Catherine Slade

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Catherine Slade BA with QTS, PGDip, MA

Senior Lecturer in Counselling


I am a senior lecturer at UWTSD and have been employed as a lecturer within the Counselling programme team at UWTSD/Swansea Metropolitan University since 2012.

I teach on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes within the discipline of Psychology and Counselling and am the programme manager of the MA Psychotherapeutic Practice: Humanistic programme.

I am an accredited member of the National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society, as well as a registered member of the BACP and also a member of the Children and Young People division of the BACP.

I am currently involved in the development of the Centre for Children and Young People’s Mental Health.

  • Accredited Member of the NCS
  • Registered member of the BACP
  • Member of the Children and Young People division of the BACP
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

I currently teach on the MA Psychotherapeutic Practice programme, which includes focusing on counselling practice, advanced psychotherapeutic theory as well as on supporting students with their personal development.

In addition, I also teach on the undergraduate programmes within areas such as child and adolescent mental health and the history of counselling.

I am also developing the Centre for Children and Young People’s Mental Wellbeing with colleagues from the Institute of Education and Humanities.

I have an interest in exploring transition and change on the adolescent, examining the impact that moving to a new community or country during the early teenage years can have on the development of the young person.

I am also interested in the trauma-informed approach that is being developed within schools in Wales, exploring how the whole-school approach to supporting children and young people who have emotional or mental health concerns.

I am also interested in working creatively with children and young people, using creative techniques to explore traumatic experiences.

I have worked as a professional counsellor since 2008 and have a private practice. I work with children, young people and adults and have supervised counsellors working within private practice and within voluntary practice. I have also been employed as a school-based counsellor within the South Wales region.

I have over 25 years of teaching experience, having worked initially as a primary school teacher before moving forward to support further education students, teaching social care and therapeutic counselling.

I have taught in both further education and higher education and have taught modules and sessions in Counselling, Trauma, Mental Health and Therapeutic Play.

I have worked with the Welsh Government to produce a series of resources on Adverse Childhood Experiences.

The Centre of Children and Young People’s Mental Wellbeing is also working in collaboration with colleagues within education, health and social care.