Grayrock is a training company providing CPD for mental health professionals – Psychologists, Counsellors, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Psychiatrists, Coaches and other allied occupations. As clinical director my job is to ensure that training events are practical, relevant and of top quality. Drawing on 30 years of clinical work with clients who have severe mental health problems I spend time seeking out the best presenters and the most useful topics so that you don’t have to. If you come to one of our events, you know that it will deliver. Check out our events page and if there is someone on your training wish list then let me know. Below is some more information about me.

Christine Dunkley DClinP is a Consultant Psychotherapist, author and international speaker on mental health treatments.  In 2012 she retired from the NHS after 30 years of clinical work and is the Clinical Director of the mental health training company Grayrock www.grayrock.co.uk  e:mail christine.dunkley@grayrock.co.uk 

publicity-shot-copyChristine completed a 4 year degree to qualify as medical social worker in 1982, first working with patients with terminal conditions and their families, then moving into physical trauma. She found her niche in the emergency department working with clients who had self-harmed, which led her to undertake further qualifications in counselling and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. She gained her doctorate in the University of Southampton school of health sciences on the communication of emotional pain in suicidal clients. She worked for 20 years in the Psychological Therapy Service in Winchester, delivering DBT and Counselling to patients with severe mental health problems. She also supervised in Primary care, developing a placement service for trainee counselors.

In 2006 Christine was invited to join the national DBT training team and began to train and supervise new DBT teams and therapists across the UK and Ireland.  She completed training as an adherence coder with staff from the University of Washington and the Linehan Institute. She became the first person to be awarded Senior Trainer status in the British Isles DBT training organisation, by training Director Dr Michaela Swales.

She has over 20 publications including ‘Teaching Clients to Use Mindfulness Skills’, and ‘Using Mindfulness Skills in Everyday Life,’ Dunkley and Stanton (2014,2016) Routledge. She also co-produced the ‘Core Components of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy’ DVD series with Michaela Swales. She has provided numerous book chapters and articles for British, American and European Journals (see below)

Christine was the founding chair of the Society for Dialectical Behaviour Therapy which has expanded to become the main accrediting body for DBT therapists in the UK and Ireland. For this contribution to the field she was awarded a fellowship by the society at their annual conference in 2016. She has also received a NICE ‘shared contributor award’ for work relating to developing counselling services in Primary Care. She sat on the national Personality Disorders reference group in University College London, and is an honorary lecturer for Bangor University. She assisted in the treatment development for Radical Openness in the large multi-site NHS RCT, helping to recruit, train and supervise the clinical staff on the pilot site before she retired from the NHS to give more time to her consulting work.

She currently lectures in the UK and Ireland, supervising clinical teams in a variety of settings including specialist adolescent services,  forensic clinics, specialist PD units, and community mental health teams. She has been very grateful for the wonderful reception given by international groups who have invited her to deliver training days, such as the International Counsellors of Paris, and the South Island Mental Health Board in New Zealand.





In Press: Dunkley C. (2017) Coaching Emotion Regulation Skills in Individual Therapy. (chapter) Ed Swales M. Handbook of DBT. Oxford University Press

In Press: Swales M., Dunkley C., Assessment of Skills Use. (2017) Journal of Cognitive and Behavior Therapy Ed: Sayrs, J. Special Edition on DBT assessment

Dunkley, C. Stanton, M. (2016) Using Mindfulness Skills in Everyday Life: A Practical Guide. Routledge

Dunkley, C., & Palmer, S. (2015). Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. The Beginner’s Guide to Counselling & Psychotherapy, 140.

Lynch, T. R., Hempel, R. J., & Dunkley, C. (2015). Radically Open-Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Disorders of Over-Control: Signaling Matters. American journal of psychotherapy69(2), 141-162.

Dunkley C., Stanton M. 2014 Teaching Clients to Use Mindfulness Skills: A Practical Guide . Routledge

Dunkley C., Loewenthal D. (2013)  Mindfulness: Current Practice and Criticisms (Editorial) in European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling, Taylor and Frances, Vol 15 issue 2 105-115

Dunkley C. (2013) Addressing Eating Problems with DBT. Association for University and College Counselling Journal,  BACP publications March, 20-25

Stanton M., Dunkley C. (2012) Effective Supervision: The Evidence Base in (eds) Owen D., Shohet R. Clinical Supervision in the Medical Profession, Open University Press Ch 10, 117-130

Swales M., Dunkley C., (2012) Dialectical Behaviour Therapy in (eds) Feltham C., Horton I. The Sage Handbook of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Sage 293 -297

Dunkley, C., Palmer S., (2011) In-session Behaviour Incompatible with Goals (BIG problems) within Coaching. The Coaching Psychologist,  7 (1) 54-59

Stanton M., Dunkley C., (2011) First Steps in Mindfulness Skills Nursing Times 107, 6: 22-24

Zolle O., Rickenbach M., Dunkley C., (2010) An Alternative Educational Model for Providing Psychological Therapy in Primary Care Primary Health Care Research & Development 11: 215-221

Palmer, S., & Dunkley, C. (2010). A Behavioral Approach to BIG Problems Encountered in Coaching: Behavior Incompatible with Goals. The Coaching Psychologist, 6(1), 32-37.

Swales M., Dunkley C., (2010) Core Components of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy 2 (DVD) Pre-Treatment

Swales M., Dunkley, C. (2009) Core Components of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy 1 (DVD) Behavioural Chain Analysis

Dunkley, C.  (2007)  Review of ‘The international handbook of parental alienation syndrome’. British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 35 (3), 357-358. (Book review).

Dunkley, C.  (2007)  Review of ‘Brain Science and Psychological Disorders: Therapy, Psychotropic Drugs, and the Brain’. British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 35 (2), 250-251. (Book review)

Dunkley, C.  (2007)  Pacing the Learning, Therapy Today 18 (9), 41-42.

Dunkley, C.  (2006)   Review of ‘Relative grief’. British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, Vol 34(2),. pp. 267-268. (Book review)

Dunkley, C. (2005)  Review of “Mental Health Services for Minority Ethnic Children and AdolescentsBritish Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 33 (2), 265-266.(Book review)

Dunkley, C.  (2006)  Supervising in cases of suicide risk. Therapy Today  17 (1), 31-33

Dunkley, C.  (2005)  Review of ‘Rape as a method of torture’. British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 33 (1), 142-143. (Book review)

Dunkley, C.  (2004)  Review of ‘Clinical Supervision Made Easy’.  British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 32 (2), 251-252. (Book review)

Dunkley, C. (2003)  Supervising Trainee Counsellors in Basic Risk Awareness. Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal  14 (10), 50 –51.

Dunkley, C.  (2001)  The Pain Barrier. Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal 12 (1), 13 – 15.


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