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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.


Wendy Griffin

Lecturer in Counselling

Wendy has worked in NHS mental health services for several years delivering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy interventions and running courses on anxiety and depression. She also has a private practice where she works using a person-centred approach to clients.  She is currently working towards her Master’s Degree in Psychology of Education at Bristol University and has an Honours Degree in Psychology from Keele University.  Wendy also achieved the FdSc in Counselling as a student at UCW herself, and has experience of working with teenagers both as a therapist and as a teacher for over 20 years.


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.


Steve Heigham

Lecturer in Counselling

Steve has a Master’s degree in Evolutionary Psychology, a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and an Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapy, and has a particular academic interest in empathy and self-awareness. He continues to work as a practicing Counsellor and Psychotherapist and also volunteers for the HELP counselling organisation in Bristol. Steve has also held a number of other teaching positions at educational institutions across the South West.