BSc (Hons), PGDip (Couns), QCoP, PGCE, C.Psychol
Born and raised in the North East of England, I left to attend university in Liverpool where I gained my Applied Psychology degree before embarking upon the BPS Independent Route in Counselling Psychology. I have worked within the psychology department of a Learning Disabilities multi-disciplinary team, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service and Primary Care Service. I have also worked with adults who are HIV/AIDS positive. I established a service in Merseyside to assess the mental health of homeless adults and to provide therapeutic support, this also involved delivering training to hostel workers in mental health awareness and risk assessment. Working with the homeless led me to develop my interest in the field of drug and alcohol addiction, leading me to return to the North East to work for four years with clients with alcohol problems.
For five years, I worked within a local NHS Trust based within a Musculoskeletal service, with adults who have chronic back pain. Within this role, I worked with patients on a 1:1 and in group settings to support them to manage their pain. I also managed and supervised other psychologists within the department and was involved in strategic developments within the Trust as part of my role.
I was the Programme Director on the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology for over two years. I am now a Principal Lecturer and I teach on a number of modules including Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I also provide research supervision for trainees. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
I have established my own private practice and I am registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Care Professions Council and as a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society.
I am the Training Lead for the Division of Counselling Psychology (British Psychological Society).
Summary of Research Interests
My academic and clinical interests are in addiction, chronic pain, domestic violence, sexuality, CBT and psychodrama. I am currently working towards research within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, military families and domestic violence.
I am currently working towards publication of research into the experiences of women who have survived domestic violence and who live with chronic back pain.
To date (2017) I have supervised 20 Doctoral students to completion of their thesis.
Enterprise Interest and Activities
I am the Principal Lecturer for Enterprise and Business Engagement within the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Law.