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Tina Abbott

Tina Abbott

How I work

My counselling approach is mainly psychodynamic, exploring how dynamics from the past influence the present and future. In short term work it is often helpful to identify a particular area to focus on in the sessions available, so I will help you to identify an area for more focussed work.

My areas of interest 

I have a particular interest in workplace counselling, helping people find their own individual and sustainable work life balance, and meaning and purpose in their work and home life.

My background and qualifications

Tina is the full-time Staff Counselling Manager. She came to Cardiff University in 2008 to set up and run the Staff Counselling Service under the leadership of John Cowley, and with the support of Keith Lynch the Staff Counselling Administrator.

Tina has a BSc (Hons) in Psychology, a Diploma in Integrative Counselling, a Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling Supervision and an MA in Professional Development. She is a British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) senior accredited counsellor and supervisor (individuals). 

Tina is a counsellor with over 24 years’ experience in various settings including: drug and alcohol agencies; two FE and HE colleges; private practice and as a Staff Counsellor in the NHS. She has considerable experience in working with a diverse range of clients from young people living in inner cities with all their physical and emotional deprivations, to senior academics facing the challenges of the changing face of higher education.

Tina keeps up to date with current trends in workplace counselling in the Higher Education sector by sitting on the executive committee of the BACP Division University and College Counsellors and she is Chair of the BACP Workplace Division.

Accrecdited Voluntary Register BACP REGISTERED 006183 Registered Member, ACCREDITED Member MBACP (Snr Accredited)