Laura Winter


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Laura Winter (previously Cutts) is a HCPC registered Counselling Psychologist and Senior Lecturer in Education and Counselling Psychology in the Manchester Institute of Education. She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS). She is the Programme Director for the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and the Associate Director for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for the School of Environment, Education and Development (2020-2024).

Laura has published widely in the fields of counselling psychology and education, focusing largely on the interplay between social and political issues, education and wellbeing. She edited the fourth and fifth editions of Sage’s flagship textbook ‘The Sage Handbook of Counselling and Psychotherapy’ (with Colin Feltham and Terry Hanley). She has also led on editing the 'Handbook for Social Justice in Psychological Therapies' (with Divine Charura).
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Laura is active in the Counselling Psychology profession, and a member of the BPS Training Committee in Counselling Psychology. She established the BPS Division of Counselling Psychology's Social Justice Networking and Special Interest Group in 2015. She led the group until 2018. Members of the BPS Division of Counselling Psychology can find out more about this group here.

Research interests

Laura Anne Winter is part of the counselling psychology team situated within the Manchester Institute of Education (MIE). The counselling psychology team are engaged with research and scholarship linked to MIE's work found here.

Laura's work is largely connected with the Power, Inequality and Activism group and the Education and Psychology group, and she has been involved in projects exploring social justice in both counselling and educational psychology, as well as exploring the impacts of welfare change (namely the 'bedroom tax') and austerity measures on how schools are supporting emotional wellbeing. Recent work has looked at the place of p/Politics and public policy work in applied psychology. She has an active interest in how psychologists learn about issues of social justice, intersectionality and oppression. Laura has supervised and examimed a number of doctoral thesis projects focused on inequality, emotional well-being and education.


Laura's teaching is mainly focused on the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology programme. On this she leads the unit 'Humanistic Counselling Psychology Theory and Practice' and teaches on 'Core Counselling Psychology Skills', as well as contributing to 'Researching Education and Therapy 1' and 'Challenging Oppression, Discrimination and Inequalities in Counselling Psychology'. 

She has also delivered input, internal and external to the University of Manchester, on social justice, introductions to Counselling Psychology, the Reflective and Scientist-Practitioner models, and Basic Counselling Skills. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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