Dr Paul Galbally
Mental Health and Social Change Research Group, Pluralistic Practice Network Steering Group
Department of Professional Psychology , School of Psychology
I am an accredited psychotherapist and an academic applied psychologist who has extensive clinical experience, solid academic research background and a robust teaching portfolio.
My current role is as a senior lecturer for the BSc (Hons) Counselling in the School of Psychology where I teach and deliver both clinical and research supervision to our students. I am also a BACP accredited psychotherapist and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I am trained in Systemic and Psychodynamic therapy and can work with individuals, couples and families and groups, as well as supervising trainees and other practitioners.
I am passionate about further understanding the complex and intimate relationships between people and how family dynamics and organisation are affected by separation, conflict, identity components and social context.
Clinically, my work takes a pluralistic approach by incorporating, contemporary psychology, attachment theory, systemic therapy and psychodynamic psychotherapy into my practice.
Within my academic and therapeutic work, I enjoy drawing from the work of Carl Jung (Analytical Psychology), Patricia Crittenden (Dynamic Maturational Model), Jonathan Haidt (Social Psychology), Michael White (Narrative Therapy), Terrence Real (Relational Life Therapy), Esther Perel (Intimacy and Affairs) and Rudi Dallos (Family Therapy).
- BSc (Hons) Psychology - University of Essex (2011)
- Masters (MA) in Relationship Therapy - University of Hull (2014)
- Doctor of Applied Psychology (DAppPsy) - University of Essex (2021)
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (fHEA) - Advance HE (2021)
- British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) - Accredited Member (MBACP Accred.)
- Level 3 Award in PTLLS - Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector
- Levels 1 and 2 in safeguarding children and adults.
Areas Of Interest
- Family Organisation
- The Sociology of Family
- Interpersonal Conflict
- Family Separation
- Interdisciplinary Research
- Discourse Analysis
- Systemic and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
I am a fully qualified and accredited applied psychologist/psychotherapist with undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level qualifications. I am clinically trained to work with individuals, couples or families, I also have experience in case managing and mentoring other therapists, providing clinical supervision and I have been part of both a senior clinical team and a senior management team.
My current role is as a senior lecturer on the BSc (Hons) Counselling in the School of Psychology. As part of the academic team, I lecture on our degree course, provide clinical supervision and supervise student research.
My clinical areas of expertise are family systems, couple relationships, the impact of trauma and life events on the family and the psycho-social relationships between people.
Industry partners: British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy
My doctoral thesis was an interdisciplinary approach to understand contemporary family configurations and the effects of parental separation on family forms. I used this research to inform and construct a psychological model that can help engage and work therapeutically with conflictual separated families.
Most recent research
Journal Article: Christodoulidi F & Galbally P (2022) ‘Personalised learning pedagogies within counselling training: towards an ethical approach to address student progression and professional development’
Journal: Higher Education Research and Development
Journal Article: Galbally P (2023) ‘It’s a Family Affair - From intimate to business arrangements: Working clinically with the journey of acrimoniously separated parents’
Journal: Family Process
- Journal Article: Galbally P & Hales S (2022) ‘Up close and personal/Dirty dancing/Negotiating the double taboo: The messiness, surprises and ethics of auto-ethnographic research in intimate service work in Gender, Work and Organisation
- Book Chapter: Galbally P, Hales S & Tyler M (2022) ‘Messing up research: Gender, reflexivity and governance in auto-ethnography’ in Difficult Conversations (Ed. Professor Róisín Ryan-Flood Routledge with Isabel Crowhurst and Laurie James-Hawkins, Difficult Conversations: A feminist dialogue)
- Galbally, P. M. (2021). Connected Disconnections Negotiating family separation, membership and conflict: A discourse analysis (Doctoral dissertation, University of Essex). http://repository.essex.ac.uk/30261/
BSc (Hons) Counselling
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- GC4801 Core Skills and Processes - Level 4
- GC4802 Personal Development and Professional Life - Level 4
- GC4805 Professional Development and Ethical Practice - Level 4
- PY4005 Researching with Smaller Samples - Level 4
- PY4006 Researching with Larger Samples - Level 4
- GC5806 Life Span Development (Children and Young People) - Level 5
- GC6804 Research Dissertation (Research supervisor) - Level 6