About Counselling Tutor
Hello and thank you for visiting counsellingtutor.com, my name is Rory Lees-Oakes, I am a former senior lecturer in counselling who taught for over a decade. During that time I also worked as a school counsellor in a secondary school supporting young people.
I retired from teaching in 2016. I now divide my time between producing live lectures and content for the Counselling Tutor (CSR) Library), being co-presenter of the counselling tutor podcast, private practice and supervision. I also run independent counselling training and CPD courses.
I graduated in 2004, and hold post-graduate certificates in counselling supervision, education, child and adolescent therapy. I also have a full teaching qualification.
After qualifying I stayed on at my counselling placement working as a counsellor, the service evolved becoming Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind. The service growth created an opportunity for me to work, in a voluntary capacity, as the chair and director of the organisation.
My paid work has been quite varied, I spent a year as a floating support worker for a mental health charity supporting people in their homes, followed by five years working part time as a support worker for Nacro, an organisation which helps ex-offenders integrate back into to society.
During this time I taught Counselling at Tameside College. In 2007, I accepted a part-time position at Warrington Collegiate as course leader for the Counselling provision, becoming full time in 2009, (I qualified as a tutor in 2008)
My reason for starting the counselling tutor site is to share my practice experience and provide access to high-quality resources to support teaching and learning in the world of counselling and psychotherapy. I teamed up with a colleague Kenneth Kelly, who works as a counsellor in private practice in Warrington in the UK, to create the Counselling Tutor.
I started a YouTube channel called counselling resource in 2011 and uploaded short videos explaining key elements of counselling as an aid to my students in completing their assignments.
The channel became very popular and I found the videos getting thousands of hits from both students and professional counsellors worldwide so I decided to consolidate the videos, my blog posts and other resources into a website and call it counsellingtutor.com
In 2015, I was awarded a Pearson ‘Silver Plato’ teaching award for ‘Outstanding use of technology in education’ As part of the award, I was invited to the Houses of Parliament and appeared (very briefly) on the BBC TV program ‘Britain’s Classroom Heroes’.
When I am not working, I enjoy walking in the hills that surround our adopted home in Mossley or visiting tea rooms where I enjoy drinking copious amounts of tea.
I am also a published photographer, avid user of technology, a reader of counselling and philosophy books. One of my other passions is researching the work of Carl Ransom Rogers.