Phil Coombs

Dr Phil Coombs EdD, MSW, MA, BsC (hons.) PGCE

Lecturer in Education Studies, Education Psychology and Counselling


I am a lecturer in Education Studies, Education Psychology and Counselling. My research interests and subject specialisms include psychodynamic practice, child development and psychology, children, schools and families.


I teach on the following degree programmes and provide research supervision in

  • Education Studies
  • Education, Psychology and Counselling
  • Foundation Degree in Early Years and Education Learning Support
  • MA in Education Studies

Research interests include

  • Psychodynamic psychotherapeutic practice
  • Children’s mental health and emotional well-being
  • Children’s story, narrative, and discourse analysis.

Professional Associations, memberships:

  • Association for Psychodynamic Practice and Counselling in Organisational Settings
  • Group for the Advancement of Psychodynamics and Psychotherapy in Social Work

Professional Training

  • Therapeutic Supervision, APPCIOS
  • Personality Development over the life stage
  • Therapeutic Communication Skills with Adolescents
  • both through the Northern School of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy


I am interest in all aspects of psychodynamic practice, work groups and human relations including systems psychodynamics and the Psychology of Education. 


Systems psychodynamic practice in secondary Education 


The Human Rights Act: An easy guide for people with learning disabilities 

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