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Dr Peter Blundell

Dr Peter Blundell

Telephone: 0151 231 8028



Peter is a lecturer with Liverpool John Moores University on the MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice.

Peter holds a PhD from Manchester Metropolitan University (July 2017). His thesis explores the concept of ‘boundary’ as understood and experienced by counsellors.

Peter is a qualified person-centred counsellor and member of the BACP (MBACP). It was through the training for this role that he first gained an interest in ‘boundaries’ as a theoretical concept and its practical application.

Peter has first-hand experience of researching both counsellors and Social Workers. Peter has experience of completing research with vulnerable client groups such as individuals with learning difficulties.

Peter also has an interest in applying research effectively within both Social Work and counselling practice.

Peter is particularly interested in qualitative research, particularly the use of Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis (IPA).

Peter is a qualified Social Worker and has undertaken statutory roles as a Consultant Social Worker most recently within a Disabled Children’s Service. This role involved holding a complex caseload of children and families which included detailed assessment and report writing to request care packages and address safeguarding issues. Peter has completed reports for court proceedings which have combined both research and assessment in both care proceedings and Deprivation of Liberty applications. Peter has supervised other Social Work practitioners and quality assured their court reports and assessments. Peter now works as an Independent Social Worker.


2017, Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom, PhD - Boundaries in Counselling
2013, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, MA - Social Work
2009, Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom, BA - Psychology with Sociology

Academic appointments

Lecturer, MA in Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Practice, School of Nursing and Allied Health, Liverpool John Moores University, 2018 - present


Conference publication

Blundell P. 2018. A qualitative study of students’ experience of psychological change during an introductory counselling course. Qual-World Interactive Virtual Conference Public Url

Blundell P. Responding to Boundary Issues: A Qualitative Study BACP Annual Research Conference 2019 Author Url

Engagement & Impact


Counsellor of the Year 2020, "The winner of this award was chosen from the shortlisted nominees. It was an easy choice to pick Peter due to the success he has had in building up the #TherapistsConnect community. It all began with a simple tweet that snowballed into the incredible movement that it is now", National Counsellors' Day (Counsellors Together UK)., 2020

Researcher of the Year 2020, judges stated "Dr Blundell utilises social media to open up access to his research topic and related themes. He regularly makes comment on boundaries and harm in therapy - a contentious but necessary topic to keep pulling into the light. He also champions the research of others and for these reasons, he was chosen as researcher of the year 2020", National Counsellors' Day (Counsellors Together UK)., 2020

Counselling Research Award, CPCAB, 2019

Conference presentation:

Responding to Boundary Issues: A Qualitative Study, BACP Annual Research Conference, Belfast, Oral presentation. 2019

A qualitative study of students’ experience of psychological change during an introductory counselling course., Qual-World Interactive Virtual Conference (2018), Virtual, Poster presentation. 2018