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Research Supervision

I have extensive experience in supervising and examining Masters’ and Doctoral research. To date, I have supervised 100+ successful Masters (MA & MSc) dissertations and seventeen successful doctorate theses (PhD & DProf) to completion. I am open to being approached to be involved on a supervisory team for doctoral work, as an examiner at your viva, or offer you consultative research supervision. For private consultation, my fee is £50 per hour. Otherwise, with a contract, I accept the university fee on offer.

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Successful doctorates that I have supervised thus far are:

 

 

PhD: Khan, N. (2009). An exploration of the suitability of counselling for British-born, South Asian, Muslim women. University of Central Lancashire. Second Supervisor.

 

PhD: Goss, P. (2012). Redefining contra-sexual influence in the human psyche and its implications for gender relations. University of Central Lancashire. Second Supervisor.

 

PhD: Broadbent, J. (2016): Hear my voice: an interpretative phenomenological analysis of the experience of personal traumatic bereavement on humanistic therapists’ personal and professional identity and therapeutic practice. University of Chester. Director of Studies & Second Supervisor.

DProf: Bonsmann, C. (2016): The experience of prematurely terminating therapy: clients’ perspectives. University of Chester. Director of Studies & Principal Supervisor.

PhD: Carver, E. (2017): A co-operative inquiry into trainers' inter and intra-personal concerns and challenges in counselling and psychotherapy training. University of Chester. Principal Supervisor.

PhD: Sims, M. (2017). An inquiry into adult adoptees’ journeying with their sexuality. University of Chester. Principal Supervisor.

PhD: Constantine, A. (2019): Therapists' experiences of working with issues of sex and sexuality within training and practice. University of Chester. Director of Studies & Principal Supervisor.

PhD: Claudia Nielsen (2019): Post-mortem consciousness: views of psychotherapists and their influence on the work with clients. University of Chester. Director of Studies & Principal Supervisor

DProf: Deanne Gardner (2019): An exploration of the emotional demands made on clergy wives in the New Testament of God tradition in the UK. University of Chester. Principal Supervisor.

DProf: Gary Tebble (2019): Developing a pluralistic model of practice for counselling work with young people (11-16) with special educational needs/disabilities (SEND), using a grounded theory approach. University of Chester. Second Supervisor.

DProf: Richard Mason (2020): An exploration of professional development implications for Counsellors who have worked in the English Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme. University of Chester. Second Supervisor.

DProf: Emma Swales (2020): A moment of love? Embodied experiences of relational depth in Transactional Analysis psychotherapy. University of Chester. Principal Supervisor.

PhD: Kate Diggory (2020): Carers’ understandings and perceptions of self-compassion following a brief mindfulness and self-compassion intervention: Exploring the mechanisms of self-compassion. University of Chester. Second Supervisor.

PhD: Andrew Smith (2021): The role of Celtic Christian spirituality in promoting psychotherapeutic wellbeing. Principal Supervisor.

DPsyche: Harvey, G. (2021). Both sides of the coin: A narrative exploration of the influence of a fundamentalist religious upbringing on mental health and wellbeing in adulthood. Academic Consultant.

DProf: Heather Barton (2021): An exploration of the impact of diversity and culture on the journey of faith and spirituality of a Counsellor who is a Christian. Principal Supervisor.

DProf: Michelle Seabrook (2022): An exploration into how supervisee self-care is, or isn't, addressed in the clinical supervision of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. Principal Supervisor.

 

 

Current Doctoral work being supervised at the University of Chester

DProf: Tracey Clare (due 2021): Exploring psychological growth in adult offspring following perceived parental rejection in childhood. University of Chester. Principal Supervisor.

PhD: Noof Hasan (due 2021): An exploration of the helpful and hindering aspects of Counselling and Psychotherapy with Middle Eastern clients living in England. University of Chester. Principal Supervisor.

 

PhD: Birgit Ewald (due 2023): How do counsellors/psychotherapists, who are informed by a Christian contemplative practice in their personal lives, experience and make sense of presence in the therapeutic relationship? [Principal Supervisor]

PhD: Lynda Hill (due 2024): An exploration of the emotional support needs of grandparents whose grandchild has had a childhood cancer diagnosis. [Principal Supervisor]

PhD: Hannah Parkes (due 2024): An exploration of the value of, and challenge to, Person-Centred counselling for adult adoptees who have been adopted in infancy. [Principal Supervisor].

PhD: Sue Mckilvie (due 2024): What are Counsellors’ understandings and experiences of working with the compatibilities and dilemmas of holding Christian beliefs whilst working with psychological theories? [Principal Supervisor]

DProf: Jens Bakewell (due 2022): Investigating the impact of freshwater wild swimming on mental health. [Principal Supervisor].

DProf: Emily Fozard (due 2022): Inter-parental conflict and its developmental impacts on young adults. [Principal Supervisor]

PhD: Diane Birrell (due 2025): A interpretative phenomenological analysis of the lived experience of counsellors’ and psychotherapists’ somatic countertransference in their clinical practice. [Principal Supervisor]

DProf: David Braimer (due 2024); Qualitative study of the meaning, purpose of life, and spirituality of Holocaust survivors based on personal experiences. [Principal Supervisor]

PhD: Lucinda Hart (due 2026): [Principal Supervisor]

PhD: Anjum Abbas Shah (due 2026): [Principal Supervisor]

PhD: Rachel Cook (due 2026): [Principal Supervisor]

PhD: Elaine Jones (due 2026): [Principal Supervisor]

   

 

 

Doctorates/MPhils examined as an invited External or Internal Examiner or Chair at the Viva

Proot, C (2010). Living one’s dying: an experiential exploration into constituents of healing in chronic and life-threatening illness. University of East Anglia: PhD. (Role: External Examiner).

Scott, A. (2011). An exploration of the Counsellor's experience of integrating Christian Faith with Clinical Practice. University of Manchester: PhD. (Role: External Examiner).

 

Taylor, S. (2013). The reciprocal influence of Person-Centred Students and Trainers, University of Manchester: PhD. (Role: External Examiner).

 

Rock, A. (2013). The role of religious commitment in the development of professional counselling empathy: an investigation of student counsellors in Barbados. University of Bath: EdD. (Role: External Examiner).

 

Layzell, R. (2015). And It Was Night: psychological and theological perspectives on the pastoral accompaniment of adults journeying through ‘inscrutable darkness’. University of Chester: DProf in Practical Theology. (Role: External Examiner).

Gavaghan, A. (2015). A Counsellor’s experience of practicing in the context of NHS Primary Care: A heuristic exploration of external influences that could impact on the therapeutic relationship. University of Manchester: MPhil. (Role: External Examiner).

O’Sullivan, B. (2015). The sexual abuse of minors by the clergy: The effects of this crisis on non-offending Catholic priests in England and Wales. University of Manchester: DCouns. (Role: External Examiner).

Green, B.H. (2016). Psychiatric responses to traumatic events: A UK project involving mixed method studies. University of Chester: PhD by publication. (Role: Internal Examiner).

Kielkiewicz, K. (2016). Postmodern concept of spirituality within European population. University of Huddersfield: PhD. (Role: External Examiner).

Wilk, K. (2016). Bridging the Gap: A collective case study of counsellors' and international students’ experiences of working together. University of Manchester: (Role: External Examiner).

Patel, J. (2016). Trainee Counselling Psychologists’ Experiences of Working with Clients from Different Ethnic/Religious Backgrounds. University of Manchester: (Role: External Examiner).

Eilbeck, J.M. (2017). How therapists understand their experiences of working at a depth of engagement in therapy: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. University of Manchester: DCouns. (Role: External Examiner).

Sinclair, R.M. (2017). The Church of England’s Influence on the Divorce Reform Act 1969. University of Chester: MPhil. (Role: Chair of Viva Panel).

Maier, K.E. (2017). Following the enlivened thread: The experience of providing Christian Spiritual Direction. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada: PhD (Role: External Examiner).

Flynn, S.E. (2017). Cancer experiences in people with intellectual disabilities. University of Chester: PhD (Role: Chair of Viva Panel).

Riding, R. (2017). Challenging the rules of engagement: Co-creation of knowledge in the public art museum. University of Chester: PhD (Role: Chair of Viva Panel).

Bond, P.M. (2018). Wound meets wound in the counselling room. University of Edinburgh: PhD (Role: External Examiner).

England, M. (2018). You don’t have to carry it alone: Christian Clients’ experiences of praying in therapy. Trinity Western University, Canada: MA (Role: External Examiner).

Hoekstra, M. (2018). Artist teacher and democratic pedagogical practice: Drakakas and thirdspaces. University of Chester: PhD (Role: Chair of Viva Panel).

Nazarov, K. (2018). Focalization in the Old Testament Narratives with Specific Examples from the Book of Ruth. University of Chester: PhD (Role: Chair of Viva Panel).

Misra, S. (2018). The Plastic Ceiling Project: Representing the pain of mothers that work and study. University of Chester: EdD (Role: Chair of Viva Panel).

Marx, H. (2018). Children’s Decisions to Support Victims of Bullying: Friend and Peer Influences and the effects of a Cross-age Teaching of Social Issues Intervention. University of Chester: PhD (Role: Chair of Viva Panel).

Rodgers, A. (2018). To what extent is George Lindbeck’s ‘Postliberal’ approach to doctrine helpful for the resolution of contemporary Christian controversies? University of Chester: PhD (Role: Chair of Viva Panel).

 

Spry, G. (2020). A new felt presence: an autoethnographic study of a regional feltmakers group. University of Chester: EdD (Role: Chair of Viva Panel)

Newman, R. (2020). When God Feels Absent: A Phenomenological Exploration of Searching for God in Adolescence. Trinity Western University, Canada. MA (Role: External Examiner)  

Kainth, S. (2020). An exploration into south Asian international students’ perceptions about counselling in the UK. University of Manchester. DCounPsy (Role: External Examiner).

Khan, M. (2021). Exploring BAME young people’s attitudes towards accessing counselling. University of Manchester, DCounPsy (Role: External Examiner).

Wang, D. (2021). A practical and theoretical approach to assessing micro-enterprise brand image signals. University of Chester, PhD (Role: Chair of Viva panel).

Frith, A. (2021). A grounded theory study exploring the impact of military service in Northern Ireland on mental well-being. University of Chester, PhD (Role: Chair of Viva panel).

Martin, G. (2021): Mental Health work with refugees and asylum-seekers in a Northern England context. University of Middlesex, DProf by Public Works (Role: External Examiner).

Aug, J. (2021): A phenomenological inquiry into how transcendent experiences among existential therapists influence their practice. University of Middlesex, DProf (Role: External Examiner).

McGibbon, M. (2021): An Exploration of Self: How Does the Therapist’s Self Impact on Practice. A Practitioner’s Perspective. University of Middlesex, DPsych by Professional Studies (Role: External Examiner).

Sarantopoulou, V. (2022): Dietary Habits and adherence to the Mediterranean diet amongst adolescents and adults in Cyprus: a cross sectional study. University of Chester, PhD (role: Chair of Viva).