Julie Faulkner

Job Title and Responsibilities

Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Counselling

About me

I have worked as a Lecturer at Staffordshire University since 2010, with involvement in the undergraduate Psychology course and professional and postgraduate courses in Psychotherapeutic Counselling. I am currently the Course Leader for the BSc (Hons) in Psychology and Counselling.

In addition to my teaching role, I also work as a Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor in private practice. My approach is grounded in my Masters training in Integrative Psychotherapy at the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute. Alongside this, I have over 10 years of clinical practice experience. My clinical and teaching practice focuses on the fundamental role of our relationships with self, others and the environment in shaping our experiences.

I initially attained a degree in Psychology, where theories of early childhood and personality development captured my interest. I later worked as an Assistant Psychologist with young people with learning disabilities, and later as a Job Coach for clients with disabilities and mental health needs. I then became a manager within the voluntary sector, for a young person’s advice and counselling service. In addition to management role, this involved one-to-one advice work and counselling with young people and delivering personal, social and health education lessons in secondary schools.

In my clinical supervision work, I have supported practitioners within a variety of settings including education, addiction, rehabilitation, women’s projects and private practice.


Postgraduate Certificate in Higher and Professional Education
Staffordshire University

Diploma in Clinical Supervision
Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute

MA Integrative Psychotherapy
Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute and the University of Birmingham

BSc (Hons) Psychology
The University of Birmingham

Professional Memberships and Activities

Senior Fellow of the HEA
Registered with the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy)
Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
Approved Clinical Supervisor – UKCP
Member of the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute
Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor in Private Practice


I specialise in long term counselling with adults. My approach integrates psychoanalytic principles of developmental and relational needs with principles from neuroscience within a humanistic philosophy.

I am particularly interested in the impact of relational trauma and the ways in which therapeutic practice allows a way to symbolised unprocessed, traumatic experiences.

Research Interests

I am interested in the intergenerational effects of adoption trauma. My MA research was a qualitative exploration into the experience of being the daughter of an adoptee mother. This focused on themes of intergenerational transmission of events, feminist constructions and narrative healing.

I am also interested in the way in which the reflective-practitioner integrates his or her ‘self’ with counselling theory, in a way that creates a unique and dynamic  ‘theory-in-use’ when working with clients.

Current Teaching

Psychology modules:

  • Core Counselling Skills
  • Contemporary Issues in Psychology
  • Psychological Interventions
  • Typical and Atypical Development
  • Personal and Professional Perspectives in Counselling (Module Leader)
  • Psychology Project
  • MSc Psychology Research Project

Professional Diploma and Masters in Psychotherapeutic Counselling:

  • Teaching on theory, ethics and research
  • Supporting skills practice
  • Supervising Masters research projects within Psychology and Psychotherapeutic Counselling awards.


Julie Faulkner
Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Counselling
School of Life Sciences and Education
Staffordshire University
R249 Science Centre
Leek Road
t: +44 (0)1782 294679
e: Julie.faulkner@staffs.ac.uk