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Dr Stephen Goss



Dr Stephen Goss

BA (Hons), PhD

Principal Lecturer and Academic Advisor

Email: stephen.goss@metanoia.ac.uk

Tel: 0208 579 2505 



With over 30 years’ experience in the helping professions, Stephen Goss, PhD, is Principal Lecturer for the Post Qualification Doctorates and a consultant in counselling and psychotherapy service development, supervision and research worldwide, and is past Co-Editor (Counselling) for the British Journal of Guidance and Counselling.

He joined the Metanoia Institute in 2009, where he enthuses about research and what it can offer with Doctoral candidates, from all kinds of psychological services backgrounds. He has lived and worked in Africa and has published 2 symposia on Counselling and Guidance in Africa with Dr Olusegun Adebowale. His current specialist interests include pluralism, online service provision and the development needs of counselling and psychotherapy practitioners, and especially technologically mediated services.

Previously Chair of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Research Committee he founded the BACP Research Department, becoming its first Research Development Officer. Among his more than 100 publications are Evidence Based Counselling and Psychological Therapies, Research and Applications (Routledge, 2000), Technology in Counselling and Psychotherapy, A Practitioner's Guide (Palgrave, 2003) and The Use of Technology in Mental Health (CC Thomas, 2010). He is Associate Editor for Research and a member of Faculty at the Online Therapy Institute.


Institute Roles:

  • Principal Lecturer, DPsych (Professional Studies)
  • Programme Research Ethics Committee, Chair and Member
  • Academic Board, Member
  • Assessment Board, Member


Recent Publications & Journals:

  • Goss, S. and Anthony, K. (in press) The development of ethical guidelines for online counselling and psychotherapy. In: Computer-Mediated Behavioural Therapies for Mental Health New York: IGI Global.
  • Anthony, K. E., Goss, S. and Nagel, D.M. (in press). Wider Uses of Technologies in Therapy. In: C. Feltham, T. Hanley and L. Winter (Eds) Sage Handbook of Counselling and Psychotherapy. (4th Edn). London: Sage.

  • Anthony, K. E., Goss, S. and Nagel, D.M. (in press). The use of technology in Supervision. In: N. Pelling (Ed.) The Practice of Supervision. (2nd Edn). Toowong, Queensland: Australian Academic Press.

  • Knibbs, K., Anthony, K. and Goss, S. (in press) Counsellors’ Phenomenological Experiences of Working with Children or Young People who have been Cyberbullied, using thematic analysis of semi structured interviews. International Journal of Technoethics. 8(1). ISSN: 1947-3451.

  • Knibbs, C., Anthony, K. and Goss, S.P. (2017) Cybertrauma: The Impact of the online world on the developing brain and interpersonal struggles of children, young people and adults too. Case examples from clinical practice. Wolverhampton, 22nd Annual CyberPsychology, CyberTherapy & Social Networking Conference.
  • Goss, S., Anthony, K. E., Stretch L. and Nagel, D.M. (Eds) (2016). Technology in Mental Health: Applications in practice, supervision and training (2nd Edn). Springfield, IL: CC Thomas.
  • Turner, A., Goss, S. and Caleb, R. (2017) Learning to Continue to Develop Professionally. An exploration of therapists’ experience of continuing professional development in a Higher Education setting: A preliminary study. Oxford, UK, University of Oxford, Society for Psychotherapy Research UK Conference.
  • Hennigan, J. and Goss, S. P. (2016), UK secondary school therapists' online communication with their clients and future intentions. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 16(3), pp. 149–160.

  • Hennigan, J. & Goss, S. (2016). Online counselling in schools as an additional option to face-to-face (f2f) provision: Exploration of pupils’ experiences and comparison of working in different modalities. Brighton, British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and Society for Psychotherapy Research Conference.
  • Goss, S. P. & Adebowale, O. (2015). Further studies in counselling and guidance in Africa. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 43(5), pp. 515 – 517.

  • Goss, S. & Hooley, T. (2015). Symposium on online practice in counselling and guidance. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 43(1), pp. 1-8.

  • Goss, S. P. & Stevens, C. (Eds) (2015). Making Research Matter. London: Routledge.
  • Castelnuovo, G. Mauri, G., Simpson, S., Colantonio, A. and Goss, S.P. (2015). New technologies for the management and rehabilitation of chronic diseases and conditions. Biomedical Research International. doi:10.1155/2015/180436

  • du Plock, S., Bager-Charleson, S., Caleb, R., Goss, S. & Mckenzie-Mavinga, I. (2015). Developing doctoral-level training that responds to the unique requirements of therapy professionals. The Psychotherapist, 61, pp. 28-30.

  • Goss, S. & du Plock, S. (2015). Capitalising on practitioner social-entrepreneurialism in developing the profession. Leeds, BACP Practitioner Conference.

  • Goss, S.P. (2015) Developing counselling as practitioner-researchers: Making the ‘research journey’ matter for mid-career practitioners. Nottingham, British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Research Conference.