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Dr Kathleen Vandenberghe

School of Psychology

Faculty of Health

I started as a lecturer on the MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice in 2018. Prior to taking up this role at LJMU I have worked as a counsellor, supervisor, teacher and team coordinator in hospices since 1991, initially in Belgium and since 1999 in the U.K.

Both as a lecturer, researcher and practitioner I feel passionate about preserving ‘humanity’ at the core of health care and health care organisations.

I completed a Professional Doctorate (DProf) in Health and Social Care at Bournemouth University in 2020. In this doctoral research I explore the psychological experience of cancer survivorship from a perspective of enactive cognition and hermeneutic phenomenology. Special attention is given to the dissemination process. By using art (painting) as a means of expressing and taking forward the findings I aim to increase the chance for the findings to become ‘actionable knowledge’ for practitioners and cancer survivors. This ‘art-iculation’ is also an exercise in integrating academic and non-academic interpretations.


Dutch; Flemish


2020, Bournemouth University, U.K., DProf - Thinking self after bowel cancer: an embodied interpretation and art-iculation.
1993, Ghent University, Belgium, MA in Humanistic Counselling
1983, Vives University College, Belgium, BSc in Applied Psychology


1999, University of Manchester, Foundation Cert in Family Counselling

Academic appointments

Lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice, Liverpool John Moores University, 2018 - present

Postgraduate training

PGCert in Counselling Supervision, U.K., Chester University, 2009 - 2010
PGDip in Teaching and Didactics, Belgium, Ghent University, 1993 - 1994

Journal article

Darley D, Blundell P, Cherry L, Wong JO, Wilson AM, Vaughan S, Vandenberghe K, Taylor B, Scott K, Ridgeway T, Parker S, Olson S, Oakley L, Newman A, Murray E, Hughes DG, Bin Hasan N, Harrison J, Hall M, Guido-Bayliss L, Edah R, Eichsteller S, Dougan L, Burke B, Boucher S, Maestri-Banks A, Breaking the Boundaries Collective . 2024. Breaking the Boundaries Collective - A Manifesto for Relationship-based Practice Ethics and Social Welfare, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Manslow C, Vandenberghe K. 2010. Unravelling the unknown: A Therapeutic Dialogue between Hospice Counsellors and Carers of People with Dementia Illness, Crisis and Loss, 18 :185-199 DOI Publisher Url


Vandenberghe K. 2019. Thinking self after bowel cancer: an embodied interpretation and art-iculation Ellis-Hill C, Tait D, Mojsa J. Public Url

Other invited event:

The truth of working in a multi-professional team, Webinar Lantern Model Programme, The Lantern model aims to Advance Contemporary Nursing in Palliative & EoLC. External speakers are invited to facilitate webinars on contemporary topics.. 2022

Conference presentation:

Self and Cancer. A developmental outlook on the varied ways in which cancer survivors see their self in relation to cancer, Promoting colaboration in research, policy and practice, BACP online live and on-demand, Oral presentation. 2021