I graduated in 1997 with a BSc Psychology (Hons) degree from Staffordshire University and then pursued a career in clinical psychology in the National Health Service where I worked in both community and secure mental health settings with diverse complex clients. I am a qualified counsellor and have volunteered for MIND.
In 2010 I was awarded my PhD in Psychology by the University of Northampton for research exploring the psychology and phenomenology of spiritualist mediumship. I was particularly interested in what could be learnt from this group of individuals that might be useful for people who become distressed by hearing voices or seeing visions. I was also interested in how some individuals who hear voices come to label these experiences as instances of mediumistic communication.
I then worked as a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Northampton from 2010 until 2018 where I specialised in teaching and supervising research on the phenomenology of anomalous experiences, mental health, counselling, and qualitative research methods. I was course leader for the BSc (Hons) in Psychology and Counselling degree, Deputy Subject Leader (Student Experience), and a member of the Psychology Ethics Committee. Between 2018 and 2020 I worked as a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Nottingham Trent University where I developed a BSc (Hons) Psychology with Counselling degree.
I completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education in 2012 and a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Degree Supervision in 2013 at the University of Northampton. I also completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Derby in 2012 and a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology at Keele University in 2013.