Hugh Palmer Family/Systemic psychotherapist , YO42

I am a UKCP Registered Systemic Psychotherapist, based in Pocklington, a market town nestled in the Yorkshire Wolds between York and Hull.

I am recognised by BUPA and Aviva as a provider of psychotherapy and have a long track record in both training and providing psychotherapy. I was a lecturer at the University of Leeds from 1994-2000, and after a couple of years working in New Zealand, lectured at the University of Hull from 2003-2012.  I recently taught on the Masters in Relationship Therapy for the Relate Institute, and still have a close relationship with Relate as a tutor (Relationship Counselling and Family Counselling) and have developed several on-line CPD courses for them.

I currently work one day a week in the NHS as a Systemic Psychotherapist (Family Therapist) in an adult service. I have previously worked in both outpatient and inpatient Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.


I offer private and confidential psychotherapy for individuals, couples and families and supervision and training for professionals and organisations.



Palmer, H. (2017). Fourfould Vision in Practice: Data, Theory, Intuition and the Art of Therapy. Human Systems: The Journal of Therapy, Consultation and Training. 28:1.

Palmer, H. (2017). Bereavement and grief counselling. In Chambers, M. (ed) Psychiatric and mental health nursing: The craft of caring. CRC Press.

Palmer, H. (2016). Fourfold Vision and cybernetic unity: Therapist as scientist, theorist, humanist and artist. In “Systemic Therapy as Transformative Practice”  Edited by Gail Simon & Imelda McCarthy. Everything is Connected Press.

Palmer, H. (2014). Steps towards fourfold vision: From the myth of power to a cybernetic unity of healing. Context, Warrington: AFT.

White, J., Welbourn,T., Howe, M., Burton, N., Palmer, H., Flanagan, T. Slee, C., Glenister, D. & Barkley, I. (2011). Mental Health Nursing. In Birchenall, P. & Adams, N. (Eds) The Nursing Companion. London: Palgrave Macmillan

Palmer, H. & Palmer, S. (2010). Comfortable, not numb. Context, Warrington: AFT.

Palmer, H. (2009) Between the material and supernatural: Therapeutic implications of bereaved individuals’ experience of contact with the deceased person. Context, Warrington: AFT.

Palmer, H. & Samociuk, S. (2000). Support and Supervision. In Wilson, H. & McAndrew, S. (eds)Sexual Health: Foundations for Practice. London: Balliere Tindall.


Palmer, H. (1998). Exploring sexuality and sexual health in nursing. Professional Nurse 14(1) 15-17

Palmer, H. (1996). Nursing care of gay men with HIV related malignancy Journal of Cancer Care 5163-167

Palmer, H. (1995). Clinical Supervision for Nurses Working with People with HIV/AIDS Professional Nurse 11(1) 20-22


Training and qualifications

PG CERT Clinical Supervision for CYP-IAPT Programmes 2014

MSc Systemic Family Therapy 2007

Bsc (Hons) Nursing Studies (1st class) 1997

Certificate in Education 1994

Registered Mental Health Nurse 1988

Registered General Nurse 1983


£60 per hourly session. Concessions available

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26 Gus Walker Drive, YO42 2WA
Hugh Palmer Systemic Psychotherapy
26 Gus Walker Drive
YO42 2WA