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School of Health and Society

Rachel Mallen

Lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy/Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist

Biography

My Counselling and Psychotherapy experience to date has most notably involved working with bereavement, loss, life changing illness, abuse, mental health, emotional wellbeing, and work related stress. I have experience of working in a NHS setting, a HE counselling service and a bereavement counselling charity where I currently volunteer. I am particularly interested in the lived experience and processing of trauma. I have a holistic approach to health and wellbeing in which I work therapeutically with the whole person; considering psychological, physiological and emotional aspects, as well as any transpersonal phenomena which may arise in the process.

Teaching

Modules I currently teach on:

Social Sciences Foundation Year (Level 3):

  • Study Skills
  • Module Leader for Introduction to Counselling

BSc Counselling & Psychotherapy:

  • Level 4: Counselling & Psychotherapy Skills
  • Level 5: Theory of Counselling & Psychotherapy Practice; Practice Based Reflection & Research; Professional Counselling & Psychotherapy Skills; Preparation for Counselling & Psychotherapy Practice
  • Level 6: Personal & Professional Development 2; Expressive Therapies; Dissertation module - Dissertation Supervisor (Theoretical Studies students) & Clinical Supervisor for students on placement.

MSc:

  • Level 7: Mental Health for Counsellors - Group Supervisor (Year 2 students) & Dissertation Supervisor (Year 3 students)

Teaching interests:

  • Experiential learning,
  • supervision,
  • personal development,
  • practice based research.

Research Interests

  • Phenomenological research methodology
  • Practice based research
  • Reflexivity
  • Transformational and educational research projects
  • Working creatively and therapeutically with traumatic loss
  • Supervision

I am currently working on a chapter using heuristic autoethnographic methodology in working creatively and therapeutically with traumatic loss.

Qualifications and Memberships

Certificate in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy Supervision (Macclesfield Counselling & Training Centre)

MA Counselling & Psychotherapy (The University of Leeds)

MA Translation Studies (The University of Sheffield)

BA (Hons) German Studies (The University of Sheffield)

I also have qualifications in Hot Stone Therapy, Aromatherapy Massage and Indian Head Massage.

I have attended a range of CPD training courses relevant to Counselling & Psychotherapy, including Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Working with Suicide and an Art Therapy Foundation course.

I am a registered Member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP)

I am currently completing the PGCAP at Salford University.