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School of Health and Society

Helen Millar

Lecturer in Counselling


I have a background in nursing and originally trained as a paediatric nurse working in a range of environments from neonatal surgery to school health. I worked in the nursing profession for 15 years before retraining as a counsellor.  I have worked at the University of Salford as a part time Lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy since 2007 and have been involved in teaching undergraduate and post graduate counselling training programmes/modules.

I have approximately 12 years experience working as a counsellor in a number of different environments from NHS, Education, Third Sector and Private Sector. My area of work has focused mainly on working with young people in a therapeutic setting and also as a project worker/ manager of mental health related projects. My particular area of interest is working with young people impacted by sexual violence and have been involved in the development and management of young person’s services in this area.

I provide clinical supervision for Independent sexual violence workers for Rape and Sexual Abuse support centre (Cheshire and Merseyside). I also provide supervision for independent domestic abuse workers for the Cheshire domestic abuse and family support Unit.

I have an independent counselling/psychotherapy and supervision practice where I receive referrals from EAP providers  and private referrals.

I am a member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and would describe myself as a Person Centred Counsellor and qualified as an EMDR psychotherapist.

Module leader responsibility:

  • Therapy, Human rights and Ethics


I have an interest in all aspects of Counselling/Psychotherapy theory, practice and supervision and teach on a range of the counselling and psychotherapy undergraduate and postgraduate modules. I am currently studying on the Post Graduate certificate in Academic Practice which is part of my continuing professional development in teaching and learning.

I incorporate my experiences as a practitioner into my teaching to ensure that students experience a real world view of counselling and psychotherapy. I have a particular interest in working with young people impacted by trauma and how to work with young people in the counselling and psychotherapeutic setting.

  • MSc in Counselling & Psychotherapy (Professional Training) programme:
  • Introduction to Person Centred theory and Practice module
  • Contemporary & Comparative Theory & Practice Module:
  • Graduate Certificate in Counselling programme:
  • Counselling Skills & Theory 1 module
  • Counselling Skills & Theory 2 module
  • Psychology & Self Awareness module
  • BSc (Hons) Counselling Studies programme:
  • Introduction to Psychodynamic & Person Centred Approaches module
  • Therapeutic Approaches module
  • Bereavement and Loss module
  • Dissertation module
  • Expressive therapies module
  • Intermediate counselling skills 1 & 2

Research Interests

The focus for my research is in the area of working therapeutically with trauma and more specifically the impact of sexual violence. As a supervisor of a number of counsellors/psychotherapists and support workers in the area of violence related trauma I  am particularly interested in the role of supervision and  its contribution to mitigating against the  effects of vicarious trauma.

I also have an interest in the teaching and learning of counselling and psychotherapy, particularly in the role of Problem Based learning within the training programmes.

Qualifications and Memberships

  • Certificate  in CBT (2012)
  • EMDR Psychotherapy (2012)
  • MSc Counselling and Psychotherapy (2011)
  • Certificate in Supervision (2008)
  • Diploma in Counselling, (2002)
  • Certificate in Counselling skills level 2, (2001)
  • BSC. Psychology (Hons)  (1997)
  • Registered General/Sick Children’s Nursing (1990)
  • Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy