Paul Galbally

Dr Paul Galbally

Senior Lecturer

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 course leader and senior lecturer on the BSc (Hons) Counselling in the School of Psychology where I teach and deliver research supervision to our students.


  • BSc (Hons) Psychology - University of Essex
  • Masters (MA) in Relationship Therapy - University of Hull
  • Doctorate in Applied Psychology - University of Essex

Areas Of Interest

  • Family Organisation
  • Psychotherapy
  • The Sociology of Family
  • Interpersonal Conflict
  • Family Separation
  • Interdisciplinary Research
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Systemic and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
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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 and course leader on the BSc (Hons) Counselling in the School of Psychology.  As part of the academic team, I lecture on our degree course and supervise student research. I am also responsible for the overall quality and content of the counselling training.

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.

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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

In submission Galbally P & Hales S 'Up close and personal/Dirty dancing/Negotiating the double taboo: The messiness, surprises and ethics of auto-ethnographic research in intimate service work'. Link.


  • Galbally, P. M. (2021). Connected Disconnections Negotiating family separation, membership and conflict: A discourse analysis (Doctoral dissertation, University of Essex).


BSc (Hons) Counselling

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  • GC4801 Core Skills and Processes - 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