Dr Philip Hayton

Dr Philip Hayton is doctorate trained at the Salomons Institute for Applied Psychology, emphasising family, adult, parent, and child developmental psychology at the child and family department at the NHS Tavistock Clinic where he completed a specialisation. He works in Hertfordshire, London, and internationally as a clinical psychologist and leadership coach.

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Philip Hayton

Philip is a founding member of the Holistic Faculty of the British Psychological Society, Philip is a skilled and sensitive practitioner in the treatment of psychological stress, difficulty and trauma in individuals of all ages, using a broad range of Cognitive and other Psychological and Systemic approaches. He brings this experience to his seminars and supervision with students, in his part-time role as Senior Lecturer of Prof Doc in Counselling Psychology. Philip has a portfolio career - he also leads on research and development at an international leadership development consultancy based in the UK and is a partner of many years standing at an internationally-leading private clinic (The Child and Family Practice) in London.

Philip is fascinated by human development, through the full lifespan, and in adulthood especially. He has considerable experience in applying his knowledge in various sectors (private, education, commerce, and public) in development roles, working to develop culture, leadership, and also individuals. He brings rich experience, simplicity and straightforwardness to the, at times, bewilderingly complex questions of how to bring about real human development and growth.

A psychologist working in the NHS since 2001, Dr Philip Hayton joined London Metropolitan University’s postgraduate psychology training programmes in 2010: Counselling Psychology, Occupational Psychology, and Forensic Psychology postgraduate programmes. Philip also contributes regularly as a marker and assessor for Canterbury Christ Church University’s Clinical Psychology Training Programme at Salomons (South Thames) in Kent, where he trained.

At London Met, Philip teaches mainly third-year students on the Module entitled Advanced Psychological Theory and Practice 2, which empowers students to develop a sophisticated repertoire of skills and approaches for complex cases. Philip is an experienced doctoral supervisor mainly for Grounded Theory studies, a methodology he lectures on and supervises, at London Met and elsewhere.

Philip's use of psychological assessment, support and guidance involve sensitive coaching, advice, counselling, supervision, consultation, and in-depth psychological therapy. He enjoys bringing this to his lectures and seminars with postgraduate students. An applied psychologist, therapist, educator, and publisher, Dr Hayton is passionate about cultivating well-being, achievement and development in individuals, families, teams, and organisations to a high level.

Main research and development interested in:

  • Occupational and organisational (eg leadership) processes and pressures
  • Advanced psychological theory and practice in real-world contexts
  • Advanced clinical formulation and reflection in practice
  • Applied postgraduate knowledge & theory development (eg grounded theory methods)


Dr Phillip Hayton
Senior Lecturer in Psychology
E: p.hayton@londonmet.ac.uk