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Lesley Pilkington

01642 738056
Job title:
Senior Lecturer in Counselling Psychology
School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law
Social Sciences, Humanities & Law research

About Lesley Pilkington

Lesley Pilkington

Lesley Pilkington
Senior Lecturer in Counselling Psychology, School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law
T: 01642 738056
Research: Social Sciences, Humanities & Law research

BA, PGCE, PGDip (Psychol), C.Psychol. Born and raised in Teesside, I was the first member of my family to attend University where I gained a BA in Humanities from Sunderland University and a PGCE at Durham University. What followed was a sixteen-year career in teaching with several of those years as a manager in secondary education. I left teaching in 2007 and began training at Teesside University as a Counselling Psychologist, completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology and a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology. In training and post qualification I have worked in Primary, Secondary and Tertiary care within the NHS. I have also worked in the third sector predominantly within community mental health settings and with clients identified as hard to reach. Currently I work at the University as a Senior Lecturer on the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology programme. I teach on a number of modules including Therapeutic Practice and Psychodynamic. I am also the Placement Coordinator for the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology programme. In addition to my academic role I am Clinical Director of the Psychological Therapies Clinic at Teesside University. I am registered as an Applied Psychologist with the Health Care Professions Council and as a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society.

Research interests

I have a particular interest in the mental health of adolescents and stress related mental health illnesses in working age adults. I have conducted research in to stress related mental health illness and burnout. I have also conducted research on the therapeutic relationship with adolescents. I am an advocate of Q Methodology and have used this in my own research.

I have supervised a number of Doctorate projects to completion which include the following:-

Love in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Exploring practitioners' loving feeling towards their clients using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

Journey to healing: Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse exploring the facilitating and obstructing factors of forgiveness

An experiential perspective of Psychologists working therapeutically with Binge Eating Disorder
An exploration of the stigma of mental health issues; examining elite sport

Psychologists and Psychotherapists' views of persons with personality disorder: a Q-methodology study

The construction of happiness for childfree heterosexual women in long term relationships

Counselling Psychologists' experiences of working with adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Learning and teaching interests

I am currently undertaking the Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.

Enterprise interests

I currently offer therapy as part of the work I do in the Psychological Therapies Clinic

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    The University team's research looked at Eastern European communities, particularly those where animal abuse is endemic and socially acceptable.