Danielle Fitzhenry

Lecturer

School of Life Sciences and Education

Previously, I have worked for mental health organisations as a counsellor working with adults, young people and children to support them with general mental distress and loss and bereavement. I also worked as a psychotherapist in a CSE residential where I provided counselling and psychotherapeutic support to individuals with a range of needs as a result of experiencing complex trauma. This role required working as part of a multi-disciplinary team in order to formulate a bespoke care plan for each client.

I have a special interest in working creatively in sessions and have qualifications in English/ Creative writing which I used to volunteer at a White-Water Writers camp. White Water Writers is a program that gives children the opportunity to write a novel in a week. I along with two others led a group of seven primary school children in the five-day program. Throughout the week the students exercised academic skills through planning, writing and editing their novel. They also developed social skills in the form of group work and collaboration. At the end of the program the children held a finished product of their own work helping to facilitate a sense of ownership and boost their self-confidence.

I am incredibly passionate about keeping counselling and mental health services accessible and inclusive to everyone who needs it. I believe this is a paramount issue and responsibility of all people involved in providing mental health services.

When I’m not lecturing or seeing clients you can usually find me with a cup of coffee in one hand and a good book in the other.

Professional memberships and activities

  • Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Academic qualifications

  • BSc dual Hons English and Psychology,
  • MSc Counselling Psychology,
  • PG Cert Integrating Hypnotherapy with Psychotherapy,
  • PG Cert Supervision.

Expertise

  • Trauma,
  • Bereavement and Loss,
  • Person Centered Approach.

Research interests

  • Therapeutic relationship
  • IPA
  • Trauma
  • Bereavement and Loss
  • Access to therapy

Teaching

I am involved in general lecturing, leading skills groups and personal development groups across counselling courses. I am also currently the course lead for the level 2 Introduction to Basic Counselling Skills, the Level 4 University Certificate in Counselling and am involved in the admissions process.

Top 250 Young University

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Top 15 for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Midlands University of the Year

Midlands Business Awards 2020