Dr Shelley Gait
Doctor Counselling Psychology
Certificate in counselling skills
Graduate Diploma in Psychology
Diploma Social Work
BSc (Hons) Social Sciences
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.
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 has her own private clinical practice, 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. Shelley has a special interest in group dynamics and personal development groups.
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
Course leader – Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology
Module leader – Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy.
Lecturer & Supervisor – Masters programme
Gait. S., Halewood, A. and Maliphant, L. (In preparation) The role of containment contexts in countertransference awareness and management.
Gaits. S. and Halewood. A. (In preparation) Making sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis: A Grounded Theory Exploration of Service Users Meaning Making Processes.
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.
Member of The Society for Existential Analysis (SEA)
Doctoral Thesis – Does the development of countertransference influence the therapeutic relationship: A Constructionist Grounded Theory exploration.
Member – LSE Faculty Research Programmes Committee (LSE- FRPC)
Member of research cognate groups:
Development through the life span
Behaviour, health and well-being
Areas of Expertise
Areas of interests include:
Social-cultural-political discourses and the construction of psychological ‘mental’ health and well-being
The intersection between the person and the political
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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