Andy Pendle


I am a senior lecturer in Counselling Coaching and Mentoring, a practicing coach and counsellor. I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I teach on the BA in Counselling Coaching and Mentoring, the Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy and have previously taught on the MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am one of the architects of the new ground breaking degree in Counselling, Coaching and Mentoring. I am also involved in developing coaching courses in a cross-faculty context at York St John University.

I am an accredited member of the BACP and also a member of the association’s Coaching division. I am also a member of the Association of Integrative Coach Therapists. I am undertaking PhD research into the construction of coaches professional personas. I have an interest in the interface between performance forms and therapy. I have recently completed an MSc in Coaching Psychology, where my research is focused on the adaptation of therapy models for use in coaching. I am a member of a semi-professional theatre company; Playback York which performs Playback Theatre in diverse settings, (e.g. mental health conferences, medical professionals training events).

In the past I have been a lecturer in theatre arts and a professional performer.

Academic Qualifications:

  • MSc in Coaching Psychology (Distinction)
  • MA in Theatre
  • Graduate Diploma in Counselling (merit)
  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice
  • Certificate in Counselling
  • BA (Hons) in Theatre Studies

Further Information



Module Director for the following BA modules:

  • Models of Coaching & Mentoring
  • Ethical & Reflective Practice at Work

Course Tutor on the following modules:

  • Psychology of Relationship
  • Skills in Coaching & Mentoring

Graduate Diploma modules:

  • Counselling & Psychotherapy Theory
  • Applied Theory
  • Supervised Practice
  • Personal & Professional Development



I am commencing PhD research on the construction of coaches professional personas. I am part of a research team studying the impact of coaching on people currently accessing mental health services. I have recently completed research on the potential for a pluralistic approach to coaching. I am part of a university research team focusing on pedagogic practice within specialised subject areas. I was a member of a project that has set up an experimental situation with Counselling students and Theatre students collaborating on a project focused on practicing Playback Theatre and running workshops on this unique theatre form for teenagers. In 2008 I received a CETL fellowship to engage in a collaborative project, (with Dr Nick Rowe and Lindsay Smith), on the potential of spontaneous, improvised therapeutic encounters between therapists and actors. A counsellor training DVD came out of this project.

My research has focused on coaching, counselling and its connections to performance. I am familiar with numerous methodologies including Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis and Narrative Research.


Professional Activities

  • Member of the BACP (accredited)
  • Fellow of the HEA
  • Member of the Association of Integrative Coach Therapists
  • Practicing coach
  • Experienced counsellor in a mental health and a school setting
  • Member of Playback York Theatre Company




Coaching in a non-clinical setting with coachees who access mental health services (with Dr Nick Rowe & David Britten) International Journal of Evidence-Based Coaching and Mentoring. 15 (1). February 2017.

Pluralistic coaching? An exploration of the potential for a pluralistic approach to coaching. International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring. June 2015

Snezna (Case Study). Journal of Association of Integrative Coach-Therapists in Practice. (with G.Barrett, A. Corbally & S. Elvidge, Feb 2015

Beyond Dramatic Truth: theatre within the therapeutic encounter. Research in Drama in Education, (with Dr Nick Rowe), 2010

The Skilled Helper Model and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance in Wosket, V. Egan’s Skilled Helper Model Hove: Routledge, 2006



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