James Rye lives in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, UK and is a retired lecturer and a retired counsellor/psychotherapist. He currently blogs at circato.co.uk.

James was in Private Practice as Director of Connections Counselling Ltd from 1979-2021 working therapeutically with clients and delivering inservice training and supervision to counsellors.

As well as working in Private Practice in King’s Lynn with individuals who contacted him, James Rye also delivered counselling to company employees via various Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) providers.

James was a Senior Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP Snr.Accred. Registered Member 13083). He was formerly Chair of the Private Practice Division within the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) 2013-2015.

James Rye was a founding partner in Peterborough Counsellor Training.

Professional Qualifications

James Rye has • a BA in English and Philosophy from the University of East Anglia • an MPhil in Education (Cognitive Psychology) from the University of Nottingham • an MA in Humanistic Counselling Studies from the University of Nottingham • a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Cambridge • a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Supervision from the University of Derby • a Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy from the University of East Anglia • a Certificate in Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy from the Albert Ellis Institute (New York)

James Rye is also a trained and qualified King’s Lynn Town Guide.

Early Career

Before becoming a counsellor and psychotherapist, James Rye worked for nearly 30 years as a teacher and lecturer in schools, colleges, and universities in, and around King’s Lynn. He taught English (Language and Literature), Linguistics, Humanities, and Education.

In the latter part of his career James was Head of Humanities at the College of West Anglia. He also taught on undergraduate or postgraduate programmes for the University of Huddersfield, the University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University, the Open University, and Anglia Ruskin University.


James Rye has published eight books and numerous academic and popular articles, including: • Cloze Procedure and the Teaching of Reading (Heinemann Educational, 1982) • A Popular Guide to Norfolk Place-names (Larks Press, 1991) • Setting Up and Running A Therapy Business: Frequently Asked Questions (Karnac Books, 2017; Taylor & Francis/Routledge, 2018 2nd Edition, Routledge 2020)