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Qualifications

Doctor Counselling Psychology
Certificate in counselling skills
Graduate Diploma in Psychology
Diploma Social Work
BSc (Hons) Social Sciences

About

Shelley is a registered Counselling Psychologist with the HCPC and Chartered Psychologist with the BPS. Shelley joined the school of Psychology and Therapeutic Studies at the University in April 2017, having previously taught on postgraduate counselling and psychotherapy courses in Exeter. Shelley is a senior lecturer, currently leading the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology. Alongside her academic role, Shelley works as a schools based counsellor at Wells Cathedral School.

Experience

Before her training in counselling psychology, Shelley worked as a social worker in both, child protection and mental health services, with families, children and adolescents. Shelley currently works as a schools based counsellor, having worked in primary and secondary mental health services in the NHS for many years. Shelley is a relational practitioner, drawing upon Relational Psychodynamics, Systemic and Existential ideas of psychological health and well-being.

Previous Posts:
Course Lecturer & course Tutor – Iron Mill College
Counselling Psychologist in Private Practice
Psychological Therapist – NHS primary care Mental Health services – Oasis Talk
Psychological Therapist – Bristol North Secondary Mental Health Services psychological therapies team
CAMHS Mental Health Practitioner – Somerset Partnership Secondary Mental Health services
Assistant Psychologist – Orchard House Family Assessment Centre
CAMHS Mental Health Therapeutic Social Worker
Children & Families Child Protection Social Worker

Responsibilities

Course leader, module lead and doctoral supervisior – Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology

Module leader – Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy.

Lecturer & Supervisor – Masters programme

Publications

Research Articles

Gait, S & Halewood, A. (2019) Developing countertransference awareness as a therapist in training: The role of containing contexts, Psychodynamic Practice. 25: 3, pp. 256-272.

Oral Presentations

Gait, S. (2019) ‘Developing Countertransference Awareness as a Therapist in-training; The Role of Containing Contexts’. Oral Presentation 2982. BPS Division of Counselling Psychology Conference. 28th June. Cardiff.

Gait, S. (2019) ‘Friend or Foe: Is Skype a Valuable Research Tool. LSE Learning and Teaching/ Research Seminars. ‘Something to Chew on’ University South Wales. 20th February. Newport.

Gait, S. (2013) ‘Does the development of countertransference influence the therapeutic relationship. A Grounded theory exploration’. Oral Presentation. University West of England, Psychology Postgraduate Conference. 29th October. Bristol.

Workshops

Gait, S. (2019) ‘Perfectly imperfect’ – Navigating the developmental journey in training and beyond. Workshop 2981. BPS Division of Counselling Psychology Conference. 28thJune. Cardiff.

Poster Presentations

Gait, S. (2014) ‘Does the development of countertransference influence the therapeutic relationship. A Grounded theory exploration’. #1182. BPS Division of Counselling Psychology Conference. July 11-12th. London.

Memberships

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy [AFHEA]

British Psychological Society (BPS)- Chartered psychologist, member of the Division of Counselling Psychology and Special Interest Group – Psychotherapy Section.

Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) – registered.

External

Gait. S. (2019) Introduction to Supervision Skills. BPS approved supervision training for psychologists and therapists. Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAPPS).

Consultancy

External Examiner, University of Wolverhampton. Doctorate in Counselling Psychology. [2019-current]

Research

Publications

Gait, S & Halewood, A. (2019) Developing countertransference awareness as a therapist in training: The role of containing contexts, Psychodynamic Practice. 25: 3, pp. 256-272.

Gait, S. & Halewood, A. (In preparation) Anxiety & defence: failures in containment.

Gait, S. (In preparation) ‘Friend or Foe: Is Skype a Valuable Research Tool in Qualitative research. Reflections from a Doctoral researcher.

Doctoral Students Current

Nicola Peek. Exploring the role of Practitioner Psychologists in the promotion and maintenance of well-being and resilience in self and others. A grounded theory study. [DOS with Prof Ruth Northway].

Helen Jones. What is the efficacy of a cognitive behaviour therapy intervention designed specifically for impostor phenomenon in current managers, on participant’s level of impostor phenomenon, anxiety and depression? Mixed methods study. [with Phil Tyson].

Lee O’Brien. An Exploration of Perceptions of Social Support Among Adult Survivors of Child Maltreatment who engage in repeated NSSI. [with Stuart Todd].

Committees

LSE Faculty Research Programmes Committee Member [FRPC]

Research cognate groups:

Development through the life span

Behaviour, health and well-being

Areas of Expertise

Areas of interests include:
Well-being and social change
Social-cultural-political discourses and the construction of psychological ‘mental’ health and well-being
Alternative discourses on mental health, e.g. hearing voice network
Systemic influences on mental well-being
Interpersonal dynamics in groups and organisational contexts
The intersection between philosophy and psychotherapy.
Psychodynamic and Existential Theory and practice

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