BPS Chartered, HCPC Registered Counselling Psychologist and BACP Registered Accredited Counsellor.
I am a Lecturer for the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology Programme (D.Couns.Psych.) at Manchester Institute of Education. In this role I lead on the Critical Perspectives on Distress module and the Working in Different Modalities and Across the Lifespan module. I also teach group and individual CBT skills; and topics in service leadership and social entrepreneurship for practitioner psychologists. I provide supervision for qualitative doctoral research; and internal and external examinations for doctoral theses in Counselling Psychology. My research interests include social and reflective learning in the course of recovery from mental and behavioural illness. I am currently the Placement Director for the D.Couns.Psych. programme.
Beyond my University role, I am also Director of Oakwood Psychology Services, a social enterprise providing specialist community psychological therapies and behavoural health support under contract to the NHS.
Since qualifying in 1994 with M.Ed in Counseling Psychology at Rutgers University, New Brunswick NJ, USA I have worked in hospital and community settings across the public, private and social sectors. From 1994 - 2000 I held staff psychotherapist positions on psychiatric units at St Clares Hospital, Boonton NJ and University Medical Center, Princeton NJ. During this time I also worked as an associate counsellor in a number of private practices, most notably the Center for Optimum Living in Kinnelon NJ.
Following my move to Manchester UK in 2002 I have principally worked in third sector clinical and operational lead roles as Owner/Director of Oakwood Psychology Services. Under my direction since 2006 the organisation has delivered a range of NHS contracts as a sole provider and within provider consortia. I joined the University of Manchester as a Lecturer in Counselling Psychology following my completion of D.Couns.Psych. there in 2018.
In 2011 I was awarded a Northwest Regional Development Agency grant to undertake the LEAD SME management programme at Manchester Enterprise Business School. I subsequently wrote a BPS guidance document and counselling psychology textbook chapter on social entrepreneurship for practitioner psychologists. I have also delivered conference presentations on successful bidding for public sector tenders. My other conference presentations and publications to date are in the area of psychological treatments for eating disorders.