts, training and Practice. In M.C. Steffens and U. Biechele (Eds) Annual Review of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Issues in European Psychology, V1: 95-124.
  • Judd, D. and Milton, M. (2001) Psychotherapy with Lesbian and Gay Clients: Existential-Phenomenological Contributions to Training, Lesbian and Gay Psychology Review, 2(1): 16-23
  • Corrie, S. and Milton, M. (2000) The Relationship Between Existential-Phenomenological and Cognitive-Behavioural Therapies, European Journal of Psychotherapy, Counselling and Health. V3 (1), pp7-24
  • Milton, M. (2000) Is Existential Psychotherapy A Lesbian and Gay Affirmative Psychotherapy? Journal of the Society for Existential Analysis,

Conference Papers Given

  • Milton, M. (2013) Sexuality: Existential perspectives, Paper for presentation to the conference, London,  October, 2013.
  • Milton, M. and Strasser, A. (2013) ‘The Everyday in Therapy’, a workshop presented at the Joint Greek-Swedish Conference on ‘Existence and Psychotherapy’, August, Karpathos, Greece.
  • Milton, M. (2013) ‘Sexuality: Debates and controversies’, a paper presented at the Joint Greek-Swedish Conference on ‘Existence and Psychotherapy’, August, Karpathos, Greece.
  • Milton, M. (2013) From Stonewall to the consulting room: Anger, equality and sexual difference,, Award winner’s address on the occasion of receiving the British Psychological Society Award for the Promoting of Equality of Opportunity, British Psychological Society Annual Conference, Harrogate, Yorkshire, April, 2013.
  • Milton, M. (2012) Diagnosis and Beyond: Counselling psychology contributions to understanding human distress, November 28th, 2012, Confer
  • Milton (2012) From Hogwarts to the Boxing Ring: Courage, creativity and psychological wellbeing, Invited keynote address to the British Psychological Society Division of Counselling Psychology Annual Conference, Leicester, July 2012.
  • Milton, M. (2011) Ecopsychology, Invited talk to the Society for Psychotherapy
  • Milton, M. (2011) Holding the tension: Relational perspectives in counselling psychology practice, Invited Keynote Talk to the New Zealand Psychological Society, August, 2011
    Milton, (2011) Mis-match? Or perfect opportunity? Working with difference, Invited workshop to the New Zealand Psychological Society, August, 2011
  • Milton, M (2011) Convened a workshop at the BPS Division of Counselling Psychology Conference in Bristol. Entitled: Therapy and Beyond: Pluralism and the Profession . Contributors included Drs Donal McAteer, Terry Boucher, Elena Manafi and Riccardo Draghi-Lorenz
  • Milton, M. (2011) Contributing speaker to the MILES Collaboration Cafe event on Evolution, University of Surrey (July 12th)
  • Milton, M (2009) New Directions in Psychological Practice, invited talk to the Psychotherapy and Politics conference Glasgow May 2009.
  • Milton, M. (2008) Gaia: Elephant in the (Consulting) Room - Invited talk to the Annual General Meeting of the British Psychological Society Division of Counselling Psychology. June 6th.
  • Sequoira, H. and Milton, M. (2008) Making the most of your work, a workshop to the Joint conference of the Divisions of Counselling Psychology of the British Psychological Society and the Psychological Society of Ireland. June 20th.
  • Milton, M. (2008) From the Self Contained Individual to a Truly Relational Practice: Convener and Chair of a Symposium to the Joint conference of the Divisions of Counselling Psychology of the British Psychological Society and the Psychological Society of Ireland. June 21st.
  • Milton, M. (2008) Being-in-the-(Natural)-World: A workshop at the Society of Existential Analysis annual conference, October 4th
  • Milton, M. (2007) Restorative powers of the Natural World, invited talk to the Warwick University Psychology Department
  • Milton, M. (2007) Pondering Ambivalence: Science, Research and Counselling Psychology, Keynote address to London Metropolitan University first annual counselling psychology conference, November
  • Milton M. (2007) Sexuality – workshop offered to Mombasa Youth Counselling Center, Mombasa Kenya
  • Milton M. (2007) Counselling Skills – workshop offered to Mombasa Youth Counselling Center, Mombasa Kenya
  • Milton, M. (2005) Pals After Punch-ups: An Interpretative phenomenological analysis of fighters, friendships and relationships. Paper delivered to the BPS Division of Counselling Psychology, April 2nd.
  • Milton, M. (2005) Liberal Confessions of the Worst Kind: Reflections on the place of the therapists own sexuality, Invited keynote talk to the joint conference of the BPS Lesbian and Gay Psychology Section and BPS Psychotherapy Section entitled ‘Contemporary Developments in Psychotherapy'. May 21st.
  • Milton, M. (2003) Doing Violence to Being: Concerns for Counselling Psychology, Keynote Talk to the Annual Conference of the Division of Counselling Psychology, May 2003.
  • Milton, M. (2002) Sexuality and the Therapeutic Relationship, Invited presentation to the Society of Psychotherapy, October 9th, 2002.
  • Milton, M. (2002) Evidence-based practice: The Nature and Meanings of ‘Evidence', submitted to the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy Research Conference, May 2002
  • Milton, M. (2002) Psychotherapy and Sexuality: A New Era? Invited Keynote address to the Fifth Biennial Conference of the Malta Union of Professional Psychologists.
  • Milton, M. (2002) Lesbian and Gay Affirmative Psychotherapy, presented to the North East London Mental Health Trust Department of Clinical and Counselling Psychology, February 13th, 2002.
  • Coyle, A. Milton, M. and Legg, C. (2002) Heterosexism in Reports of Psychotherapists Countertransference with Lesbian and Gay Clients, British Psychological Society, Blackpool.
  • Milton, M. and Annesley, P. (2002) Working with Lesbian and Gay Clients, Workshop to the University of Plymouth PsychD in Community and Clinical Psychology.
  • Milton, M. (2002) Evidence-based practice: The Nature and Meanings of ‘Evidence', British Psychological Society Annual Division of Counselling Psychology conference, May 2002
  • Gillies, F. and Milton, M. (2002) Putting People in Their Place: Evolutionary Psychology and the Counselling Psychologist, British Psychological Society Annual Division of Counselling Psychology conference, May 2002
  • Milton, M. (2002) Being-in-the-Wild: Living with Nature, British Psychological Society for the Annual Division of Counselling Psychology conference, May 2002
  • Milton, M. and Annesley, P. (2001) Working with Lesbian and Gay Clients, Workshop to the University of Exeter PsychD in Community and Clinical Psychology.
  • Milton, M., Coyle, A., and Legg, C. (2001) Countertransference Issues in Psychotherapy with Lesbian and Gay Clients: A Grounded Analysis, Centenary Conference of the British Psychological Society.
  • Milton, M., Coyle, A., and Legg, C. (2001) Psychotherapeutic Stances to Lesbian and Gay Sexuality: A Grounded Analysis, Centenary Conference of the British Psychological Society.
  • Milton, M. and Annesley P. (2000) Working with Lesbian and Gay Clients, Workshop to the University of Exeter PsychD in Community and Clinical Psychology.
  • Milton, M. and Judd D. (2000) Training Psychologists to Work with Lesbian and Gay Clients: An Existential-Phenomenological Perspective, BPS Lesbian and Gay Psychology Section Inaugural Conference, University of Surrey, July 18th.

Last updated: 05 October 2015