I am a clinical and counselling psychologist (HCPC Registered) and a BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist. I am the Head of Psychology and a Senior Lecturer in Psychology. I am the programme leader for the MSc Psychology of Coercive Control (with Rod Dubrow-Marshall) and the MSc Applied Psychology (Therapies) (with Simon Cassidy). I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I am the Co-chair of the Taught Ethics Panel for the School of Health and Society. Previously, I designed and managed the new Counselling and Wellbeing Service at the University of Salford, and I taught for the MSc in Counselling (Professional Training). I am an integrative/pluralistic/existential psychotherapist, and I incorporate hypnotherapy and EMDR into my practice. I have extensive clinical and counselling experience in a variety of settings, including universities, prisons, addiction agencies, psychiatric hospitals, veteran agencies, and private practice.I obtained my PhD in Counselling Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, USA, and conducted my PhD dissertation research on “Marital relationships of children of Holocaust survivors”. I am the Mental Health Chair for the International Cultic Studies Association, and I am a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Cultic Studies.
My current research interests include: Psychology of coercive control (including domestic abuse, cults, extremist groups, gangs, and trafficking); creative therapies for depression; group dynamics and family systems; ethical psychotherapy and psychotherapy outcome; practitioner self-care; CBT and physical health; and single session psychotherapy.