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Counselling Psychologist, University of Strathclyde

Liza is a Chartered (BPS) and Registered (HCPC) Counselling Psychologist with a strong background in research. She leads the Professional Practice class as part of the team delivering the Clinical Health Psychology MSc at Strathclyde University. Liza gained her PhD in visual perception/cognition at Glasgow University, in 2003. Following which she qualified as Clinical Associate of Applied Psychology (CAAP) on the Stirling / Dundee University course (in 2006) and she was employed by NHS Fife's Psychology Department for over ten years as a CAAP. During this time, Liza provided psychological therapy, including CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and IPT (Interpersonal Psychotherapy) to adults presenting in Primary Care with a variety of mental health difficulties. Liza also contributed to various service developments including a Self Esteem Group for Women and a Cultural Prescribing Initiative. Latterly, she completed the British Psychological Society's Qualification in Counselling Psychology (QCoP) via their independent route, qualifying as a Counselling Psychologist in 2015. Currently, Liza offers psychological therapy and clinical supervision in Private Practice. Her current research interest is medical psychology and includes using a Polyvagal lens to better understand the psychosocial impact of living with a heart condition from birth, the impact of patient clothing on wellbeing and recovery and using psychologically informed medical care to prevent medical trauma. Liza is a Senior Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Suffolk's Congenital Cardiac Research Centre and her experience in this area bridges academia, lifelong personal experience and engagement with key stakeholders and policy makers. Through her involvement in a number projects, including co-creating the photography exhibition Scarred FOR Life, she has have established a growing network of collaborators. She has been working voluntarily, as Scottish Campaign Manager for The Somerville Foundation, to improve care for people living with a heart condition from birth since 2012.


  • –present
    Counselling Psychologist , Strathclyde University


  • 2015 
    British Psychological Society , C Psychol, Professional Qualification in Counselling Psychology
  • 2005 
    University of Dundee, MSc Psychological Therapies in Primary Care
  • 2003 
    University of Glasgow, PhD by research in Psychology
  • 2000 
    University of Stirling, BSc (1st) in Psychology


  • 2018
    Born with a Heart Condition: The Clinical Implications of Polyvagal Theory, Clinical Applications of The Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal Informed Therapies. Edited by Stephen Porges & Deb Dana
  • 2016
    A Controlled Trial of a CBT Group for Women with Low Self Esteem, Clinical Psychology Forum
  • 2015
    Improving wellbeing and self-efficacy by social prescription, Journal of Public Health
  • 2015
    The heart of medicine: growing up with pioneering treatment, BMJ
  • 2014
    Addressing the Psychological impact of Living with a Heart Condition from Birth., Cardiology News
  • 2012
    Publication Preview Source Healing Hearts and Minds, The Psychologist
  • 2011
    An Evaluation of a CBT Group for Women with Low Self-Esteem, Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy
  • 2011
    Can Interpersonal Psychotherapy meet the Psychological Cost of life gifted by Medical Intervention?, Counselling Psychology Review
  • 2004
    Task requirements modulate feature integration, Journal of Vision
  • 2003
    Attention enhances feature integration, Vision Research
  • 2002
    Attention modulates the binding of information across the 2-D visual array, Perception
  • 2002
    Attention modulates perceptual asynchrony in binding, Journal of Vision
  • 2002
    "Superstitious" perceptions to depict pure internal object representations, Journal of Vision
  • 2001
    Category knowledge can form prior constraints on scene recognition from luminance and chromatic cues, Journal of Vision

Professional Memberships

  • Chartered Psychologist - British Psychological Society
  • Counselling Psychologist - HCPC

Research Areas

  • Psychology (1701)