I have lived in Aotearoa/New Zealand since 2011 as does my partner and the youngest of my two adult sons. I play and coach badminton as well as being an avid collector of vinyl records, a Tottenham Hotspur football fan, lover of curry and an avid outdoor person.

I have worked in the mental health, drug & alcohol fields since 1990, including working for myself for 6 years:

  • Welfare Advisor, Middlesex University Student’s Union
  • Young people’s worker and manager in Greenwich HIV/Drugs project
  • Advice & Counselling worker at the Angel Drug Project
  • Young people’s drug & alcohol service manager, Barnsley (The BARN)
  • Drug Action Team Joint Commissioning Manager (Funder), Barnsley
  • Solution Focused Psychotherapist (PCT Psychology Department)
  • Manager Wakefield YP Drug & Alcohol Services (CRI Rebound)
  • Clinical Manager Wakeria Prison Drug Treatment unit (DTU) Therapeutic Community (CareNZ)
  • National Manager: Quality & Performance (CareNZ)
  • Clinical Project lead: Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui

I have an M.A from Birmingham University in Solution Focused Brief Therapy, and have over 3,000 hours experience as a therapist.

I also have BA (Hons) in German, History and Religious Studies (Middlesex), and a Certificate in Substance Misuse: Education and Training (Roehampton).

Reg. MBACP (Accred).



Hanton. P. Skills in Solution Focused Brief Counselling & Psychotherapy, Sage, London, 2011.

Hanton P. Outrageous moments in Therapy, 2010 in Nelson T.S. 2010 (ed.) Doing Something Different, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Practice, Routledge, New York.

Hanton. P. ‘Solution-Focused Therapy in a problem-focused World’. Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal, Vol 9 No 2, April 2009, BACP (peer reviewed journal).

Hanton P. Solution Focused Brief Therapy with clients diagnosed as being moderately to severely depressed.  Research Review of the United Kingdom Association for Solution Focused Practice, Volume 1 – Issue 1 • 2008 (peer reviewed journal).

Hanton. P. Solution focused therapy with carers.  Solution News, the bulletin of the United Kingdom Association for Solution Focused Practice Volume 3 (2), April 2008.

Hanton P. The Essential Drug Service Commissioner, DrugScope, London, 2006

MA. Dissertation, ‘An exploration of the effectiveness of using Solution Focused Brief Therapy with clients diagnosed as being moderately to severely depressed’ University of Birmingham, 2005.

The theory of not having theory in SFT (2005), in Solution News, the bulletin of the United Kingdom Association for Solution Focused Practice, Vol. 1, issue 2, 2005

Young People’s Substance Misuse Review : assessment of future needs, for Doncaster Drug Strategy Unit, 2005

Solution Focused Therapy and Substance Misuse (2003), in Handbook of Solution-Focused Therapy (2003), O’Connell W.J.& Palmer S. eds. Sage, London.

‘Treatment Toolkit’, A review of publications related to treatment for substance misuse, for Drug Prevention Advisory Service, 2001.



PRIMHD Information and utility resource: 2016. Influencing the broader sector and workforce to improve the quality of the data collected in Programme for the Integration of Mental Health Data (PRIMHD) http://www.tepou.co.nz/resources/primhd-information-and-utility-resource/719 Co author

Can Solution Focused Techniques Help Improve Mental Health and Employment Outcomes?

Alyson Wells, Melanie Devonald, Victoria Graham and Rebecca Molyneux. Journal of Occupational Psychology, Employment and Disability, Vol 12, No 1, Spring 2010 (I was the clinical supervisor of this project).

Substance of Young Needs, 2001, Health Advisory Service, DoH, London http://www.drugs.gov.uk/publication-search/dpas/DPAS15.pdf?

(I was on the advisory panel of this publication).

Evaluation of Drug Interventions Programme pilots for children and young people: arrest referral, drug testing and Drug Treatment and Testing Requirements: Matrix Research and Consultancy and Institute for Criminal Policy Research, Kings College. Home Office Online Report 07/07 (member of expert panel). http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs07/rdsolr0707.pdf