Mrs Nicola McNally

Mrs Nicola McNally
Nicola McNally-Key FHEA, FRSA, MBACP(Accred), MCOSCA, PGCE, MSc, PG Diploma in Counselling with Distinction; Certificate in Counselling Supervision; Master of Philosophy in Counselling in Education; Teaching Fellow in School of Education.

Teaching Fellow

Mrs Nicola McNally
Mrs Nicola McNally

Contact Details

The University of Aberdeen School of Education,
MacRobert Building,
Room 626,
King's College Campus,
Old Aberdeen


Visiting Lecturer in Counselling

As an Accredited BACP Counsellor and Psychotherapist, Counselling Supervisor and Trainer, I teach on the counselling programmes within the School of Education.  I am a Fully Registered Teacher with the General Teaching Council for Scotland and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I am a member of the accredited register for COSCA, and a  practitioner researcher in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I have lived and worked in Aberdeenshire for 24 years and moved here in 1994 from the central belt of Scotland.

After taking a first degree in English and Psychology, I qualified as a teacher at University of Oxford and taught in UK high schools. I then took up a post as Lecturer in FE and enjoyed teaching adult learners for 12 years.  I also worked for the SQA as an external examiner. Later, I qualified as a counsellor and psychotherapist, and set up my counselling practice in Aberdeen, which has a mission to improve health, wellbeing and inclusion in the North East of Scotland. Currently, I research and also teach counselling here at The University of Aberdeen's School of Education part time, to undergraduates and post graduate researchers. I also participate in peer reviewing in Counselling and Psychotherapy for the European Journal for Qualitative Research in Psychotherapy. I am a consulting editor for the British Psychological Society's peer reviewed journal, the Transpersonal Psychology Review. 


Research Overview

My wider research interests are Counselling and Psychotherapy,qualitative research, creative counselling, feminist epistemology and the significance of the spiritual dimension in healthcare. 

Research published:

McNally-Key, N., 2017. Creating Sacred space in Pluralistic therapy. Transpersonal Psychology Review, 19(2).

McNally-Key, N., 2020 (in press) Creative visualisations, creative counsellors: inner journeys.Transpersonal Psychology Review.

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Current Research

I am a qualitative researcher who is a member of the University's Qualitative Research Network, currently completing practitioner research in Counselling and Psychotherapy within the School of Education.

I also supervise Counselling research projects for MSc Person-Centred Counselling and M.Ed Guidance.

Jurgita ŠereikaitÄ—  MSc WBP Counselling: 

An examination of the Spiritual Dimension in the Therapeutic Process and the Spiritual Stance of Person-Centred Counsellors'. Successful completion June 2019.

 Leah Hughes Athanassopoulos MSc WBP Counselling:

'Investigating the impact of person centred led counselling training on students relationships'. Successful completion November 2019

Claire Mcphee MEd WBP Education:

The effectiveness of Growth Mindset interventions on reducing anxiety in adolescents. Successful completion November 2019.

Caron J Westmorland MSc WBP Counselling:

'Home is where the heart is? - the experience of acculturation for people who choose to settle in Scotland'. Successful completion June 2020.

María Elena Laguarda Silvestre MSc in PERSON-CENTRED COUNSELLING 

'Spiritual Discernment and Congruent Actualisation.'  Ongoing research 2020

Lynda Farquhar MSc WBP Counselling:


Prisca Coull MSc WBP Counselling:

'I do not feel stuck anymore; Critical reflection on feeling stuck as a trainee - an IPA study’. Ongoing research 2020.





Research Funding and Grants

DHP research grant to complete fieldwork in transpersonal approaches to counselling and psychotherapy.


Teaching Responsibilities

School of Education- Tutor in the Counselling team. Providing supervision for MSc students in Counselling.

I also teach on the COSCA Counselling Skills programme, as a practitioner member of COSCA who is also in private practice as a counsellor and psychotherapist. 



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