Roy A. Bowden is a former president of the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists and a board member on the World Council for Psychotherapy. He has been a keynote speaker at World Council conferences focusing on the way psychotherapy meets the needs of people in different cultures and the relevance of modality based psychotherapies in ever changing global environments. His book, A Psychotherapist Sings in Aotearoa, challenges traditional psychodynamic views in New Zealand. His published works call for psychotherapy theory and practice to be built from within cultural settings. Roy has been a Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Social Policy at Massey University, the Head of School for Counselling degree programmes at the Wellington Institute of Technology, a national trainer for couple therapists in Relationship Services, a former clergyman and a trained social auditor. Since establishing the first university based Certificate in Social Work Supervision Roy has maintained an interest in mentoring health professionals in a variety of practice settings. Roy is currently on the professional practice ethics committee for the New Zealand Psychotherapy Association, in private practice as a couples counsellor, a consultant to social agencies and a trainer for practitioners in health and welfare organisations.