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Doctor of Education (Narrative and Life Story Research)
MSc in Counselling (Training & Supervision)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Diploma in Counselling Studies
Diploma in Applied Social Studies
Certificate of Qualification in Social Work
BA (Hon) Social Administration


Lesley is a BACP accredited counsellor who qualified in 1993, and has worked as a counsellor and supervisor in the voluntary sector, the NHS, and in private practice.

Lesley joined the counselling teaching staff in 1994 and she has been involved in the Certificate, Diploma and Masters stages of the Postgraduate Counselling programmes. She co-wrote and has been programme leader of the Diploma in Consultative Supervision since 2000, and she has been course leader for the Diploma in Integrative Counselling since 2010.

In 2013 she passed her doctorate (EdD) in Narrative research at Bristol University, researching cardiac genetic counselling.



Spencer, L (2006) Tutor’s stories of Personal Development Training – attempting to maximise the learning potential. CPR June 2006 6(2)108-114
Gaff C, Lynch E & Spencer L (August 2006) Predictive Testing of Eighteen Year Olds: Counselling Challenges.Journal of Genetic Counselling 15(4)245-51

Book reviews

Spencer, L (2007) Review of Williams, Jane K and Lioness, Ayres: ’I’m like you’ – Establishing and protecting common ground in focus groups with Huntingdon disease caregivers” Journal of Research in Nursing Vol 12(6)1 – 2


MBACP – Accredited counsellor
BACP Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists
UKCP member
Member of Healthcare Counselling & Psychotherapy subdivision of the BACP.
Higher Education Academy


Expertise or Interest

Narrative research
Illness narratives.
Clinical Supervision
Counselling Training
Personal Development Group

Research Supervision

Since 2001 I have been successfully supervising students on the Masters in Counselling and in Consultative Supervision Programmes.

Centre or Group

Psychology & Counselling

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