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Teaching, Lecturer

Barbara Feldtkeller

Programme Coordinator, Counselling

Barbara has been teaching Counselling since 1997, lecturing from HND up to Master’s level. She specialises in trauma-informed therapy with children and young people growing up in foster care or adoption placement. Alongside her teaching, Barbara works within the NHS as a Research and Development Specialist for the Arts Psychotherapies, developing research proposals and psychological therapies and supervising Arts Psychotherapists and Clinical Psychologists in their clinical practice.

She is also involved in external examining on undergraduate and postgraduate therapy courses at a number of UK universities, and regularly guest lectures on the MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy with Canterbury Christ Church University and the MA in Art Psychotherapy with the University of South Wales.

Barbara has spearheaded a successful annual conference for UCW’s BSc (Hons) Counselling students to present their research findings to a wider counselling audience. She holds a Master’s degree in Psychology, a Postgraduate Diploma in Dance Movement Psychotherapy and a Postgraduate Certificate of Education.


Claire Plews

Lecturer in Counselling Claire has a Master’s Degree in the Psychology of Education from the University of Bristol and an Honours degree in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Plymouth. She has been in private practice for over 15 years as a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist and Psychotherapist, and has also gained a large wealth of experience in teaching psychology and delivering training to counselling professionals, both for local organisations and universities. Claire’s particular interests lie in the area of anxiety disorders and early intervention within mental health. For the past few years Claire has taught extensively on a nationwide CPD program and has fronted an initiative for local health professionals for early intervention in mental disorders. She is currently studying for a Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice and will commence study for a Doctorate in Education in Autumn 2018.