About the authors

Chris Blackmore, BSc, MA, DipCouns

Senior University Teacher, University of Sheffield


Dr Blackmore is a Senior University Teacher and researcher in mental health at the School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield. His main research interest is in the role of emotions in online learning, and more generally the impact of the internet on well-being, and offers educational consultancy in this area. He has been involved in developing and evaluating e-learning psychotherapy training resources across Europe. He is interested in the potential of learning analytics and the use of data on well-being to enhance and personalise students' learning, and the application of the same principles in analysing therapeutic interactions.


Recently published research has included a chapter, co-written with Digby Tantam, on training fit for the digital era in the Karnac book Psychotherapy 2.0: Where Psychotherapy and Technology Meet and 'Challenges and New Developments' in the Wiley World Handbook for Existential Therapy.


Email: c.m.blackmore@sheffield.ac.uk


Declaration of interests: None

Professor Digby Tantam, FRCPsych

Digby Tantam

Emeritus Professor, University of Sheffield; Honorary Visitor Senior Research Fellow, University of Cambridge. Co-Director of New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling.


Along with Emmy van Deurzen, Professor Tantam owns the Septimus group of companies, one of which (the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling) provides higher education in psychotherapy, counselling, and coaching leading to doctoral and masters level degrees. Another Septimus company, Dilemma consultancy, provides psychotherapy and psychiatric services in Sheffield and London. 


Professor Tantam is currently Chair of the Society of Psychotherapy and is on the executive committee of the Society for Existential Analysis. He was founding chair of the Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association, chair of UKCP and registrar of the European Association of Psychotherapy. 


He is a fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, the British Psychological Society, the Higher Education Academy, and UKCP. 


He has worked in the NHS for over 40 years and has been a member of the Institute of Group Analysis in London for 30 years and a member of the British Association of Cognitive Psychotherapy for 20 years. Professor Tantam is the author or co-author of 170 scientific articles, and the author or editor of 12 books including Psychotherapy and Counselling in Practice.


Email: digby.tantam@googlemail.com


Declaration of interests: None


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