Simon Wharne

BSc, MSc, DCPsych, PhD, HCPC registered practitioner psychologist

NSPC Roles
Research Supervisor,
Clinical Supervisor,

I offer Doctoral research supervision (secondary supervisor).


I currently have some availability.


I completed the DCPsych with the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, having previously gained a PhD while studying with the Open University.


My Open University studies included a Masters in Psychological Research Methods, including quantitative methods, although I specialised in qualitative methods, mainly hermeneutic phenomenological analysis, also exploring discourse analysis.  


I am currently employed as a Counselling Psychology in an NHS Community Mental Health Service for Older People. I have worked in community mental health services for thirty years, managing community teams for twenty years. I have spoken at national and international conferences on service design and therapeutic practice. My roles have included working as a counsellor at diploma level and roles in the voluntary sector, including a national leadership position.


My research interests include: Decision-making, socially inclusive mental health services, resilience in mental health practitioners, Post Traumatic Growth, homelessness, existential understandings of psychosis and bi-polar, counselling for older people, the philosophy of Edith Stein, drug and alcohol addiction and religious faith.


In my research it is van Manen’s hermeneutic phenomenological approach that I have most often employed.



Publications (available via Researchgate or Academia)


Wharne, S. (2020). Trauma, empathy and resilience: A phenomenological analysis informed by the philosophy of Edith Stein. The Humanistic Psychologist, online


Wharne, S. (2020). How is distress understood in existential philosophies and can phenomenological therapeutic practices be “evidence-based”? Theory & Psychology, 1-17.


Wharne, S. (2018). The emotionally engaged researcher: Using hermeneutic phenomenological analysis to explore dilemmas in mental health care. SAGE Research Methods Cases. https://doi/10.4135/9781526428073


Wharne, S. (2018). ‘On being an auditory hallucination’: A reflection on theory, practice, existential philosophy and hearing voices. The Humanistic Psychologist, 46, 4, 399-411.


Wharne, S. (2015). Do people choose to be homeless? An existentially informed hermeneutic phenomenological analysis. Housing, Care and Support, 18, 3, 4, 101-112.

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