Dr Jeannette Roddy

I have conducted research associated with counselling and psychotherapy for individuals who have experienced domestic abuse since starting my PhD at York St John University in 2010. This work investigated the client experience of counselling and formed the basis for a model of therapeutic practice with this client group. The model was then used to develop a competency framework for training and assessing counsellors working with this client group.

My research has included work with both male and female clients and focuses on the way that individuals can abuse each other and the effect of the abuse, rather than gender. This means we can work successfully with people who have had many different relationship experiences. The approach is the basis for a counselling training course for working with victims of abuse, developed with colleagues in the University of Salford. Counsellors volunteering at our domestic abuse counselling service, launched in October 2019, complete this training prior to working in the service. We offer counselling to clients locally and across the UK via a face to face and online service. This provides the basis for future research to improve our work with this client group.

As many clients experiencing domestic abuse have had prior abusive experiences, my research interests have extended into working more generally with victims of abuse and to possible therapeutic options for perpetrators of intimate partner violence.

I am also a part of a consortium of counselling research clinics across the UK, including Abertay, York St John and Newman Universities. This group is looking at the efficacy of humanistic counselling through the University Counselling Research Clinics as well as the potential for online therapy, following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Additionally, I am a visiting Research Fellow at York St John University and a member of the BACP Research Committee.

Postgraduate Research Supervision Interests

I am interested in supervising research students in the following areas: counselling and psychotherapy in response to trauma and abuse; counselling and psychotherapy processes; effectiveness and efficacy of counselling and psychotherapy approaches; development of counselling and psychotherapy practice models; counselling, psychotherapy and mental health; counselling and psychotherapy for perpetrators; and online counselling.

Find out more about my work

Open Access: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/view/authors/63360.html

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9757-2539


Psychotherapy, Domestic violence, Abuse, Online Therapy, Counselling Process, Counselling Model, Trauma, Counselling, Therapeutic Relationship