Kam (Clinical Supervisor)
Kam is a counsellor and supervisor of therapy and has worked with Aurora since it was founded in 2006. For the first ten years, he was Trustee at Aurora and then became clinical supervisor.
He qualified as person-centred counsellor in 1998 (University of Manchester), leading to BACP Accreditation and then trained further in psychodynamic counselling (University of Oxford) in 2017. His supervision training certificate completed in 2001 was at the University of Leicester. In 2004, he completed his PhD at the University of Manchester on cultural marginality and mental health, taking a psychotherapy perspective.
His counselling and supervision practice has involved working with individuals and groups in public and independent sectors. He describes his clinical modality as psychodynamic with a person-centred base; he also draws on CBT approaches and psychoeducation when appropriate. This enables him to offer a collaborative therapeutic relationship, creating opportunities to work briefly or long term. Beyond helping clients progress from the problematic behaviours and mental states, he aims to foster a supportive inquiry that enables them to accept themselves with their limitations and potential, and to improve their overall resiliency, sense of agency, tolerance of a wide range of thoughts and feelings, capacity for intimacy, and awareness of others as having separate subjectivities.
Kam integrates these principles and qualities in his supervision of therapy, a forum used by supervisees to reflect on all aspects of their clinical work. This may involve thinking about the needs of a new clients; reflecting on the therapeutic work with a long-term client; exploring any feelings of being stuck and so on. The safety and welfare of clients and the quality of the service they receive at Aurora is central to this work, along with optimising the development and resourcefulness of the supervisee.
Kam is also a graduate member of the BPS with his first degree in psychology and then Masters in Organisational Psychology. Over his career he has also held lead roles in research and consulting in academic and policy development settings.
Diploma in Person Centred Counselling (University of Manchester)
Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling (University of Oxford)
Certificate in Supervision ((University of Leicester)