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Dr Gareth Abbey


Department of Social Sciences and Nursing

Portrait of Gareth Abbey


Gareth is a cognitive-behaviour therapist, Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol), Associate Fellow of the BPS (AFBPsS), and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).

Given Gareth’s history of treating mental health problems, he knows the resilience enhancing value of good evidence-based therapy and skills. Therefore, he has a passionate interest in developing and enhancing resilience and professional attitudes in young people looking to enter the caring professions, and his teaching style reflects the intent to cultivate this development.

Further information

Gareth received a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and MSc in Psychological Research before entering the mental health field by completing a PGCert in Low-Intensity Interventions and working as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) in NHS primary care for five years.

Gareth also completed a PhD in Psychology, and has worked at the University of Liverpool on open trials for Metacognitive Therapy (MCT).

Gareth earned a BABCP Level II Accredited PGDip in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Anxiety & Depression and worked in clinical practice treating anxiety and depressive disorders for several years before joining Solent University in 2019.

Taught courses

BSc (Hons) Psychology

Psychology is about the study of mind, behaviour, experience and relationships. Become a Chartered Psychologist with our BPS accredited degree.

BSc (Hons) Psychology with Sociology

Explore the fascinating behaviours of individuals, as well as the cultural and political issues that shape collective experiences, on this BPS accredited degree.

BSc (Hons) Psychology with Counselling and Mental Health

Combine your skills in psychology and counselling to influence behaviour change and recovery on our BPS accredited degree.

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Psychology

Understanding performance and wellbeing is essential for helping athletes to cope with pressure and regulate their emotions. Prepare for your future in sport psychology on this BPS accredited degree.

BA (Hons) Education

Explore the fascinating area of child development practices, how children and young people learn while gaining practical experience in school placements, and prepare for your future in education.