Academic Staff

Sheila Brennan
Sheila is a HCPC registered Chartered Counselling psychologist. She is also a BABCP accredited cognitive behavioural psychotherapist and senior lecturer. She is currently studying social anxiety.

Claire Dowd
Claire is course leader for the PG Certificate in Counselling Skills, and practices as a counsellor.

Liz Coombes
Liz Coombes qualified as a music therapist in 2000, initially working as the music therapist for Cardiff and Vale Music Services, providing therapy in seven special schools in the area. She has also worked in the NHS providing a music therapy service for child and adolescent in-patients with mental health difficulties. She is currently devising a pilot project for Barnardos, working with asylum seekers and refugee families looking at social identity. Liz has also worked on therapeutic music projects in Palestine since 2009, and is currently supporting and developing a sustainable music as therapy practice/research project there.

Blanka Hubena
Blanka is a practising Art Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor. She joined the University in January 2011 to establish and manage two counselling services: Primary Schools Counselling Project and Newport University Community Counselling Service. She now works fulltime as lecturer in Arts Psychotherapy.

Helen Jury
Helen Jury is course leader for the MA Art Psychotherapy and a practicing Art Psychotherapist.

Judith Mulcahy
Judith is Head of Creative Arts in the School of Psychology and Therapeutic Studies. Her particular interests are in attachment and early trauma and working with adults from vulnerable groups in the local community.

Dr Els van Ooijen
Els teaches on the postgraduate Diploma in Consultative Supervision on a sessional basis. She has published extensively in counselling, nursing and consultative supervision including a several books on supervision and an innovative relational model of therapy.

Jack Rochon
Jack teaches on the postgraduate Diploma in Counselling (Integrative). He is currently undertaking a Doctoral programme in Narrative Enquiry. Jack’s interests are in narrative research and participatory case study research, particularly in relation to integrative therapy.

Dr Lesley Spencer
Lesley’s research interests include consultative supervision, personal development in counsellor training and genetic counselling for families who have experienced sudden cardiac death. She has a particular interest in narrative approaches to research.

Dr Sheila Spong
Sheila is Head of Counselling and Psychotherapy in the School of Psychology and Therapeutic Studies . She teaches on the Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy and manages the Counselling /Consultative Supervision Masters research and dissertation stage. She is also involved in PhD supervision. Her research interests include discourse analysis, counselling for children and young people, and community participatory research.

PhD Student
Kirsty Bilski is studying the use of sandtray in counselling with adolescents. Her part-time studies are supported by a bursary from the School of Psychology and Therapeutic Studies.