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Richard Davis


Senior Teaching Fellow, Counselling and Psychotherapy

Room WE0.48, Cedar, Westwood Campus

Richard Davis is a senior teaching fellow in counselling and psychotherapy. He joined the team based in the Centre for Lifelong Learning from the University of Central Lancashire where he was a senior lecturer with responsibility for the MA in Counselling/Psychotherapy, the Person Centred Experiential Counselling for Depression (PCE-CfD) and clinical supervision courses. A background in curriculum development and course leadership of a range of courses including MScs, degrees and BACP accredited courses. In addition, he occupied leadership roles in the integrative and psychodynamic components of the university’s undergraduate degree program and offering bespoke continuing professional development training courses based on his portfolio of experiences and interests.

Richards’s background began in social work, then FE and student support followed by a move into counselling / psychotherapy as senior counsellor at Coventry University for several years. As a UKCP registered integrative psychotherapist, having trained at the metanoia institute, he has a keen interest in the concept of plurality encompassing a humanistic / existential approach with commonalities within developmental perspectives and relational psychoanalysis. Therapeutic practice has been based in a variety of contexts, such as student services and private practice. He is currently in private practice having a wide range of therapeutic expertise with adults as well as being an experienced clinical supervisor.

Current course lecturing responsibilities include:

Year 3, BA (Hons) Person centred counselling and the psychotherapeutic relationship

Year 2 and Year 3, MSc counselling and psychotherapy.


Richard is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Recent Publications and activities

Davis, R. (2021) The change process of the trainee: a necessary rite of passage, in S. Wright (ed.) The change process in psychotherapy during troubling times, London: Routledge.

Davis, R. (2021) What leads to change in Psychotherapy? Theory and Research, in S. Wright (ed.) The change process in psychotherapy during troubling times, London: Routledge.

Davis, R. (2017). Reflections on Dualistic forms of subtle learning in counselling/psychotherapy training from the integrative perspective. British Journal of psychotherapy integration.

Davis, R. (2016). Praxis, Perplexity and Perfection: students’ perspectives on the challenge of developing an integrative frame. Conference presentation: UKAPI Special Conference, London.


Inspirational’ category winner, Transforming Education Awards, Warwick University SU, (2021).

Finalist, ‘Educate North’, Teaching Excellence awards (2018).

‘Postgraduate lecturer of the year Award’, University of Central Lancashire, 8th Annual Golden Roses (2016).

Chairperson: ‘Many Journeys’. UCLan Symposium. March 2018.

Chairperson: Stroud Change Conference: ‘What is it that leads to Change in Counselling / Psychotherapy?’ November, 2019.