I am a Professor Emerita (University of Bristol), Fellow and BACP senior accredited psychotherapist, and accredited EMDR practitioner in private practice. In 2020 I was selected to receive The Lifetime Achievement Award for the International Congress for Qualitative Inquiry for my ‘ lifetime contributions to the methods, theory, practice, and dissemination of qualitative inquiry’.
After teaching and supervising doctoral and masters candidates at the University of Bristol I retired in 2010 and relocated to Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire. I now offer freelance mentoring and support to people who are interested in creative, reflexive, collaborative research, such as Narrative Inquiry and Autoethnography and other arts-based approaches. I have presented workshops and seminars in New Zealand, Malta, South Africa, Crete and the USA. Invited keynote speeches and conference presentations have taken me to Canada, Ireland, USA, and across the UK.
My books and peer reviewed journal papers reflect my passion for linking practice with research, and my intention to write with an emancipatory purpose, using a style of writing that is accessible by academics, practitioners and clients, as well the public in general.
Sometimes people are referred to me by their tutors; sometimes they seek me out for themselves having read my books and published papers. Initially, I meet with the person for a 90 minute session to find out about their proposed research and we can both decide if I might be able to help them through an ongoing mentoring relationship - meeting as and when required. Meetings prior to lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic were either face-to-face or online. During the pandemic I moved to working online only. I charge an hourly rate of £70 for my time for this work (£100 for 90 mins), whether in-person, online or reading work and giving feedback (usually by email or online). In some cases the referring university will pay some of the cost of these sessions and the shortfall is made up by the student.
I also provide one-off meetings for advice and discussion to researchers.
Areas of interest: creative, reflexive, collaborative, arts-based and narrative methodologies underpinned by postmodern, social constructionist/post structuralist philosophies.