I worked as a Consultant Psychotherapist since 2009 in the North Tyneside Psychological Therapies Service until I was made redundant in 2014. I began my career running a community for people recpovering from drug addiction before training as a social worker in the early 80’s. While working as a social worker in a Community Mental Health Team in Westminster, I trained as a psychotherapist at the University of Warwick where I first met Dr A Ryle, the founder of Cognitive Analytic Therapy. After completing my CAT training in 1990 I became a Founder Member of ACAT and had roles as Vice-Chair, Training Division Chair and UKCP representative in the nineties. I moved to Leeds in 1990 to run Information for Mental Health and also worked as a psychotherapist at the Retreat Hospital in York before moving to the Leeds Community Mental Health Trust as a psychotherapist. I helped establish CAT North with Glenys Parry in 1991 and the Inter-Regional ACAT Residential Psychotherapy Training with Hilary Beard in the late 90’s. From 2002 I researched the reliability and validity of reformulations and the process of writing them, for which I was awarded a PhD in 2010.
I am currently working as a CAT supervisor and trainer and also offer private psychotherapy in Durham/the North East.
Welch, L. (1994) Supervision: Integrating Self and Skill, ACAT Newsletter No 3 Special Post-Conference Issue March p 14-17
Welch, L. (1995) Can the concept of competencies help us to be competent? ACAT Newsletter no 6 August p 10-15 (conference presentation)
Welch, L. (2000) Private misery, public rage and poor soundproofing: seeking happiness in the NHS ACAT News Summer (Conference) p 8-10
Welch, L. (2010) Reformulation in Cognitive Analytic Therapy: Reliability, Validity and Process. (Unpublished PhD) University of Sheffield