Christine Dunkley DClinP is a Consultant Psychotherapist, author and international speaker on Dialectrical Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness and Emotional pain.  She is a consultant trainer with the British Isles DBT training team .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. Her specialist subjects are teh regulation of painful emotion, and mindfulness.

She has over 30 publications including ‘Regulating Emotion the DBT Way’ ‘Teaching Clients to Use Mindfulness Skills’, and ‘Using Mindfulness Skills in Everyday Life,’ . 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 is Vice President of the Society for DBT and was the first chair. She was awarded a fellowship of the Society 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.

She has lectured to mental health professionals in the UK, Channel Islands, Ireland, France, Poland, Belgium, Lithuania, America and New Zealand.

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.



50Radically open-dialectical behavior therapy for disorders of over-control: signaling matters

TR Lynch, RJ Hempel, C Dunkley
American journal of psychotherapy 69 (2), 141-162
Chapter 11: Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

C Dunkley, S Palmer
The Beginner’s Guide To Counselling and Psychotherapy, 140-151
24* 2015
Teaching clients to use mindfulness skills: A practical guide

C Dunkley, M Stanton
13 2013
Hearing the suicidal patient’s emotional pain

C Dunkley, A Borthwick, R Bartlett, L Dunkley, S Palmer, S Gleeson, …
9 2017
Behavioural Approach to BIG Problems Encountered in Coaching: Behaviour Incompatible with Goals.S Palmer, C Dunkley The Coaching Psychologist 6 (1), 34-39

7 2010
First steps in mindfulness skills.

M Stanton, C Dunkley
Nursing Times 107 (6), 22-24
6 2011
Pacing the Learning

C Dunkley
Therapy Today 18 (9), 41-42
5 2007
Principles of skills assessment in dialectical behavior therapy

M Swales, C Dunkley
Cognitive and Behavioral Practice 27 (1), 18-29
3 2020
Mindfulness: Current practices and criticisms

C Dunkley, D Loewenthal
European Journal of Psychotherapy & Counselling 15 (2), 105-115
3 2013
Supervising in cases of suicide risk

C Dunkley
Therapy Today 17 (1), 31-33
3 2006
Palmers.(2011). In-session behaviour incompatible with goals (big problems) within coaching

C Dunkley
The coaching psychologist 7 (1), 5-12
Transmit and receive: what factors inhibit or facilitate the communication of emotional pain between suicidal patients and mental health professionals?

C Dunkley
University of Southampton
1 2014
Review: The international handbook of parental alienation syndrome

C Dunkley
British Journal of Guidance & Counselling 35 (3), 357-358
1 2007
Review: Rape as a method of torture

C Dunkley
British Journal of Guidance & Counselling 33 (1), 142-143
1 2005
Regulating Emotion the DBT Way: A Therapist’s Guide to Opposite Action

C Dunkley
Structuring the Wider Environment and the DBT Team

MA Swales, C Dunkley
The Oxford Handbook of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, 217
Mindfulness e vita quotidiana: una guida pratica

C Dunkley, M Stanton
Conceptual and Practical Issues in the Application of Emotion Regulation in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

C Dunkley
The Oxford Handbook of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Ed Swales, M. 1 (1 …
Using mindfulness skills in everyday life: a practical guide

C Dunkley, M Stanton
Taylor & Francis
Achtsamkeitstechniken vermitteln: Ein praktische Leitfaden

C Dunkley, M Stanton
Junfermann Verlag GmbH
Suicidal Behaviour (DVD)

M Swales, C Dunkley
Core Components of DBT 3
Addressing Eating Problems with DBT

C Dunkley
Association for University and College Counselling Journal,, 20-25
Chapter 10. Effective supervision: the evidence base

M Stanton, C Dunkley
Clinical Supervision In The Medical Profession: Structured Reflective …
5:15 Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

M Swales, C Dunkley
The SAGE Handbook of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 293
What’s In It for Me? Engaging Clients in Mindfulness

C Dunkley
University Psychotherapy and Counselling Association International Conference
Volume Index

A Hetherington, S O’Riordan, EF Turesky, D Gallagher, I Susing, …
The Coaching Psychologist 7 (2), 170
An alternative educational model for providing psychological therapy in primary careO Zolle, M Rickenbach, C Dunkley

Primary Health Care Research & Development 11 (3), 215-221
Pre-Treatment (DVD)

M Swales, C Dunkley
Core Components of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DVD series)
Behavioural Chain and Solution Analysis (DVD)

M Swales, C Dunkley
Core Components of DBT 1
Borderline Personality Disorder

MA Swales, C Dunkley, M O’Kane, P Fuggle
Borderline Personality Disorder: Treatment and management. National Clinical …
(2008) Exploring the Phenomenon of Emotional Pain in Mental Health Patients & the Mental Health Professionals Responsible for their Care. Primed and Ready to Go mental health …

C Dunkley, A Borthwick, D Kingdon
Primed and Ready to Go, Mental Health Conference
Review: Brain science and psychological disorders: Therapy, psychotropic drugs, and the brain

C Dunkley
Review: Relative Grief

C Dunkley
British Journal of Guidance & Counselling 34 (2), 267-268
Review: Mental Health Services for Minority Ethnic Children and Adolescents

C Dunkley
British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 33 (2), 265-266
Review: Clinical Supervision Made Easy , 32 (2), 251-252. (Book review

C Dunkley
British Journal of Guidance & Counselling 32 (2), 251-252
Supervision: Supervisors need to cultivate in trainees basic risk awareness

C Dunkley
CPJ-RUGBY- 14, 50-51
Supervising Trainee Counsellors in Basic Risk Awareness

C Dunkley
Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal 14 (10), 50-51
The Pain Barrier

C Dunkley
Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal 12 (1), 13-15
Teaching Mindfulness Skills in DBT

M Stanton, C Dunkley
The Oxford Handbook of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
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