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PG Dip, MA in Counselling & Psychotherapy

MA Counselling and Psychology Studies

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Dr David TuneDr David Tune

Senior Lecturer, Counselling and Course Leader, MA Counselling & Psychotherapy Studies

I am currently Senior Lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy at York St John, working part time for two days per week. I am an accredited practitioner of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, and I am an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Association. 

I initially trained as an ‘Integrative Body Psychotherapist’ in New York and London in the 1980s. I worked for some time as a therapist with emotionally disturbed children in the USA and then after training as a psychiatric social worker on my return to the UK, I worked  for children’s services in Manchester and London. I entered academia in the early nineteen nineties setting up and running training courses for the public and private sectors. I then studied for my PhD in Counselling Studies at Manchester University focussing on ‘proximity and touch in psychotherapy’.


Lynne GabrielDr Lynne Gabriel

Reader in Counselling and Relational Ethics

I am an Associate Professor and Reader in Counselling, Coaching and Ethics in the Department of Occupation and Wellbeing.  My role includes teaching, enhancing student experience through engagement with research, developing research bids, mentoring colleagues developing research projects, and embedding research into course curricula.  I am involved in research projects on bereavement, depression, domestic violence and trauma, and recently led an EU bid for a large European domestic violence project.  I am leading on the development of a Wellbeing Clinic that will offer psychological therapies, research projects involving staff, students and external partners, and community-facing services.   My teaching involves undergraduate and postgraduate modules and I supervise counselling, coaching and psychology research students.  I am a Fellow of BACP, its Immediate Past Chair (I was BACP Chair 2008-2011) and a Registered Counsellor/Psychotherapist.


Hazel JamesDr Hazel James

Head of Programme for Counselling, Coaching and Mentoring

I supervise a number of PhD students covering the topics of domestic violence, psychological care for veterans, bereavement and the role of the personal trainer. In addition I supervise UG and PG dissertations and teach across the MA. My research interests include the intersection and impact of discourses on mental health in legal contexts; responses to violence and trauma in domestic violence and within the armed forces, ethical boundaries within a therapeutic context and practice based research. I am involved in a number of research projects covering topics such as domestic and adolescent violence, experiences of exercise following major heart surgery, and the examination of teaching initiatives within the UG and PG programmes. In the past I have lectured in law, managed the development and delivery of the Department of Health national Clinical Research training initiative for NHS staff, which was led by the National Institute for Health Research. I have worked as a researcher and practitioner in the NHS and voluntary sector.


Jill Burns

Senior Lecturer, Counselling


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