Dr Alun Jones


MA (counselling), Msc (Tavistock- distinction), PhD

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I am a specialist in adult psychotherapy and a UKCP registered psychotherapist at the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, the Department of Psychological Therapies, Wrexham. I am also an adult psychotherapist in the independent sector and have an interest in psychological assessment and support for weight management surgery and applying psychoanalytic ideas to the management of elite sports (Fox Sports Stories).

I also have experience in most areas of healthcare specialties, including childbirth, bereavement, weight management, and when working in psychological medicine and liaison psychiatry. As such, I have competencies concerned with planning psychological interventions for people with physical illness. In past years, areas of specialist practice concerned psychotherapy with the seriously ill, the dying and bereaved, including working with people with cancer, HIV and AIDS and cystic fibrosis in different medical settings.

I am currently a clinical supervisor to trainee psychotherapists of different disciplines including medicine. Together with a colleague I was recently involved with the management of a qualitative research study in Wales, which concerns mental health service users' and health professionals' experiences of shame. The study employs focus groups and has attracted two small NHS Trust, research and development grants.


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Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Alun Jones at Spire include:


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Professional memberships

Florence nightingale foundation scholar

I have published, in the region of, 270 papers and articles related to applying psychological principles to different specialties of healthcare, including end-of-life care. I presented research at conferences both nationally and internationally, including the USA, Netherlands, Canada, Western Australia, Hawaii, Ireland, Portugal, and Greece.


Jones, A. (2008) Towards a common purpose: group-format clinical supervision can benefit palliative care. European Journal of Cancer Care 17 (2): 105–106 (Guest editorial)

Jones, A. (2008) Friends in Higher Places: We need to know more about the benefits or otherwise from Peer Mentoring in nursing curricula. Nurse Education Today. 261-263 (Guest editorial)

Jones, A. (2008) Experiences of Mental Health In–patient Care. Mental Health Nursing. 28 (1): 8 (Single book review)

Jones, A. (2008) Clinical Supervision Is Important to the Quality of Healthcare Provision, International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 17 (5): 379-380

Jones. A. & Crossley, D. (2008) In the Mind of Another: Shame and Acute Psychiatric In-Patient Care: An Exploratory Study in Progress. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. 15,749-757

Jones, A. (2008) Conversational Therapy: Addressing Serious Physical Illness. Mental health Nursing. 28 (6): 14-17

Jones, A. & Woodworth, B. (2009) Weight management treatment and bariatric surgery: some considerations for psychological screening and assessment. Technic. 5 (9): 17-19

Jones, A. Woodworth, B. (2009) Weight management programmes in the UK: A role for mental health professionals. Mental Health Nursing 29 (2): 12-15.

Jones, A. (2009) Professionalism and Supervision: preparing for the future. Mental Health Nursing. 29(3): 14 (1)

Jones, A. (2009) Professionalism and Supervision: preparing for the future. AIP Journal, BACP. (2)

Jones, A. (2009) Understanding key concerns for patient involvement with mental health services: a report on a visit to Western Australia. Mental Health Nursing 29(4): 13-17.

Jones, A. (2009) Fevered love: Book Chapter in “Nurses and their patients: informing practice through psychodynamic insights.” M&K Publishers: Keswick, Cumbria. (Eds Rafferty, M. & deRaeve, L.& Paget, M.).

Jones, A. & Cutcliffe, J. (2009) Listening as a Method of Addressing Psychological Distress. Journal of Nursing Management. 17, 352 - 358

Jones, A. (2009) Football as a Metaphor: Learning to Cope with Life, Manage Emotional Illness and Maintain Health through to Recovery. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. 16(5):488-92.

Jones, A. (2009) Returning Meaning to Palliative Care: A Role for Clinical Supervision. European Journal of Palliative Care, 16(4):161

Jones, A. (2009) Conversations with the seriously ill, the dying and bereaved. Mental Health Nursing.

Jones, A. (2009) Psychological therapies in the NHS: Science Practice and Policy. Mental Health Nursing 29 (6): 17

Jones, A. (2010) `Where Shall I Find a White Rose?`An end-of-life Narrative. European Journal of Cancer Care. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2354.2007.00914.x ng. Early view - online.

Jones, A. (2010) Attachment, Belonging and Identity Are Important To Effective Health Curricula. Nurse Education Today. 30, 277–278 (Guest Editorial) David Richard Crossley and Alun Charles Jones (2011) Shame and acute psychiatric in-patient care. The Psychiatrist, 35,408-412 In press

Jones, A. (2010) Clinical Supervision: An Overview of the Ideas and some Requirements for Professional Practice. The Handbook of Clinical Supervision (Eds. Cutcliffe, J & Hykris, K.) Routledge.

Jones, A. (2010) Supporting Palliative Care Nursing: The Roles of Clinical Supervision. The Handbook of Clinical Supervision (Eds. Cutcliffe, J & Hykris, K.) Routledge.

Adult Psychotherapist, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, the Department of Psychological Therapies, Wrexham

Visiting Professor, The Faculty of Health and Social Care, The University of Chester