Professor Lynne Gabriel
Professor of Counselling and Mental Health; REF Impact Case Study Lead
My work includes teaching and enhancing student experience through engagement with research and practice in a clinical learning and training environment. I teach across undergraduate and postgraduate courses and supervise research students in counselling, coaching, counselling psychology, occupational and health sciences, and mental health subjects. I also Chair the University’s Research Degree Committee.
I am founder and director of CMHC, York St John University's Counselling and Mental Health Centre. The Centre provides accessible, affordable mental wellbeing services and specializes in counselling for domestic abuse and violence, anger management and bereavement. The Centre offers placements to trainee practitioners, including counselling, counselling psychology, and occupational therapy. The Centre undertakes mental health research projects involving staff, students, and external partners. In 2018 the Centre set up the UK Research & Training Clinic Consortium (RTCC) working with clinics in Abertay, Newman, Salford and Roehampton universities.
Students are involved in the York St John University Counselling & Mental Health Centre in multiple ways: on clinical placements, undertaking research assistant roles, as graduate interns, and on management and work-related placements. In addition, some of our students enjoy paid work in the Centre; for example, our data and systems administrator is a former York St John University psychology student. The Centre also has 2 Honorary Research Fellows: Dr Jeannette Roddy, from Sunderland University, who specialises in domestic violence, and Dr John Wilson, who directs the Centre’s bereavement counselling, training, and research projects.
I am a Fellow of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and have served as the Association’s Chair (2008-2011), Immediate Past Chair (2012-2014) and now Emeritus Chair. I am currently Chair of BACP’s Ethics & Good Practice Guidance Committee and worked with BACP to provide web-based ethical decision-making resources for practitioners during the pandemic. I am a BACP Accredited and Registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist and a trained supervisor of therapy practitioners. I have previously served as a member of City of York’s Domestic Violence Strategy Group, as a Board member of Respect, and as a member of North Yorkshire’s Making Safe forum.
You can view some of my outputs and publications @ York St John’s research repository and see a more personal profile on the YSJ Inspiring Women page..
I teach on the BA Counselling, Coaching and Counselling programme. I also deliver the research year for the department’s BACP Accredited PG Dip/MA in Counselling and teach on the research methods module for allied health professionals (including counsellors and therapists). Additionally, I supervise Masters by Research and PhD students.
- Undergraduate and postgraduate counselling and mental health
- Postgraduate research degrees
Director, CMHC (York St John University Counselling and Mental Health Research Clinic)
The clinic opened its doors in April 2016 and currently provides general counselling, specialist services and research for domestic abuse and violence, along with an anger management group. The clinic gathers routine sessional and outcomes data, as well as practice-based evidence. In addition, the clinic has undertaken projects on domestic violence and abuse (outcomes recently published in a peer reviewed journal)
- PhD/MSc Research degree supervision: 10 students
- BA Counselling, Coaching and Mentoring – research supervisor (dissertation)
Internal Examiner/External Examiner/External Reviewer Roles
- Currently external examiner at Leeds University and University of Chester
- Internal examiner and Independent Chair, for research degrees at York St John University
- PhD examiner, University of Abertay, 2016
- MSc by research external examiner, University of Abertay, 2013
- Leeds Metropolitan University, subject review, 2012
- External examiner roles previously held at Salford University, University of Chichester, University of East London, 2005-2012
- External reviewer at University of Abertay, Dundee, review of subject area, 2011
- PhD External Examiner at Manchester University and De Montford University
- PhD student mentor, Metanoia, London, (2007)
- Co-Editor (book reviews) British Journal of Guidance and Counselling
- 2015 Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy
- 2014 Editorial Board member, British Journal of Guidance and Counselling
- 2014 Chair of BACP’s Practice Guidance Steering Committee
- 2013 Co-Chair of BACP’s Professional Education and Development Forum (developing core curriculum and professional training pathway for counsellors/psychotherapists)
- 2013 Registered Counsellor (Professional Standards Authority approved BACP Register)
- 2011-2014 Immediate Past Chair, BACP
- 2008-2011 Chair, British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
- 2007 Fellow of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
- 2006 Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- 2005 Chair of BACP Supervision Forum
- 2002-2008 Professional Conduct Committee Chair, BACP
- Steering group member for development of supervision competencies (Roth and Pilling supervision competencies for IAPT)
- Examination of research degrees – external and internal examiner roles
- Chair of validation, subject review and revalidation events
- Deputy Chair, University Research Degree Sub-Committee
- Delivery of CPD and professional development events
- Coaching and mentoring for personal and professional development
- Member of BACP Strategic Directions Committee
- Member of BACP Research Clinics Working Group
- Reviewer, Sage publications
Gabriel, L., Speaking the Unspeakable: The ethics of dual relationships in counselling and psychotherapy: 224pp. London: Brunner-Routledge.
Gabriel, L. & Casemore, R. Relational Ethics in Practice: Narratives from Counselling and Psychotherapy. London: Brunner-Routledge.
Parts of books
Gabriel, L. & Davies, D. The Management of Ethical Dilemmas Associated with Dual Relationships. In Neal, C. & Davies, D., (Eds.) Issues in therapy with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered clients. Pp 35-54 Buckingham: Open University Press.
Dunnett, A., Gabriel, L., Hobman, T., Lacock, L., Pendle, A., Roberts, E., Smith, L. Storr, P., Warren, C. Developments and Applications of the Skilled Helper Model: A Roundtable of Views. In Wosket, V. Egan’s Skilled Helper Model: Developments and Applications in Counselling. Chapter 7. London: Brunner-Routledge.
Gabriel, L. Relational ethics, boundary riders and process sentinels: allies for ethical practice. In Gabriel, L., & Casemore, R., (Eds). Relational Ethics in Practice: Narratives from Counselling and Psychotherapy. Pp 9-22. London: Brunner-Routledge.
Gabriel, L. Exploring the researcher-contributor research alliance. In In Gabriel, L., & Casemore, R., (Eds). Relational Ethics in Practice: Narratives from Counselling and Psychotherapy. Pp 147-157. London: Brunner-Routledge.
Gabriel, L. Ethics in Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy. In Cooper, M. & Dryden, W., (Eds). The Handbook of Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy. Pp 300-313. London: Sage. (January 2016).
Peer Reviewed Papers
Gabriel, L., Tizro, Z., James, H., Cronin-Davies, J., Beetham, T., Corbally, A., Moreno-Lopez, E., & Hill, S. “I need you to give me some space”: Young person to parent aggression and violence. Journal of Family Violence.
Gabriel, L. Ethical Decision-Making in the Counselling Professions. Good practice in action 044, Revised edition. Lutterworth: BACP
Gabriel, L., James, H., Cronin-Davis, J., Tizro, Z., Beetham, T., Hullock, A., & Raynar, A. Reflexive research with mothers and children. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research. (DOI: 10.1002/capr.12117). In publication.
Gabriel, L. Ethical Decision-Making in the Counselling Professions. Good practice in action 044, Lutterworth: BACP
Seamark, D., & Gabriel, L. Barriers to Support: A Qualitative Exploration into the Help-seeking and Avoidance Factors of Young Adults. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling. (DOI: 1080/03069885).
Wilson, J., Gabriel, L., & James, H. How bereaved people cope with minimal professional support. Five case studies are compared. Bereavement Care. (DOI: 10.1080/02682621.2016.1218127).
Wilson, J., Gabriel, L., & James, H. Observing a Client’s Grieving Process: Bringing Logical Positivism into Qualitative Grief Counselling Research. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling.(DOI: 10.1080/03069885.2014.936823)
Gabriel, L. Boundaries Riders and Process Sentinels: Allies for ethical practice. American Counseling Association, VISTAS 2008 online professional articles
Gabriel, L. Creating Quality Research. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research. 6(2) 146-147. (DO: 10.1080/14733140600725567).
(1473-3145 (print)/1746-1405 (online) – 2006 British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)
Papers in peer review process
Gabriel, L., Tizro, Z., James, H., Cronin-Davies, J., Beetham, T., Corbally, A., Moreno-Lopez, E., & Hill, S. “I need you to give me some space”: Young person to parent aggression and violence. Journal of Family Violence. (resubmitted following minor edits).