Linda Szekely

Senior Lecturer

School of Health, Science and Wellbeing

As a child, I was privileged to have had the opportunity to travel and live in several countries around the world. I feel that this has allowed me to be extremely receptive to different cultures and experiences. These experiences drove me to want to learn more about human behaviour, and work closely with individuals.

After completing my MSc in Counselling Psychology, I spent many years working as a Psychotherapist within the Looked After System, gaining experience of working with both adults and children directly and indirectly, including providing training and individual therapy. I found my passion of working with children and supporting the relevant adults with understanding the needs of children with difficult backgrounds.

This led me to deliver training programs to professionals and introduce me to the world of education. I am currently completing my PgCHPE in Higher Education, which I feel will give me further support in delivering my teaching programs. I am also a BACP Registered Counsellor, providing individual private sessions to both adults and children.

Professional memberships and activities

Registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

Academic qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology – 2.1, from Staffordshire University in 2007.
  • MSc (Hons) Counselling Psychology – Distinction, from Keele University in 2011.


  • Trauma,
  • Attachment,
  • Neglect,
  • Working with children and young people,
  • Cultural Differences,
  • Counselling/Psychotherapy,
  • Mental Health,
  • Play Therapy.

Research interests

  • Effects of Trauma and Neglect on the Brain and body,
  • Cultural influences,
  • Using creative methods to work with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder,
  • Attachment.


I am the course leader for the BSc Psychology and Counselling award as well as the module leader for the level 6 Personal and Professional Perspectives in Counselling module. I teach across all 3 levels of the Psychology and Counselling Degree as well as being involved in delivering lectures for some of the Psychology Modules. I am also involved in supervising third year project.

in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021