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Lesley Dougan

School of Psychology

Faculty of Health

Lesley (pronouns She/Her) is Programme Lead for MA Counselling and Psychotherapy Practise and MA Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Practise. She is a BACP Accredited Counsellor/ Psychotherapist, graduating with a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from LJMU in 2012 and MA Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Practise in 2015. She is an EMDR UK/Ireland Practitioner, skilled in working with Children, Adolescents and Adults. Lesley practices as a specialist bereavement counsellor and staff counsellor in the NHS and runs a small private practice. Her specialist interests are Child Bereavement, Neurodiversity in Counselling clients and Trauma, particularly in relation to Disfigurement and Appearance related issues.
Lesley is currently studying towards a Professional Doctorate in Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies at the University of Chester, her research focusing on the Role of Paediatric Bereavement Care Support and Adaptive Meaning-Making in Bereaved Parents.


2015, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, MA Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Practice
2012, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PG Diploma Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice
2004, Open University, United Kingdom, MSc Psychology
2003, Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom, MA Special Educational Needs
2002, Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom, PG Diploma Autism Spectrum Conditions
2000, Open University, United Kingdom, BSc (Hons) 2:1
Open University, United Kingdom, Advanced Diploma Child Development
University of Chester, United Kingdom, Professional Doctorate Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies

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

Scott K, Blundell P, Dougan L. 2023. Therapist Experiences of Congruence in School-Based Counselling Finlay L. European Journal of Qualitative Research in Psychotherapy, 13 :63-79 Publisher Url Public Url

Dougan L. 2021. Embedding Intersectionality in Counsellor Training The Transactional Analyst, Publisher Url


Dougan L. 2023. Neurodiversity Hanley T, Winter LA. The SAGE Handbook of Counselling and Psychotherapy :56-62 SAGE Publications Ltd. London 978-1529781083


Rising Star Award, Liverpool John Moores University. 2019

Conference presentation:

Therapists living with a Visible Facial Difference in Training and Practice, BACP Research Conference, Chester, Oral presentation. 2017

Membership of professional bodies:

BACP Accreditation, BACP, 2012

Registered EMDR Practitioner Registered EMDR Children and Young People's Practitioner, EMDR UK.