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About Prof Peter Gubi

Professor Gubi has worked in the Counselling professions for over thirty years in the contexts of Primary Care, the voluntary sector, education, and private practice. He maintains a private practice in Crewe offering Supervision, Counselling, Pastoral Supervision and Spiritual Direction.

He has held senior roles in Counsellor Training, having been Principal Lecturer and Divisional Leader in Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies at the University of Central Lancashire, prior to coming to the University of Chester. He has researched and published extensively (see publications). His research interest is in the interface between spirituality and mental health, and in the mental health wellbeing of Clergy. He is a pragmatic researcher with a specialism in qualitative methods.

At Chester, Professor Gubi mostly supervises postgraduate research (MA/MPhil/PhD/DProf) and teaches module SO7307 on the MA in Clinical Counselling programme. He welcomes the opportunity to talk to potential students about research projects of interest through a PhD. As well as being a Professor at Chester, Professor Gubi is a Minister at Dukinfield Moravian Church, Manchester, and Provincial Pastoral Supervision Co-ordinator for the Moravian Church (British Province). He is also a trustee of the Association for Pastoral Supervision and Education (and serves as Convenor of the Training, Research and Publications sub-group).

Further information about Professor Gubi can be found on his website.

Teaching

At the University of Chester, Professor Gubi teaches on the DProf programme, and also supervises MA, DProf and PhD research.

Research

Research interests

  • Pastoral Supervision;
  • The interface between faith and Counselling;
  • Spirituality and Mental Health well-being;
  • The interface between Spiritual Accompaniment/Direction and Counselling/Psychotherapy;
  • Mental Health Chaplaincy
  • Clergy wellbeing
  • Reflective Practice Groups for Clergy

PhD and Professional Doctorate Supervision

Professor Gubi welcomes enquiries for research at doctorate level in any of the research areas listed above, or from students wishing to explore other areas in Counselling and Psychotherapy using qualitative research methods.

Published Work

Published work from 2014 onwards:

Books

Gubi, P.M., Korris, J, & West, W. (2020). Reflective Practice Groups for Clergy: Offering pastoral supervision, well-being support and spiritual formation in community. Chester University Press: Chester.

Gubi, P.M. (2017). What Counsellors and Spiritual Directors Can Learn from Each Other: Ethical Practice, Training and Supervision. Jessica Kingsley Publishers: London & New York. 

Gubi, P.M. and Swinton, V. (2016). Researching Lesser-Explored Issues in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Karnac Books: London.

Gubi, P.M. (2015). Spiritual Accompaniment and Counselling: Journeying with Psyche and Soul. Jessica Kingsley Publishers: London & New York.

Gubi, P.M. (2015). Listening to Less-Heard Voices: Developing Counsellors’ Awareness. Chester University Press: Chester.

Book chapters

Gubi, P.M. (2020). Introduction. In Gubi, P.M., Korris, J, & West, W. (2020). Reflective Practice Groups for Clergy: Offering pastoral supervision, well-being support and spiritual formation in community. Chester University Press: Chester.

Gubi, P.M. & Korris, J. (2020). Setting the scene. In Gubi, P.M., Korris, J, & West, W. (2020). Reflective Practice Groups for Clergy: Offering pastoral supervision, well-being support and spiritual formation in community. Chester University Press: Chester.

Gubi, P.M. & Korris, J. (2020). The benefits of Reflective Practice Groups for clergy support. In Gubi, P.M., Korris, J, & West, W. (2020). Reflective Practice Groups for Clergy: Offering pastoral supervision, well-being support and spiritual formation in community. Chester University Press: Chester.

Gubi, P.M. (2020). Thinking theologically about Reflective Practice Groups for Clergy. In Gubi, P.M., Korris, J, & West, W. (2020). Reflective Practice Groups for Clergy: Offering pastoral supervision, well-being support and spiritual formation in community. Chester University Press: Chester.

Gubi, P.M. (2020). Developing reflectivity and spiritual formation in Clergy training through Reflective Practice Groups. In Gubi, P.M., Korris, J, & West, W. (2020). Reflective Practice Groups for Clergy: Offering pastoral supervision, well-being support and spiritual formation in community. Chester University Press: Chester.

Gubi, P.M. (2020). The limitations of Reflective Practice Groups. In Gubi, P.M., Korris, J, & West, W. (2020). Reflective Practice Groups for Clergy: Offering pastoral supervision, well-being support and spiritual formation in community. Chester University Press: Chester.

Gubi, P.M. (2017). The use of Reflexive Practice Groups in spiritual development. In Gubi, P.M. (Ed.). What Counsellors and Spiritual Directors Can Learn from Each Other: Ethical Practice, Training and Supervision. Jessica Kingsley Publishers: London & New York.

Gubi, P.M. (2017). Using prayer in Counselling and Spiritual Accompaniment. In Gubi, P.M. (Ed.). What Counsellors and Spiritual Directors Can Learn from Each Other: Ethical Practice, Training and Supervision. Jessica Kingsley Publishers: London & New York.

Gubi, P.M. (2017). Introduction. In Gubi, P.M. (Ed.). What Counsellors and Spiritual Directors Can Learn from Each Other: Ethical Practice, Training and Supervision. Jessica Kingsley Publishers: London & New York.

Gubi, P.M. and Swinton, V. (2016). Introduction. In Gubi, P.M. and Swinton, V. Researching Lesser-Explored Issues in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Karnac Books: London.

Gubi, P.M. (2015). Introduction. In Gubi, P.M. (Ed.). Listening to Less-Heard Voices: Developing Counsellors’ Awareness. Chester University Press: Chester. 

Gubi, P.M. (2015). Introduction. In Gubi, P.M. (Ed.). Spiritual Accompaniment and Counselling: Journeying with Psyche and Soul. Jessica Kingsley Publishers: London & New York. 

Gubi, P.M. (2015). The Importance of Relationship. In Gubi, P.M. (Ed.). Spiritual Accompaniment and Counselling: Journeying with Psyche and Soul. Jessica Kingsley Publishers: London & New York.
 
Gubi, P.M. (2015). Forgiveness. In Gubi, P.M. (Ed.). Spiritual Accompaniment and Counselling: Journeying with Psyche and Soul. Jessica Kingsley Publishers: London & New York. 

Gubi, P.M. (2015). Accompaniment through Grief. In Gubi, P.M. (Ed.). Spiritual Accompaniment and Counselling: Journeying with Psyche and Soul. Jessica Kingsley Publishers: London & New York.

Goss, P.M and Gubi, P.M. (2015). Life-Span Development and Spiritual Needs. In Gubi, P.M. (Ed.). Spiritual Accompaniment and Counselling: Journeying with Psyche and Soul. Jessica Kingsley Publishers: London & New York. 

Gubi, P.M. (2014). Counselling and Spiritual Accompaniment. In Nolan, G.  & West, W. (Eds.). Exploring therapy, culture and spirituality: Developing therapeutic practice. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke.

Peer-Reviewed journals

Gubi, P.M. & Mwenisongole, T.A. (in press). A small-scale evaluation of pastoral supervision in the Moravian Church (British Province). Practical Theology Journal.

Abbey, P. & Gubi, P.M. (in press). An exploration of how trainee counsellors, who have a Christian faith, experience the impact of person-centred counsellor training on their faith. Journal of Person-Centered & Experiential Psychotherapies.

Long, M. & Gubi, P.M. (in press). Making sense of the mystical: Exploring how counsellors and psychotherapists who identify as atheists, agnostics or non-believers, make sense of, and relate to a client’s experience of having Christian faith. British Journal of Guidance & Counselling.

Devassia, J. & Gubi, P.M. (in press). An exploration of the differences and similarities between Counselling and Confession, as experienced by Counsellors who are, or have been, Catholic Priests. Journal of Mental Health, Religion & Culture.

Gubi, P.M. (2020). Exploring the impact, value and limitations of Reflective Practice Groups for Clergy in a Church in Wales diocese. Journal of Mental Health, Religion and Culture. https://doi.org/10.1080/13674676.2020.1789571 .

Hill, L. & Gubi, P.M. (2020). Factors that may continue to impact a mother’s emotional wellbeing once her child’s treatment for cancer has completed and their implications for ongoing support. Journal of Illness, Crisis and Loss. https://doi.org/10.1177/1054137320919916

Gubi, P.M. (2019). Utilising Reflective Practice Groups as pedagogy in ordination training and theological development. Practical Theology Journal. DOI: 10.1080/1756073X.2019.1609254

Lee, K.A & Gubi, P.M. (2019). Breaking up with Jesus: a phenomenological exploration of the experience of deconversion from an Evangelical Christian faith to Atheism. Journal of Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 22(2): 171-184. DOI: 10.1080/13674676.2019.1623767

Chapman, E. & Gubi, P.M. (2019). An exploration of the ways in which feelings of ‘maternal ambivalence’ affect some women. Journal of Illness, Crisis and Loss. doi.org/10.1177/1054137319870289

Bonsmann, C., Gubi, P.M. & Reeves, A. (2018). Performing in therapy: An aspect of clients’ dissatisfaction in the premature termination of therapy. Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy. 18(2): 80-91.

Gubi, P.M. (2018). Reaching a theological position on human sexuality through Heart Theology. The Hinge: International Theological Dialog for the Moravian Church. 23(2): 48-50.

Pembroke, N., Coyle, S., Gear, J., Gubi, P.M., Kelly, E., Louw, D., McMillan, L., Niven, A., Thierfelder, C., Schmidt, W., & van den Berg, J.A. (2018). Toward A Structured, Tri-Domain Model Of Companioning In Christian Formation By Pastoral Agents In A Congregational Setting: A Preliminary Report On An International Research Project. Journal of Pastoral Care and Counselling. 72(2):104-115. DOI: 10.1177/1542305018765659.

Bonsmann, C. & Gubi, P.M. (2017). Clients’ experiences of premature termination of counselling and psychotherapy: Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy, 17(3): 149-159.

Fozard, E. & Gubi, P.M. (2017). An examination of the developmental impact of continuing destructive parental conflict on young adult children. Journal of Illness, Crisis and Loss. DOI: 10.1177/1054137317709581

Gubi, P.M. (2017). Embracing reflexivity through Spiritually Reflexive Groups in the training and support of clergy. The Hinge: International Theological Dialog for the Moravian Church. 22(2): 2-23.

Gubi, P.M. (2017). Assessing the perceived limitations of Reflexive Groups for supporting Clergy in the Church of England. Journal of Mental Health, Religion and Culture. 19(7): 769-780. DOI:10.1080/13674676.2017.1279130

Gubi, P.M. (2016). Assessing the perceived value of Reflexive Groups for supporting Clergy in the Church of England. Journal of Mental Health, Religion and Culture. 19(4): 350-361.DOI: 10.1080/13674676.2016.1197194

Gubi, P.M. & Smart, H. (2016). Mental Health Chaplains: Practitioners’ perspectives on their value, purpose and function in the UK National Health Service. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling. 44(3): 289-296.

Other journal publications

Gubi, P.M. (2020). From the Sanctuary. A series of twelve monthly spiritual reflections. Moravian Messenger: Official Journal of the Moravian Church in Great Britain and Ireland.

Gubi, P.M. (2019). From the Sanctuary. A series of twelve monthly spiritual reflections. Moravian Messenger: Official Journal of the Moravian Church in Great Britain and Ireland.

Gubi, P.M. (2018). Reaching a theological position on human sexuality through Heart Theology. Moravian Messenger: Official Journal of the Moravian Church in Great Britain and Ireland.

Gubi, P.M. (2018). From the Sanctuary. A series of twelve monthly spiritual reflections. Moravian Messenger: Official Journal of the Moravian Church in Great Britain and Ireland.

Gubi, P.M. (2017). From the Sanctuary. A series of twelve monthly spiritual reflections. Moravian Messenger: Official Journal of the Moravian Church in Great Britain and Ireland.

Gubi, P.M. (2017). Reclaiming the spiritual in Reflective Practice Groups for Clergy. Thresholds. The Journal of BACP Spirituality Division. Summer: 23-27.

Gubi, P.M. (2016). Developing Heart Theology through ‘Banden’ today. Moravian Messenger: Official Journal of the Moravian Church in Great Britain and Ireland. December: 138.

Gubi, P.M. (2016). Developing Heart Theology historically through ‘Banden’. Moravian Messenger: Official Journal of the Moravian Church in Great Britain and Ireland. November: 129.

Gubi, P.M. (2016). Engaging in Heart Theology as Moravians. Moravian Messenger: Official Journal of the Moravian Church in Great Britain and Ireland. October: 115.

Gubi, P.M. (2016). Pastoral supervision for clergy and pastoral workers: A personal perspective. Thresholds: The Journal of BACP Spirituality Division. Summer: 14-17.

Gubi, P.M. & Korris, J. (2015). Supporting Church of England clergy through the provision of Reflective Practice Groups. Thresholds: The Journal of BACP Spirituality Division. Winter: 20-24.

Qualifications

  • DMin Ecclesial Pastoral Care (University of Chester)
  • ThD Theology and Practice (University of Winchester)
  • PhD Counselling Studies (University of Manchester)
  • MTh Applied Theology (University of Liverpool)
  • MA Pastoral Theology [with Distinction] (Anglia Ruskin University)
  • MA Counselling Studies [with Commendation] (Nottingham University)
  • MA Educational Studies (Hull University)
  • BEd Religious Studies/Youth & Community Work (CNAA)
  • Dip Spiritual Accompaniment (The Norwich Centre)
  • PG Cert Counselling Supervision [with Distinction] (University of Keele)
  • Cert Bereavement Counselling (University of Keele)
  • Cert Counselling (West Sussex Institute of Higher Education)
  • MBACP Registered Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist  
  • MBACP Registered Senior Accredited Supervisor of Individuals
  • APSE Senior Accredited Pastoral Supervisor
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Ordained Deacon in the Moravian Church (British Province)
  • Consecrated Presbyter in the Moravian Church (British Province)