Keith Walmsley-Smith


School of Life Sciences and Education

I first graduated in Psychology in 1982 at Leeds University. My career path has included residential social work with adolescents, Mental Health advocacy work, and a range of counselling and therapeutic work with families and individuals. I have also held a number of managerial positions in social and health services. Oh, and I make a part-time living from writing and performing music as a singer-songwriter and frontman for rock n’ roll bands.

Professional memberships and activities

  • Member of the British association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

Academic qualifications

  • BSc Psychology

  • MSc Counselling Psychology

  • Diploma in applied Social Studies (CQSW)



As a therapist, I work with adolescents (as a school counsellor), and with adults in private practice. I have considerable experience of working with survivors of child sexual abuse. My therapeutic approach is integrative, using Personal Construct Psychotherapy as my orienting framework. I facilitate a number of personal development groups, and have a particular interest in Group Analysis.

Research interests

I am interested in what motivates people to train in therapeutic work, and how the training process impacts upon them and their relationships.


I teach across a wide spectrum of courses, all involving counselling approaches to psychology including:

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