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Dr Lucy Longhurst

Teaching Fellow
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Lucy Longhurst is a Chartered Member of the BPS and the DCoP, an HCPC registered Counselling Psychologist and a member of the Society for Existential Analysis (SEA). She has worked in NHS, private and charity sectors and currently runs her private practice in Central and North London. She also facilitates group therapy sessions on an in-patient ward in a psychiatric hospital. She originally trained as a musician gaining a BSc. in Music and then later began working as a radio presenter/producer for the BBC. She obtained her BSc. in Psychology at the Open University while working as a writer and voiceover artist. She gained her MSc. and DPsych. in Counselling Psychology at City University, London. Before joining the University of Surrey she was a Visiting Lecturer and research supervisor on the DPsych programme at City University, London. As well as her professional commitments (writing, research, supervision, clinical) she embraces a wide range of activities including music, art, film, food and life! This offers a broad view of the world, which she feels complements and enhances her work as a psychologist.

Research interests

Most recently Lucy investigated the potential for growth, resilience and change following trauma, working with British Paratroopers. Other interests include: Death/dying/bereavement; Trauma and identity; human resilience; the military (e.g. military/social divide); humour in therapy; personal narratives in trauma therapy; qualitative research methods; phenomenology.



Theoretical Models of Therapy Year 1

Clinical supervision Years 1 and 3

Therapeutic Skills Practice Year 1

Research Supervision (all years)


BPS: Chartered Psychologist

BPS: Full Member of the Counselling Psychology Division

HCPC Registered Counselling Psychologist

Society for Existential Analysis (SEA): Member

Conference Presentations

BPS Annual Conference (DCoP Brighton, 2016):Research Presentation: Transcending Trauma: Connecting to Life in the Face of Death. A Para's Tale.

SEA Annual Conference (Nov 2015):Research Presentation: How do you live a life you've given up on?

BPS Military Conference (Nov 2015):Research Presentation: The Experience of Acute Mortal Peril and its Impact on the Paratrooper's Subsequent Life.

BPS Conference, (DCoP London, 2014): Poster Presentation

My publications


Longhurst, L. E. (2015). A Life Worth Living. Counselling Psychology Review, Vol.31 No.1 pp. 64-80