Staff profile

Dr Dzintra Stalmeisters

Head of Counselling and Psychotherapy




College of Health, Psychology and Social Care


School of Allied Health and Social Care


Derby Campus



The Counselling and Psychotherapy department has a range of postgraduate courses, an undergraduate programme and a number of non-accredited programmes. The team of lecturers that look after these programmes are passionate and experienced clinicians. I feel very lucky to work with such an enthusiastic and dedicated team.

As a manager, I feel it is important that my team feel valued, supported and able to progress. I firmly believe that, if the team feel engaged and motivated, they will share this positive energy with their students.

My role as Head of Counselling and Psychotherapy is varied, it means being aware of what is happening with each programme in the department, working with other discipline areas and external organisations. It is important to contribute to new ideas and policies that will enhance the student experience and reputation of the University. 

As well as my management role, I also am a Director of Studies for two doctorate students, plus an academic supervisor for two other students. The students are looking at some interesting areas including body dysmorphia. I’m looking forward to two of these students achieving their doctorate very soon.

Finally, I am also the University of Derby programme lead for two collaborative programmes. These counselling programmes are at Preston College and Cheshire College South and West. My chief role here is to help the colleges deliver university-standard education.

Teaching responsibilities

I am the Director of Studies and Academic Supervisor for doctorate students. I am Programme Lead for two collaborative colleges and Lecturer for Ethics in Practice and Research.

Professional interests

Research interests

Membership of professional bodies


Recent publications

Stalmeisters, D. (2018) Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and early maladaptive schemas: A single case Counselling Psychology Review, Vol. 33, (1)

Kingdon, D., Maguire, N., Stalmeisters, D., Townend, M. (2017) CBT Values and Ethics. London: Sage Publications

Book Chapter: Macdonald, H., Stalmeisters, D. (2016):  Assessment and formulation with physical conditions. Assessment and Formulation in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy. London: Sage Publications

Stalmeisters, D (2012) Towards a schema understanding of ME/CFS. Counselling Psychology Review. 27 (3), 29-39

Stalmeisters, D. Branigann, C. (2011) A preliminary exploration into the prevalence of Early Maladaptive Schemas in a group of people with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Counselling Psychology Review. 26 (1) 34-42