Christine Stevens has been involved in psychotherapy and counselling since 1987. Her doctorate led into academic work, designing a master’s programme in Gestalt psychotherapy, and more recently a second masters in pastoral counselling.
She is academic advisor for the Doctorate in Psychotherapy at the Metanoia Institute in London, where she has been internal examiner for the University of Middlesex. She has also examined for Nottingham and Derby Universities.
Her interest in training has given her a long-standing teaching role within the Gestalt Institute in Slovenia (GITA) and she supervises a placement focussing on short-term Gestalt therapy which has been running in Nottingham since 2000.
In 2016 she co-edited Making Research Matter with her colleague Stephen Goss, featuring practice-based research in psychotherapy and counselling. She also created the design used on the cover. The book contains chapters by recent doctoral graduates showing how their work has made a real difference.
For over ten years she has been the editor of the British Gestalt Journal, a peer-reviewed publication with international contributors and readership.
Her own practice as a psychotherapist is enlivened by her academic and training activities. In 2014 she achieved a first-class honours degree in Fine Art. She has written on the use of creativity in therapy sessions with individual clients and couples.