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1981-84 University of Wolverhampton, BA (Hons) (Psychology)
1985-87 University of Wolverhampton, Postgraduate Diploma in Applications of Psychology
1991 University of Wolverhampton, MSc in Applications of Psychology
2010 Queen Margaret University, MSc in Transactional Analysis Counselling

Professional qualifications

1994-95 Keele University, Certificate in Counselling
2005-09 Counselling and Psychotherapy Training Institute, Edinburgh: Diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy
2008 COSCA Accredited Trainer
2010 BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist


I’m a BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist and a lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy.  I’m also the author of Counselling skills: a practical guide for counsellors and helping professionals published by Open University Press.

My academic background is psychology.  I graduated from the University of Wolverhampton with BA (Hons) in Psychology in 1984.  I also hold an MSc in Applications of Psychology, an MSc in Transactional Analysis Counselling and a Diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy.

From a research perspective, my work focuses on the counselling process and the outcome of counselling for people with long-term health conditions.  I’m also interested in the experiences of therapy from the perspective of the client.

I have published extensively on the effectiveness of counselling, pluralistic counselling and psychotherapy and counselling for long term health conditions. 

I’m also an accredited trainer with Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland (COSCA).


MSc Counselling

BSc Psychology and Counselling  

Research interests

The process and outcome of counselling for people with long-term health conditions
Experiences of therapy from the point of view of the client.


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External Examiner - Counselling Skills programme, University of Dundee, 2009-12

COSCA Internal verifier, 2008-present

Knowledge Exchange

Counselling, long-term health conditions, psychotherapy, Transactional Analysis


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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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