Miss January Wood

School of Health & Society

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Current positions

Lecturer in Counselling & Psychotherapy


January joined the University of Salford in May 2021 as a Lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Her current roles include Module Leader of the MSc Counselling and Psychotherapy (Professional Training) module Mental Health for Counsellors, Admissions Lead for MSc, MSc Dissertation Supervisor, and Clinical Supervisor for BSc Counselling and Psychotherapy (Professional Practice). January also contributes specialist lectures including Working with Trauma, Attachment Disorders, and Systemic Practice across the BSc and MSc programmes.

In her previous role, January was the Programme Leader for Counselling at Blackburn University Centre, where she wrote and delivered a BSc course which was validated by Lancaster University. January has a background in education, having worked previously with students with special educational needs within secondary and college level educational provision. January has a keen interest in child and adolescent development, particularly attachment and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).

January has been a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist since 2015, completing an MA in Relationship Therapy. Her main clinical focus is working with couples and families using an integrative systemic and psychodynamic approach. She has previously worked with the national counselling organisation Relate. January is also qualified to supervise other practitioners and students since 2020.

Currently January is an active member of the Centre for Applied Health Research within the University, contributing to the Mental Health and Neurodiversity research group. Her latest publication (preprint) is a systematic review of digital psychotherapies.

January will begin a Professional Doctorate (Health and Social Care) in September 2024, focusing on the use of attachment and narrative therapies with couples who have experienced adverse childhood experiences.

Areas of Research

Couple therapy, Family therapy, Attachment, Developmental trauma, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Qualifications and Recognitions

  • PGCert Supervision

    2020 - 2020
  • MA Relationship Therapy

    2012 - 2015
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology

    2009 - 2012