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School of Health and Society

Maria Kefalogianni



A Lecturer in Counselling & Psychotherapy at the University of Salford, teaching across MSc and BSc programmes and a module leader of Bereavement & Loss ; Interests surround mindfulness based Inquiry & compassion based approaches to teaching and counselling practice ;  current research interests are on autoethnographic methods of research enquiry and creativity in HE.

 Hold a small private practice where I offers therapy and supervision for counsellors and other professionals ( ie. In social work, mental health ). Amidst all I am also a mother to a toddler, a wife, dog owner and a curious learner.


Module Lead Bereavement & Loss; I am also a personal tutor and facilitate personal development groups as well as supervision groups with our trainee counsellors. I have a special interest in creative and experiential ways of facilitating learning in HE and stimulating this interest and value in it & share practice with other colleagues across the School . I am a member of Creative Academic & Lifewide Education team which are platforms of cross collaboration with colleagues across the UK & abroad.

Research Interests

My research interests are around creativity in academia , heuristic and autoethnographic approaches , Creative methodologies in Research; Projects currently under way : "Mortality Project : Day of the Dead Event" .

Qualifications and Memberships

Bsc Philosophy & Social Studies, Msc Counselling Psychology, Post Grad Cert in Counselling Supervision ; Post Grad Cert in Academic Practice, MBACP, FHEA, cMind, BAPCA


Kefalogianni, M 2017 'The Swimming Pool Experience: A useful framework to encouraging students to become more aware of how their thoughts,feelings and bodies are connected ', in: Creative Academic Magazine#, June 2017, pp.35-40.

Kefalogianni, M 2017 'I am my Pedagogy; my Personal Ecological Pedagogy', in: Creative Academic Magazine, Exploring Creative Pedagogies for Creative Learning Ecologies, , April 2017, pp.20-23.

Kefalogianni, M 2017 'The emergence of my creativity through creative HE', in: Creative Academic Magazine, Exploring Creative Pedagogies for Creative Learning Ecologies, , February 2017, pp.68-81.

Dalzell, A & Christine, B & Erskine, D & Kefalogianni, M & Keogh, K & Maniorou, K 2010, 'Gliding across the liminal space between counsellor and counselling researcher: Using collective biography practices in the teaching of counselling research methodologies', Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 10(2), pp.126-138.