Professor of Counselling and Mental Health, Reader in Counselling and Mental Health
School of Psychological & Social Sciences
T: 87 6930
I am Professor of Counselling and Mental Health at York St John University and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. My work includes teaching, enhancing student experience through engagement with research, developing research bids, mentoring colleagues developing their research profiles and embedding research into course curricula. I teach across undergraduate and postgraduate courses and supervise research students in counselling, coaching, psychology and health/mental health subjects.
I am founder and director of CMHC, York St John University's Counselling and Mental Health Clinic. The clinic provides accessible, affordable psychological therapy services and specializes in counselling for domestic abuse and violence, anger management and bereavement. The clinic undertakes mental health research projects involving staff, students and external partners. There are currently 17 students on clinical placements, 4 students undertaking research assistant roles, a graduate intern and students on work-related placements. In addition, the clinic’s administrator is a former York St John University student. The clinic has 2 Honorary Research Fellows: Dr Jeannette Roddy, from Sunderland University, who specialises in domestic violence, and Dr John Wilson, who directs the clinic’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 Good Practice Guidance Steering Group and working with BACP to provide web-based ethical decision-making resources for practitioners, to compliment current practice guidance literature. I am a BACP Accredited and Registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist. 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. I am currently engaged in research, professional outputs and publications on domestic violence, interventions for children/young people exposed to domestic violence and abuse, practice and practitioner ethics and counsellor education.
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.
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).