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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 Counselling Psychology in Context, Therapeutic Practice and Psychodynamic. 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.

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