Qualifications

PhD Psychology (University of Manchester, 2011)

Diploma in person-centred counselling and psychotherapy (2010)

Certificate in cognitive-behavioural therapy (2012)

BA Psychology (University of Manchester, 2004)

Biography

In 2015 I joined the University of Roehampton in order to develop my teaching and research interests in the area of psychotherapy, and in particular person-centred/humanistic therapies. Here, I am a member of the research group CREST, leading the themes: Working with voices, visions and experiences of presence; and Empowering children and young people. I am also director of the CREST Therapy and Research Clinic and acting deputy director of CREST. Prior to this I worked as a (mostly) qualitative researcher and MSc supervisor at the Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families (2013-2015), leading qualitative evaluation research on national projects of child mental health service interventions and a pediatric care safety initiative known as the SAFE project. At the Centre I worked across two units; the Evidence-Based Practice Unit (UCL/AFC) and Postgraduate Studies (UCL/AFC). In terms of my own studies and training, I completed a PhD in Psychology in 2011 under the supervision and guidance of Professor Ivan Leudar and Professor Wes Sharrock in the Department of Psychology at the University of Manchester. In between and in parallel with academic posts I have pursured practice interests in person-centred and experiential psychotherapies in private practice and voluntary organisations.

Research interests

My research interests span the fields of;

  • psychological and relational approaches to hearing voices
  • experiences of continued presence in grief
  • psychological impact of austerity
  • person-centred and experiential therapies
  • child and adolescent psychotherapy process research
  • conversation analysis and ethnomethodology

Research projects

Current projects include:

  • Humanistic psychotherapy for unwlecome experiences of presence (In collaboration with Pablo Sabucedo, Chris Evans, Anastasios Gaitanidis, Eleanor Warman & Liddy Carver)
  • A survey of presence in grief (with Zoe Shaughnessy, Chris Evans, Paul Dickerson)
  • Evaluation of the I-thrive model of child and adolescent mental health services (with Mick Cooper, Hilary Bruffell)

I also supervise 11 doctoral research projects.

Professional affiliations

Member of Britich Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (Accredited, Registered)

Member of the World Association for Person-Centred and Experiential Psychotherapies

Teaching

I currently teach doctoral trainees in Counselling Psychology on the following topics:

  • Person-centred therapy
  • Experiential therapy
  • Research interviewing
  • Conversation and discourse analysis
  • Phenomenological, relational & humanistic formulation

I am the module convenor for Person-Centred and Experiential Theory and Practice, and facilitate a weekly Professional Practice Group.

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