Counsellor’s Life – Glen Guy

Glen Guy is well known and respected for his teaching and leadership over many years as a senior lecturer in the masters of counselling, Queensland University of Technology and his supervision in many counselling agencies. Glen’s profile.

YOUR PASSION

  1. Your favourite hobby: Trekking, running and keeping my garden “tidy” (my ageing back is an increasing limitation…)
  2. Favourite sports player: Kurt Fearnley
  3. Guilty pleasure: a glass of whisky or wine
  4. I can’t live without: my family
  5. The charity I support: I have left a number of bequests in my will
  6. Next travel destination: Lord Howe Is
  7. I love the sound of: birds, the sea, wind through trees, baroque chamber music, countertenor voices etc etc
  8. I would like to learn: Italian
  9. If I could rid the world of one thing: cancer and intolerance
  10. I have a fear of: painful immobility
  11. My hidden talent: my capacity to not accept any talents
  12. Before I die I must: appreciate more my family and my surrounds
  13. My writing inspiration is: my history and constructionist thought

INSPIRATIONS

  1. Favourite TV shows: Endeavour
  2. Singers: from the sublime to the ridiculous i.e. Andreas Scholl (counter-tenor), Renee Fleming (soprano), Connie Francis (60s pop)
  3. Movies: Blade Runner
  4. My super power would be: to understand…
  5. What makes you laugh: the irreverently ridiculous e.g. Fawlty Towers, The Goons
  6. People I admire: there’s something in most people that I admire e.g. members of my family but I guess Jesus would top the list, Michael White in counselling
  7. What inspires you: people
  8. The best advice I ever got: “keep the faith”
  9. Worst advice I ever got: “Take others’ advice!”
  10. Ultimate dinner party guests: close friends and family

HOME

  1. Favourite room in my home: the outside is more important than the inside
  2. Most treasured possession: my health and mobility
  3. Favourite drink: single malt whisky
  4. Midnight snack: cheese and wine/whisky
  5. Favourite takeaway: Indian
  6. Best place ever lived: present home
  7. Best place ever visited: Himalayas
  8. Best part of the day: late afternoon

COUNSELLING

  1. Favourite counselling framework: Narrative
  2. What are you most proud of with your counselling work: I developed the first (1989) university-based counselling clinic that used a reflecting team model and which still operates today at QUT. I helped with the development of one of the first postgraduate, university-based, generic counselling courses in Australia. I have helped train and supervise hundreds of counselling professionals in Queensland.
  3. Favourite counselling book: Maps of Narrative Practice (Michael White)
  4. Most expensive counselling workshop attended: “Evolution of Psychotherapy” conferences and workshops
  5. What do you take with you in your counselling room: my sense of fascination with, and my desire to learn about, other people’s stories
  6. Self-care strategy for yourself: relaxing with my family, coffee with my wife, whisky with my son…
  7. What did you struggle with when you first started counselling: I can’t remember but if I stop struggling it might be time to give up! It’s a privileged and beautiful struggle!
  8. Favourite counselling quotes: “exoticize the domestic”, “absent but implicit” (Michael White), “The woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.” (Henry van Dyke), “Full many a flow’r is born to blush unseen…” (Thomas Gray)
  9. Advice to new counsellors: “Learn to recognise and value your own uniqueness before learning particular approaches and models.” “Be sceptical about advice!”
  10. Hopes for the counselling profession: To continue to challenge its practices against such fundamental principles as collaboration, openness, respect, critical perspective taking, social justice, reflective processes etc.

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