Position: Lecturer in Counselling
Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2688)
Tara is a trained English teacher with experience co-ordinating two middle school English Departments in Worcestershire. She then carried out further training as an Integrative Counsellor over a period of several years. She has worked as a counsellor for the NHS in primary care and in the voluntary sector with Women’s Aid. She is currently studying for a PhD in Psychology with supervisors Dr Michael Larkin, Birmingham University and Dr Alison Rolfe, Newman University. This is exploring clients’ and therapists’ experiences of the therapeutic setting and therapeutic space in psychotherapy. She is interested in qualitative research, particularly interpretative phenomenological analysis, ethnography and visual methods in qualitative research.
- Experiences of the therapeutic environment in psychotherapy and how this may affect the therapeutic process and therapeutic relationship.
- Trainee counsellors experiences of formulation.
- Lived experience in the context of therapy.
- Qualitative methodologies, particularly ethnography and interpretative phenomenological analysis.
- Visual methodologies in research, specifically photography.
Tara is currently a lecturer on the Counselling Studies Combined Honours programme. She is currently teaching a module that introduces counselling, a module on counselling and philosophy and a module on advanced counselling skills. She is also teaching counselling skills on some of the trainee counsellors’ foundation degree courses and on the graduate certificate programme. Tara also supervises students who are working on counselling, or counselling psychology, dissertations.