About me

As well as my qualification in family therapy, I am a qualified nurse (RGN & RMN) and teacher (Cert. Ed). I was a lecturer in higher education for many years, having worked in two Universities in the UK (Hull and Leeds) and also taught in New Zealand. I also have extensive experience working within the NHS in various capacities, most recently as a Family Therapist. I continue to maintain a small private practice providing psychotherapy, supervision and training.

For many years I have had an interest in the work of Gregory Bateson, and over the past few years have been developing an approach to therapy that is consistent with his ‘cybernetic epistemology’. To get a sense of what this is about, the following Bateson quote may give you a clue:  “The nature of the world in which I live, and in which I wish you lived – all of you… and all the time… but even I don’t live in it all the time – there are times when I catch myself believing that there is such a thing as ‘something’ which is separate from something else”.

I am registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and a member of the Association of Family Therapy (AFT)


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


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

Papers presented

Fourfold vision in practice: Data, theory, intuition and the art of therapy. 3rd International Congress of Collaborative and Dialogic Practices. La Laguna University, Tenerife, April 2017.

Fourfold vision: A map for practitioners. AMFTS Context Conference, Singapore, June 2015.

Steps towards fourfold vision: From the myth of power to a cybernetic unity of healing. Relate Bradford. National Media Museum, February 2012

The therapeutic implications of ‘afterlife communication’. Spirituality, Theology and Mental Health conference. St. John’s College, Durham University, September 2010

Afterlife encounters: Bereavement, continuing bonds and systemic therapy. AFT National Conference, Cambridge, September 2009.

Forum Role Play. European AIDS Nurses Association / RCN conference, September 1997.

Forum Role Play Master-class. RCN/ENB/City University Conference ‘Visible Bodies – Invisible lives’ – presentation, London, September 1996.

Disability and Loss. Yorkshire Neonatal Nurses Association Study Day, November 1996