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Sue Clohessy

BSc (Hons), MSc, PsyD, CPsychol., AFBPsS, PGDip. Cognitive Therapy

Clinical Tutor & Lead for Supervisor Training. Course Director, Postgraduate Certificate in Supervision of Applied Psychological Practice


Sue is a clinical tutor and the lead for supervisor training at OXiCPT. She is also Course Director of the PGCert in Supervision of Applied Psychological Practice, a course for qualified professionals in health, education and social care.


Sue provides teaching on CBT skills and on supervision for trainees on the DClinPsych course. She also teaches on supervision for OXiCPT’s supervisor training programme and for the PGCert in supervision



She completed her clinical training on the Oxford Course in 1995, and since then has worked clinically in the field of adult mental health (AMH) and trauma in Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire. She has worked in a variety of contexts including AMH community teams, specialist trauma services, Thames Valley Police, and a Medic Support service for Oxford Deanery. She has worked for Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre (OCTC), and is currently an Associate for them –examining academic submissions and offering supervision. Her research interests include supervision, and the supervisory relationship, cognitive therapy and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and she has published in these areas. She completed a post-qualification doctorate in the area of supervision and the supervisory relationship in 2009, and is an experienced trainer in supervision. She is enthusiastic about enabling people to develop supervision skills, and the positive impact this can have in the workplace.

Sue is accredited as a psychotherapist and supervisor with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, is a chartered psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a member of the Division of Clinical Psychology and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.


Book chapters

Beinart, H. & Clohessy, S. (in press) Clinical supervision. In Tarrier, N. & Johnson, J. (Eds) Case Formulation in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Hove: Brunner Routledge.

Grey, N. & Clohessy, S. (2014) Working with trauma. In Llewelyn, S. & Murphy, D. (Eds) (2014) What is Clinical Psychology (5th edition) Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Kennerley, H., & Clohessy, S. (2010).  Becoming a supervisor.  In Mueller, M., Kennerley, H., McManus, F. & Westbrook, D. (Eds).  (2010).  Oxford Guide to Surviving as a CBT Therapist.  Oxford:  Oxford University Press

Beinart, H., & Clohessy, S. (2009). Clinical Supervision.   In: H. Beinart, P. Kennedy & Llewelyn, S. (Eds) (2009). Clinical Psychology in Practice.  Oxford: BPS Blackwell.

Journal papers


Harrisan, S. Clohessy, S. & Jenkins, H. (in prep) Police Community Support Officers’ experience of stress and coping : a qualitative study.


Vincent, F., Jenkins,H., Larkin M., & Clohessy, S. (2013). Asylum seekers’ experiences of trauma focused cognitive behaviour therapy: a qualitative study. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 41, 5, 579-593.


Pearce, N., Beinart, H., Clohessy, S., & Cooper, M. (2013).  Development and validation of the supervisory relationship measure: a self-report questionnaire for use with supervisors.  British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 52, 249-268.


Shearing, V., Lee, D., & Clohessy, S. (2011). How do clients experience reliving as part of trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder? Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, 84, 4, 458-475.


Ehlers, A., Hackmann, A., Steil, R., Clohessy, S., Wenninger, K. & Winter, H. (2002). The nature of intrusive memories after trauma : the warning signal hypothesis. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 40, 9, 995-1002.


Clohessy, S. & Ehlers, A. (1999) PTSD symptoms, response to intrusive memories and coping in ambulance service workers. British Journal of Clinical Psychology 38 (3), 251-265.


Conference papers


Beinart, H., & Clohessy, S. (2013). Effective supervisory relationships:  BPS Supervision Conference, Harrogate.

Clohessy, S. (2009). Supervisors’ perspectives on their supervisory relationships. Supervisor Training and Recognition Group conference, Ambleside.