Susanna Alyce

Postgraduate Research Student
School of Health and Social Care
 Susanna Alyce


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  • Trust, Entrusting and Trustworthiness. Child Sexual Abuse. Lived Experience Researcher. Co-produced Research. Peer Support.


Susanna Alyce is a doctoral candidate at the University of Essex researching within a Mad Studies paradigm CSA survivors experiences of trust and trustworthiness. She is an educator in trauma-informed practice at the University for clinical psychology students, and for the charity Survivors Voices. Susanna also delivers Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and is a yoga teacher. She is currently working towards her diploma as a Person-Centred Counsellor at The Norwich Centre. She is a member of the Tavistock Network for Non-Recent CSA (, and facilitates two peer support groups for researchers. Susanna is a survivor of child sex abuse (CSA). Her own debilitating anxiety led her to meditation and yoga in her early 20s. These effective self-care practices enabled her to live a full and rewarding life, while managing her internal landscape of fear. It was not until she turned 50 that she discovered the origin of what she now understands as trauma distress caused by the dissociated and silenced memories of CSA.


  • MSc Teaching Mindfulness Based Approaches Bangor University (2015)

  • Diploma in Person Centred Counselling The Norwich Centre (2023)

Research and professional activities


Trust, Entrusting and Trustworthiness through the Voices of Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse are known to hold silence around the abusive events and their trauma distress. Existing scholarship suggests damaged abilities to trust as one reason for this, and thus trust becomes located as an impaired propensity in the mind of the survivor. Survivors and service providers alike report trust as important when accessing mental, physical, judicial or religious services, and yet very little empirical evidence exists which interrogates the mechanism of trust build

Supervisor: Danny Taggart , Jackie Turton



Colchester Campus

Working pattern:

Part Time, flexible hours,