Peter Afford

Visiting Lecturer

Professional Biography

Peter is a counsellor and psychotherapist in private practice in south London. He has been teaching since the 1980s, working as a therapist since 1993, and has taught and supervised on the ADIP course at Regent's University London since 2005.


  • MA Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy (University of East London)
  • PG Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling (Psychosynthesis Trust)
  • Focusing Trainer & Co-ordinator (Focusing Institute, New York)


  • Currently writing a book for Routledge, provisionally titled ‘Psychotherapy in the Age of Neuroscience’, due for publication in 2018
  • ‘Neuroscience and Psychological Change’ in G, Madison (ed.) Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy, Jessica Kingsley, London, 2014
  • Get Your Head Around The Thing Inside It, International Journal of Psychotherapy, Vol.11 No.1, 2007
  • Reflections on Being (Some Sort of) a Focusing-Oriented Therapist, Self & Society, Vol.33 No.2, 2005

Conference Papers Given

  • The Felt Sense, The Right Brain, and Other People’ at the Focusing International Conference, Cambridge, July 2017
  • A Scientific Theory of Focusing, a paper given at the Focusing International conference, May 2010
  • Neuroscience: Bags of Evidence for the Practice of Psychosynthesis, paper given at the Psychosynthesis Trust Research Conference, September 2009
  • Why Focusing Makes The Human Brain Work Properly, a paper given at the Focusing International conference, May 2008
  • Bodybrain: Focusing In The Light Of Neuroscience, a paper given at the Focusing International conference, May 2006

Research Interests

The relevance of neurobiology to psychotherapy.

Professional Affiliation(s)/Accreditation

  • UKCP
  • BACP
  • Focusing Institute & BFTA

Teaching & Course Development

  • Focusing and listening
  • Neuroscience for therapists