Dr Guy Holmes


Psychology Degree (1982-85). Birmingham University. B.Sc. Hons 2 (i).
Clinical Psychology Training (Doctorate Course) (1992-95). Birmingham University.
Clin.Psy. D.
Manchester Course in Group Psychotherapy (1996-97). Group Analysis North
(Institute of Group Analysis).
Introductory Course in Psychotherapy (1998-99). Philadelphia Association.
Developing Consultancy Skills: Using a systems-psychodynamics approach (2004-
05). Cassel Hospital Management and Leadership in Mental Health Services
Vipassana Meditation 10-day course. June 2010.
CPD residential training in supervision (1997-2009). Universities of Birmingham, Coventry and Warwick, Keele and Staffordshire.
Numerous conferences and CPD events attended 1990-.


Specialist individual work:

Psychotherapy with people who hear voices and/or have unusual (sometimes called ‘delusional’) beliefs
Alternatives to psychiatry for people with severe difficulties
Working with male and female victims of sexual abuse
Reactions to extreme trauma
Helping people who have had early experiences of neglect and abuse
Working with suicidal people and people who self-harm
Power mapping and assisting social interventions
The introjection of a capacity to think
Existential psychotherapy and meaning making
Helping people withdraw from psychotropic medication
Healing iatrogenic damage and the effects of stigma

Specialist groupwork:

Group psychotherapy with people with severe problems
Complex Reactions to Severe Trauma group
Group therapy with men who have a long history of involvement with psychiatric services
Chair Core Recovery Consultancy Group 2007-13
Balint Group for G.P.s
Facilitation of groups in community settings (
Psychology in the Real World) see www.psychologyintherealworld.co.uk :
Thinking about Medication
Out of the Box (Coming off Medication)
Understanding Ourselves and Others
The Black Dog: Understanding Depression
Toxic Mental Environments
Walk and Talk
The Writing Group
This is Madness
Bipolar Explorers



Some Conference Presentations:

Holmes G. (1996) Clinical psychology and what service users want. DCP Affiliates National Conference, Manchester.

Holmes, G., and Crepaz-Keay, D. (1999)
Getting your ideas published. National
MIND Conference, Blackpool.

Holmes, G. (2001)
Why clinical psychologists should not take the role of clinical supervisors under a new mental health act. BPS Professional Affairs Board Conference on the Mental Health Act, BPS Headquarters, London.

Stenfert Kroese, B. & Holmes, G. (2001) Problems with psychiatric diagnosis and drugs in the area of learning disabilities. Therapeutics in Learning Disabilities National Conference, Leicester.

Holmes, G. & Newnes, C. (2002)
Service user friendly research. West Midlands Assistant Psychologists’ Conference, Birmingham.

Holmes, G. (2002)
Why clinical psychologists should not have formal powers under the new mental health act. DCP North Thames Conference, BPS Headquarters, London.

Holmes, G. & Hudson, M. (2002)
Coming off medication. National MIND Conference, Cardiff.

Holmes, G. & Newnes, C. (2004)
Thinking about Community Psychology. National Community Psychology Conference, Birmingham.

Holmes, G. & Newnes, C. (2004)
Should clinical psychologists have prescription rights? East Midlands Regional Clinical Psychology Conference, Leicester.

Holmes, G. (2005)
Helping People Come Off Neuroleptics. National MIND Conference: Coping With Coming Off, London.

Holmes, G. (2005)
Madness, Medication, the Mental Health Act and Me. DCP Affiliates National Conference, University of Glamorgan.

Holmes G. (2007)
Changes in People. West Midlands Clinical Psychology Training Course 40th Anniversary Conference. University of Birmingham.

Holmes, G. (2008)
Psychology in the Real World: Community based groupwork. Beyond Cognitivism: West Midlands Community Psychology Conference. Birmingham.

Holmes, G. (2008)
Psychology in the Real World: Toxic Mental Environments. Psychosis in Context Conference. Nottingham.

Holmes, G. & Evans, N (2009)
The variety of outcomes of community-based groupwork. Network for Change 21st Anniversary Conference. Leicester.

Holmes, G. & Evans, N (2009)
Community-based groupwork in the ‘modern’ NHS. Division of Clinical Psychology Psychosis and Complex Mental Health Faculty Annual Conference. London.

Holmes, G (2010)
Can assertive outreach teams be involved in helping people to come off psychiatric drugs? East Midlands Conference on Assertive Outreach. Nottingham.

Coakley, C, Evans, N, Holmes, G and Upton, J (2010)
Walk and Talk. Service User Involvement Celebration Conference. Newport.

Holmes, G. & Evans, N. (2011)
Walk and Talk. 1st International Conference on the Multi-Dimensions of Well-Being. University of Central England.

Holmes, G. & Evans, N. (2012)
Medication Groups. Medication Conference, York.


Course Tutor: Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy Course (1996-97)
Course Director: Thinking about Psychiatry Course (1997-98)
Course Director: Feeling Stressed and Under Pressure (1998)

Training provided nationally and internationally on community-based groupwork e.g.
Psychology in the Real World courses/groups

Honorary Lecturer at Birmingham University (1996- ), Coventry and Warwick University (2000-) and Staffordshire University (2004-). Visiting lecturer at other universities. Lecturing on Clinical Psychology Doctorate Training Programmes and Social Work Training (BA and MA) programmes, on medication, diagnosis, critical psychology, harmful clinical psychology, group interventions in community settings, groupwork, attachment theory, psychodynamic theories and practice.

Numerous half-day and one-day training, in various formats (lectures, seminars, experiential training) at universities, conferences and training events in Shropshire and other parts of the U.K. and Ireland. Participants have included: community mental health workers (e.g. social workers, nurses, people in the voluntary sector), psychiatrists, G.P.s, psychologists, inpatient staff, admin workers, service users, relatives, patients’ council volunteers. Topics include:

Audit and people who ‘get better’
Attachment theory and implications for services
Anti-Psychiatry and alternatives to psychiatry
Coming off medication
Dilemmas in mental health work
Ending issues
Harmful clinical psychology
Histories of mental health: harm conducted in the name of help
Interpersonal cognitive therapy and the Inner Critic
Is ‘Borderline Personality Disorder’ better defined as ‘common reactions to having been abused’?
Listening skills
Mental health, psychology and psychiatry
Men who commit suicide and violence
Professional boundaries
Psychodynamic psychotherapy and Malan’s triangles
Post-traumatic stress reactions
Power and empowerment
Problem formulation
Recovery and power
Research into therapy
Responding to distressed and demanding people
Responding to the needs of young men
Risk assessment and management
How G.P.s might say no to patients’ unreasonable requests
Service user friendly research
Sexual abuse
Should clinical psychologists have prescription rights?
Service users’ views of services
The Unbearable Lightness of Language
Thinking about psychiatry: diagnosis and drugs
Using common sense and personal experience to help people
‘What is Called Thinking’ in therapy and supervision?
Why don’t we see people forever?


Research Papers:

Holmes, G. & Offen, L. (1996). Clinicians’ hypotheses regarding clients’ problems: are they less likely to hypothesise sexual abuse in male compared to female clients? Child Abuse and Neglect, 20, 493-501.

Holmes, G. (1996). Bringing about change in a psychiatric hospital: the Patients’ Council two years on.
Clinical Psychology Forum, 95, 25-28.

Holmes, G. & Offen, L. (1996). Clinical Psychologists’ perceptions of psychological distress: gender issues and the ‘medicalisation’ of clients.
Clinical Psychology Forum, 97, 27-31.

Holmes, G. & Newnes, C. (1996). Medication – the holy water of psychiatry.
Open Mind, 82, 14-15.

Holmes, G., Offen, L., & Waller, G. (1997). See no evil, hear no evil speak no evil: why do relatively few male victims of childhood sexual abuse receive help for abuse-related issues in adulthood?
Clinical Psychology Review, 17, 69-88.

Holmes, G., & Perrin, A. (1997). Countertransference.
Psychodynamic Counselling, 3, 263-277.

Holmes, G., & Toulson, A. (1998). Learning from Admin Workers.
Care: The Journal of Practice and Development, 6, 39-44.

Holmes, G., Dawson, O., Waltho, D., Beaty, J., & Newnes, C. (1998). User views of two psychiatric day hospitals.
Psychiatric Bulletin, 22, 362-364.

Goodwin, I., Holmes, G., Newnes, C., & Waltho, D. (1999). A qualitative analysis of the views of in-patient mental health service users.
Journal of Mental Health, 8, 43-54.

Stenfert Kroese, B., Dewhurst, D. & Holmes, G. (2001) Diagnosis and Drugs: Help or hindrance when people with learning difficulties have psychological problems
? British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 29, 26-33.

Holmes, G. (2001) So Farewell then, CMHTs.
Clinical Psychology, 6, 7-10.

Holmes, G. (2002) What is called thinking?
Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy, 2, 33-39.

Holmes, G. (2002) Some thoughts on why clinical psychologists should not have formal powers under the new Mental Health Act.
Clinical Psychology, 12, 40-43.

Goodwin, I, Holmes, G., Cochrane, R. & Mason, O. (2003) The ability of adult mental health services to meet clients’ attachment needs: The development and implementation of the Service Attachment Questionnaire.
Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, 76, 145-161.

Holmes, G. (2003) An audit: Do the people I see get better?
Clinical Psychology, 24, 47-50.

Holmes, G. & Hudson, M. (2003) Coming off Medication.
OpenMind, 123, 14-15.

Holmes, G. & Newnes, C. (2004) Thinking about community psychology and poverty.
Clinical Psychology, 38,19-22.

Holmes, G. (2005) Learning Humility.
Clinical Psychology, 45, 20-21.

Diamond, B., Holmes, G., Hanna, J., Harper, D. & May, R. (2005) The Clinical Supervisor Role.
Clinical Psychology Forum, 153, 3-5.

Stenfert Kroese, B. & Holmes, G. (2005) The use of psychotropic medication for people with learning disabilities.
Learning Disability Review, 10(4), 19-22.

Holmes, G. (2006) Helping people to come off neuroleptics and other psychiatric drugs.
Clinical Psychology Forum, 163, 21-25.

Holmes, G. (2006) Toxic Mental Environments.
Clinical Psychology Forum, 164, 39-43.

Holmes, G. (2006) Some thoughts on ‘Psychology in the Real World: Understanding yourself and others’.
Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy, 6, 99-107.

Howard, R. & Holmes, G. (2007) Reflections on a specialist groupwork placement.
Clinical Psychology Forum, 179, 11-14.

Holmes, G. & Gahan, L. (2007) The
Psychology in the Real World – Understanding Yourself and Others Course: An attempt to have an impact on stigma and social inclusion. Groupwork, 16(3), 9-25.

Holmes, G., Hudson, M., The Living with Medication Group & May, R. (2008) Coping with Coming Off.
Openmind, 150, 12-13.

Holmes, G. (2008) Investigating responses of a CMHT to referrals of young men.
Clinical Psychology Forum, 186, 55-59.

Holmes, G. (2008) Walk and Talk.
Openmind, 153, 12-13.

Marshall, M. & Holmes, G. (2009) An evaluation of a mindfulness group.
Groupwork, 19, 40-58.

Kiff, J., Holmes, G. & Cushway, D. (2010) Personal awareness/development groups and clinical training.
Clinical Psychology Forum, 207, 30-34.

Holmes, G. & Edwards, R. (2010)
More drugging, less riots? Asylum, 17 (2), 27-29.

Holmes, G. (2010) The potential for community-based groupwork to counter the effects of stigma.
Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy, 10, 127-140.

Evans, N., Gilpin, L., Holmes, G., Rafique, Z. & Yates, I. (2010) Power and status in groups.
Therapy Today, 21, 26-29.

Yates, I., Holmes, G., & Priest, H. (2011) There seems no place for place: A gap analysis of the recovery literature.
Journal of Public Mental Health, 10(3), 140-151.

Yates, I., Holmes, G., & Priest, H. (2012) Recovery, place and community mental health services.
Journal of Mental Health, 21, 104-113.

Holmes, G. (2012) If we are to have mental health services, let’s centre them on concepts of trauma not illness.
Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy, 12, 127-130.

Book chapters:

Newnes, C. & Holmes, G. (1999) The future of mental health services. In, Newnes, C., Holmes, G., & Dunn, C.
This is Madness; A Critical Look at Psychiatry and the Future of Mental Health Services. PCCS Books: Llangaron.

Holmes, G. Newnes, C. & Dunn, C. Continuing Madness. In, Newnes, C., Holmes, G., & Dunn, C.
This is Madness Too: Critical Perspectives on Mental Health Services. PCCS Books: Llangaron.

Stenfert Kroese, B. & Holmes, G. (2001) ‘I’ve never said no to anything in my life’: helping people with learning difficulties who experience psychological problems. In, Newnes, C., Holmes, G., & Dunn, C.
This is Madness Too: Critical Perspectives on Mental Health Services. PCCS Books: Llangaron.

Bucknall, O. & Holmes, G. (2001) Relatives and carers. In, Newnes, C., Holmes, G., & Dunn, C.
This is Madness Too: Critical Perspectives on Mental Health Services. PCCS Books: Llangaron.

Holmes, G. & Hardy, G. (2007) The shame of ‘not being a man’: experiences of gay, straight and bisexual men. In P. Stastny & P. Lehmann (eds.)
Alternatives Beyond Psychiatry. Berlin: Peter Lehmann Publishing.

Cox, R., Holmes, G., Moloney, P., Priest, P. & Ridley-Dash, M. (2013) Community Psychology. In J. Cromby, D. Harper & P. Reavey,
Psychology, Mental Health and Distress. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Holmes, G. (2013) Toxic Mental Environments and other Psychology in the Real World groups. In S. Coles, S. Keenan & B. Diamond,
Madness Contested: Power and Practice. Ross-on-Wye: PCCS Books.


Newnes, C., Holmes, G., & Dunn, C. (1999).
This is Madness; A Critical Look at Psychiatry and the Future of Mental Health Services. Ross-on-Wye: PCCS Books.

Newnes, C., Holmes, G., & Dunn, C. (2001).
This is Madness Too: Critical Perspectives on Mental Health Services. Ross-on-Wye: PCCS Books.

Holmes, G. (2010)
Psychology in the Real World: Community-based groupwork. Ross-on-Wye: PCCS Books.


Editor of Special Issue of Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy Vol 12, 2012, on Complex Reactions to Severe Trauma.

Commissioning editor of Critical Psychology Division of PCCS Books (see
www.pccs-books.co.uk )


Walk and Talk.
All in the Mind Radio 4 29/06/2010 See www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00sv5bk

All in the Mind BBC Radio 4 interview re groupwork 29/12/13. See

Ramblings with Clare Balding. Recorded January 2014. Broadcast March 6th 2014.

Professional Boundaries. Interview on BBC Radio 4
All in the Mind, Broadcast on 27/05/14.

All in the Mind 25th Anniversary Awards – Judge (specialising in groups and services). January -June 2014.


Evaluation of Two Psychiatric Day Hospitals (1996-97)
Evaluation of The Patients’ Council at Shelton (1996-97)
Burnout in Staff in Two Psychiatric Day Hospitals (1997-98)
Designing and Implementing a Risk Assessment and Management Protocol for the Mental Health Trust and Local Social Services (1998-01).
Setting up a PATH (Planned Alternatives To Hospital) project in Wrekin (2000)
Setting up a drop-in group for people with obsessions and compulsions (2001)
Editing No Panic’s Self-Help Manuals (2001-4)
CMHT Psychology Rep on Directorate of Psychological Therapies (2001) and Service User Involvement Committee (2008-9)
Psychology Representative on Steering Group for Castle Lodge Crisis Unit (2002-3)
Shropshire’s Mental Health Promotion Team (1995-2000)
Consultant to Director of Student Counselling and Support Services at Birmingham University (2004-5)
Consultant to managers in Department of Psychological Therapies re range of difficulties relating to referrals for individual therapy (2005-08)
Role consultation with NHS and Social Services managers (2000-)
Consultant to lead psychologist working with people labelled as Aspergers Syndrome (2004-)
Regular consultation to various people and groups, including:
British Psychological Society (regarding proposals for the Mental Health Act);
MIND; The Patients’ Council (Shelton); researchers (world-wide); managers regarding mental health strategies in Shropshire and Wrekin; mental health clinicians from all professions and service user groups in Shropshire and nationwide re community-based groupwork and the setting up of new services.

Re Research:

Researched needs of members of department of psychological therapies regarding research. Set up and facilitated the Research Support Group (2001-3). Currently provide consultation to staff in local NHS Trusts, local service users and researchers nationally and internationally regarding research that they are conducting (including research being conducted as part of CPD, for example for Masters qualifications).

Lead clinician in Dept of Psychological Therapies regarding research consultation, coordinating a group of research consultants available to people requesting research advice and support in the NHS Trusts (including current and ex-service users).

Research assistance and supervision for people doing clinical psychology and counselling psychology doctorate qualifications (2000-).

Specialist advice and assistance to evaluate services e.g. No Panic, CBT drop-in service, CMHTs, Centres for Psychological Therapies.


Provided for:

On an individual basis:

Qualified Clinical Psychologists
Counselling Psychologists
Trainee Clinical Psychologists (Core and Specialist placements e.g. in Groupwork) Assistant Psychologists
Service Managers
Senior Social Workers
Psychiatric Social Workers
Community Mental Health Nurses
Community Mental Health Team Managers
G.P. Counsellors
Staff Counsellors
Voluntary Sector Workers
Associate Specialist Psychiatrists and junior doctors/doctors in training
Worker in Women’s Refuge

On a group basis:

Balint Group for G.P.s
Facilitation of a fortnightly peer supervision group for social workers, nurses, psychiatrists, OTs
Counsellors group
Supervision for group therapists
Facilitation of supervision group to explore systemic and team issues
Facilitation of a research special interest group