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ARTHUR CAMPBELL PURTON, B.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D., Dip. Counselling.


Centre for Counselling Studies,

University Counseling Service,

University of East Anglia,

Norwich  NR 4 7TJ


Email: c.purton@uea.ac.uk


Home address:    


10 Kilbrack



NR34 9SH


Telephone/fax:   01502 712988

Email:    purtonc@hotmail.com   

Date of birth:  16 March 1943       Nationality: British




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The Focusing-Oriented Counselling Primer.  Ross-on-Wye: PCCS Books (2007)

Person-Centred Therapy:  The Focusing-Oriented Approach.  Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (2004)

Experiential Engagement and Experiential Depth in Counselling and Psychotherapy.  Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (forthcoming)


Book chapters:


‘Focusing-oriented therapy’ in P. Sanders The Tribes of the Person-Centred Nation. Ross-on-Wye: PCCS Books (2004).


‘Focusing on focusing’. In Jeanne Watson et al. (eds) Client-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy in the 21st Century (2002).  Ross-on-Wye: PCCS Books


‘Empathising with shame and guilt’.   In  J. Marques-Teixera & S. Antunes (eds.) Client-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy (2000)   Linda a Velha, Portugal: Vale and Vale


‘Unconditional positive regard and its spiritual implications’.  In  Brian Thorne and Elke Lambers (eds.) Person-Centred Therapy: A European Perspective (1998)  London: Sage Publications, pp. 23-37.


‘The deep structure of the core conditions’.   In R. Hutterer et.al. (eds.) Frankfurt: Peter Lang, Client-centred and experiential psychotherapy: a paradigm in motion (1996).  455-467


'Philosophy and Counselling'.  In   Windy Dryden and Brian Thorne Counselling Perspectives (1993) . Open University Press.


‘ Wittgenstein and pictures of rebirth.’ In  P.S. Thera, L. Perera & K. Goonesena  Buddhist Essays: A  Miscellany (1992)  London: Sri Saddhatissa International Buddhist Centre.


'Selection and assessment in counsellor training courses'. In Windy Dryden and Brian Thorne Training and Supervision for Counselling in Action. Sage Publications (1991)




‘A Brief Guide to A Process Model’.  The Folio. A Journal for Focusing and Experiential Therapy, 19 (1) 2004, pp. 112-120


‘Ethology and Gendlin’s A Process Model’.  The Folio. A Journal for Focusing and Experiential Therapy, 19 (1) 2004, pp. 137-145


‘Differential response, diagnosis, and the philosophy opf the implicit’.  Person-centered and Experiential Psychotherapies,  3 (4) 2004, pp. 245-255


‘Person-centred therapy without the core conditions.’  Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal, 13 (2002), pp. 6-9.


‘All the world’s a stage:  reflections on the two levels of truth’.  The Middle Way  75 (2000)  pp. 74-80


‘Attachment and emotion’.  The Middle Way  73 (1999)  pp. 203-207


‘Reporting on Counselling: A study in confusion and untruth.’   Counselling , 9, No. 1, pp. 10-11 (Feb. 1998)


 ‘A minimal view of karma’.  The Middle Way   71 (1996)  pp. 93-98


‘The person-centred Jungian’.  Person-centered Review   4, 403-419 (1989)


‘Biological function’.  Philosophical Quarterly  29 (1979)     


‘Agent-determination and free will’.  Philosophy  54 (1979)


‘Ethological categories of behaviour and some consequences of

their conflation’.   Animal Behaviour 26 (1978)





B. Sc. University of Exeter. Combined Honours in Physics and Mathematics, with Subsidiary Psychology (1964)


M.Phil.  University of London. History and Philosophy of Science.  Thesis title:  'Philosophical Aspects of Explanation in Ethology (1970)  


Ph.D.  University of Alberta. Philosophy of psychology. Thesis title: 'The nature of concepts'. (1975)





Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy,  Facilitator Development Institute, May 1988.


BACP Accredited Counsellor from  May 1990.


Certificate in Focusing Skills.   British Focusing Teachers Association.   June 1999.


Certifying Co-ordinator, The Focusing Institute, New York    September 2002





1985 - 88. Training Course in the Person-Centred Approach to

Counselling and Psychotherapy (Facilitator Development Institute

(Britain), The Norwich Centre, 7 Earlham Road, Norwich).

The Course is recognised as a Training Course in Counselling and Psychotherapy by the British Association for Counselling. 


1998- 99 British Focusing Teachers Association training course





1985 - present. Counsellor (now Senior Counsellor) University Counselling Service, University of East Anglia. 


1987 - 94.  Private counselling practice in Norwich.    Including counselling work for:

     Robens Institute Occupational Health Service, University of Surrey.

     Norfolk Constabulary, Police Headquarters, Martineau Lane, Norwich.


Norfolk County Council Department of Education:


1988 – 1998  Introductory 10 and 20-week experiential counselling courses at Wensum Lodge and Sprowston adult education centres.


1987 - 1998. Courses and workshops on Building Confidence,

Psychological Types, Looking at Emotions, etc. at Wensum Lodge Adult Education Centre, Norwich.


1991 - 1997.  Organization of annual Asian study tours for Wensum Lodge adult education centre.  Tours arranged to India, Nepal, Tibet.




1970- 1972  Teaching assistant. University of Alberta. Philosophy.


1972- 1974  Instructor.  University of Regina, Canada.  Philosophy and logic.


1975 - 1976  Assistant Professor. University of Alberta. Philosophy.


1977 - 1978 Lecturer.  University of St Andrews. Philosophy.    


1978 - 1997.  Tutor with Open University, University of Cambridge Extra-Mural Board, University of East Anglia Extra-Mural Board.   Courses taught in philosophy, counselling, psychology, comparative religion.


1996- 2006  Lecturer on Counselling Diploma Course, Centre For Counselling Studies, University of East Anglia.

2006-   Director, Postrgraduate Diploma in  Focusing and Experiential Psychotherapy, University of East anglia




1968 - 1969 Assistant master. Physics. Sacred Heart High School, Hammersmith, London

1969 - 1970  Assistant master, Physics and chemistry. Bromley High School, Bromley, Kent.


Other work experience


1964 - 1965 Statistical assistant with Oxford Committee for Famine Relief, Banbury Road, Oxford.

1978 - 2000   Running freelance indexing business for medical publishers.




1954 - 1961  The County Grammar School, Newquay, Cornwall.

1961 - 1964  University of Exeter .  Courses in mathematics,

             physics, psychology

1965 - 1968  University of London.  Courses in history and

             philosophy of science.

1970 - 1972  University of Alberta. Courses in philosophy.