Dr Gabriel Wynn, Director 

Hello, I am the Director of Oakwood Psychology Services.
Oakwood Psychology Services provides evidence-based therapies for individuals and groups under contract to the NHS. The aim of our work is to help people improve their emotional and relational wellbeing. We also provide training placements and supervision for trainee psychological therapists and counselling psychologists.
Having worked as a qualified psychologist and psychological therapist for nearly 30 years, in 2022 I am now carrying out a small amount of direct psychological therapy and supervision, and spending more time on research and writing.
Below you will find a brief work history and a link to my CV if you are interested in knowing more about my work and qualifications.


Education and qualifications

I qualified with a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology (M.Ed) in New Jersey, USA in 1994.  In 2000 I became a U.S. Nationally Certified Counsellor (NCC) and was amongst the first 300 counsellors in New Jersey to earn State Licensure as a Professional Counsellor (LPC). Following my move to UK in 2002 I became a BACP accredited counsellor in 2003 (MBACP Accred). More recently I qualified in 2019 as a counselling psychologist. I am a BPS Chartered, HCPC Registered Consultant Counselling Psychologist.

Work history

From 1994 –2000 I held staff psychotherapist positions on psychiatric units at St Clare’s Hospital, Boonton, NJ, and the University Medical Center, Princeton, N.J. During this time I also worked as an associate counsellor in a number of private practices.

In 2002 I moved to Manchester, UK, a city I love to call home.

In 2003 I commenced work with the Stockport community eating disorder service (CEDS). The service was first commissioned by the NHS in 1997. I took on its clinical directorship in 2006, a post I presently still hold. In 2014 I reformed the organisation as a social enterprise. Oakwood Psychology Services continues to work in partnership with Stockport PCT/CCG/ICS to provide the Stockport adult community eating disorder service. I am phenomenally proud of the Oakwood team, which comprises caring and dedicated clinical leadership, senior practitioners, administrators, support staff and trainee psychological therapists.

Beyond my responsibilities in counselling service leadership, I have since 2018 been an employed Lecturer for the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology programme at the University of Manchester.


Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

Registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS)

Full Member of the Division of Counselling Psychology of the British Psychological Society (DCoP)


2011: Northwest Regional Development Agency grant to undertake the LEAD SME management programme at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School

1997: Lifetime membership of Psi Chi, the International Honour Society in Psychology

1992 – 1995: Kings Scholarship


Wynn, G. & Winter, L.A. (submitted). Training in Counselling Psychology. In G. C. Davey, Applied Psychology (2nd Ed). Wiley.

Wynn, G. (estimated publication December 2022). Confidentiality, recordkeeping and notetaking. In T. Hanley and L. A. Winter (Eds). The Sage Handbook of Counselling and Psychotherapy (5th Ed). Sage.

Wynn, G. (estimated publication December 2022). Eating Disorders. In T. Hanley and L. A. Winter (Eds). The Sage Handbook of Counselling and Psychotherapy (5th Ed). Sage.

Wynn, G. (2022). Severe and enduring anorexia nervosa.  In M. Bradley, H. Nicholas & D. Best (Eds). Roles and Contexts in Counselling Psychology: Professionals in Practice. Routledge.

Vermes, C. (2017). The individualism impasse in counselling psychology. Counselling Psychology Review, 32(1), 44-53.

Vermes, C. (2017). Eating disorders. In C. Feltham, T. Hanley and L. A. Winter (Eds). The Sage Handbook of Counselling and Psychotherapy (4th Edition, 421-426). Sage.

Vermes, C. (2016). Becoming an Entrepreneur-Practitioner. In Douglas, B., Woolfe, R., Strawbridge, S., Kasket, E. and Galbraith, V. (Eds). The Handbook of Counselling Psychology (4th Edition, 616- 639). Sage.

Vermes, C. (2013). An Introduction to Bidding for Public Sector Contracts for Counselling Psychologists. British Psychological Society.

Find out more – Gabriel Wynn 2022 CV