Staff profile

Robert Maxwell-Jones

Senior Lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Lecturer Robert Maxwell-Jones




University of Derby Online Learning



I am a BACP registered Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist. I completed my training here at the University of Derby on the MSc Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP accredited) programme. After completing this programme I went on to complete a full time clinical role with an Employee Assistance Programme provider.

I am now a Senior Lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy with a focus on online learning. This means I mainly work on the online courses provided by the University of Derby. Previous to this role I worked in the university as an Online Learning Adviser which has enabled me to develop a very student focussed approach to teaching.

Away from my teaching role I am also completing a Professional Doctortate in Health and Social Care here at the University of Derby as well as running a small private practice to keep my clinical skills current.

Teaching responsibilities

I programme lead and teach on the following courses:

Research interests

My masters research project focussed on muscle dysmorphia. From this my interest in men's mental health (particularly body image) has developed and I am currently working on ideas for further research.

I am also interested the role of exercise in talking therapy and this is forming part of doctoral research.

Membership of professional bodies

Registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)


DPrac Doctorate in Health and Social Care Practice, University of Derby, 2020-present day

MSc Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP Accredited), 2017-2020

University Certificate in Psychology, University of Derby, 2015-2016

LLB Law, University of Nortumbria, 2002-2007      

Experience in industry

I have a range of experience working in a range of settings in counselling, mentoring and IAG roles. These include working on a young persons support line, prison employment mentor, welfare to work adviser and a telephone counsellor for a private health company.

Whilst studying for my MSc I completed counselling placements with a bereavement charity, eating disorder charity and a women's centre.

Recently I also contributed on a working group organised by Mind Charity developing an awareness month called 'Developing a healthy relationship with physical activity'.