Registered psychologist practitioner with HCPC, BPS and psychotherapist with UKCP
Doctorate in Counselling Psychology
MEd. BSc PGCertED.
I joined the department in 2008 having gained extensive experience as a practitioner in a range of mental health services and a lecturer involved with nurse and midwifery training. Prior to this, I worked as a researcher at the Medical Research Council Unit at the University of Aberdeen, one of the early research communities to develop Qualitative Methods of research.
In the undergraduate programmes I contribute to the specialist Counselling & Psychotherapy Route.This includes study of both theoretical and practical approaches to psychological counselling and psychotherapy. In addition I contribute to other third year options where an understanding of Mental Health and psychotherapy is part of the module. Likely topics are CBT and Depression and Anxiety. I also teach aspects of my specialist area Attachment Theory and Clinical Practice.
I supervise undergraduate and postgraduate research, which has a focus on mental health and psychotherapetic change. My interest is in Qualitative Research Methodology.
I have supervised MSc research students investigating counselling approaches, cultural differences in approaches to establishing identity, and seeking help. Counselling in supporting family relationships during divorce.
Currently - I have one PhD student investigating international students and challenges to cultural identites.
My doctoral thesis studied the processes of psychological change in short term psychotherapy and I have continued to build on this work, and expand this to study language, narrative and the potentiality of projective stimuli to facilitate psychotherapy.
In addition to my work at university, I work as a practitioner psychologist and psychotherapist and a consultant offering staff supervision and training. Areas of expertise include; the processes involved in psychological change, group psychotherapy, short-term psychodynamci therapy,the therapeutic relationship in short term psychotherapy, interpersonal narratives and the patterns of defence, applications of attachment theory.
I am a Counselling Psychologist, registered practitioner with the Health and Care Professions Council and a Chartered Psychologist with the British Pychology Society (BPS). I am also a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, and trained Group Analyst registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapists.