Dr Kate Powis & Gavin Roberts

Dr Kate Powis has had a life-long enjoyment of story and metaphor which has been informed by academic studies that include a PhD locating connections between social narratives and psychoanalytic theory within experiences of people with life limiting conditions. Her research and practice in palliative care education at St Helena Hospice in Colchester, has helped her understand the role of story in coming to terms with life crises, illness and loss. She has become passionate about how story reaffirms the connections between people, and wants to uphold the importance of telling and listening to story in overcoming personal and social barriers.


Gavin roberts picGavin Roberts has over ten years’ experience as a Hypnotherapist and uses an integrative approach, offering short-term solution-focused therapy to deeper, transpersonal therapy, tailoring the therapy he provides to the individual. He has always been fascinated by the power of stories to entrance the listener and often uses stories in his work. Through thousands of one-to-one sessions with clients Gavin has honed his ability to identify unconscious patterns and help develop new ‘life stories’ for his clients.

Past events with Dr Kate Powis and Gavin Roberts

The Power of Story: The use of story, metaphor and personal narrative in therapy and healthcare

Testimonials for Dr Kate Powis and Gavin Roberts’ training

“I felt very drawn in and inspired”

“The trainers were fabulous – warm and knowledgeable”

“It was both entertaining and educational”


Brighton Therapy Partnership has worked with many trainers and speakers in the field of counselling and psychotherapy. To see a full list, visit our speaker page. In addition, we regularly interview speakers for our blog.