Shona is an experienced counsellor, supervisor and trainer. She has a private counselling and supervision practice and works for a small charity where she works with clients who have suffered childhood sexual abuse. Shona is a person-centred/humanistic trained counsellor and psychotherapist; has trained as a Relate relationship counsellor and an EMDR practitioner.
Research and scholarship
My particular areas of interest are; the therapeutic relationship and working at relational depth in psychotherapy together with the therapeutic use of self and vicarious traumatisation.
Module leader – Integration in Counselling.
Shona has a special interest in exploring the concept and experience of Relational Depth in counselling and psychotherapy; in working with mindfulness and self-compassion and with mortality. After being involved in a Collective Biography looking at vulnerability she has a passionate interest in auto-ethnography and its place in qualitative research in MSc programmes.
- 2012. Shona Neal, Jane Hunt, Lois de Cruz, Maggie Robson & Mairead Walsh. Collective Biography Research Workshop (presented at the 18th Annual BACP Research Conference, Edinburgh)