Mr Nicholas Bayley

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Nicholas Bayley has been a counsellor and psychotherapist since 1998, having previously taught English in secondary schools.  As course leader to the professional qualifying counselling courses two days a week at Rewley House, he also works in private practice as a psychotherapist in Reading. 

Research interests

Nicholas's research interests are in poetry and psychoanalysis (interviews with poets who have had therapy, applying the study of poetics to psychotherapy), in humour in the consulting room (Can we laugh? Should we?), and in the processes of psychoanlaysis (we know it works, but how does it?).


‘A Long-Legged Fly Upon the Stream’: Poetry, Memory and the Unconscious' Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 1 October 2016, Vol.23(4), pp.387-395
‘Nothing Substance Utters: difficult poetry and the craft of psychotherapy’, Psychodynamic Practice, April 2016 online.

'Who Dares, Speaks: Critical psychotherapy and the poetics of suffering' in the European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling, (2014) Vol 16 No. 4.

'Chewing It Over: Conversation with a Poet, Sitegeist 8, 2012.

'From Counter Transference to Alterity: the Otherness of the Analyst' in Sitegeist No.2,  2002


Book reviews for Psychodynamic Practice:

2015 - Swales, S. (2012) Perversion: a Lacanian psychanalytic approach to the subject

Book reviews for the European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling:

Miller, M. (2011), Lacanian Psychotherapy:Theory and Application

Feltham, C. (2012) Failure

Book review for Sitegeist:

Sitegeist 12 2016, a review of Mona Hatoum at Tate Britain in 2016

Sitegeist 11 2015, Burton, R. (2013) A Strong Song Tows Us; The Life of Basil Bunting

Sitegeist 9, 2013: Dinnage, R, (2012) The Long Vacation


‘A Long-legged Fly Upon the Stream: poetry, memory and the unconscious’, Conference: ‘Poetry and Memorization’ at Homerton College Cambridge, March 2015.

'Chewing It Over' College of Psychoanalysts UK Research Study Day 13 July 2013

'Who Dares, Speaks: critical theory, psychoanalysis and the poetics of confession' at the Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association annual conference, 2 November 2013.