Meet the lecturer: Melody Cranbourne-Rosser

Melody Cranbourne-Rosser - Counselling senior lecturer

Melody Cranbourne-Rosser is an HCPC Registered Applied Psychologist and BACP/NCS Registered Counsellor. 

Her overarching theoretical orientation is Humanistic/Transpersonal and she has undertaken psychotherapeutic training in transpersonal psychology, systemic practice, and creative arts therapies.

Alongside her teaching role, Melody continues to operate a small independent practice and undertakes consultancy/clinical supervision responsibilities for statutory and third sector agencies.

"My journey as a therapist started over twenty-five years ago. During this time, I have worked with children, young people and adults with a range of complex needs and histories. The complexity and depth of the issues brought by clients led to me becoming what friends and colleagues have labelled an ‘eternal student’ – the learning journey is never done and there is always more to know!

"This learning journey also led to becoming a clinical supervisor and trainer, where I have had the opportunity to support others who choose to work within the realms of therapy.

"In addition to being the course leader for the BA Counselling and Therapeutic Practice, I teach on a variety of other counselling courses at USW, such as the Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and supervise students attending Masters programmes.

"My particular areas of clinical experience and research interest include spirituality and mental health/transformational crisis, long-term impact of sexual abuse/working with children and young people who demonstrate harmful sexual behaviour, secondary trauma/practitioner self-care, and creative practice/therapeutic play.

"Appreciating the unique preferences and needs of those around me sits comfortably with the pluralistic perspective which underpins the BA Counselling and Therapeutic Practice – no one approach suits all.

"The BA Counselling and Therapeutic Practice is innovative in that students learn how to work across lifespan and are therefore introduced to a range of therapeutic modalities, creative techniques, and methods such as online counselling.

"Throughout their training, students have the opportunity to apply their learning within a variety of placements. The BA Counselling and Therapeutic Practice is not only an academic qualification but also a professional training so successful completion of the course means students will be eligible to apply for suitable counselling jobs. It is also a fascinating journey of self-discovery!"